Remote Starter Features
Keyless Entry Features
VSS5000: The Viper VSS5000 is a Remote Start and Security
System with a single remote transmitter. In addition to the remote, the VSS5000
includes Viper's SmartStart technology, which allows you to start your
vehicle, arm or disarm the alarm, and lock or unlock the doors remotely using your
compatible smart device. The VSS5000 includes the Viper Model 5103 Remote
Start/Security system, and the Directed DSM200 SmartStart module.
SmartStart: The included DSM200 SmartStart module
allows you to operate specific functions of the VSS5000 remote start/keyless
entry system from a 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 control.
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 the touchscreen:
- 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, 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
- 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 VSS5000
system. The SmartStart GPS module 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 system
- 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
- 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 dealer
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 June 1, 2013, the SmartStart Secure 1-year plan is $49.99, and the 3-year
plan is $119.99. Included at no charge is membership in the SmartStart Motor
Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance.
Remote Starter Features
Overview: The Viper Model 5103 Remote Start and Security
system can start your car and run it remotely for a preset amount of time. It
also functions as an alarm and a keyless entry system, remotely locking and
unlocking your vehicle's power door locks.
Note: The remote start function is for fuel
injected, diesel, or hybrid, automatic transmission vehicles
Warm Up/Cool Down: You can use the remote start feature to pre-warm
your vehicle's interior during cold weather or pre-cool it during hot weather.
You will need to preset the climate controls to the appropriate settings ahead
of time if you plan to pre-warm or pre-cool the vehicle. In addition, the unit
can be programmed to activate the rear defogger during remote start, if desired.
Temperature Start Mode: The Temperature Start mode, when
activated, automatically starts the engine when the interior temperature in the
vehicle drops below 0° F.
Driving the Vehicle: When you are ready to drive the vehicle, you will
need to insert the ignition key and turn it to the On position (not Start
position), and press the brake pedal. This procedure shuts down the remote start
system, but the motor continues to run because the ignition has been turned on.
The vehicle now operates as usual.
Crank Time: The starter crank time must be set to the
appropriate duration. The default setting is 0.6 seconds. It can be lengthened
to 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, or 4.0 seconds.
Diesel "Wait To Start" Timer: If you have a diesel vehicle,
you can set the starter to delay by a few seconds before engaging in order to
warm up the "glow plugs." The "wait-to-start" duration can be set to 15, 30, or
Run Time: The default remote start run time is 12 minutes.
You can change the run time to 24 or 60 minutes, if desired.
Engine Checking: There are three ways to monitor the engine
during remote start: Tachometer, Virtual Tach (default), or battery voltage.
Timer Mode: The Model 5103 can be programmed to start and
run the engine every three hours, for a maximum of six cycles. The engine will
run for the programmed run time (3, 6, 9, or 12 minutes) and then shut down.
After three hours, the system will restart the engine.
Turbo Timer: The Turbo Timer mode keeps the engine running
after arriving at your destination for a programmable period of time. This
allows the system's timer to conveniently cool down the turbo after you have
left the vehicle. You can select a turbo timer mode of 1, 3, 5, or 10 minutes.
Parking Lights: The system can be programmed to flash the
parking lights when the engine in remote started, or they can be turned on
constantly during remote start operation. By default, the parking lights are set
Automatic Shut-down/Starter Lockout: After the vehicle is
remote-started, the remote starter will shut down when any of the following
Shut-down Inputs is received:
- The brake pedal is
- The hood is opened (installation of the supplied hood pin switch is
- The shut-down toggle switch is put into the Off position.
- The pre-programmed run time has elapsed.
- The remote start command is received again.
Anti-grind Circuitry: Whenever the vehicle is started using
the remote, advanced anti-grind circuitry prevents the starter from being
engaged using the key. (In other words, it won't let you try to start the car
with the key if the remote starter has already been engaged.) This prevents
damage to the starter motor. The optional Failsafe Starter Kill relay must be
installed in order for the anti-grind circuitry to work.
Valet Takeover: This feature allows the vehicle to remain
running after the key has been removed from the ignition. This is useful for
those occasions when you wish to exit and lock the vehicle for short periods of
time while leaving the motor running and the climate controls on.
Shutdown Switch: You can temporarily disable the remote
start unit to prevent the vehicle from being remote started accidentally by
switching the supplied neutral safety toggle switch to the Off position.
