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Old 12th February 2018, 05:04 AM
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Excellent write up! I was wondering why you sold the N6

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Old 12th February 2018, 02:21 PM
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So far, very good. No noticeable delay with the exception of a couple seconds for Waze to boot up.

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Quick question, why do you need 6m FAKRA GPS Antenna Extension? I thought that these Nav units come with their own GPS antennas that you just mount under the dash somewhere.
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They do, but I found with my Dynavin that the reception with the included antenna was poor until I added the extension to use the factory GPS antenna instead. Maybe it was just an issue with the Dynavin and it's not a concern with the Xtrons, but I didn't want to chance dealing with it again. Also, it's one fewer item to try and stuff into the dash...

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Thanks for the thread! Starting to accumulate parts. Looks like the Android 6.0 is out of stock on Amazon and xtrons.

Looks like Amazon is the place to get the head unit, and xtrons is the place to get the cable. The cable, on amazon, is $79. (EXL005)

Anyone have a DIY / step guide on how to get a new set of speaker wires into the door? Is the rubber "snorkel" wire flex tube. This forum is great for lots of stuff - but a bit weaker as compared to stereo related stuff (IMHO).

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I'm thinking of going for a 7839.
A few initial questions:
There's no mention of ipod control. I have a rather old 'classic' which has the old, large connector. Could this be connected to one of the usb ports and be controlled from the headunit?

Does the headunit have wifi capabilities or would I need to get the 3g/4g(maybe wifi) dongle? I wouldn't often need internet acces, I was thinking of letting it connect to my phone and use it's 4g connection when needed (updates etc).

My car currently has the mfd and a cd drive(no nav), which means it has the single slot frame 'carrier'.
Will this need to be removed and a full nav unit carrier be installed or does it not use any of the original carriers?

Is it just a plug and play unit? I don't have the logic amp, but I do have an amp in the boot for subs, currently switched on by the diversity antenna 'live' (a white wire in the loom iirc, it works!). Would I need to re wire both of these or are they (ie diversity) fed through the 'big' radio connector (flat pin in my case), that's behind the dash in my case (ie not in the boot since I didn't have nav).

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I'm thinking of going for a 7839.
A few initial questions:
There's no mention of ipod control. I have a rather old 'classic' which has the old, large connector. Could this be connected to one of the usb ports and be controlled from the headunit?

Does the headunit have wifi capabilities or would I need to get the 3g/4g(maybe wifi) dongle? I wouldn't often need internet acces, I was thinking of letting it connect to my phone and use it's 4g connection when needed (updates etc).

My car currently has the mfd and a cd drive(no nav), which means it has the single slot frame 'carrier'.
Will this need to be removed and a full nav unit carrier be installed or does it not use any of the original carriers?

Is it just a plug and play unit? I don't have the logic amp, but I do have an amp in the boot for subs, currently switched on by the diversity antenna 'live' (a white wire in the loom iirc, it works!). Would I need to re wire both of these or are they (ie diversity) fed through the 'big' radio connector (flat pin in my case), that's behind the dash in my case (ie not in the boot since I didn't have nav).

Thanks for any replies and help. I realise some of these should be aimed at the seller but it's nice to be fore-armed
I'm glad you brought the ipod control up as I forgot to mention it. At the moment, when I plug my iPhone in it does charge, but I don't have any way to control the phone's music from the head unit. With that said, I've literally spent about 2 minutes playing with that function, so I'm nowhere close to admitting defeat. I'll eventually do the CarPlay dongle, which will give all the functionality of Apple CarPlay on the Android unit, to include ipod/music/spotify control. I'm guessing there's an Android app available to interface to the older Ipod, but I don't have a specific recommendation

The head unit does Wifi (and does it well), and I believe that's the only way to connect. Even the 3g/4g dongle Xtrons sells simply broadcasts a wifi signal and uses USB for power only. I'm currently using an AT&T wifi hotspot in my glove box, but I would think you could do without cell connectivity fairly easy. Download an offline maps app (there are several available), download your music to the unit, and allow it to connect to your home wifi when it's parked at home.

The full carrier would need to be removed, regardless of which carrier you've started with (nav vs non-nav). The unit includes it's own brackets, which are terrible. I just saw a post this morning on the German FB group that someone is looking at creating 3D-printed brackets which supposedly fit better. We shall see...

For you, I believe it should be a fairly simply install. You won't need any of the extensions listed above, possibly an antenna adapter, and you will need to use the included GPS antenna. As far as the amp question, I'm honestly not sure.

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Great writeup as usual! Looks much better than the N6, especially the IBUS info. Yet another project to add the growing list.
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Big thanks for the reply.

I wonder if ipod control is over one of the usb connectors only?

Re carrier, the lower dash would need to be 'moved', this isn't much of a job anyway.

How is the unit secured? Are the supplied mounting plates screwed to the side of the unit, like little ears and then these screwed onto the dash, behind the lower dash trim?

Also, I read somewhere that the newer android 8 units have a small usb issue, would this affect the 7839 you think?

Re Ibus app and intravee- the app seems very good. I currently have an intravee (iv) setup, from what I can see most of the 'iv's' functionality is duplicated in the app and some extra features built in. Could an iv remain attached or would it be more sensible to remove it?
Also, are there any features of the bc (or mfd) that the app does not support? I have not noticed the 'code' feature but I can't look properly at it, I do use code sometimes, gives a small degree of peace of mind!

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