AirDoc Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is AirDoc?
A. AirDoc is MiCommand’s new wireless music streaming technology added to the Control It All Remote Transceiver. As the name implies, with AirDoc, you don’t have to plug into the doc or audio jack to stream music from your iPhone. With AirDoc, music is streamed from your iPhone to the Transceiver unit where your stereo or speaker system is plugged in via the Transceivers 3.5mm audio jack.
Q. How does AirDoc work?
A. For the technologist: AirDoc streams music using Bluetooth’s A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). A2DP is a Bluetooth profile specifically designed for high fidelity music streaming. For those more interested in the user interaction: AirDoc is meant to be invisible from the user perspective. To play music you simply use your iPod application on your iPhone, or Pandora, or any other app that plays music. Once a Bluetooth connection is opened (automatically by the Transceiver) the iPhone will stream music through Bluetooth A2DP stream.
Q. How does AirDoc compare to Apple AirPlay?
A. AirDoc is very similar to AirPlay, but it differs in that AirDoc uses Bluetooth, while AirPlay uses WiFi. AirPlay also requires Wifi, a computer, or AirPlay enabled accessory (such as a speaker system, or stereo). With AirDoc, all you need is your iPhone, and the Control It All Remote Transceiver with AirDoc.
Q. Why did MiCommand combine AirDoc with the Control It All Remote product?
A. Wirelessly music streaming and our iPhone remote are highly synergistic. Consider the case where you’re streaming to a stereo with IR control. Control It All Remote with AirDoc, gives you full control and wireless streaming all from your iPhone: Turn your stereo on, switch inputs, stream music, and control the volume, all from the palm of your hand wirelessly.
Q. What’s the range of AirDoc?
A. Bluetooth has a range of up to 10-meters (30-ft). This range will vary depending on what’s obstructing the signal path.
Q. Do I need a computer with AirDoc?
A. No. All you need is your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, the Transceiver with AirDoc, and your existing stereo or speaker system.
Q. Do I need Wifi with AirDoc?
A. No. The Transceiver unit does not use, or require Wifi, or any networking for that matter.
Q. How many people can stream music at once?
A. Only one iPhone can stream music at a time, but other phones can stream music as soon as the active streamer pauses or quits. This allows music to be social again. Imagine you’re with your friends sharing the DJ role, each taking turns streaming their favorite tunes from their personal (and embarrassing) collection on their iPhone. (Jarred Sullinger really does love Miley Cyrus:-).
Q. Does AirDoc work with other smartphones, such as RIM, or Android phones?
A. Today, AirDoc supports only Apple iOS devices. Stay tuned for news here as we expand platform support.
Q. Can I have more than one Transceiver with AirDoc in my home?
A. Yes. The Control It All Remote app supports communication with multiple Transceivers. (i.e. Transceivers in different rooms–den, media room, bedroom, etc.). The Control It All Remote app, allows you to select and connect to Transceivers in different rooms. Once connected, you can stream music to your hearts content.
Q. Can I use a mixture of iPhones, iPods, and iPads?
A. Yes, the Transceiver treats all compatible iOS devices the same.