Revenger Siren: The Model 5103 includes the Revenger Soft
Chirp siren (model 514LN). It consists of six different tones in sequence. Any of
the tones can be eliminated, resulting in a unique, easily identifiable siren
sound. The siren chirps can be either full volume (120dB) or six decibels quieter than
the full alarm blast.
Code Hopping: The module is set to Code Hopping mode,
changing the code each time the remote is used to communicate with the system.
This prevents potential thieves with code scanners from "stealing" the
unlock/disarm codes. You can program the unit to turn off Code Hopping, if
Shock Sensor: The included Stinger DoubleGuard shock sensor
can detect impacts to the vehicle and trigger an appropriate response. A light
impact will trigger a Warn Away response, causing the parking lights to flash,
and sounding the siren and/or horn for a short period of time (1 to 180 seconds
programmable, 30 seconds default). An alert will be sent to your compatible
smart device if you're using the SmartStart module. A harder impact will trigger a
full alarm alert. The sensitivity of the shock sensor is adjustable with a
Triggered Responses: A triggered response causes a full alert for a
duration of 30 seconds (default), or between 1 and 180 seconds as programmed by
the installer. The zone that caused the trigger will also be reported via
SmartStart text message to your phone or device. Triggered responses can be set
off by any of the following triggers:
- Hood Trigger (Zone 1): Opening the hood while the alarm is armed
will sound the horn and/or siren, and flash the lights for the programmed
- Shock Sensor (Zone 2): A heavy impact to the vehicle while the
alarm is armed will immediately sound the horn and/or siren, and flash the
lights for the programmed duration.
- Door Trigger (Zone 3): If a door is opened while the alarm is
armed will sound the horn and/or siren and flash the lights for 3 seconds.
This will give you time to disarm or unlock the system in case of opening a
door inadvertently. After 3 seconds, the alarm will sound and lights will
flash for the programmed duration.
- Trunk Trigger (Zone 4): Opening the trunk while the alarm is
armed will instantly trigger a full siren/horn/lights alert for the
- Ignition Trigger (Zone 5): Turning on the ignition will trip the
same procedure as the door trigger.
Multi-level Security: Multi-level Security Arming allows you to select
which of the system's inputs will be active and which will be bypassed when the
system is armed. Each time the lock button is pressed, a different security
level is selected.
Passive Arming/Locking: If Passive Arming/Locking is activated, the
system will automatically lock the doors and arm the alarm 30 seconds after the
ignition is turned off and the system detects that you have left the vehicle by
opening and closing a door.
Note: Active arming and Active
locking are the default settings.
Keyless Entry Features
Locking/Unlocking The Vehicle: Using SmartStart or a
conventional remote control, you can lock
and unlock the doors of your vehicle. When the "Lock" button is pressed, the doors lock, the
horn in the vehicle honks once and the parking lights flash once. When the
"Unlock" button is pressed, the doors unlock, the horn honks twice, and the
parking lights flash. In the Silent mode, the doors lock/unlock without the horn
honks, and the parking lights flash to confirm the operation.
Note: When interfacing with any other type
of factory door lock system besides negative switching locks,
or when adding aftermarket actuators, two relays (such as two
or a door lock module (such as item
will be required. If your vehicle requires the use of a Data
Integration module that controls your factory door locks, no
extra parts besides the Data Integration module will be required.
Door Lock Output Pulse: The door lock output pulse can be
set to different durations, depending upon what works best for your vehicle. The
duration can be set to 0.8 seconds (default), 3.5 seconds, or 0.4 seconds. If
the lock or unlock functions require a double pulse, those can be independently
programmed as well. If the vehicle has a factory alarm system, the VSS5000 can be
set to disarm the alarm with or before unlock, or during remote start only.
Horn Functions: You can set the duration of the horn
function to 20 mS, 30 mS, 40 mS, or 50 mS. The horn function can also be turned
off if desired.
Ignition-controlled Option: The keyless entry function can
be programmed to lock the doors automatically when the ignition is turned on and
unlock when the ignition is turned off. These functions can be programmed
Trunk Release: When connected, one of the accessory outputs can
operate a factory power release for the vehicle's trunk or hatch. An optional
relay may be needed, and if the factory release is not power-activated, a trunk
release solenoid can often be added (Directed part # 522T).
Car Finder: If you're having difficulty finding your vehicle in a
crowded parking lot, the car finder function will cause the vehicle to emit one
long horn honk and flash the parking lights 10 times.
Panic Mode: If you are threatened in or near your vehicle,
you can attract attention by triggering the system with your remote. In Panic
Mode, the siren sounds and the parking lights flash for the programmed siren