iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to select aftermarket car stereos

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Don't lose control

You're tired of your car's stock radio, but you don't want to lose the convenience of your steering wheel audio controls. iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MSW adapter allows you to retain those controls when you install a new car stereo in a wide range of vehicles. It's compatible with over 1700 vehicles made after 1998, and it'll work with just about any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Visteon, and Valor.

Program it yourself

You can install the ADS-MSW yourself if you have experience installing car audio gear — keep in mind that you'll have to splice into your vehicle's wiring and solder connections. Before installing, you'll program the adapter at the iDatalink site to work with your particular vehicle and car stereo. (Note: you'll need a Windows-based computer, see Details.) Using the intuitive web programming interface, each factory button can be assigned a specific radio function. If your vehicle isn't covered, the Maestro is the only steering wheel adapter that allows you to program your car using a simple step-by-step web procedure.

Assign each control a secondary function

And here's a great feature that's unique to this adapter — you can also choose and assign a secondary "press and hold" radio function to each factory button, effectively doubling what can be controlled. For example, touch the "Volume Up" button, and it'll turn up the music. Hold down the "Volume Up" button, and you can switch on the loudness on your car stereo. Warranty: 1 year.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap or splice into one to three wires in your vehicle to connect this adapter.

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.

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Excellent Product - not so excellent support

Written By SEABEE, Virginia on Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Product works as advertised....great steering wheel control interface device. Product requires flashing a module for your vehicle...which requires product registration and a return email...and a log on to access flash SW...which doesn't work...therefore to cant log on an flash the module for your vehicle. Cost me three hours to get the ability to flash my module...which after worked fine.

Pros: Crutchfield staff had the email address of the one gent to allow the flash process to proceed.

Cons: product support is M-F 9-5 ...soooo, no one is around on weekends to assist... wiring a bit complicated...instructions could be more specific

Works as intended

Written By KenA, Colorado on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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So I get this, the instructions say to go to your computer and plug it in, go to their website and flash the thing, that worked great! Now, the instructions do not really make it clear that the piece you're splicing into is on the CAR side, not the harness side so the pinouts were a bit confusing but once I called Crutchfield tech support they ironed it all out for me and install was cake. In order to reprogram the module to do different things, like change the hold volume button to do a different function, you must unplug it from your car, plug into your computer then reflash the module, kind of a pain.

Pros: Easy install once I grasped the install instructions Small and compact, made for easy tucking Printable install card

Cons: Instructions weren't clear with some of the wiring and how the pinouts were Lots of wires that were not connected, maybe a less general unit, however I understand the costs involved it's easier to make a unit for most vehicles

Good product

Written By BeeDubSupreme, North Carolina on Sunday, July 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it's supposed to do. If you have a 2015 Subaru Forester and want to retain your steering wheel controls, this will do the trick. I was skeptical at first because Crutchfield warned that it would not work for my application. I called to confirm with the peoples at Maestro. The technician told me that it would work, just to program it as if my ride is a 2014. They just have not updated their database yet. Ten bucks cheaper than the PAC unit. The PAC unit just seemed kind of janky.

Pros: Small. Easy install. Does what it claims to.

Cons: Nothing to report as of yet.

Does what I want it to do

Written By Rajan, Virginia on Saturday, July 04, 2015

Even though I just installed it, I love it. It does what I wanted and install is 1000x easier then PAC. I used the small posi-tap to install this on my Clarion NX404 in my 2006 Miata base model that did not have radio controls. I bought the switches from a wrecked Miata and used them (the cruise control also works from that FYI). I work at a dealership as a salesperson and drive a lot of new cars and myself get a new car every 2 or 3 years, the Miata is my track/show car but now it has convenience features.

Pros: easy install, program the way you want, no resistors to add

Cons: only thing I can think of is you gotta find somewhere to put in and thats not to easy with modern cars that are stuffed with wiring.

Not a maestro

Written By Anonymous, San Diego, CA on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Extremely confusing instructions. Horrible wiring diagram.

Cons: See anove

works as stated

Written By mrmilo, hobbs nm on Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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Work perfectly as stated on Subaru wrx, was able to maintain all steering controls

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Slightly difficult to use expanded features such as additional assignments and alternate buttons.

Kept my steering wheel controls!

