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I just got my Unlimited Oscar Mike edition this weekend (FINALLY!!!!) and I want to install some screens on the backs of the headrests. In my other SUV, I have screens that I can control upfront by playing movies from an ipad mini hooked up to an HDMI/RCA converter and then to the RCA ports in the arm-rest.

I'd like to do the same thing here. I like my boys to watch what I WANT them to watch and be able to watch it at the same time. Yes, I let them use iPads (sparingly), and yes, I know we could hit play on two ipads at the same time and all this nonsense, but I want to be able to control WHAT they're watching on the screens when they're not allowed to play with the ipads. I find this results in the least amount of fighting.

My Jeep has 110v and a 430N. I can use the 110v (as I do in my other SUV) to power the converter, etc., but I would like some help with what screens I can put on the back of the headrests. One of my sons doesn't see very well, so I'd like the screens to be fairly large (greater than 7").

Any ideas?
 

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Are you thinking about using your 430N as the source/control? The "famous" rear camera connector on the back, also has video inputs and a video output that can be routed to any such rear entertainment screens.

Basically, in a past life, the 430N was the heart of the kiddy rear entertainment on Chrysler's mini vans.
Not really... I'd rather just have an RCA hookup (or better yet, HDMI) to display what's on the iPad (movie) as I do now. What are these "DVD" things you speak of ;-) Everything I have is file driven...
 

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Hmm, you've got some technology conflicts. In the first case, you're asking for early 2000's tech, and in the second, you're proud to be up to date.


As someone who's been going through all of this, just get the kids some mini tablets and ear buds and put their favorite games and movies on the tablets. I'll note that I stopped buying Apple products because I was sick of hacking them to accomplish this, so the plan works much better with Android.
You're right... My Infiniti SUV has RCA ports for external video inputs, so that's why the HDMI-RCA converter box in that vehicle (which I'm assuming is the easiest way to do this one).

All of our Apple devices are jail broken... But as I said, my goal is to be able to control movies etc that they see and not have them play video games for 5 hours at a time (we drive a LOT).

So to summarize, I'm looking for a solution which will give me two 8"+ screens powered by the vehicle and with video input from whatever device I like (typically iPad).
 

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That wouldn't solve my issue.

HOWEVER, I ordered two of these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L1624PK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1





This also has a DVD player and a gaming system. I'll update the thread with how it goes... I'm wondering if I'll be able to send the audio to the car speakers... Is there an aux audio input on the back of the 430N? I'd rather not have to see the wires.

Speaking of wires, is there an easy way to feed them down the inside of the seats?
 

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There are these newfangled contraptions in jeeps these days. They are called, are you ready for this? Windows! Let the kids see the sun and life.
NOW WE'RE TALKING!!! You're absolutely right and I do require some good WINDOW time... BUT, I also want the kids to LIKE driving in the Wrangler vs our cushier SUV (NOT...ANOTHER...MINIVAN...JOKE)
 

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I ordered 2 of these. The interface isn't the best, but it works and kept my kids silent for a 6 hour drive to Niagara falls.
That's good to hear! I don't care much about the interface... I'm going to output movies to it from my ipad.

Do the kids like the video game aspect or is it junk?
 

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Video game aspect is junk and the wireless headphones will die rather quick (probably because the kids leave them on....)

But, it's something we use for long trips and don't leave them on 24/7.
Thank you.

Were you able to hide the wires inside the seat somehow, or are they all exposed?
 

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Ok.. everything went really well with the install... but since the cig lighter in the armrest is ALWAYS on (doesn't turn off when the car does), I'm thinking I should try to hardwire these screens.

I've run the cables to the armrest... but I don't have to. What's the best place I could tie these into? Cables run from behind the head rests to the center console.
 

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@Psaras

It's funny, I used to have a few WDTVs YEARS ago... they were decent but their interface left a lot to be desired.

So... I've already bought and installed the screens I mentioned. But many people seem to be missing the point of what I'm trying to do:

I want my boys to HAVE to watch what I want them watching and on both screens at the same time. That can't be accomplished by two devices pulling (streaming) from a drive... it can only be done if you split a signal out to two monitors.

Your setup, while very cool (and I did something similar to it years ago with an old 1st Gen Apple TV), would have each kid watching their own movie, not being able to talk about it, and lead to more fighting on long drives.

We have ipads as well of course, but I don't really like the kids playing with them in the car (one tends to puke) .

Keep the ideas coming though. Thank you very much!!
 

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@Psaras

I appreciate your passion in tech as I share it...

The only exposed wire from the monitors is a thin black wire that contains all the power, audio and video wires within it. Screens always need power.

What I want to do is not an "unusual" specific need... it's built into every family vehicle on the road (with entertainment package). Screens in the back that are controlled by the front. Very simple.

I was able to do this with the monitors I linked from Amazon that come with wireless headphones and (crappy) video game system as well for $119 each plus another $25 in splitting cables.

Thank you again.
 
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