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post #51 of 346 Old 11th March 2018, 05:23 PM
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Also, to update my earlier posts (since we canít edit here), thanks to a fellow member for the heads-up about the 6m GPS cable. This is now available without a special request to the seller:

The topic mentions a GPS extension cable that can be used to make use of the existing GPS antenna in the car. I've messaged the seller to get a 6m long version of the cable, as suggested in the topic, and he has now created a separate product for that on ebay. It can be ordered here: https://m.ebay.com/itm/Fakra-SMB-C-5...72?_mwBanner=1
Has anyone tested using the Xtrons antenna yet and putting it in the dash? My understanding is that if this works the cable run to the trunk is no longer required. This would make the install even easier, wouldn't it?
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Has anyone tested using the Xtrons antenna yet and putting it in the dash? My understanding is that if this works the cable run to the trunk is no longer required. This would make the install even easier, wouldn't it?
Correct, you can use the GPS antenna that comes with the Xtrons and put it in/on the dash. I chose not to go this route as I had issues with a similar antenna and my Dynavin. Perhaps it was a problem isolated to my Dynavin & it's antenna, but I didn't want to chance it. The signal strength from the factory-installed GPS antenna was much, much stronger and more reliable than the stand-alone antenna in the dash.

The 6m GPS extension cable install isn't a big deal as you simply bundle it with the main Radio extension harness (and the Radio antenna extension) and run them all together.

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Added an Apple CarPlay interface ($65 on eBay) and it works beautifully.




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The head unit has speaker level outputs. I've been playing with the unit on my workbench ahead of installation while I wait for a few more cables. I'm driving my old front mid-range speakers. They get 'loud enough".


I was toying with just pushing the normal speakers with those line outputs since I have aftermarket 2 ways up front (using existing 3 way wiring, and midrange), and then just run the rear mids by themselves (I hardly use them anyway). It would bypass the stock DSP amp and all of it's clever goodness... but I would also need to figure out the sub. I have an older amp I can I use in the meantime (RF Punch 60ix, circa 1996) on the nokia subs.


Anyone done this?


The Fakra cable has the 8 speaker level wires sent all the way to the rear, and it's not "hard" to patch into the cable loom once you figure out what wires go to what. It's just a lot of wires.


Do you have a link to the ebay dongle, or is it a pretty easy thing to find?

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Ebay Dongle: https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Apple-i...r/192432197826

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How does this work?
It's a screen mirroring device. All it does is show on the head unit whatever is on the screen of the iphone. It's not genuine Apple CarPlay.

To be genuinely the Apple CarPlay operating system, Apple would have announced to it's investors and the public that they had signed a deal and that company would have to make it's products to the quality level Apple is known for.

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It's a screen mirroring device. All it does is show on the head unit whatever is on the screen of the iphone. It's not genuine Apple CarPlay.



To be genuinely the Apple CarPlay operating system, Apple would have announced to it's investors and the public that they had signed a deal and that company would have to make it's products to the quality level Apple is known for.



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Absolutely incorrect. It is not a screen mirror in any way shape or form. Itís Apple CarPlay - exactly like every OE integration Iíve used in rental cars. CarPlay actually runs on your phone, not the head unit. The USB dongle simply serves as a conduit for video display and touchscreen input.

The dongle is not an Apple-licensed product in the same way that my USB-to-Lightning cable isnít an Apple-licensed product. Yet, it still works.

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Does it incorporate the head unit's touchscreen or do you have to control with the phone?
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It uses the touch screen for those functions which are supported by CarPlay. Anything else, youíd use your phone input. Look up any CarPlay demo on YouTube and itís precisely like that. Again, it runs on your phone, so the feature set is dependent on iOS moreso than the head unit.

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