Written By Anonymous, Richmond, VA on Friday, May 01, 2015

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The last time I installed an aftermarket radio, I just accepted the fact that I would loose steering wheel controls. This time around this nifty device was available. The directions made it pretty straight forward to program and connect. The controls are just as they were with the factory head unit. I'm completely satisfied with this product.

Pros: Keeps the same controls the factory deck had.

Cons: I only wish it were easier to reprogram if needed. I found that I could have programmed the "ok google" function in place of siri, but do not feel like taking the dash apart again just for one button.

easy install

Written By S, Albany, NY on Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Seemed difficult at the instructions a few times and realized which wires connected where. I was over thinking the install believing it had to be more complicated than it actually was.

Pros: Works perfectly. Easy install. Easy to program.

Cons: None.

Does what it's supposed to do

Written By fitz206, West Virginia on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Easy to program and flash for my 2009 Sonata. I did not like that I had to cut wires and splice them together rather than having a harness connector. I was told that was because it works off resistance and the pins may not have a good enough connection. I would have preferred to have an option to buy pins to install in the metra harness. But it works. That's the bottom line. Instructions could have been a little more detailed, but after some thought, I figured it out.

Scratching my head at first

Written By Jimbo, Georgia on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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I first opened this thing up expecting to find wiring diagrams. Instead I had two wiring harnesses and a book telling me to go to the interwebs. I followed the instructions which was easy enough, programmed it for my 2007 Silverado, updated the firmware, printed out my wiring schematic and installed it. It's really easy to do and it works amazingly well.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Everything works as promised. I would recommend this to a friend. Customer service was a big help.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Steve S., Texas on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Excellent product. Used it with a Sony head unit in my 2006 Hyundai Azera Limited.

Pros: Programming was a breeze and the ability to change some of the steering wheel control functions was icing on the cake. iDatalink tech support was outstanding.

Cons: None

Poor instructions

Written By Adam K, Bethesda, MD on Monday, December 08, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This started off great. I went to the web site, identified my car, my steering wheel, my new radio and flashed the device. I downloaded the instructions customized for my exact config. That was the easy part. What turned this into a month long installation was that the pinning was transposed. The numbering of the pins were a mirror image of the real pins - and the colors were just close enough that I thought I was cutting the right wires. After numerous calls to support at Crutchfield (they deserve a medal) they figured out what I had done. I had barely enough wire to repair what I had done, but it seems to have worked, and now the system is functional.

Oh, and they completely left out the fact that a couple of wires needed to be connected as well.

Granted, the mistake was mine and it all makes sense "after." A professional installer probably would have completed it in a couple of hours. Instead, mine was a 4 day extravaganza spread over a month.

Pros: Eazy to setup and flash for your config. Great website.

Cons: Too many details left out of the install steps. To easy to confuse the amateur installer.

Great Unit for Steering Wheel Controls

Written By Gerret M., Georgia on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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This unit is great. I used the standard set up and all my steering wheel controls were retained

Pros: It did what I bought it for - it retained all steering wheel controls

Cons: none

Works Well

Written By John S, Deltona, Fl on Thursday, November 13, 2014

It works great. Installed it in my 2013 Chevy Silverado with a Kenwood stereo. Need to mess with it a little and adjust the settings but all in all it works really well. I installed it with the mini USB cord plugged in and ran that cable to my glove box so I can reprogram as needed. I did lose all blue tooth function and Onstar functions from steering wheel controls. Not sure if I can get them back when I reprogram.

Pros: Dual function controls for each button.

Cons: Lost Onstar functions through steering wheel controls.

Works as Described but....

Written By Anonymous, Atlantic City, NJ on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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I installed this unit with a new Kenwood head unit. It's in and functions great but it was a little tricky to install. You program according to your vehicle info on a PC which is pretty easy. However, for my install I had to cut to wires from the factory harness and connect them to the Maestro. Wasn't exactly clear in the directions. Everything went fine once I called and they explained that part to me. Otherwise, it's great.

Easy Install, Good Product

Written By Karl S, Milwaukee, WI on Sunday, October 12, 2014

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I used this unit with an Alpine receiver/player/GPS unit. Clear instructions, easy to program and install. I really liked the additional functionality that the unit provided to the factory steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy programming/install. Good instructions.

Cons: None.

great easy to install sw control

Written By big mike, carson, ca on Sunday, August 31, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Website very easy to use and module very easy to upload firmware via website. Easy to install. Instructions were decent. Happy with my purchase.

