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We're playing with cheap hardware again. This time it's this magnificent piece of DLNA/Miracast dongle which looks like a Chinesium clone of the Wecast C2.

Since the RK3036 SoC in this device seems to have relatively good open source kernel and toolchain support, it might be a nice target for custom firmware.


PCB Images

front.jpg back.jpg


Use Flashrom from latest git master to enjoy significant speedup.

Dumping the flash via Bus Pirate:

$ flashrom -p buspirate_spi:dev=/dev/ttyUSB0,spispeed=8M -c MX25L12835F/MX25L12845E/MX25L12865E -o log.txt -r rom.bin

The specific dump in this repo is no good for some off reasonm, see next section for a better image.

Stock Firmware

On boot device attemps to access to download a firmware update.

Update metadata and signature is fetched from

Binwalking the image provides:

$ binwalk update.img 

269948        0x41E7C         LZO compressed data
270273        0x41FC1         LZO compressed data
2999896       0x2DC658        xz compressed data
3461646       0x34D20E        Unix path: /proc/sys/kernel/domainname0l
3476206       0x350AEE        SHA256 hash constants, little endian
3692204       0x3856AC        SHA256 hash constants, little endian
4456448       0x440000        JFFS2 filesystem, little endian
5242880       0x500000        Squashfs filesystem, little endian, version 4.0, compression:xz, size: 11323710 bytes, 344 inodes, blocksize: 131072 bytes, created: 2018-01-14 00:50:49


The device publishes a DLNA MediaRenderer profile at the following URL


  • Booting with button pressed -> mask rom mode
  • Booting with SPI out pin 8 shorted to ground -> mask rom mode

Open Questions

  • What the fuck is going on with the storage? Why is the ROM dump so sparse?
  • Where are the UART pads / pins hiding?