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  1. Hardware Review - Wireless USB TPMS Review

    by , 07-16-2009 at 10:49 PM

    Review by forum member: fixerofallthin

    1. What is the typical setup time for a 4 sensor kit and costs? (This includes having sensors mounted at a tire dealership)
    The typical time to mount sensors is about the same as mounting 4 new tires. When a reputable tire shop replaces tires on a vehicle equipped with factory TPMS they are supposed to dismount the sensors as well to replace the sealing gaskets. So when you contact your tire shop to make an appointment be prepared to allow about 1-2 hours work time plus whatever wait time involved.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store here.



    Our shop charges $25.00 per wheel to mount and balance tires so if you are doing the spare as well then $125.00 is an average price. If you are replacing your tires then we would not charge to install the sensors since the tires would need to be off anyway. Be sure to have the tires rebalanced if you did not replace them as the stems and sensors will alter the balance.
    If you are wanting to monitor your spare tire as well be sure the spare wheel will accept a sensor. Most temporary spare tires (donuts) are not meant to be dismounted and might not have room for the sensor.



    Be sure the shop uses a torque wrench to mount the sensors correctly.


    2. What is an ideal mounting location for the USB TPMS receiver, for both aesthetics and reception?
    The instructions tell you to install the receiver in a central location such as the base of the windshield. I found a central location in my truck to be the center console, which just happens to have a USB hub installed in it. In testing the sensors I spread them around my house and even put one in the freezer and refrigerator to monitor temps and to test reception distance and I was very pleased with how far away I could still communicate with all the sensors. 2 of the sensors were 25 feet away from the receiver and I still saw no issues, so I think just about anywhere you do not have excessive RF interference should work. When you first set up the system you are instructed to unplug the receiver several times so be sure to set it up completely before you tuck it away permanently.

    3. How do you install and use the software? (Both plug-in and standalone)





    I followed the directions that came with the kit to check the system before I mounted the sensors.
    RRTMS (from MP3Car.com forums) comes with the plug-in for RideRunner and a tool to configure the sensors and messages that are displayed and spoken (there is a typo in the dialog that speaks when the tire pressure is too high, it says "hight" instead of "high", so check that while you are installing the software). Download the file and extract it to your RideRunner plug-in folder. Be sure to register the .dll file after you copy it to its final location. You will need to add or modify a button in your skin to launch the TPMS screen. The button command is "TMS" and it launches TMS.skin. You can build your own screen to match the skin you are using or there is a test skin included in the RRTMS folder.




    CFTPMS (from the Centrafuse downloads section on http://forums.fluxmedia.net/) installs the plug-in for Centrafuse 2.0. It is a simple install. It is an exe file that puts everything where it needs to be. When prompted be sure to install the tools also. The tools folder in your Fluxmedia>centrafuse>plugins>tpms will have a program called TPMS doctor that is used to test communication. Once you install the CFTPMS.exe be sure to go download the update 2.1.9.0. Now that CFTPMS is updated you can set one of your buttons to launch tpms by clicking and holding the button you want it assigned to and selecting it from the list; Then go to settings and select advanced settings and you can enter the tpms section and set your preferences (PSI vs. Bar and such).


    4. How do I re-learn the sensors?
    I was able to set up my software before I even mounted the sensors in the wheels because the kit is prelearned by the manufacturer. I installed the software as listed above and was able to monitor the temperatures and battery levels to check communication. The manufacturer includes a sheet with the locations the sensors should be mounted.

    The instructions say not to use Centrafuse to set up the sensors because it is buggy, but I used both Riderunner and Centrafuse with no issues.

    When you rotate your tires you simply change the location of the sensor.





    5. How do I add a spare sensor?
    Using RRTMS I erased all sensors from the receiver and relearned them following the instructions that came with the kit. Once you select the sensor, you change the tire pressure until the receiver "sees" the change and it registers the sensor.

    See this product on the mp3Car Store here.

    Updated 12-26-2009 at 08:48 AM by Jensen2000

    Categories
    Products and Technology , Product Reviews
  2. New Product: p5USB Hub

    by , 07-13-2009 at 09:31 AM


    Goce from mp3Car shows the advantages to the p5USB hub
    http://store.mp3car.com/DC_Powered_4..._p/adt-015.htm

    Features include:
    Take voltage from 7-32 volts
    guaranteed 500 mA to each port.
    Each port has it's own self resetting fuse
    Reverse polarity protection
    startup and shutdow controller
    Delayed startup and shutdown (5 min and 25 min)

    http://store.mp3car.com/DC_Powered_4..._p/adt-015.htm

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:55 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Products and Technology , How To Videos
  3. location based services (LBS) Double in 2009

    by , 07-09-2009 at 09:31 AM
    Gartner's new report shows location based services (LBS) subscribers and revenue are on pace to double in 2009. " LBS subscribers are forecast to grow from 41.0 million in 2008 to 95.7 million in 2009 while revenue is anticipated to increase from $998.3 million in 2008 to $2.2 billion in 2009"

