MiiPC Video Tutorial
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Here are some tips to ensure your set-up experience goes smoothly.
The MiiPC package includes the MiiPC device, a power adaptor (110V / 220V Power Adaptor with US style 2-prong plug) and MiiPC Quick Start Guide.
You will need the following items to complete the setup of your MiiPC:
Follow the step-by-step instructions to choose the default language, Wi-Fi Internet connection and date and time. If you have connected an Internet Ethernet cable to MiiPC you will not need to configure WiFi. To setup a non-English keyboard please visit www.miipc.com/support for instructions.
If you connect MiiPC to a HDMI device, you will likely be required to calibrate the screen display. Calibration simply means you can adjust the horizontal and vertical screen size to properly fit your HDMI monitor or TV.
When you are accessing the Android ‘setting’ menu from the ‘Welcome to MiiPC” setup wizard, you can calibrate your screen by going to the ‘Display’ category and then selecting ‘Screen Calibration’ and following the instructions to complete the calibration process.
In the screen below, select “OK” to start the screen calibration process.
In the screen below, calibrate the display area by pushing each side of the black edge to barely cover the edge of your TV’s screen so you no longer see the blue color. Follow the on-screen instruction to complete the calibration process.
MiiPC Parental Control Mode provides parental control features to help parents set guidelines for their kids online and offline activities, allowing you to monitor their activities in real time. If you do not activate MiiPC Parental Control Mode, then MiiPC will behave just like a regular Android device.
To activate MiiPC Parental Control Mode you must be connected to the Internet. Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the MiiPC activation process.
You can always activate the MiiPC Parental Control Mode at a later time by clicking on the “MiiPC Launcher” icon located on the default Android desktop screen.
Once you complete step 2 in “Power Up MiiPC”, the MiiPC device will be automatically linked to the administrator account created during activation. With the MiiPC admin account you created from the MiiPC device above, you will also be able to login to the MiiPC Parental Control mobile app.
You can create additional MiiPC user accounts (e.g. for your children) for this device by using the admin dashboard features at the MiiPC login screen. Or, you can also use the companion MiiPC Mobile App to add new user accounts. (Go to www.miipc.com/start for details).
Note: The login ID & password to the MiiPC Parental Mobile app is the same MiiPC admin account you created from the MiiPC device in step 3.
MiiPC provides parental control features to help parents set guidelines for their kids online and offline activities, allowing you to monitor their activities in real time.
There are several tools available to you in order to help you remotely manage and monitor the MiiPC device, regardless of where you are.
Here are some examples of Parental Control features that we think will be handy for you. These features allows you to manage multiple kids, monitor which apps your kids are using and how long they have been using them for, as well as choosing the apps they have access to and for how long.
Create additional MiiPC user accounts (e.g. kids ) for your MiiPC device.
Modify MiiPC user permission for ‘MiiPC Browser’ and ‘MiiPC Web App Center’. Choose if the user can have access to the MiiPC Web App Center with over 500 hand-picked Web apps, or access to the Kid’s category only. MiiPC Browser advanced mode provides the user with more flexibility to navigate to different websites as they wish while still under the safeguard of real-time parental monitoring.
You can decide what local Android apps is appropriate your child by managing their assigned Android apps real-time.
With MiiPC, you have complete access to MiiPC Web App Center which contains over 500 hand-picked web applications. There is also a special category for kids. Browser the Web app center and pick the web apps that your kids may like.
MiiPC Parental Control feature provides near real-time stats on which child is currently logged in to the MiiPC device, what app they are currently using on the MiiPC device and a history of their activities.
Furthermore, you can take immediate actions to enforce restrictions and time limits for children on the MiiPC device.
Set time limits for 'addictive’ apps and websites, or device usage time for each child. Once the time limit is up for the day, MiiPC will block the apps from opening, or prevent the user from logging in, whether the MiiPC device is online or offline.
Extensive reporting and analysis for every child for each MiiPC device. Find out how they spend their time, what apps or websites are addictive to help you stay aware and stay informed.Collapse
You can move icons around on the MiiPC desktop. To enable this icon moving functionality you must enter MiiPC desktop editing mode.
To enter the MiiPC desktop editing mode use a “long” click (click and hold your mouse) on any desktop icon. When editing mode has been enabled you will see a little letter “i” appear next to all of the desktop icons. When you are in the editing mode, you can move app icons or create a ‘group’ folder by moving one app icon on top of another. Just click and drag an icon to move it around.
You can also create different ‘group’ folders to help you organize your MiiPC desktop.
