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Code Alarm CA1550

Car security/keyless entry system with 2-way LCD remote

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by Ken Nail
Code Alarm

A theft from your vehicle can really disrupt your life. Code Alarm's CA1550 keyless entry and security system protects your car and its contents, and gives you the convenience of remote door locking. You can check out the LCD screen on the system's 2-way remote to get instant feedback on the status of your alarm and car, even when it's out of sight. The system includes:

  • one metal-clad 2-way remote with LCD screen, plus one metal-clad 1-way remote;
  • a dual-stage magnetic shock sensor that detects unauthorized tampering;
  • a powerful 125 dB weatherproof siren;
  • remote door lock and unlock;
  • a starter interrupt feature which shuts down ignition during unauthorized use.

The system gives you additional peace of mind with ignition-activated doorlocks, carjacking protection, and automatic/last-door rearming. The CA1550 also features an override switch for valet parking, while the "silent choice" feature allows you to arm and disarm your car alarm without disturbing your neighbors. Everyone knows how hard it can be to find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot. The car-finding feature will sound your alarm at low volume so you can find your car more quickly. You can expand your protection even more by adding an optional sensor to the auxiliary input.

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We offer an interface that can save you lots of time when you install a Code Alarm system in most vehicles. For a limited time, you can get this interface FREE if purchased with this Code Alarm system. Chat or call us at 1-888-955-6000 to see if the interface will work with your vehicle.

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Highlights:

  • automotive keyless entry and security system
  • 2-way remote control with LCD screen for real-time system status updates
  • 1-way four-button remote
  • dual-stage impact sensor — chirps when the vehicle's bumped and sets off the alarm with further violations
  • 125 dB weatherproof siren
  • starter interrupt
  • one auxiliary channel
Features:
  • anti-carjacking protection
  • ignition-activated doorlocks
  • valet mode overrides alarm
  • two-car mode
  • silent arm and disarm
  • warranty: lifetime
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Lines of Defense
Alarm
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Pass/Act
Pager Warning
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LCD remote
Scan-resistant Remote Codes
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No
Battery Backup
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No
Trigger Methods
Glass Break Sensor
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No
Accessory Pins
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No
Current Sensing
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No
Operations
Arming Method
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Passive/Active
Included Remotes
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2
Number of Remote Buttons
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4
Number of Remote Functions
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2
Two-way Remote
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Smartphone Integration
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Factory Security Integration
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Number of Cars
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2
Hood/Trunk Release
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Yes
Remote Door Locks
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Yes
Remote Start
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Manual Transmission Compatible
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Valet Switch
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Yes
Manual Override
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Yes
Delayed Operations
Entrance
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No
Exit/Last Door
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Yes
Reset/Trigger
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No
Rearm/Disarm
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Yes
Number of Zones
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5
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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Lifetime
Labor Warranty
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Lifetime
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What's in the box?

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  • CA-1550 control module
  • CATX-MLC 5-button 2-way LCD remote transmitter
  • CR2450 battery (3V) for LCD remote
  • CATX-MT 4-button 1-way remote transmitter (with CR2016 battery installed)
  • 125dB Weatherproof siren with 17" power/ground wires
  • Glass-mount antenna (with dual-sided adhesive pad)
  • Dual-stage shock sensor (with 4-wire harness)
  • 5-Pin Main Harness (Length: 3')
  • 9-Pin Input/Output Harness (Length: 3')
  • 3-Pin Lock Output Harness (Length: 3')
  • SPDT Relay (for starter interrupt) with attached 18" 4-wire harness
  • 5-Pin Antenna Ribbon Cable (Length: 8')
  • Owner's Guide
  • Installation Guide
  • Limited Warranty/Consumer Registration Card
  • On-line registration card
  • Maximum Insurance Discount Authorization card
  • Code-Alarm window decal

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Alarm Features
Accessories

Alarm Features

Overview: The Code-Alarm CA1550 Vehicle Security and Keyless Entry System, a part of the Professional Series line, will protect your vehicle and its contents, and can remotely lock or unlock your doors. It comes with two remotes.

Remotes: The CA1550 comes with one 2-way, 5-button remote transmitter (CATX-MLC) with a 1.5" LCD screen, and one 1-way, 4-button remote transmitter (CATX-MT). Both remotes have sturdy metal bezels, and operate at 433 MHz to give you excellent range. Additional remotes (up to a total of 4) can be programmed to operate the alarm. Details of the remotes include:

  • CATX-MLC 2-way LCD Remote: The illuminated LCD remote receives feedback from the alarm so you can check the status of your vehicle. Numerous icons indicate at a glance if the doors are locked or unlocked, the current alarm mode, and which triggers have set off the alarm. Additional convenience features include an alarm clock and a parking meter timer. The remote can also operate a second alarm system once the remote has "learned" all of the second system's codes. The LCD remote has 5 buttons for lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, trunk, and function. Requires one CR2450 battery (included).
  • CATX-MT 1-way Remote: The 1-way remote contains four buttons for lock, unlock, vehicle locator/panic mode, and trunk. Requires one CR2016 battery (installed).

Glass-Mount Antenna: The included glass-mount antenna includes two LEDs and the valet switch built in. Typically, the antenna is mounted high on your windshield near the rear-view mirror, using the provided dual-sided adhesive pad. This location gives you optimal range for the remotes, high visibility for the status LEDs, and a convenient location for the valet switch/programming button.

Data Bus Interface (DBI) Port: The alarm's control module has a 4-pin Data Bus Interface (DBI) port, which allows you to plug in an optional FlashLogic Transponder/Door Lock/Remote Start Interface (item # 220FLCAN) directly into the system. These modules, compatible with many late model vehicles, can save considerable installation time by eliminating the need to find and splice various wires within the vehicle. Typical connections that are made with the interfaces include tachometer, brake, door locks, and ignition/starter.

Note: Even with the interface, there will be some required splicing into your vehicle's factory wiring.

125dB Siren: The CA1550 includes a siren which emits a single tone pattern at 125dB, which is equal to the threshold of pain in humans. Its compact size (2-3/4" footprint diameter, 3-3/8" horn diameter) gives you additional mounting flexibility. The weatherproof design keeps the siren operating flawlessly in the harsh, under hood environment.

Silent Choice: The Silent Choice feature allows you to control the arm/disarm chirps from the remote control. The system default is with Silent Choice enabled, which requires a second press of the "lock" button to activate an audible arming response from the vehicle.

Active/Passive Operation: The system can be programmed for passive or active arming and door locking. Active arming/locking requires the use of the remote to arm the system or to lock the doors. When programmed for passive operation, the doors lock and the system is armed automatically 1 minute after the last door is closed.

Delayed Arming: For vehicles with a delayed dome light, the system can be programmed to delay arming up to 60 seconds after the lock button is pressed. Once programmed, the system will learn the timing of the dome light delay and add 2 seconds before arming.

Door Locks/Trunk Release: The alarm can lock and unlock the vehicle's doors using the remotes. The alarm can be wired to work with positive or negative switching locks, reverse polarity, and positive or negative multiplexed door locks. Additional relays may be required for installation. In addition to unlocking and locking the doors, the system can also open the vehicle's trunk or hatch.

Two-stage Door Unlock: The alarm's door lock function can be set to operate in two stages. The driver's door only is unlocked with one press of the unlock button. A second press of the button within 3 seconds will unlock the remaining doors.

Shock Sensor: The included dual-stage magnetic shock sensor will respond with a warning chirp when there is a light impact to the vehicle. Harder impacts will fully trigger the alarm. You can bypass the shock sensor for one arm cycle, and will default back to normal operation the next time the system is armed. The shock sensor's sensitivity can be adjusted if needed.

Starter Interrupt Output: When the alarm is triggered, the system will disable the vehicle by interrupting the circuit to the starter via a relay. As long as the system is in alarm mode, the vehicle's engine cannot be started, preventing a possible theft. The relay needed to install this feature is included with the alarm.

