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      02-16-2020, 09:36 PM   #1
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Question about the 12V outlet ports

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So today, I was trying to set up the Fire TV on the Rear Entertainment System and was initially baffled why the HDMI input did not show up as an option. I tried to use the USB-C outlets to power the Fire stick but that did not work. Then, I noticed that there is actually a 12V outlet right below the HDMI-input at the center console so I tried the 12V USB car charger I purchased. Still no luck - for some reason, it did not fit in there completely so it failed to make contact and therefore, no power.

Same with the front 12V outlet next to the cupholders - charger did not fit all the way in.

Now, for some strange reason, the same charger fits the 12V outlet in the trunk so I ran the wire from there to the Fire stick to start the set-up.

Since this is not a permanent solution, I was wondering if anybody came across a USB-charger on Amazon that actually fits these two outlets? I just don't want to try out half a dozen models which in the end, I'm not going to use.

I know there are quite a few out there but I have no clue which actually fit the X7.

Thanks in advance!
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I ended up sanding down the plastic end of my chargers just a bit and they finally were able to touch. It seems like the bmw outlet is a little bit narrow and keep the charger from fully seating.
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I ended up sanding down the plastic end of my chargers just a bit and they finally were able to touch. It seems like the bmw outlet is a little bit narrow and keep the charger from fully seating.
Will an actual cigarette lighter work in the spot?
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Forum-member Waise who I PM'ed yesterday was so kind and told me that these

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

will actually fit. I ordered them today and will let you know if they work for me, too.
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Forum-member Waise who I PM'ed yesterday was so kind and told me that these

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

will actually fit. I ordered them today and will let you know if they work for me, too.
760, would you mind snapping a few shots of your setup? Just when you have time. I have a few questions really:

1. Do you only need 1 fire stick for both rear entertainment screens? Or would you need one per screen? So each kid could watch whatever? Would they have to watch the same thing?

2. Do the headphones from BMW sync automatically? Do I need to do anything?
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760, would you mind snapping a few shots of your setup? Just when you have time.
As soon as I have everything nice and clean, I will add a couple of pictures to my photo-thread. The 12V adapters arrive Wednesday so I should be done Thursday.

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Do you only need 1 fire stick for both rear entertainment screens? Or would you need one per screen? So each kid could watch whatever? Would they have to watch the same thing?
I will check this tomorrow but I'm sure you can watch the stick on both screens at the same time. You actually can't use more than one stick since there is only one HDMI-input. What I will have to check is if one screen can display the stick and the other one a DVD, i.e.

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Do the headphones from BMW sync automatically? Do I need to do anything?
That, unfortunately, I can't answer because the headphones are not included and are optional. I have no plans getting them.
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I too have this problem and posted about it a few weeks back. What's crazier is the same plug that didn't work in the X7 work in the 2019 5 series. Go figure.
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I too have this problem and posted about it a few weeks back. What's crazier is the same plug that didn't work in the X7 work in the 2019 5 series. Go figure.
And even crazier, the plug that doesn't fit in the front or in the center console in the second row actually fits in the trunk...
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I have the RSE in my M50i and everything is up and running. The only real issue I had was getting my M50i connecting (MSISDN #) with AT&T to set up a My Vehicle plan. Once that was accomplished everything else went pretty smooth.

To address some issues mentioned above:

1) I have my M50i set up with Fire Stick and Roku Stick. I've attached pictures of each set up which work seamlessly. I use the USB-C port for power without any issues. Note: The Roku Stick did not come with a USB-C end so I had to buy a cable to convert a USB-A plug end to USB-C.

2) As mentioned, you only have one HDMI port. So, you can use either Fire or Roku; not both at the same time.

3) Once up and running (either one-Fire or Roku), you can view on either or both rear screens and, provided the car is not moving, the front screen as well.

4) My BMW Genius gave me a RSE Set-Up 'Cheat Sheet' which I've copied as well. It may help someone in getting connected and up and running.

5) My BMW Bluetooth headphones connected without issue. When you put your headphones into sync mode, they came up on the Bluetooth My Devices list. After connecting, I actually renamed each headset (Left HS and Right HS) for ease of Identifying.

6)Before I forget, you will need to set-up an account with Amazon Fire and/or Roku before you can use either.
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Thanks, that is very informative.

I'm surprised though that Roku is actually working with the vehicle's hot-spot. Somebody else mentioned that this did not work (he had to use his phone's hot spot).
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Thanks, that is very informative.

I'm surprised though that Roku is actually working with the vehicle's hot-spot. Somebody else mentioned that this did not work (he had to use his phone's hot spot).
This afternoon, when taking the pictures, I had both the Fire Stick and Roku Stick both running (separately). I did run them through my vehicle's hot spot (via AT&T).
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Forum-member Waise who I PM'ed yesterday was so kind and told me that these

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

will actually fit. I ordered them today and will let you know if they work for me, too.
FWIW, that happens to be the same plug I use in my 330i. Works great. Nice and slim.
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Also just a reminder of the obvious: The RES gives you a CD-Player to play music through the sound-system as well. And yes, you can rip CDs through that player to the vehicle's internal memory.
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I ordered android based tablet that has Micro HDMI out. I am hoping to keep that in the armrest and use direct HDMI connection to my RSE. Hoping that this way kids can download their Amazon and Netflix shows on the tablet to then play onto RSE.

Still need to order 2x wireless headsets from BMW.
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Forum-member Waise who I PM'ed yesterday was so kind and told me that these

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

will actually fit. I ordered them today and will let you know if they work for me, too.
Just FYI, the ordered chargers fit - thanks again, Waise!
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