About the Escort SmartCord Live Direct Wire
Add crowdsourced radar protection with Escort Live
Add crowdsourced radar protection with Escort Live
If you've already got an iPhone® or an Android™ smartphone, Escort's SmartCord Live Direct Wire can help turn your Beltronics or Escort windshield radar detector into an even more potent traveling tool. Through the Escort Live™ service, you'll get real-time updates on enforcement areas and other danger zones from other users on the road, plus you'll see radar alerts and other helpful information on your phone's screen. Once you've downloaded the free Escort Live app (available from the Apple® App Store™ and Google Play), you're ready to let the fun begin.
The SmartCord Live Direct Wire replaces your current detector's power cord and taps into your car's fuse panel. There is no 12-volt port (cigarette lighter) connector with this accessory — you'll need to tap directly into your vehicle's fuse box for power, making the detector installation more permanent than portable.
How the Escort Live service works
Escort Live uses your phone's GPS information to alert you to threats in your vicinity reported by other Escort users. The service also employs a database of red-light and fixed-position radar cameras for added security, giving you access to real-time reports for verified radar hotspots all over the country. Escort's exclusive ticket protection network warns you of upcoming alerts received by other users in the area. You'll have to pay a subscription fee for Escort Live's premium service once your free trial subscription ends one year from the date of registration.
One scenario for worry-free driving
You're cruising and another Escort Live user ten miles ahead of you on the same road detects a laser or radar signal. Once they come across the source of the signal, they'll verify it to Escort Live and it'll automatically become available to you. If you're running the app, you'll get an instant notification of the threat in your area and how recently it was reported. As you approach the source of the signal, you'll see its proximity on your phone's map screen so you can be on the lookout.
Using the Escort Live app
The Escort Live app lets your smartphone communicate with your compatible Escort or Beltronics radar detector through the SmartCord Live Direct Wire. You must pair your phone with the SmartCord Live through your phone's Bluetooth® connection. Once they're paired and you're running the app, you'll be able to see important radar warnings on your phone in the map mode. Or view it in dashboard mode to check your speed, the speed limit, radar sensitivity, and compass heading. You can even customize the app to complement your driving style.
You can also report your own radar encounters using the app to inform other Escort Live users on the road. When your detector alerts you for a radar or laser signal ahead, you can use your phone to report a possible threat, then use the SmartCord Live Direct Wire's report button to confirm the source and type of the alert, so other drivers know what to look for.
The Escort Live app also lets you mark potential radar locations for future reference, as well as lock out spots that consistently generate false alerts. The app also features traffic information for your current location to help you avoid potential delays, and can give you speed limit and over-speed warnings based on your location.
The SmartCord Live Direct Wire features indicators for alerts and power/Bluetooth, as well as a mute button that can be used to lock out or unlock a false alert. A mini-USB input allows connection to your computer for downloadable software updates from Escort.
- SmartCord for use with compatible Beltronics/Escort windshield radar detectors and Escort Live app
- replaces your current detector's power cord and taps into your car's fuse panel
- connects to Escort Live app on Android smartphone or Apple iPhone via Bluetooth
- 12-volt direct wire for permanent installation
- mini-USB input for downloading software updates
- mute button and Escort Live report button
- indicator lights for alerts and power/Bluetooth connection
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Escort Live app available free through Google Play and Apple App Store
- one-year premium subscription free with SmartCord purchase
- connects to SmartCord Live Direct Wire and compatible Escort or Beltronics detector via Bluetooth
- dashboard mode or map view on smartphone touch display
- provides GPS warnings for speed and red-light cameras and reported radar hotspots
- MFR # 0010039-5
What's in the box:
- SmartCord Live Direct Wire module
- Mounting cradle
- 10' Cord (RJ25 plugs on each end)
- 3' ZR4 cord (RJ25 plugs on each end)
- 3' Direct Wire cord (RJ25 plug on one end and a male quick slide and ring terminal on other end)
- Two 4" plastic wire ties
- Blue 3M splicing connector
- Quick Reference Guide
- Thank you note
Escort SmartCord Live Direct Wire reviews
Cons: Hard to hook up
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I have to manually re-establish my bluetooth connection between iPhone and Smartcord Live every time I enter my vehicle. The Escort unit does not automatically reconnect to my iPhone after the initial pairing. Requires continual re-pairing. Incredibly disappointed. Will never purchase Escort products again!
Pros: Supplies power to my Escort Redline unit
Cons: See review comments
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More details on the Escort SmartCord Live Direct Wire
Overview: The SmartCord Live DirectWire provides real-time ticket protection through the Escort Live network. By replacing the power cord of your Escort or Beltronics detector and hardwiring the SmartCord Live DirectWire cord to your vehicle's electrical system, you can be connected to other radar detector owners on the road through your Apple iPhone or Android smartphone. As you drive, you will receive alerts from others on the Escort Live network that speed traps have been spotted in your immediate area. You can also share your threat reports with others on the network. You'll also have access to Escort's Defender database of verified speed trap, speed camera, and red light camera locations. You will need to download the Escort Live app, and pair your smartphone with SmartCord via Bluetooth, in order to connect to the Escort Live network.
Note: Some features require a paid subscription to Escort Live Premium (see below.)
Detector Compatibility: The SmartCord Live DirectWire is compatible with select Escort Radar Detectors. including the Passport Max, 9500ix, Redline, and most Passport 8500 X50 models (see note below). It is also compatible with select Beltronics detectors.
Note: If you purchased a Passport 8500 X50 before 2008, you will need to call Escort customer service for compatibility at 1-800-543-1608.
Escort Live App: The Escort Live app uses your smartphone to create an extremely useful display and control panel for your Escort or Beltronics detector. It presents all of the information in two driving modes; dashboard mode and map mode. In both modes you get speed limit data for major roads and interstates, plus heading and quick access to live traffic in your area. An over speed limit feature keeps you alert to speed limit changes, plus you get easy access to your detector and application settings. In map mode, you can easily see your relevant position to live alerts and fixed position (cameras) ticket threats, so you can be alert and drive ticket-free. The Escort Live app is available from iTunes for Apple iPhones running iOS 6.1 or later, and from Google Play for devices running Android 4.3 and up.
Escort Live: The free version of Escort Live provides real-time Police Spotted speed trap alerts, Mobile/Speed Camera and Red Light Camera alerts, Multi-color speedometer screens, and the ability to share your threat reports in the Escort Live network. You'll also receive automatic reminders for previously marked threats. There are multiple map and dashboard views available on your smartphone through the app.
Escort Live Premium: Escort Live Premium, available by subscription for $4.99 per month (or $49.99 annually), adds the ability to receive real-time radar and laser alerts received by other detector users in the area. You'll receive more detailed threat information, including time-sensitive, heat-mapped color coded warning icons, to help you respond quicker and more safely. Escort Live Premium gives you all of the available GPS-enhanced features, including vehicle speed, posted speed limits, over speed limit alerts, and compass and directional headings.
Report Button: The SmartCord Live DirectWire features a Report button for manually reporting to other users a verified X or K-band alert, or a police officer observing traffic.
Mute Button: The Mute button will silence an alert with one press. To lock out or unlock a false alert, you can press the button three times.
Alert Light: The Alert light blinks red when receiving an alert and remains solid orange when receiving a locked-out alert.
Power/BT Light: The Power/BT light glows solid green when the power is On, blinks blue when connected to your phone via Bluetooth, and solid blue when connected to Escort Live.
Direct Wire Power Cord: The SmartCord Live DirectWire is equipped with a direct wire cord for connecting to switched power and ground wires in your vehicle. The RJ25 modular connector at the end of the 3' cord plugs into your Escort or Beltronics radar detector.
Mini-B USB: A Mini-B USB jack on the back allows you to connect to your computer for downloading software updates. No USB A-to-Mini B cable is included.
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