Today I installed the OBDII connector and the bluetooth receiver. The bluetooth dongle hooked up easily and the drivers from the cd work perfectly. I was able to remove the kick panel and plug in the OBD connector easily as well. Both devices paired together right away and I was able to maintain a stable connection throughout without any hiccups. Before installing any software, I used Torque on my Android phone to check for a proper connection. I checked for RPM and coolant temp and both were reading well so it appeared to be functional. After the android app worked, I installed PalmerScan (one of the 8 or so programs that came on the install cd) and it was easy to set up and configure properly. I was also able to see coolant temp and RPM in the same fashion. I will be checking out the other softwares as well (some are trials, some are freeware, and others are just full programs that need to be activated). I wasn't able to take the car for a drive in order to see how the data would read while moving, but I will get to later today. This is definitely a step in the right direction for adding OBDII reading for my carputer. My only concern right now (other than software) is that even with the key out, the light for the OBD reader is on so it appears to be drawing power and so I would not be able to leave it constantly plugged in all the time. The one thing that I did notice is that when no key is in ignition, it will not connect to my phone or the carputer, indicating that it may not be drawing more power than to keep the led light on. If this is true, then I will have no issues with just leaving it in place.
As for the other item I purchased, the voltage monitor, I have not been able to get working yet. I plugged it in and nothing happened so I am going to have to check what the problem is. I have to find another AC adapter plug that I can shove in there to see if it is the voltage monitor or the outlet that is the issue. I checked the fuse box and I didn't see any blown fuses so I will have to check my owners manual for the specific fuse and pull it out later to closely examine it. It may also just be unplugged from the last time I opened the panel (I have forgotten to plug it back in before). As a last resort, if it does turn out to be the voltage monitor that's DOA, then I will just send it back to Amazon without any hassle (I love Amazon's return policies).
For navigation, I just downloaded Microsoft Streets and Tips 2011 to check it out. I was able to install and configure my gps receiver with the program easily but I was not able to easily figure out the UI involved with the software. It does not appear to be very touch screen friendly but definitely has a lot of features packed into it. I am going to pull the computer and plug it into the monitor in my house so I can better configure the software. Once I figure out how to use it properly on the bigger screen, I will be able to get used to the interface in the car much more easily. The only issue with that plan is that my power adapter in the car is run through the center console (which is bolted down) so it would be a pain to take that out as well. What I want to do is order another power brick so that I can easily pop the computer in/out between the house and car. It wasnt very expensive anyways so I will look into that soon.
Here are a couple of pics that I snapped while installing the OBDII reader:
The ELM327 fits properly and attaches easily via bluetooth to carputer and smartphone. Very glad with this!
That panel is very much in the way and has some switch attached to it that I have absolutely no idea what it goes to. It is mysteriously only labeled on/off and has no apparent effect on anything in the car. It goes upward into the dash and is not easily traceable after that. I may try to figure out one day what exactly it is. Anyways, the panel is able to be put back into place while keeping the OBDII socket on the outside and accessible so I just attached it that way.
This is where the voltage reader would go (if it works)