About the Crux CS-MB45
Add cameras to your factory radio
Add cameras to your factory radio
Your Mercedes-Benz is perfect, except...you don't have any built-in cameras. If you have a low-slung ride, a front-view camera can help you avoid inevitable bumper scraping. And a backup cam is more than just a convenience feature, it makes for safer driving. Crux's CS-MB45 camera interface lets you incorporate a backup cam as well as a front camera for use with your Mercedes factory touchscreen radio. Crux's included interface and vehicle-specific harnesses allow some nice options, including a selectable constant front-view and automatic switching to your rear view when you shift into reverse.
Setup and installation
Cameras are not included, but Crux allows you to incorporate any aftermarket camera with a composite video plug. Once installed, Crux allows you to fine-tune your settings using your factory radio.
Important note: Please confirm compatibility by using our vehicle selector or speaking with an advisor.
- interface for adding cameras to select 2011-16 Mercedes vehicle factory radios
- integration module for select factory touchscreens
- vehicle-specific harnesses
- cameras not included
- onscreen programming and setting adjustments
- automatic and manual camera-switching modes
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # CS-MB45
What's in the box:
- Integration module
- 12" T-harness
- 12" Power/CAN harness
- 28" LVDS Cable
- 24" LVDS1 Cable
- Instruction manual
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More details on the Crux CS-MB45
Overview: Crux CS-MB45 (VRFMB-78A) integration system allows you to add two after-market cameras (both sold separately), one rear-view and one front-view, to select Mercedes vehicles equipped with COMAND Online NTG4.5 or Audio20 NTG4.5 6"/7" factory monitor, both with a 4-pin HSD LVDS connector. Two trigger wires allow separate adjustable switching of each camera input.
Harnesses: The CS-MB45 includes a T-harness that interfaces the wiring at the back of the factory radio and provides a 12" pigtail that attaches to the Crux integration module. The included LVDS1 and LVDS adapters interface with the factory 4-Pin HSD LVDS harness, as well as provide the LVDS connection back to the factory radio. A 9-pin Power/CAN harness attaches to the vehicle for powering the Crux module. Two bare-ended wires from this harness can provide power for the cameras, each supplying +12V (1A max.).
- Green: Rear camera power output.
- Pink: Front camera power output.
Integration Module: The CS-MB45 integration module gets connected to the aforementioned harnesses and can be tucked away in the dash behind the radio. As the "brain" of the system, it allows the factory radio to automatically switch its source to display the rear-view image when the vehicle is put into reverse. The rear-camera view can also be manually accessed without being in reverse. The front camera input can be set to display while the vehicle is on, switching to the rear-camera when shifting into reverse. This composite video input can also be used as an auxiliary input for other video sources, such as a portable DVD player or smartphone, although no audio input is provided (A Crux AUX-MB1 adapter may be required to create an audio input - sold separately).
- DIP Switches: The module includes a 3 setting DIP switch matrix that gets set based on the specific type of factory in-dash monitor.
- Composite Video: Two composite video inputs are provided for aftermarket front and rear cameras.
- USB: A mini-B USB input (2.0) is provided for firmware updates.
- Status LEDs: Three status LEDs on the module indicate; an Input Source, a CAN connection to the vehicle, and Power.
Setup: Once the CS-MB45 is fully installed, it can be configured through the factory monitor's OSD (On-Screen Display). Setup options include: Activating the camera trigger wires (green & pink), selection of Dynamic Guide Lines for parking, Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, and more.
|Mercedes-Benz||Compatible Infotainment Systems|
|2013-2015 A-Class (W176)||COMAND Online NTG4.5 & Audio20 NTG4.5 6"/7" monitor, both with 4-Pin HDS LVDS connector.|
|2013-2016 B-Class (W246)|
|2013-2014 CLA 250 (late 2014)|
|2012 - 2016 C-Class (W204 & C204)|
|2012 - 2016 CLS (C218)|
|2012 - 2016 E-Class (W212 & C207)|
|2013 - 2016 G Wagon (G463)|
|2013 - 2016 GL (X166)|
|2014 - 2016 GLA (X156)|
|2011 - 2016 GLK (W204)|
|2012 - 2016 ML (W166)|
|2012 - 2016 SLK (R172)|
|2013 - 2016 SL (R231)|