Pros: Easy to install, intuitive website, easy to upload firmware

Cons: Nothing

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Dan, Ruther Glen VA on Saturday, August 30, 2014

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Works as stated. Just be sure you have the latest browser to connect it to the Web for programming it.

works just fine

Written By awh, williamsburg va on Monday, August 11, 2014

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Works fine. Used default setup for honda pilot and pioneer radio. Very easy!

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Written By TomB, Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, August 07, 2014

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Fits well in my car but right now I can not get it to work. Having some problems.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, austin, tx on Monday, July 07, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

as the sales rep mentioned, this one is a little more expensive and involves a bit more work on the installation, but it's still a snap and allows you to program two functions for each steering wheel button, which is handy. i used the 2nd functions for answering hands free calls and muting audio.

Radio control great, but install confusing.

Written By Joe, Ohio on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

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Wanting to keep my steering wheel controls on my 2005 Nissan Altima, read the reviews at the time so I was able to get a heads up as to what to expect. Must agree with the other posts on the directions given with the unit. Spent small amount of time as to what the directions were trying to explain about the hook-ups and the connection as illustrated. Called customer service line and found them to be helpful and surprisingly understanding and patient. Had the answers needed for my installed in minutes. Working as expected in the same amount of time. Idatalink maestro has a very good product and would not hesitate to purchase again. The download from the website to the unit for programming was quick and easy.

Pros: Easy programming, expanded controls available and customizable. Helpful customer service if needed.

Cons: Instructions not as clear as they could be. My connection did not match the pin-out as detailed.

Ingenious Device

Written By johpap, Albuquerque, nm on Monday, June 30, 2014

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OK So I will admit that I am not up to date on much of today's technology so I am fairly easily impressed. I had this installed in my 2010 Ford Fusion to control my Pioneer avh-x26600b head unit. It works perfectly. I love the fact that I was able to choose a second function for each control on my steering wheel though the options are somewhat limited with this head unit. I know there are more expensive controllers out there but this one was just what I needed.

Works Great!!

Written By automate_tx, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Datalink Maestro worked perfectly with my commuter KIA Rio and the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS. The setup was fast and easy using they're online setup. Customizable and all the features I needed.

Pros: Easy Setup, Feature rich

Cons: Minor, but having to register and be online to program. Offline (non-internet) setup would be nice.

Awesome product

Written By EricD, Madison, WI on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This worked great. Like other said the instructions are a little short, and in my case the 2 wires I was to splice where incorrect in their paperwork but I have access to alldata repair and found the correct wires. Other than that installation was easy and it worked on first try. Highly recommended.

Pros: East of programming

Cons: wire diagrams

Works awesome in my 2013 Tundra

Written By GeoffN, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This module was very easy to install using the maestro install guide. Flashing the module is very straightforward, using drop down menus for your exact vehicle and radio brand and model. I love the flexibility of being able to assign certain control to buttons based on what you want your steering wheel to do. Would definitely buy again. I know how easy it is to reflash because when I first installed this, I hooked it up to a Pioneer DD receiver, and upgraded to a Kenwood DDX771. Love it, and it works very well with this steering wheel module. Also, the response time for the buttons is the closest to factory I've seen of any aftermarket interfaces.

Pros: Quick to setup. Simple. Reliable. Re-programmable. Ultra flexible. Price.

Cons: NONE.

Works great in my 2005 Nissan Altima.

Written By Jfearn, Vero Beach, FL on Monday, April 14, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This maestro does exactly what it says. The wiring instructions and diagrams provided are not very clear. Once again called Crutchfield tech-support and they were wonderful. It really was an easy install and programming and works just like my original steering wheel controls did

Pros: Works great. Install was simple once I understood which wires to connect to.

Cons: Instructions provided were difficult to understand and the maestro website drawings provided were visually not very clear and difficult to read the wire numbers and colors

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Jason, Virginia on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this for the kenwood Dnx571hd on my 2013 tundra, easy install and retained all steering wheel controls.

Great Product

Written By HAL, Chicago IL on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product worked great. I had no problems installing it.

Pros: I like the press/ hold features that the factory unit didn't have.

Cons: If you don't flash the unit off the website, the manual setup instructions are a bit complicated.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By ric r, phoenixville pa on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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installed this product in a 2011 optima with a pioneer head unit. easy to install and did everything it was advertised to do.

Pros: worked as promised

Cons: none

2013 Tundra

Written By Gary, Texas on Monday, March 17, 2014

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I bought this to work with a Kenwood Excelon 491 HD head unit. It was easy to program and works perfectly with the head unit. All functions on the steering wheel were used and worked. I even have additional functions now, because you can program the idatalink. If you are a novice, you better study up on how to install this though. I am not a professional installer, but I was able to do this.

Pros: Works perfect. Program all the keys on steering wheel however you would like.

Cons: None.

2011 kia Sorento

Written By John N, San Diego, ca on Friday, March 14, 2014

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Absolutely flawless, kept all buttons functional including call buttons, no lag. a computer is required, doesn't have to be a laptop though.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

Nifty little black box

Written By Nelson E., Fremont, CA on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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I bought this unit to supplement the Pioneer DEH-X4600BT head unit I bought at the same time for my 2008 Hyundai Azera Limited. I didn't want to lose the controls on my steering wheel and after asking an agent at Crutchfield which would be the easiest unit to install, he recommended this unit. I have to say, I'm totally amazed. With the other units you have to program them manually and there is some soldering of wires involved. With the iDatalink Maetro, a couple of splices and wire connectors were all that were needed to get things working. I also like that all I had to do was connect the darned thing to a computer, input my car's information and the head unit I was attaching it to and it programmed itself. I will say that the downloaded instruction sheet from iDatalink is practically garbage. It got me halfway, but I'm glad that Crutchfield's Tech support was able to help and made the install so easy.

Pros: Computer programmable Easy install - 4 wires and no soldering!!!

Cons: Installation diagrams are worthless. You're better off calling Crutchfield Tech Support.

Works perfectly - Wonky Install

Written By Jason P., Naperville, IL on Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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This teeny little box works perfectly between my new Clarion CX501 and the factory-installed steering wheel controls on my 2008 Honda Pilot. Love that you can plug it into a computer and customize the actions for the buttons, including new "press and hold" functions. Only downside was that the installation instructions were pretty bad. Wanted me to attach wires to wires that didn't exist, didn't tell me what other wires were for. If you are a pro at this, might not be a problem, but as a novice, I was happy that I got it to work without blowing up the car.

Pros: Easy to program. Works flawlessly. Very small footprint.

Cons: Terrible installation instructions.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Written By vic.gsxr, Louisville, KY on Friday, February 28, 2014

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Works 100% as should

Cons: Had to find a windows computer. You can't program it from a mac

Maestro interfacer

Written By 19camrs79, Lucasville, Oh on Thursday, February 20, 2014

After getting on the web site, was easy to program for my particular vehicle. However, the instructions do not tell you which plug is no. "A",( have a '04 Chevy Avalanche). Was a little scared of going to the wrong plug and mess something up. So I haven't installed it.

Pros: easy to program

Cons: directions are not the best for your specific vehicle.

Works perfect but not for the novice

Written By JonA, Wailuku, HI on Friday, December 20, 2013

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Unit was installed in a 2005 Lexus RX330. I can only give this product 4 stars only because of the lack of instructions. In the box was the module and the wiring, thats it. I had read the other reviews on this product here on the Crutchfield so I did have a little bit of an idea what was in store though, so I went straight to the website to program the module and get the wiring instructions. Programming the module was a snap, and I like the idea of being able to program the functions of the steering wheel controls with clicking simple drop down boxes on the website. Wiring went a lot easier than I thought it would. I took the advice I saw here regarding soldering the connections so everything worked the first time I turned on the stereo, an Alpine IVE530 so no issues other than the wires are a bit tricky to strip cause they're so small. The lights on the steering wheel even work again now. Very happy now that everything is hooked up. I've been fooling around with car audio for 20+ years so installation for me was pretty easy, but a novice might want to get a shop to install this.

Pros: Great functionality once installed, ability to easily change button function while programming the module

Cons: No instructions in the box, wires are tiny making it tricky to strip during installation.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Maximus Puntilion, Washington on Sunday, December 15, 2013

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Product plugged right into my 2009 Subaru STI. Used positaps to connect it to 4 wires. The only thing that was a bit confusing and not clear was which wires connect to ground and accessory 12v in the subi Black to Black and Blue Red to Yellow and red

Pros: Easy installation and programming from the Web

Cons: Slightly confusing wiring diagram

Good unit

Written By Anonymous, Manchester nh on Monday, December 09, 2013

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Great unit

Pros: Programing easy, works great , does everything it should. Crutchfield tech support worked hard to straighten me out on my issue listed in the cons!

Cons: Had to connect one wire to the BCU directions a little unclear about what wire it was, felt like I was going to guess ...


Written By Kark, North Providence, RI on Saturday, November 30, 2013

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This thing was a joy to setup & install. It works as advertised.

Pros: Website guided setup USB programming

Cons: None

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Martins Ferry, OH on Sunday, November 24, 2013

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Easy to install easy the program works great

Pros: It's all good

Cons: None

Good product

Written By RiskS, Sacramento, CA on Monday, October 28, 2013

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Good product. Easy to set up, easy to install.

2012 Mitsubishi Evo GSR

Written By orig6redwings, Wolverine Lake, MI on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've tried a few different steering wheel control adapters from Crutchfield and this is by far the easiest and best one out there! There's no flipping switches or pressing buttons within a certain amount of time to program the adapter. Just log on, pick your car/options and setup what switches do what. Then download the program into the adapter and that's it!! You can also unplug it easily if you wish to change the settings. Plus, unlike other adapters, it will not lose it's settings if you lose power. If you want your steering wheel controls back, this adapter is the one to get!

Pros: Works great and easy to use!!

Cons: Does not support all switch options, but it does support the majority of them. Which is better than most adapters out there.

Excellent! Better than Metra!

Written By Jon, Kansas City, MO on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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I previously installed a Pioneer Avic Z-140BH in a 2003 Mercury Marauder and used a Metra ASWC-1 for the steering wheel controls. I had problem after problem with this unit forgetting the "memory" settings and not working or working as it shouldn't (volume up going down and the opposite). Metra was unwilling to help at all with my bad unit, so I decided to try another company. This unit shows it worked, but on purchase it said it didn't. So I bought it slightly hesitant. However upon arrival, I hooked it up to computer via USB and went on the Maestro website. Just a few extremely easy clicks later and my unit was programmed not only for "push" operation but also "push and hold", doubling the amount of button functions (this is an awesome feature). It wired up the exact same way as the Metra, but the install instructions were a million times better. Have had it for 3 weeks now, no problems, works great!

Pros: Easy to program, easy to install, more functions with push and hold feature

Cons: None!!

Best steering wheel control adapter I have used

Written By Rick M, Beckley WV on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This is the best working and easiest to program steering wheel control adapter I have used and installed. Crutchfield says this adapter was not recommended for my 2010 Subaru WRX, but Idatalink said it would so I tried it anyway and it works absolutely flawlessly. It was very easy to install in the vehicle and very easy to program via the computer and website from the manufacturer.

Pros: Works flawlessly and is incredibly easy to program.

Cons: None. Crutchfield not recommending use if this in my car.

Crutchfield response on Monday, September 02, 2013 Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have corrected our presentation.

solder the wires!

Written By Vodka0tter, MA on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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I'm giving this a so-so review only because of the instructions. The actual wiring diagram is ok, the button programming, for get it... Better flashing the unit from the web site. You need an account, verify email address, promise your first born male etc.. but do the flash - forget the button programming.

If I can stress one thing its solder the wires. Some of the functions work on resistance. I initially used crimp connectors and spend two days wondering why it didn't work. I thought it was defective. I called the tech support and went over everything and they recommended I solder the wires. I did and bingo - works like a charm.

Steering wheel Button configuration is a great feature (during the configuration flash). You can program a task for button press and another for button hold during the PC (yes PC, not mac) unit configuration flash. Very nice feature.

They need to ditch the stand alone configuration (using a single button and some illustrations) and just rely on the flash configuration along with the need to solder the wires. If you do that its a great unit!

Pros: Works great

Cons: Need to better describe requirements and instructions. Hire a technical writer for gods sake.

idatalink maestro ads-msw

Written By ernie a, california on Monday, July 22, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great product and easy install.

Cons: no cons

Vital for a smooth install

Written By Henry95, Tampa, FL on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this to connect steering wheel controls in Infiniti G35 to new JVC deck, and love the result. The integration is one of those "could probably live without it" things when you install a new car stereo, but going the extra mile to keep the steering wheel controls really made the project a total success.

You're required to go online for specific wiring instructions and to flash the unit via USB to work with your car and use the settings you choose. For some reason it took several tries on different computers to get the client downloaded and running, but after that, the process was smooth. Really liked the pull-down menus for assigning functions to each button, including the flexibility to assign different ones for press-and-hold. As with most aftermarket jobs like this, the documentation as only a starting point, and you have to do some exploration on your own in terms of finding wires, etc. My wheel controls cam to the dash in their own harness, so that made it easy to ID it by wire color, although I needed one call to Crutchfield to clarify that one wire from the car would go unused. Other than that, install was straightforward.

One thing I did that works beautifully: I programmed press-and-hold on the "power" button to activate voice dial... which on the JVC, brings up Siri on my iPhone5 via the Bluetooth. So now can do everything on my phone that Siri can--call out, navigate, select music--100% hands free. Pretty cool.

Pros: Functions exactly as advertised; press and hold function was awesome.

Cons: Documentation a bit sparse; online flash programming took a couple tries.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Mark & Chris, Melbourne, FL on Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly in an '06 HHR. If using this in conjunction with the PAC adapter, does require one customization to the adapter harness that's not documented. Ability to customize each button's commands for both momentary and long press is a big plus.

Pros: Customization via web and USB connection.

Good when pre-programmed; a challenge when not

Written By Steven, Tallahassee, FL on Saturday, July 20, 2013

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Odds are you won't need to reprogram Maestro to work with a different head unit. If it's part of a package you buy with a head unit from Crutchfield, it's plug and play and forget it.

BUT, if you ever do replace a head unit, reprogramming through their website is a pain in the back seat. It's PC only, and needs a data USB connector. Even then, the web interface (and operating manual) have english-as-a-second-langauge instructions. Once you've downloaded the drivers, found the right data cable, muddled through the interface and reinstalled the unit, it will work just fine. Also, I think it's somewhat overpriced, but not stupidly so.

Pros: works great with original head unit

Cons: pain in the rear if you need to re-pair it to another head unit (or vehicle).

Mitsubishi Evo with Rockford MMCS system

Written By RonA, Austin TX on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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This thing works awesome. I replaced the factory Rockford MMCS on my Mitsubishi with a Kenwood nav unit and used this to retain factory steering wheel control. One thing that isn't clear and may save you frustration is that the MMCS requires the Mito harness adapter even if not hooking up to the factory amp. It saves you from cutting a ton of wires. When you hookup the Mito, make sure to cut the 2 steering control wires going to their adapter box and feed them into the iDatalink. I originally just put a t-splice inline and that caused problems for the Maestro.

The other positive is that I programmed my steering controls to do more than the factory did! I also fixed Mitsubishi's backward way of moving through track listings on the stereo. This was all done with their website and selecting what I wanted my steering wheel buttons to do. Piece of cake.

Pros: Retains 100% of original functionality. Customize it to bring in further functionality. Fixes Mitsubishi's stupid button mappings.

Cons: Hasn't made me breakfast in bed. iDatalink's website firmware download requires Internet Explorer.

Easy and awesome.

Written By Sean M, Fruita, CO on Monday, July 15, 2013

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Super easy to install and to program. One wire hook up on my '04 Honda and power and ground. Great features let you program the buttons to do a variety of functions. You can even program them to do more than one function.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: None

Works great, but instructions could be better

Written By joc1394, Hagerstown, MD on Monday, July 15, 2013

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Overall, this did the job of making the stock steering wheel controls of my 2007 Honda Civic EX Coupe work with my new JVC KW-R900BT headunit. My only complaint is that it took two tries to program it and the instructions and website could benefit from a little more detail and directions. Overall, it worked as expected after the second try.

Pros: Works well, very reliable, compact and easy to tuck away in the dash. Programs via web similar to a Logitech Harmony remote.

Cons: Not the best instructions and guidance on installation.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By ToddH, Petersburg, VA on Monday, July 08, 2013

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Installed this in my son's 2003 Infiniti G35. This was a little intimidating at first. A couple calls to Tech Support and we figured out how everything was supposed to be hooked up. We did not have the complete instructions so didn't realize we had to flash the system. The worst part was that we needed a Windows computer to flash the system (we only have Apple products at home). I quick trip to the apartment's business center and five minutes to flash the system and we were up and running. I gave 5 stars because the systems works as advertised and wasn't too hard to install once we found the instructions.

