Here are a list of some known issues with some of the brands we install here at the shop, hope it saves you some time and headaches.
We use 3 brands of Bypasses and alarm / starters here at the shop, because no one brand is perfect and one company may have a BETTER solution for a vehicle than the other. We use compustar , fortin , idatalink, Xpresskit, avital and viper here ate the shop. With this mix of brands we are able to do 95% of the cars on the market today.
Viper is by far the most popular out of all the brand that we install and the easiest to use and understand.
In my opinion , Compustar works much better on manual transmission cars and is far more programmable than DEI / Viper. It is a Tech geek's dream, but also the most complicated to use and program. As far as bypasses i give Fortin the edge over the other 2 brands (xpresskit and idatalink) as far as car coverage and easy of install and programing. The Idatalink is out go to module when all else fails, it is by far the hardest to install (most wires to cut, splice into,) but if offers the most vehical coverage out of all 3 brands, Key KLON technology which allows us to do installs of remotes starts when customers only have one key. (we just did a 2011 Mazda 3 smartkey push start ,customer only had one key and the Idatalink ALCA was the ONLY module currently on the market that would do that car with only one smart key!!!!) and it helps that the idatalink works d2d with ALL the remote start brands we carry (dei/avital/viper/compustar). The DBall is the king of all modules as far a simplicity goes. Lease amount of wires to connect, rsr data remote start with t harnesses for allot of cars out there, works great d2d with all viper alarms and starters but it doesn't always work, doesn't do anywhere as near as many key KLON cars as Idatalink and it sometimes loses programing when the battery on the car dies.
issue 1: (as of 11/21/12)
Directed Avital d2d issues with xpresskit DBALL fix
Older Avital units (11K date code and older) Hardwire power and ground for the DB ALL.
Newer Avital (11Kand Newer) Unit comes shipped in bitwriter mode must :
power down unit
Ground white and blue slave start (trigger start ) wire
Power up unit
Led will flash 5 times to confirm d2d mode
Remove ground from white and blue wire
Xpress kit DBall (as of 11/21/12)
Viper 5904 d2d dball 2005 Nissan Titan
Everything work PERFECT!!! Except one feature
Double pulse unlock (i like all my doors to unlock at once when i hit unlock)
The module does not have a option for double pulse unlock in the module programing and it will not except the double pulse from the Viper unit until the driver door has already unlocked. If you hit the unlock again after a few seconds then the passenger door unlocks but that is not the way i would like it. I can wire 2 wire the install but it does not make sense to do it that way because i would lose all mt d2d feature just to gain 1 feature, so will just live with it for now.
Viper (and directed) smart start blue tooth dsm50bt vsm50bt
I spoke to tech support and they said the problem will be fixed with the next update
(current app version is 3.0.1)
I have 2 cars with the viper smart start
car one has the vsm250 gps
car 2 has the vsm50bt
i can not control both cars from one single smart start app :-(
but tech support did give me a work around until the problem is fixed.
download both the smart start apps viper smart start and directed smart start and put one car on each so each car has its own dedicated app. works perfect! tech support says that with the new update i will be able to control all my cars separately on the same app. NOTE: The issue only applies if you have a smartstart 200 or 250 in one car and a blue tooth smartstart in another vsm50bt. You can gave as many vsm200 or 250 on the same app no problem.
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