Directed DSM50BT

SmartStart Bluetooth® module — start your car, unlock your doors, or open your trunk with a smartphone

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Remote start app for your car

Directed's DSM50BT SmartStart Bluetooth module connects your car's remote system to your smartphone so you can wirelessly start your vehicle, unlock your doors, or open the trunk. You can give your car a moment to warm up or cool down, while you load the trunk, for instance. You can also make sure your vehicle is locked when you leave it, or hit a panic button if you can't find it.

Links your remote system to your smartphone

The credit card-size module mounts stealthily behind your dash and works with Directed, Python, Viper, and many other remote-start systems, including some factory systems. You download the free app from the iTunes App Store or Android Market, so your SmartStart will work with whichever smartphone you own. Depending on local conditions and interference, you can start your vehicle from up to 200 feet away. Warranty: 1 year.

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  • SmartStart Bluetooth Control Module
  • Mounting bracket
  • 4 Flat-head self-tapping screws (length=10mm)
  • 6' H1 harness with 3A in-line fuse on power wire and white 6-pin plug
  • 10' H2 harness (black flat cable) with black and green 6-pin plugs
  • Quick Reference User's Guide (English)
  • Quick Reference User's Guide (French)
  • Quick Reference Install Guide (English)
  • Quick Reference Install Guide (French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Promo card for SmartStart Secure Plan

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Overview: The DSM50BT SmartStart Bluetooth module, made by Directed Electronics, allows you to operate specific functions of your vehicle with your smartphone via Bluetooth. It can be added an existing Directed product, including security, remote start, and hybrid systems. It can also be installed as a standalone item to lock/unlock your doors and pop the trunk/rear door. SmartStart currently works in the US and Canada. No service plan is required with the DSM50BT.

Smartphone Compatibility: With the DSM50BT installed, you can remote start (if applicable), lock, and unlock your car by pushing a button on your smartphone, using the free Directed SmartStart App. The app is available from the Apple iTunes App Store, Google Play, and BlackBerry App World. SmartStart is compatible with the following smartphones:

  • iOS: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
  • Android: SDK 1.6 or newer
  • BlackBerry: OS 4.5 to 6. A beta app for OS7 is also available.

Security System Compatibility: The SmartStart Bluetooth module is compatible with the following models of Directed Electronics Security and/or Remote Start Systems:

  • Python: models 1401, 580, 1601, 872, 991, and 592
  • Clifford: models 1.2, 1.3x, 20.7x, 2.2, 3.3x, 50.7x, and 590.2x
  • By transmitter type: 1-way SuperCode (Remote Start or Security System/Remote Start), Responder LE (RS or Sec/RS), Responder LC3 (RS or Sec/RS), Responder HD

Operating Range: During normal operations, you should be able to connect with your SmartStart Bluetooth system from up to 200 feet away. The range can be affected by local interference, which direction you are from the vehicle (facing it from the side, front, or rear), and whether you are moving or standing still. Your smartphone will indicate the Bluetooth connection status on its display.

Installation: The DSM50BT can easily interface with your existing Directed security, remote start or hybrid system. The Bluetooth Control Module is connected between the existing Directed control module and the system's Control Center via the supplied cable. (An 8210 RF adapter kit may be needed if the supplied cable does not fit the Directed system.) A simple power and ground connection is also needed. If you are installing the DSM50BT as a standalone unit, Door Lock, Door Unlock, Start/Stop, and Trunk wires have to be connected in addition to Power and Ground.

Multiple Vehicles: If you have a SmartStart Bluetooth module installed in more than one vehicle, you can choose which vehicle to control right from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or compatible Blackberry or Android smartphone. The Cars Screen lets you name and attach a picture for each vehicle you wish to control. You can select the desired vehicle from the Cars Screen.

Power Saver Mode: If the SmartStart Bluetooth module doesn't detect a connection with your smartphone for 24 hours, it will go into Power Saver mode to reduce battery consumption. Power Saver mode reduces power consumption to less than 12mA, approximately one-third of normal power consumption. The module can be manually turned off (Sleep Mode) to eliminate virtually all current draw. This is helpful if you plan on parking your vehicle for long term storage.

LED Functions: The module has two LEDs that indicate the status of the SmartStart system. The Blue LED blinks to indicate pairing with your smartphone, and glows solid when connection is made. It shuts off after 2 minutes of inactivity to prevent distraction. The Red LED blinks to indicate it's about to go into Power Saver Mode, and lights solid for a brief time when you have selected Sleep Mode. The Red LED also indicates programming step confirmation for installers.

Functionality: With SmartStart Bluetooth added to an existing Directed security system/remote starter, you can use your smartphone to pre-warm your car's cabin in the winter, pre-cool it in the summer, lock/unlock the doors, arm/disarm your alarm, or find your car in the parking lot. Your vehicle responds exactly the same way as it does when using the alarm system's remote control, with audible and visual confirmations. On your smartphone, you can perform the following commands, which appear as icons on the touchscreen:

  • Lock: Locks the vehicle and sends a confirmation message. (Can also arm your vehicle's car alarm.)
  • Unlock: Unlocks the vehicle and sends a confirmation message. (Can also disarm your vehicle's car alarm)
  • SmartStart: Remote starts your vehicle and sends a confirmation message. The vehicle stays running for the programmed run time (default is 12 minutes). You can tap the icon again to turn off the vehicle.
  • Trunk: Tapping the icon once opens a dialog box, asking you to confirm the command (Yes/No). If you tap "Yes" the trunk opens the trunk and a confirmation message is sent.
  • Panic: Activates the panic mode for 30 seconds. You can tap the icon again to turn off. (This feature is used to attract attention if you're in a threatening position. It can also be used as a car finder.)

Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart app screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open any of the four screens:

  • Home: The Home screen is the default screen, and gives you access to all of the remote commands: Lock, Unlock, SmartStart, Trunk, and Panic.
  • Cars: The Cars screen allows you to control multiple vehicles if you have a compatible security/remote start system installed in more than one vehicle.
  • Status: The Status screen can show you the current status of your vehicle, letting you know if the engine is running or not, doors are closed/open and locked/unlocked, trunk and hood are open/closed, whether the alarm is armed or unarmed. (Vehicle status requires compatible Directed SmartStart GSM hardware with a service plan.)
  • GPS: The GPS screen lets you locate and control your car from almost anywhere. (Requires GSM and GPS hardware with a service plan.)
  • More: Lets you access settings and other advanced app features.
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1 question already asked

Is this product a DIY installation Or do I need a shop to do it, ie: what do I need to intall this alarm system? [ Graham  Jan 21, 2014 ]
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  • An Advisor will be able to tell you what you need. Thanks! [ Krissy Staff  Jan 22, 2014 ]
  • This will depend largely on your vehicle. For details on installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation. [ Krissy Staff  Jan 22, 2014 ]

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