2012 Honda Civic LX
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We offer vehicle-specific interfaces that you'll need to complete your remote start/car security installation. Please identify your vehicle as we review every order to make sure you've got everything you need. You'll need a smartphone and a remote start system in your car in order to use this Python module.
Connect with your car's remote start system by phone and the SmartStart App
Imagine how cool it would be to use your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry® to start your car, lock or unlock the doors, open the trunk, or activate the panic mode. Pretty slick. But then add GPS tracking to that impressive set of features — that's what the Python DSM250 SmartStart GPS delivers.
Python's DSM250 SmartStart module communicates with your Python or Viper security system through the 3G cellular network and Wi-Fi. When you've got service, your smartphone will do things your keychain remote could never do. The module will alert you with a text message that your alarm has been tripped, even if you're hundreds of miles away.
The possibilities of GPS tracking
The DSM250's GPS tracking puts an array of powerful tools at your disposal. The SmartStart Basic Service Plan, starting at $5.75 per month, lets you check on your vehicle's current location and speed, provides updates on location to Facebook for your friends (when you want to), and protects your family and vehicle with speed alerts, movement alerts, and curfew features.
The SmartStart Premium Service Plan, at $7.40 per month, adds a "Smart Fence" feature that alerts you when your car leaves a designated zone, along with a "Hot Spot" warning that tells you when your vehicle enters any location you've classified as off limits.
Control your car from virtually anywhere
It's no fun carrying your keys when you're exercising. Go jogging with your iPhone, and SmartStart allows you to leave your keys and other valuables locked in your car. Your daughter calls to say she's locked herself out of the car — no problem, you can open it up from home. Start your car from the supermarket checkout line so it's cooled off when you get the groceries out there. The possibilities are endless.
Once you've installed the module into your compatible Python or Viper security or remote start system, just download the free app from the iTunes® App Store, BlackBerry App World, or the Android Market site.
You can install a SmartStart module in all your vehicles, and touch your screen to choose which vehicle to access. Using the SmartStart module requires a service plan. And no more worries when you're on the road — SmartStart service plans include free 24/7/365 roadside assistance at no additional charge. Warranty: 1 year.
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Overview: The DSM250 SmartStart GPS module (made by Directed Electronics) lets you start, control, and track your vehicle from your compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the free SmartStart App (version 2.2). SmartStart GPS allows you to operate specific functions of your Directed SmartStart-ready car security or remote start system from your Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The free SmartStart GPS App (version 2.2) can be downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch from the Apple iTunes App Store. The DSM250 SmartStart GPS module also provides you with your vehicle's current GPS location, speed, and customized alerts. A service plan is required, but not included.
Note: The iPod touch and iPad communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi. The vehicle's SmartStart GPS module and the iPod touch/iPad must be on the same LAN.
Compatibility: The SmartStart GPS module is compatible with the following models of Directed Electronics Security and/or Remote Start Systems:
Note: Even if the DSM250 is not plugged into a compatible system, it will still provide GPS functions, but without the SmartStart features. We recommend that you integrate it with one of the above compatible systems to enable the complete Directed SmartStart feature set.
Multiple Vehicles: If you have SmartStart GPS module installed in more than one vehicle, you can choose which vehicle to control right from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The Cars Screen lets you select which vehicle to control.
Remote Start/Alarm Functions: With the SmartStart GPS, you can use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch 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. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can perform the following commands, which appear as icons on the touchscreen:
GPS Functions: With SmartStart GPS, you can use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to receive your vehicle's GPS location, the vehicle's current speed, and receive customized GPS alerts. From your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can view the following GPS data, alerts, and notifications:
Premium Services: Three additional value-added features of SmartStart GPS can be accessed with the Premium Secure Service Plan.
Home Control: The SmartStart GPS module also allows you to arm or disarm your Alarm.com-powered home security system, or to check on arm/disarm status from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart GPS app screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open any of the four screens:
Virtually Unlimited Range: SmartStart GPS 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 GPS will work. When using Wi-Fi connection, both the vehicle and device must be connected to the same LAN.
SmartStart GPS Service Plans: Once you have installed the DSM250 SmartStart GPS Module, you will need to subscribe to a SmartStart GPS Service Plan. The SmartStart GPS Secure 1-year plan is $69.99, and the 3-year plan is $179.99 (as of November 2013). Included at no charge with the SmartStart GPS Service Plan is membership in the SmartStart Motor Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance.
Note: Premium services are available for $20.00 more that include SmartFence, HotSpot, and Scheduling features.
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Feb 17, 2015 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The GPS module is included with the product but you will need to download the free SmartStart GPS App. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 29, 2015 ] Staff
With the wiring diagram from directed it wasn't bad took about an hour to install on my 09 4runner [ GEORGE Jul 10, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Jul 03, 2014 ] Staff
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Feb 10, 2014 ] Staff
Once you have installed the DSM250 SmartStart GPS Module, you will need to subscribe to a SmartStart GPS Service Plan. The SmartStart GPS Secure 1-year plan is $69.99, and the 3-year plan is $179.99 (as of November 2013). [ Jeff Dec 12, 2013 ] Staff