Pros: Works as advertised - steering wheel controls are set the way we want them.

Cons: Need a windows based computer to flash the system. Website address with instructions would be helpful...Google is good, but why make customers search for your site???

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By JonahH, Heflin, AL on Sunday, July 07, 2013

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im told this is an excellent product, more-so on certain make vehicles than others. my experience with it, not so much. everything i read on it appeared great, but the unit i received evidently was faulty. after try and try again trouble shooting with tech support i returned the unit and got the Axxess ASWC-1 which didn't have to programmed via pc, plugged in and worked correctly within 5 min from install to working.

Pros: excellent concept

Easiest by Far....

Written By C4pt4inMatt, Vancouver, WA on Saturday, July 06, 2013

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Some background, I installed this in a 2011 Kia Sorento attached to a Kenwood DNN990HD. This setup was the third such attempt at a nav unit install in this vehicle. I tried a Clarion NX702 and a Pioneer AVIC Z150BH, both of which tied to the Metra ASWC for steering wheel input. I followed the install directions to a T, soldered all my connections for clean signal input, and still spent hours programming and reprogramming the ASWC to only have it still not working correctly. Some buttons would work but other wouldn't. Finally I gave up, returned the two stereos (didn't like the interfaces) and threw the ASWC in my parts box. I was determined there had to be a better way.

Enter the Maestro SW. I purchased this along with the Kenwood in hopes I would finally find something I could tolerate. Before I even tried the install I plugged the Maestro into my laptop, logged into the idatalink website and in less than 5 minutes flashed the module. Programming was super easy, click the button I want to program on the image of my actual steering wheel (on the idatalink website already), then select the function I want to assign. Note you can also assign a secondary function if you hold the button which is handy. Once my selections were made it loads them on the module and you're set to install. Sure enough, once I had everything hooked up and ready for my first test, the Maestro worked without a hitch. So much easier, I highly recommend this puppy over the ASWC.

Pros: Easy programming, compact unit, simple install, great install directions (on website)

Cons: My PTT button on the steering wheel doesn't work but I think that's a Kenwood issue

2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL w/o NAV

Written By e_piph_a_ny, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, July 06, 2013

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Once you get it, remarkably easy installation process to install.

Only a couple of wires tied into the Honda OEM radio harness. Identified by color (just like painting by numbers). Two step process on mfgr's website, downloading the appropriate installation diagrams (and I mean diagrams as in "IKEA-like") and then once the correct steering wheel buttons are identified, downloading the wiring diagram.

Only four stars because the website and instructions are confusing.

Pros: Easy setup to assign radio/phone functions to steering wheel controls

Cons: To d/l the plugin, remember that it's and not Of course both pages look similar so I couldn't find the proper version (HINT: look at the top left of the webpage). It's not apparent, but you don't have to follow all the instructions.

Steering Wheel Control

Written By Amador, Puerto Rico on Friday, July 05, 2013

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Would not work in my car. Thanks to the great Tech Support they exchanged it with a one that would.

Pros: none

Cons: Would not work on my 2003 Monte Carlo


Written By TRDmatrix, Thornton, CO on Thursday, June 27, 2013

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The first unit I received was DOA. At forst I thought I was doing somerhing wrong because the instructions (have to download from idatalink's website) are quite poor. After talking to crutchfield tech support, I got a replacement unit that worked perfectly as advertised. The unit is very small and easy to wire up as soon as you figure out what the instructions are actually trying to tell you. I installed this in my 2010 Mazda 5 to keep the steering wheel remote. The remote only has six buttons so the press and hold for secondary feature is awesome with my new sony headunit. If the instructions were easier to use and the first unit I got didn't make me waste a week of my time, this would be a five star product.

Pros: Tiny, secondary buttons

Cons: First unit DOA, instructions

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Written By 36bladze, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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I tried installing this unit (which by the way comes with 0 instructions) and it did not work. I spent hours on line looking for ways and couldn't find anything. I finally took it to a audio installer who told me that their is a propitiatory cable that is needed to flash this until. Without it it would not work.

Pros: works the way it should

Cons: Unless you buy an additional cable you can not self install

Not worth the trouble.