    This hopefully means a lot more mass market technology will be able to leveraged for use in our mobile computing mash ups that happens in our forums. how do you think this explosion of services and users will impact the stuff our community has been doing? Will there be more tools and APIs for developers or are all these LBSs goign to be locked down to specific devices or carriers? Talk about this on our forums here.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:10 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    mp3Car News
  4. August Mid-Atlantic MP3car meetup

    by , 07-08-2009 at 11:33 AM
    mp3Car Mid-Atlantic Car Computer AFK Fest

    August 22nd, 2009

    mp3Car is hosting a one-of-a-kind show and BBQ, Saturday August 22, in Baltimore, Maryland. Join computer hackers, car enthusiasts, techies, and audiophiles in a day of informative talks, car computer install presentations, socializing and innovating. Enjoy a free interactive speaker series on mobile computing at the m3pCar offices followed by an informal, outdoor BBQ and Car Computer Show by the Baltimore Harbor.
    Schedule for August 22nd Event:


    • 8am-11am (11:30am BBQ starts about 2 miles west)
    • Bring your ticket. We are almost "sold out" of the free tickets.
    • 5 Speakers, 36 minutes allocated to each speaker including setup time.
    • 20-30 minutes of presentation, remaining time will be used for Q&A
    • Coffee, Fruit and pastries will be available..


    8am - 8:36am
    Vitaliy Maksimov – What is "OBD", anyway?


    • What is OBD
    • OBD Applications
    • Getting at the data
    • Future of OBD
    • Other Resources & Links to check out


    8:36am - 9:12am
    Cabe Sipes - Experiences in car audio – Installing for an audience


    • Mp3car Founder Robert Wray interviews Cabe Sipes about his days at MTV and Rock the Boat
    • Audience Q&A


    9:12am - 9:48am
    Eric Brier - Underserved Computing Markets


    • The white-space between mobile handsets and laptop/desktop.
    • Designing for environments where a traditional mouse & keyboard are not desirable.
    • Alternate Inputs: Touch, Voice, Hardware Button, Remote
    • Market Trends: Broadband Connectivity, Convergence, Moore's Law
    • New Computing Markets: Auto, Air, Hotels, Boating, Kitchen, Restaurant/Bar, etc…


    9:48am - 10:24am
    Mark Miller


    • Capacitors, power systems.
    • How to get the best car computer sound quality with a budget.
    • Things to think about before starting your project or contacting an installer


    10:24am - 11:00am
    Silvio Fiorito– Windows Embedded in the mobile environment. What is it (101), tips, tricks, best practices, DIY.


    • What is windows embedded, the history, background, architecture
    • How to develop a windows embedded image
    • Strengths and Weaknesses of Windows embedded
    • Other tools and DIY windows embedded
    • Performance and reliability optimizations
    • Gui Customizations for the OEM look
    • XP embed with Solid State disks and USB
    • Audience Q/A


    11:30am - 4pm
    mp3Car BBQ and Car Computer Show at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD with Centrafuse, Scantool and many other companies from the mp3Car Community. Get a Free Ticket See map below.
    Confirmed Attendees



    3pm
    Car judging for the best of show contest and prizes awarded. Best car of the show contest - Thousands of dollars in prizes. There will be a first, second and third place prize. Prizes have been donated by mp3Car, Centrafuse, Scantool, Mo-Co-So, and Lilliput.
    Contest rules


    • You Must bring your car to the event.
    • You Must have your car listed in the "Show off your project" section on the mp3Car Forums with 10 photos and some written information.
    • Voting by the attendees the day of the event.
    • Prize pack to be provided to the winners at the event.

    4pm
    mp3Car lab & Office Tour, and get a Free Ticket (required as seating is limited).


    Lodging & Site seeing:



    Check this website http://baltimore.org for some interesting ideas or post questions in our forums events thread.


    What to bring:



    • Your car to enter the contest
    • Beach towel or chair
    • Your ticket (digital copy is fine)
    • Frisbee
    • A camera
    • A friend



    Getting There and Parking:





    • Fort McHenry National Park Navigate to 2400 East Fort Avenue, 21230 (see map below)
    • mp3Car office - Navigate to 2400 Boston Street, 21224 (see map below)




    Questions


    If you have any questions about the events while you are in town, please call Heather at (410) 526-2852 ext. 317. This extension is for AFKFest event related questions only not covered on the events page. Please e-mail store@mp3car.com for sales or customer service related questions.


    Plan B


    In the event of rain, the BBQ will be held in our office building parking lot. Office is located at 2400 Boston ST, Baltimore. This page will be updated the day of the event to disclose the change in location of the BBQ in the event of inclement weather. Please check here before coming. Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone there!
    All events are free, however we ask that you get a Free Ticket for each event for planning purposes.
    Talk about this on our forums

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:11 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Technology Events
  5. DashCommand for iPhone

    by , 07-07-2009 at 10:24 AM


    Sean from mp3Car reviews DashCommand for iPhone from Palmer Performance.

    DashCommand stems from its window's counterpart that has been long since in car computers. It offers a wireless connection to your OBD2 port to bring you a ton of engine diagnostic tools.

    With DashCommand for iPhone you can see all your available PID's in multiple skins, follow your acceleration and braking, see your g-forces going around turns, read your car's angle while driving, and keep all of this data for a log.

    The only downside to DashCommand is that you can't swipe between screens, and that you need to tell it to switch to landscape or portrait mode before the sensor graphics look correct. That is because you will be able to customize the dash boards in later version.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 02:56 PM by optikalefx

    Categories
    Products and Technology