Personal Protection Alarm Mode: The alarm's Personal Protection or Panic Mode will activate an alert when you press and hold the panic button continually for three seconds. The transmitter's normal functions are suspended during panic mode, except to allow you to lock or unlock the doors. You can manually shut off the alarm with the transmitter, or the system will automatically stop after 30 seconds.

Real Panic Sound (RPS): During panic and alarm trigger modes, the horn and/or siren will sound in a randomized pattern. This draws more attention to the vehicle that alarms without this feature.

Hidden Alarm Function: The Hidden Alarm function allows you to arm the system with the siren and horn output silenced if the system is triggered. The LCD remote will still indicate if the alarm is triggered during the Hidden Alarm function.

Progressive Car Find: To assist you in locating your vehicle in a crowded parking lot, the Progressive Car Find feature will sound the alarm and/or honk the horn five times at low volume. If you have not located the vehicle, the system will repeat the action at increasingly higher volumes (low, medium, high) with each press of the button.

Carjack Mode: The CA1550 features a Carjack mode, which must be turned on in system programming. The Carjack mode provides a delayed and progressive alarm response, starting with siren chirping, to full alarm with flashing parking lights, to starter kill activation, rendering the vehicle disabled.

Auxiliary Output: The alarm features an auxiliary output to operate optional accessories such as power windows or sunroof, or a powered sliding door. This 500mA output is capable of driving relays, and can be programmed to operate in various timing configurations (i.e. push and hold, latched, latched until ignition on, etc.).

Accessories

FlashLogic Interface Module: The optional FlashLogic Databus Interface Module (220FLCAN) communicates with your vehicle's Databus to provide plug-in capability for various functions of the Code-Alarm security system. Typical functions include tach input, door trigger, dome light supervision, factory alarm arm/disarm, trunk/hatch open, diesel glow plug input, remote start, and factory keyless entry controls. Compatibility and available functions vary depending upon year, make, and model of vehicle.

Note: Before installing, the FlashLogic module will need to be configured for your specific vehicle via web-update. Some splicing into factory wiring will be required.

Dual-Zone Microwave Sensor: The optional Code-Alarm Dual-Zone Microwave Sensor (item # 220MV3) detects movement through a protected area, such as someone trying to reach inside of your vehicle. It has two zones of detection--exterior and interior. When the exterior field is penetrated, the unit will cause the alarm system to emit a series of warn-away tones. When the interior zone is penetrated, the unit will cause the alarm system to go into full alert. The unit should be mounted near the center of the interior of the vehicle.

Universal Transponder Interface (UTI): The optional Universal Transponder Interface (UTI) works with vehicles that use an "immobilizer" key system, allowing you to operate the alarm system without interfering with the vehicle's anti-theft features. The UTI works with vehicles that have a transponder or RF-based immobilizer, including the GM Passkey systems.

Digital Tilt Sensor: The optional Code-Alarm DUB1 digital tilt sensor (220DUB1) can detect when the angle of your vehicle changes and trigger the alarm to protect you from tow trucks and tire or wheel thieves. After you have parked your vehicle, the DUB1 has a digital self-leveling feature to determine the angle of your parked vehicle. If that angle changes due to the vehicle being jacked up or towed, it will trigger a full alarm in the security system.

Door Lock Actuators: Power door locks can be added to a vehicle with manual door locks with a Door Lock Actuator, enabling you to lock/unlock your doors with the CA1550's keyless entry feature. A Standard 2-wire Door Lock Actuator (item # 220DA1) is available for normal manual door locks. For cable-driven door locking systems, a Motor Clutch-type Door Lock Actuator (item # 220DA2) and a Cable Kit (item # 220CLBK) will be needed. You will need an actuator for each door you want to control.

1-way Remote Transmitter: Up to 4 remote transmitters can be used with the CA1550 security system. Additional CATX-MT 1-way 4-button remotes (220CATXMT) can be purchased and programmed to operate your system.

 
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Code Alarm CA1550

Written By REGGAEX, Fredericksburg on Saturday, March 05, 2011
 
great alarm easy install used the flcan interface module whitch made install about a 5 wire
hookup instead of 15 or more plus no tracking down doorlock wires.
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