Must have accessories for IPTV box
Set-top boxes are made to give you access to the video content that interests you. However, that’s not the only thing they can do—you can hook up all kinds of wired and wireless devices to them. All set-top boxes have that capability, but those running Android TV offer a lot more features. In this post, we will answer the question “What accessories do I need to go with my TV box?” and discuss the additional functionality these devices bring.
Regular set-top box remotes are good for doing basic things like powering on/off your device, scrolling through playlists, and navigating the menu. However, some things just aren’t easy to do with a remote—text input, for instance. For that, you will have to move the cursor from letter to letter with the up, down, left, and right buttons. It's a very time-consuming way of doing it.
The most obvious way to fix this problem is to connect a mouse to the set-top box. You can use a corded mouse if the cord is long enough. But the best thing to do would be to connect a wireless mouse—this way you won't have to worry about the cable getting in the way and you will be able to watch TV from farther away. Either way, you’ll have to be sure to get a set-top box with a USB port.
A mouse will drastically speed up text input for you and make the device instantly more convenient to use. Unlike an infrared remote, it doesn't need to be within the line of sight of the device to work. All you need is a hard, flat surface: the fabric of the sofa or bed mattress won't cut it.
Another peripheral that will make using your set-top box much easier, is a keyboard, you can connect a regular corded keyboard to your device or a wireless one via Bluetooth. It will substantially speed up text input when you want to use google or search videos on YouTube.
If you want to control all your devices with one remote, you need to get a universal remote for Android TV-box. These kinds of remotes have buttons that can be reprogrammed to duplicate the functions of buttons on other remotes—like those of an air conditioner or stereo. To learn more about how to configure universal remotes, read this article on our website.
Air Mouse remote
Air Mouse remotes are certainly a good choice for those into multifunctional devices. The device has a built-in mechanism that reacts to the change of its orientation. The cursor on the screen follows the movement of the remote—the whole thing feels like using a torch or a laser pointer. The advantage of an Air Mouse remote is that unlike a regular mouse it needs no hard surface to operate.
Many models also come with a mini keyboard on the backside, which makes it easier to input text. Devices like these can be used to replace a remote, a mouse, and a keyboard. Air Mouse remotes communicate over Wi-Fi and don't need to be in the line of sight of the device to work.
Gamers can also rejoice—set-top boxes are great for playing games on their TV. A larger screen makes for better immersion and a more vivid experience from your games.
Gamepads, trackballs, joysticks and all kinds of other gaming controllers can all be connected to set-top boxes. Depending on the model, these devices are connected with a cord, via Bluetooth, or with a USB receiver.
Audio devices can be connected to set-top boxes, too. To choose accessories for Android TV box, consider how you like to spend your leisure time.
Those who like to spend their evenings watching a good film with the family and friends will definitely enjoy having Bluetooth speakers. They can be placed anywhere in the room and configured for optimal sound.
Bluetooth headphones are a great option for those who want to protect their family from the loud audio of a film or a video game. This way you can immerse yourself into the atmosphere of your favorite film even if the baby is sleeping by your side.
Set-top boxes also support flash cards. If you’re wondering how to add more storage to an Android TV box, you will need a microSD card. By inserting it into the set-top box's card reader, you can expand its internal storage. You can also connect flash drives to the USB port of your device—by doing this you can view photos or watch videos on your home TV from a removable drive.
Set-top boxes are feature-rich devices and are compatible with all kinds of peripherals: keyboards, Air Mouse remotes, gaming controllers, speakers, headphones, and memory cards.