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Hardware Review: Bybyte 2-Channel Programmable Wireless Switch

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by , 03-16-2011 at 12:14 PM (9012 Views)

What is it?

The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch allows on/off control of up 2 devices with the included wireless remote.

The Verdict:

The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is a great solution to the problem of having to deal with tedious resume times when restarting a car PC. The device has a great build quality, and is flexible enough to tackle multiple startup/shutdown problems easily and effectively. Anyone looking to have near-instant boot times should consider this product as a quality option.

The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is available at the mp3Car store



What’s in the box?

The 2-channel programmable switch comes with the key chain transmitter, the control box, wiring harnesses, and instruction manual.


Description:

As car PC users, we all know the drill. Get in the car, start the ignition, and wait 30 seconds or more for the music to play. There are a few ways around it, but in general, resume times are the biggest day to day problem of a car PC install. Luckily, Bybyte has put together a solution. The 2-channel programmable wireless switch allows a car PC to begin the boot process before users step foot in the car. It works via radio frequency, and has a range of up to 30 feet. Installation could not be easier (see video review for a installation demonstration). Configuration is just as easy. There is a one button on the receiver board that allows the device to work as a momentary switch or a normally opened/closed switch.


I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the device as well. The control box is very small and can easily be tucked into a dashboard. There is an audible confirmation of commands received from the high-quality transmitter that stems from the control board. In fact, the sound is loud enough to be heard from outside the car. This comes in handy, especially when you're not sure if you pressed one of the two remote buttons. Unfortunately what you don't get with this one-way system is any kind of visual indicator of the PCs on/off state.


So for all its configuration options and the fact that it will not only manage the state of your car PC, but also a second device such as your monitor, auxillary lighting, or any other 12 device you would want to start via RF, the Bybyte 2-channel programmable switch is a sure bet to improve any car PC installation.

The Good:

  ● Simple in design, implementation and configuration
● Perhaps the easiest solution to resume wait
● Built with high quality materials
● Remote has a sliding cover to hide buttons when not in use


The Bad:

● Key chain is one-way, no state indicator for times you accidentally start the PC

The Verdict:

The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is a great solution to the problem of having to deal with tedious resume times when restarting a car PC. The device has a great build quality, and is flexible enough to tackle multiple startup/shutdown problems easily and effectively. Anyone looking to have near-instant boot times should consider this product as a quality option.

The Bybyte 2-channel programmable wireless switch is available at the mp3Car store


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hmm after a few weeks of use the device suddenly has stopped responding. No LED activity at all, even when the setup button is pressed. I tried disconnecting it from its power source for a few minutes but that didnt seem to do anything.
Now if we just could have a device that would work with the stock remote? Like push lock 4 times or something like that
I been using something like this for over 3 yrs now in my ride, But this is cool too. I also have one on my HTPC to use from my couch. https://www.eio.com/popup.aspx?Produ...e/21976_1_.jpg