Written By SandR0ck, Orlando,fl on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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No instructions in the box. The web site is horrible for instructions. You can flash it for your car, but I could find not files to do so. I just reach over to the radio or use the remote.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Written By iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW, Schofield, WI on Friday, June 14, 2013

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Easy to use awesome product

Pros: Small and programmable

Cons: Higher priced


Written By Space Cowboy, Denver, CO on Saturday, May 25, 2013

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I'm not too much of a fan of 3rd party products, they never seem to work right. This product was amazing and so easy to install. The fact that they made it so you can flash the setting from your computer BEFORE installing it made it so much easier and quick. It actually made made Pioneer stereo do things it could do before, which is a plus. I made an error at the beginning and that was just use wire splicers. It caused the stereo to freak out when hit bumps. I went back and did it right, which is soldering the wires, bam, problem solved.

Pros: Being able to flash your setting through a USB to the unit. Second, for my truck, it was only 3 wires to hook up. Works flawless.

Cons: The website for getting the instructions was a slight pain

Controller works, support works better.

Written By A.M.L., Raleigh, NC on Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Works as promised, and being able to flash-program before installation saves a lot of time. Wiring instructions left something to be desired, but call-in Crutchfield support had better information, answered right away, and reinforced why I buy all my electronics from them.

Pros: Flash programming. Excellent Crutchfield support.

Cons: Vague wiring instructions, both printed and online.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Written By Leo, Leesville, LA on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Absolutely horrible product. Came with no directions and could not get it to work. I purchased a unit that automatically "sensed" my vehicles' controls from a local merchant and was installed in mere minutes. Stay away from this.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Did not work; cumbersome; could not download the proper software fro my vehicle, never did get it to work after 23 hours of messing with it. Gave up and went to a local install it shop and paid 1/2 the price.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Written By ScottB, Cincinnati, Oh on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Don't be intimidated by having to splice into your existing wires and "flashing" this unit. It's all very easy!! I used my existing, standard steering wheel controls so I didn't get in to special programming of the buttons but everything else went very smooth. I used a couple Velcro strips to attach this to the top of my radio. All works great!

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: None

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Patrick S., Tacoma, WA on Monday, May 13, 2013

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I recently replaced the factory head unit in my Ford Explorer with my favorite car stereo ever, the Alpine CDA-117. I knew that doing this would eliminate the factory steering wheel radio controls. The Maestro unit let me regain this awesome feature. I chose this unit because of the feature that enables each button to perform 2 functions. I don't have it set up exactly the way I want it yet, but it is about 85% with no manual programming. The unit performs as stated. The instructions seem to be a little vague, actually making installation seem harder than it really is.

Pros: Allowed me to retain the use of my steering wheel controls. Simple installation.

Cons: Instructions are a little vague, looks like everything is translated from French. The price for this item is considerably higher than comparable units by other manufactureers.

Override of buttons

Written By jsurfers, Chandler, AZ on Thursday, May 09, 2013

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The steering wheel control component was as advertised, very easy to install, and to program for my vehicle.

Pros: I was not only able to use the buttons on my steering wheel for their original function, but I was able to override the up and down volume when held in to answer and hang up the bluetooth phone which is great.

Cons: I tried to program the middle button on hold to mute the radio. And although I appear to have programmed right, it doesn't mute right when pressed. I haven't had a change to troubleshoot this piece more as it would require me to remove the whole radio again to get the Maestro out to debug.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, May 06, 2013

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Works for the most part, some functions still are hit and miss. My "hang up" button on the steering wheel now changes the modes instead. I need to tweak the programming I think. The wiring harness was good but the instructions were a little vague. Called tech support on the weekend to resolve the issue.

Pros: Most of my buttons on the wheel are working

Cons: instructions are a little misleading. And some functions for my car are not listed in the drop down menu on the Maestro website.

Great product

Written By KateB, Lakes region, ME on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Great product. Easy to use, even worked on my radio which is an older model. We had to use a code for a more updated model so not all the functions worked properly.

Pros: Easy to use and install.

Cons: Does not contain codes to older Sony aftermarket radios.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Written By Anonymous, Florida on Monday, April 29, 2013

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Pros: Easy

Cons: None

steering wheel

Written By reddawg, rogersville al on Sunday, April 28, 2013

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easy hookup works great

It works :)

Written By Alan, Chicago on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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My steering wheel controls work perfectly.

Pros: Does what it's supposed to do ;)

Cons: None that I've found.