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What does 1-way and 2-way mean?

1-Way refers to key fobs used for car alarms, remote starters, or key less entry systems that connect to a vehicle.

1-Way key fobs send a signal ONE-WAY (ONE DIRECTION) from the key fob to the vehicle, but do not receive a confirmation signal back from the vehicle. They do not provide any status or vehicle updates.

1-Way key fobs are regarded as the most basic of control methods for car alarms, remote starters, or key less entry systems.

See below for a common style of 1-way key fob:
 

Have you ever locked your doors using your vehicle’s remote key and wondered, “Did my doors actually lock?” Even if your remote key has good range, there is no way you can be 100% sure your doors locked unless you can see or hear the vehicle.

That is where 2-way communication comes into play. 2-way remotes will not only send a command (e.g. lock or remote start) to your vehicle, but it will also confirm when that command is successful.

2-way is especially useful when remote starting your vehicle from the comfort of your home or workplace. Imagine remote starting your vehicle from your desk and receiving instant confirmation that your vehicle is warming up/cooling down: that is the power of a 2-way system!

Check out this video for a visual demonstration:

Can I start my car from my phone?

Did you know you can now control and remote start your vehicle with your smartphone, tablet, or computer? Yes you can now do this, simply by adding a smartphone controller to your remote starter or car alarm.

Smartphone control works by adding a control module to your remote starter, downloading an app to your phone or tablet, connecting the two together (registering) and voila you may control your vehicle from your phone.

We carry many different types of smartphone control modules, some with yearly fees, some without yearly fees.

Takeover? What is it?

Takeover stands for the sequence (or hand-off) between the remote starter running the vehicle, and the driver using the key or push start key fob to run the vehicle and drive away.

Not all vehicles have takeover available as an option, and those vehicles will shut down after remote start, when you open any door.

Manual Transmission? Can I install a remote start?

Yes you can! We offer a number of different manual transmission compatible remote starters that will perform safely on a manual transmission vehicle.

Manual transmission vehicles do require a safety sequence be performed upon exiting the vehicle (must be done every time you exit the vehicle if you wish to remote start the vehicle).

The safety sequence consists of shifting the vehicle to neutral, engage the parking brake, wait for the audible confirmation, once confirmation received exit the vehicle (engine continues to run), close all the doors, the vehicle will then shut-down and lock the doors. You may now remote start the vehicle as many times as you want, provided no one enters the vehicle (opens the door). If they do, the sequence must be performed again.

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