The purpose of the MiiPC dock (see above screenshot) is to provide you with easy access to your frequently used or favorite apps on your MiiPC desktop. You may have multiple desktop pages, and the MiiPC dock is always there to provide convenient access. To move an app to the MiiPC dock, simply enter MiiPC desktop editing mode as described above. Then drag and drop the desired icon to the MiiPC dock area.
You have direct access to the MiiPC Web App Center with over 500 apps to browse, search and add to your MiiPC desktop. You can open the Web App Center by clicking on the “+ Web Apps” icon located in the lower right corner of the MiiPC desktop. Parents can set it to ‘full’ or ‘kids’ category, and access the MiiPC Web App Center from the companion MiiPC mobile app or parental web portal.
You may set up multiple MiiPC admin accounts for the same MiiPC device (e.g. Mom and Dad accounts).
Whenever you install a new local Android app on your MiiPC device, it will automatically appear in your MiiPC desktop admin account.
If you wish to manually remove an Android app icon from your MiIPC desktop, just long click on the app icon and drag and drop to the “Trash can” icon(see screenshot below). This won’t uninstall the app, but rather remove it from your MiiPC desktop. Removed apps will appear in the “+ Android app” listing for easy adding later on.
Note: Non-regular admin users will not have this feature as Android apps needs to be assigned using remote parental control features provided by the MiiPC mobile app or the parental web portal.
To restore the icon of a local Android app which you had previously removed from your admin account: click on the “+ Android app” icon located at the bottom right of the MiiPC desktop. Long click on any app icon, then drag and drop to your MiiPC desktop (see screenshot below).
MiiPC browser provides two access modes: advanced and regular.
Advanced mode: Browser with a URL field and access to multiple tabs. This feature is designed for older children as it gives them more freedom.
Regular mode: No URL field and no multi-tab feature. This is designed for younger children and provides a more restricted Internet access to guide them to a healthy online experience.
MiiPC Browser provides customized settings for each user:
Pressing the Back key takes you one step back to whatever you were doing prior.
When you are using the MiiPC Parental Control Mode, pressing the Home key takes you back to the MiiPC desktop page, regardless of what the user was doing previously.
In regular Android Mode, pressing the Home key takes you back to the Android home page, also regardless of what the user was doing previously.
Click on the Recent Apps icon to reveal the apps that you have recently opened and to quickly switch between these applications.Collapse
You must first enable the MiiPC device to accept Android Application installation requests from our own Featured Apps Store and also other App Stores such as 1Mobile or Amazon. To do this go to the Android setting menu, and select the ‘check box’ for ‘unknown sources’.
The MiiPC Featured Apps Store provides you a selection of great Android apps which have been tested by us on MiiPC devices. Click on the MiiPC Featured Apps icon in either the Android home page or on your MiiPC desktop. Select any number of apps to download and install on your device.
These apps will provide a quick and easy way to help you get started with MiiPC by providing useful functions like printing and flash support.
MiiPC comes with 1Mobile Market App Store preinstalled. 1Mobile provides access to over 300,000 Android applications.
You can search browse and install apps directly from 1Mobile Market.
The Amazon Appstore has a very wide selection of popular Android Applications. We did not prebundle the Amazon Appstore on MiiPC. So if you want to use that store you must first install the Amazon Appstore application on MiiPC.
You can download the “Amazon Appstore” application from the “MiiPC Featured Apps Store” and directly install on MiiPC.
"Sideloading" simply means installing an application package in APK format onto an Android device. Such packages, or as they are commonly referred to - APKs, are usually downloaded from websites other than Google Play.
Use a laptop or PC to download the APK file from whatever source you use. Then copy that APK file to a USB flash memory stick. Then you can plug the USB stick into one of the available USB slots on the MiiPC device.
We recommend that you use the MiiPC File Manager application to complete the installation process. You can launch the MiiPC File Manager from the Android Home Page or your MiiPC Desktop.
From the MiiiPC File Manager, click on the “USB” icon, and select the APK file that you wish to install. Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation with a few easy clicks.
The built-in Cannonball gaming console provides a familiar game controller experience to enhance Android gameplay on a large screen. Over 70 kid-friendly curated on-demand Android game titles are already available and the list is continuing to grow.
To use the Cannonball gaming console you will first need to connect a supported game controller to MiiPC. The supported game controller list can be found here.
Once you connect the game controller to MiiPC, click on the ‘Cannonball” desktop icon to bring up the Cannonball gaming console.
The Cannonball Market will show the list of supported games by categories. You can follow the on-screen instructions to browse, navigate and ‘install’ games on-demand.
To switch to your Cannonball Home (showing the apps you have downloaded), simply click on the “X” Home button from the above screenshot to bring you to be below Cannonball Home page.
To switch back to Cannonball Market to browse and install more games, click on the “X” Market again.