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Overview: The Viper VSM200 SmartStart module
allows you to operate specific functions of your SmartStart-ready car
security or remote start system from your compatible smart device. SmartStart
3.1.1 (current version as of June 2013) is compatible with iOS devices (iPhone,
iPad, iPod touch) with iOS 4.3 or later, Android devices with SDK 1.6 or newer,
and Blackberry devices with OS 4.5 to 6. The free Viper SmartStart app can be downloaded from the
iTunes App Store, Blackberry App World, or Google Play, depending
upon which device you own. A service plan is required for most features.
Note: The iPod touch and some iPads communicate with the vehicle via
Wi-Fi. The vehicle's SmartStart module and the iPod touch/iPad must be on
the same LAN.
Multiple Vehicles: If you have a SmartStart module installed
in more than one vehicle, you can choose which vehicle to control right from
your compatible smart device. The Cars Screen lets you select which vehicle to
Functionality: With SmartStart, you can use your compatible
smart device 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. Using
your device, you can perform the following commands, which appear as icons on
- Lock: Locks the vehicle and sends a confirmation
- Unlock: Unlocks the vehicle and sends a confirmation
- 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.)
Siri Integration: Users of the iPhone 5 and 4S running iOS 6
can use Siri to activate the remote start via voice command. The App Launch
Action function must first be activated in the Setting Menu.
Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart app
screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open any of the five tabs:
- Home: The Home screen is the default screen, and gives
you access to all of the remote commands: Lock, Unlock, SmartStart, Trunk,
- 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 tab lets you see at a glance the
status of your vehicle and Viper system, including Remote Starter, Doors
(locked/unlocked), Doors (open/closed), Trunk, Panic, Ignition, Hood, Active
DTC Codes, Security System State, and Security System Triggered.
- GPS: SmartStart GPS is not available with the VSM200.
The SmartStart GPS module (VSM250) would be required, and a subscription to
a SmartStart GPS service plan in order to use the GPS features.
- More: The More button reveals nine additional options:
- Alerts: shows new status alerts from the alarm
- Settings: lets you log into your account, change
passcode, turn on/off features, and make general settings
- SmartSchedule: continually monitors the
temperature, location, and scheduling variables, and will ping you with
alerts when appropriate.
- Home Control: lets you control an Alarm.com-powered
home security system from the SmartStart app.
- Viper Motor Club: Free 24/7/365 roadside assistance
from the Viper Motor Club
- SmartPark: helps you find your car's location, and
provides directions when needed.
- Parking Meter: helps you keep track of how much
time is remaining on the parking meter, and will alert you when it's
time to add more money to the meter.
- Customize: lets you purchase (99 cents) custom
skins for the SmartStart app, including a pink color theme (benefits
breast cancer research) and an Old School classic Viper 2-way Responder
remote. Available for the iPhone version of the app only.
- Find a Dealer: helps you locate the nearest Viper
Virtually Unlimited Range: SmartStart works over the 3G
cellular network or over Wi-Fi, giving you virtually unlimited range anywhere in
the United States. As long as your vehicle is in range of a GSM cellular signal
and your phone has a 3G signal, SmartStart will work. When using Wi-Fi
connection, both the vehicle and device must be connected to the same LAN.
SmartStart Service Plans: Once you have installed the DSM200
SmartStart Module, you will need to subscribe to a SmartStart Service Plan. As
of November 2013, the SmartStart Secure 1-year plan is $69.49, and the Secure 3-year
plan is $168.99. Included at no charge is membership in the SmartStart Motor
Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance.