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Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface

Add steering wheel audio controls to your vehicle — works with an aftermarket car stereo's steering wheel control input

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    Controls and transmitter cradle that mount on steering wheel

  • Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface

  • Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface

  • Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface

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by Dave Delamere

What does a steering wheel audio control adapter do?

Many people aren't thrilled with the sound of their car's factory radio, but don't want to replace it because they'll lose those convenient audio controls on the steering wheel. For most vehicles, you can purchase an adapter that allows you to use those controls to run a new car stereo, so now you can have great sound and convenience too. Even cooler, if your new stereo has iPod controls, you can use your steering wheel controls to run your iPod.

Get the steering wheel controls you've always wanted

You want a new car stereo and your vehicle doesn't have those convenient steering wheel audio controls that many current factory systems offer. This RFASWC universal steering wheel control interface from Axxess provides a simple solution. When you install a new car stereo with a steering wheel control input, you'll also connect the hideaway RFASWC interface, then attach the keypad and bracket to your steering wheel. The keypad transmits the commands to your new car stereo wirelessly. You'll get easy-to-reach controls for your car stereo without having to take your hands off the wheel, which means you can concentrate on the road.

Talk about versatile

Axxess's RFASWC interface comes programmed with the standard volume up and down, “seek”, and “source” selections, but you can also reprogram the buttons for a variety of alternate commands, including answering calls with a Bluetooth-equipped stereo. The rubber “watchband” strap lets you mount the controls in various locations on your wheel — simply rotate the keypad to match the position you choose. You can adjust the strap for various steering wheel thicknesses, and its built-in wireless transmitter is powered by one replaceable CR2032 battery.

Note: The Axxess RFASWC is only compatible with aftermarket car stereos that offer a steering wheel control input.

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Highlights:

  • universal steering wheel audio controls for aftermarket car stereos with a steering wheel control adapter input
  • wireless keypad transmits controls to hideaway interface that connects to car stereo
  • adjustable rubber strap on keypad works with a variety of steering wheel sizes and in various locations
  • keypad buttons can be reprogrammed for different functions
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • RF steering wheel control interface
  • Keypad
  • Keypad mounting cradle w/ strap
  • CR2032 battery (installed)
  • 12-Pin connector-to-3 wire/3.5mm connector harness
  • 3.5mm-to-two wire harness
  • Trim-ring
  • Resistor
  • Installation Instructions

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Features

Universal RF Steering Wheel Control Interface: The Axxess RFASWC is designed to add steering wheel controls to vehicles that do not have integrated factory steering wheel controls when used with an aftermarket radio with a steering wheel control input. The RFASWC consists of a RF steering wheel control interface module, RF keypad remote, mounting bracket, and wiring harness. The Axxess RFASWC is able to give you, the driver, the ability to control your aftermarket radio without taking your eyes off the road.

Compatibility: The Axxess RFASWC steering wheel control interface is universal and can be used in most any vehicle without factory steering wheel controls present. The RFASWC supports the following aftermarket head unit manufactures; Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood, Eclipse, JVC, Clarion, Dual, Jensen, Visteon, and Valor. The aftermarket head unit must have a SWC (Steering Wheel Control) 3.5mm input or steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow).

Note: Not compatible with Rosen, CarShow, or Parrot receivers. Please consult the Crutchfield Car Selector to see if your vehicle and aftermarket head unit is compatible.

RF SWC Interface Module: The included RF steering wheel control module features a built-in RF receiver and connects to your aftermarket head unit with steering wheel control capability. The interface module connects to the SWC 3.5mm input or SWC input wire (blue/yellow) of your aftermarket head unit. The interface module receives RF wireless commands from the RFASWC's remote keypad and then relays the same commands to your aftermarket head unit via its SWC input.

Note: The RF SWC interface module's harness must also be hardwired to your vehicle's 12-volt accessory and ground. The interface module is designed to be hidden behind your aftermarket radio.

RF Keypad Remote w/ Mounting Bracket: The included RF keypad remote features a built-in RF transmitter that sends wireless control commands to the RFASWC's interface module and your connected aftermarket head unit with SWC capabilities. The RF keypad remote includes a mounting bracket and rubber strap which attaches to your vehicle's steering wheel. The keypad remote features six buttons that are pre-programmed with standard commands; like Volume up/down, Seek previous/next, Source, and Answer/End (for aftermarket Bluetooth head units). In addition, you will be able to re-program these buttons (up to 18 commands to choose from).

Note: The mounting bracket assembly features a CR2032 battery which powers the RF keypad remote. This battery is replaceable.

LED Feedback: LED flashes indicate what brand of radio the RFASWC is connected to during initial setup.

Dimensions:

  • RF SWC Interface Module: 2.75" (w) x 0.8125" (h) x 1.8125" (d)
  • RF Keypad Remote w/ Mounting Bracket: 2.25" (w) x3.0" (h) x 1.25" (d)
 
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3 out of 5

Steering wheel controls

Written By GLB NM, Farmington, NM on Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The device works very well. The mounting used needs improvement.
Pros:
Device controls radio well.
Cons:
The mounting means needs improvement.
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5 out of 5

Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface

Written By Naldo, Miami Fl on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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Awesome
Pros:
All good
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3 out of 5

Not all bad

Written By JEZ, Carlisle, PA on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
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I do not like the interface as much as the thought I would. When reading the description I believed it would have 18 function I could program. It turns out you can only use 8 of the 18 function, seeing it only has 8 buttons and now the price seems like a bit much. That being said, the 8 functions work well, and it's nice to have controls of any kind on the steering wheel. The drawl back is the same for any remote that straps to the wheel; it gets in the way. If you don't have a problem with that then this unit is for you. Another problem I found is that the two way tape and rubber strap holds the unit tight to the wheel, but I have leather warped steering wheel. The unit dose not slip on the leather on the surface, but the leather slips underneath on the wheel frame, it moves a lot. On my steering wheel I removed the cruse controls on/off switch that was mounted on the left side, I found a switch that would work and moved the on/off function to the dash. Keeping the set/resume switches on the right side of the wheel. I then modified the transmitters body, and mounted it in place of the on/off switch. I would not recommend doing this unless you know what you are doing. Just saying it's an option and the results is like having factory controls.
Pros:
Having control of your stereo on the wheel, works well.
Cons:
unit is straped to the steering wheel and may get in the way, not good for some leather warped steering wheel
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