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    Thats great! I knew you would love the setup without the HU. Its like having a middle man, simply not needed. Im glad its all worked out.
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    I need a fusion brain now, I have the volume knob but I want to control relays and use my steering wheel buttons to do something. Stay tuned.
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    I'd like to see what it would take to reverse engineer the CHTO-03 interface? Instead of spending the $100 or so for it. I'm sure for the Dodge and Chrysler owners, with the High Speed Interior CAN Bus this would make installing a carputer to the factory amp a breeze. A DIY project and not even go the route of the CANUSB. Any thoughts?

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    Well I opened up the module and there is a lot going on in there, there's also a gain adjustment that I set so the system level out matches the level into the amp. I am still really impressed with the sound, no noise at all using this module. It's expensive but I would have to say it's worth it for how 'hassle free' the install was. I just tied the red wire to the blue/white on the CHTO-03 and now the amp turns on with the ignition. I may put a switch in there too so I can turn off the amp manually if I choose.

    So on another note the first problem has surfaced, the wifi adaptor seems to be confusing the TPMS sensors, it's strange, only once and awhile the light will go off prompting me to check pressure. I do and it fine. After more research it appesrs the TPMS sensors also broadcast wireless into the truck. I disable the wifi and bam no more TPMS idiot light. So this is one side effect I did notice running wifi on the system inside a new chrysler.

    Also upgraded my main PC power feed to fused 8 gauge direct from the battery. System has been running well these past couple weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blk02si View Post
    Well I opened up the module and there is a lot going on in there, there's also a gain adjustment that I set so the system level out matches the level into the amp. I am still really impressed with the sound, no noise at all using this module. It's expensive but I would have to say it's worth it for how 'hassle free' the install was. I just tied the red wire to the blue/white on the CHTO-03 and now the amp turns on with the ignition. I may put a switch in there too so I can turn off the amp manually if I choose.

    So on another note the first problem has surfaced, the wifi adaptor seems to be confusing the TPMS sensors, it's strange, only once and awhile the light will go off prompting me to check pressure. I do and it fine. After more research it appesrs the TPMS sensors also broadcast wireless into the truck. I disable the wifi and bam no more TPMS idiot light. So this is one side effect I did notice running wifi on the system inside a new chrysler.

    Also upgraded my main PC power feed to fused 8 gauge direct from the battery. System has been running well these past couple weeks.
    I am so glad you brought up this issue. A number of people have been having issues with TPMS. I kind of stated that it was possibly something interfering. Originally when these TPMS units and sensors were designed, they didn't take into effect that cars would have Wi-Fi, Air Cards, BT, GPS, and RF devices. On my install, my GPS was constantly jumping from street to street. One day I decided to unplug the Wifi adapter and all issues went away. If you can, get a USB extension and either position the WiFi dongle (if it is USB) either at the very very front of the car, or the very very back. Since the BU-353 is magnetic, I installed it to the very back of the car, and then a Wireless-N dongle at the very front. So far no more issues. I have not tested with the TPMS though, which is smack in the middle of the car.
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    I'm not aware if there would be a work-around for the wi-fi adapter, but I can tell you the TPMS sensors and WCM work at a frequency of 315MHz on the Dakota.

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    going to be detailing out the dakota tomorrow, doing the mobil1 oil change and working on the electronics some more. Hopefully I can find my camera and get some pics of the install. (just moved to a new house, still unpacking)
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    Nice

    Glad to know you can get the CanBus to do something. Any update on the steering wheel buttons doing anything. I drive an 06 Charger. I haven't plunged on this yet for that fact

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    I've been somewhat stalled on the project as it is working great and I am tackling a remodel job on the house I bought. I did manage to attach the new dedicated 8 gauge to the PC complete with two switches, one for the amp and one for the PC power disconnect. I am charging up my camera now so the pix will not be much longer!

    As for the steering wheel buttons, my next purchase from the mp3car store is going to be a fusion brain to interface with the wheel controls.
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