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    Hardware Review: Connect2Car Anywhere G2 vehicle security system


    What is it?

    The Connect2Car Anywhere G2 is a vehicle security device which allows control of your vehicle and its security systems from any internet-connected PC or mobile device.

    The Verdict:

    The Connect2Car Anywhere G2 is the ultimate add on device for access and controlling your automobile. With just a few taps on your tablet, laptop, or mobile device you have monitoring and control of your vehicles security systems. Provided you are "anywhere" the internet may roam and don't mind the cost of a subscription, the Connect2Car G2 offers the ultimate in convenience and security services no matter where you are.



    Description:

    We've all been there, a crowded mall parking garage with the sound of some cars' factory security system echoing throughout. And just as as everyone else in the general vicinity, we try our best to ignore it. A high-percentage of the time it's a false alarm right? "It's not my car".

    The one person that does care about it is the owner. Whether its the thieves that want to boost your Garmin or a pleasant elderly lady who tore into the front bumper, the owner ultimately cares. The problem with factory systems is unless you're there to hear the sirens blazing, you have no idea whats going on. With the Connect2Car G2 system you're always there. The first layer of the G2 system allows you to know exactly when things happen to your ride via alerts to your mobile device. It doesn't matter if you're a few stores away or a few states away, each alert will let you know of the event (doors opened, motion detected, outside of your custom "geo-fence") as well as the current location of the car. Using the Connect2Car G2 provides the ultimate piece of mind that factory alarm systems just don't provide.

    The second layer of the Connect2Car Anywhere G2 system is the access control. Again, through any internet connected device you can send commands to your vehicle. Laptop and tablet device users can simply log into their Connect2Car account and send commands via web browser. Blackberry users have the privilege of a dedicated application which allows all of the features of the Connect2Car G2 system to be accessed (see video for a look inside the blackberry app). Users of other mobile phone platforms can simply send text messages to a dedicated Connect2Car number. Commands range from simple ARM/DISARM & START/STOP which do as they suggest, to WHEREIS, which replies with a live map position of the car. There are also some advanced security commands which allow users to literally turn off the car and stop it dead in its tracks (this one was very fun to test), or even do it automatically with the use of the custom geo-fence system. All commands are always readily available by sending the MENU command for text users. Each command gets sent to the vehicle through a GSM-based antenna the Connect2Car G2 uses to communicate. While its definitely not as quick as tapping a button on your key fob, the commands all act within 10-15 seconds, and each command is confirmed via text message or through the application in the case of the blackberry.


    Now, the downside to all of this accessibility and convenience is the fact that the Connect2Car Anywhere G2 uses a subscription-based system which requires a monthly payment. There are a few payment levels based on the number of commands users are allotted. My personal advice is to get one of the higher plans (500 commands are more). It may seem like a lessor plan would suffice, but the Connect2Car system is designed so it replaces any key-less entry or factory security systems, so anytime you resort to using an alternative you're right back to the "beeeeeep beeeeep" age of vehicle security. Also, like many other high-end security systems, the Connect2Car Anywhere G2 requires professional installation. Now some our hobbyist here on mp3Car brush off that notion, just know that Connect2Car's support is absolutely top notch and more than willing to spend time troubleshooting and testing. If that doesn't get you where you wish to be with the system, there is also a nationwide database of Connect2Car G2 system installers.

    The Positive:

    Easy access to my car from near anywhere I go
    Absolute piece of mind security
    Allows for remote engine start, window control
    Not limited to the range of a standard key fob



    The Negative:

    Requires a subscription
    GSM connection is not available in all areas
    Not as quick as just hitting the key fob for commands

    The Verdict:

    The Connect2Car Anywhere G2 is the ultimate add on device for access and controlling your automobile. With just a few taps on your tablet, laptop, or mobile device you have monitoring and control of your vehicles security systems. Provided you are "anywhere" the internet may roam and don't mind the cost of a subscription, the Connect2Car G2 offers the ultimate in convenience and security services no matter where you are.




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    So is this a all in one solution with some hardware and software?

    Is there anyway to access it with a local PC as well as a remote PC?

    I know you said mobile device acces, it it via dedicated app or is it via web browser?

    It looks like it could be interesting but I think a little more information would be nice also.

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    yes its a hardware software combination of sorts. It can be accessed with any internet connected PC via web browser. There is no app for the PC that does it but one could be worked up pretty easily either by sending texts from PC or by using a little php magic. One of the cool things is despite there only being an app for blackberry (for now) i've been able to set up my android device to control it with widgets (via the tasker app). There's also a bit of automation that can be done through tasker. I have my doors auto locking when tasker recognizing me driving 25 mph while connected to my bluetooth device, it auto locks when my car PC goes into standby, and some other advanced stuff having to do with the remote start feature. Apps for android and iPod shouldnt be that far behind though.
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    This would be perfect wfor me when I was single and my car was parked outside, bad neighborhood etc.

    Right now it doesnt do anything out of the ordinary for me, that is control the carputer, obd, cameras, dvr, etc.

    Now if I had a daughter that could drive...that would be a top priority: security fence, 6 mo driving location history, speeding alarm, panic button, SOS call, tow alert...that's GOLD for parents.

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    I will be doing some traveling soon and be using it to check the status of my car/carPC while parked in the airport parking lot. I've always had this thought of my battery dying on me while the car sits for a couple weeks because of the massive amount of usb devices n such in it. The Connect2Car monitors the vehicles 12v line, allowing me to check it periodically and even start the car to boost it if it gets below 11v.
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