Viper VSM250 SmartStart GPS Module
2012 Volkswagen Passat
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Great product. Works great.
Pros: Very helpful. Assistance when needed.
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Viper's SmartStart GPS Module lets you use your smartphone or similar device to locate, secure, and start your vehicle, and much much more. Once you're connected to the Cloud via the Viper SmartStart App you've downloaded to your device, you'll be able to lock and unlock your doors, pop the trunk, or start a car equipped with a compatible Viper remote start system. SmartStart GPS can even alert a nervous parent when the vehicle's not in the right area or traveling too fast. If your phone has service, you can communicate with your car and can control many of its functions remotely, even if you're hundreds of miles away.
You'll need to get a 1- or 3-year subscription to Viper's SmartStart GPS Secure or Premium Secure service plan in order to take advantage of the features SmartStart has to offer. The plan's most valuable and reassuring feature is membership in the Viper Motor Club, which entitles you to free roadside assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year — a great feature if you need towing, a new battery, or a tire.
The SmartStart GPS app can show you your car's location and alert you if it leaves a designated location. The app can show you your vehicle's speed, and alert you if that speed gets too high. With one click, Social Media Check-in lets you share your parking location with your Facebook friends. When you upgrade to the GPS Premium Secure service plan, you can set up a SmartFence around your car that alerts you if the car leaves that area, and create a HotSpot that alerts you if the car enters a forbidden zone. SmartSchedule, another feature in the Premium service, sends you behavior-based reminders when it's time to start your car, taking into account your commute time and outside temperature.
For your peace of mind, the SmartStart app includes a Vehicle Status screen that shows you whether your car's locked, armed, running, or has a door open. If anything disturbs your car's security system, SmartStart will send an alert to your phone and a text message with the details of the occurrence. Every time you use your phone to lock your car, the SmartPark feature remembers where you parked. To return, you press "Find My Car" and SmartPark shows you a map to your car accompanied by any helpful notes or photos you stored there.
Like a lot of security systems, the Viper SmartStart also includes a panic button, so you can set off an alarm in case of an an emergency. Two auxiliary channels allow you to control additional actions like turning on the dome light or opening the windows. The Parking Meter keeps track of the time remaining on your meter, alerting you when it's time to go feed it more coins.
That's right. If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 upgraded to iOS 6, you can talk your car into doing all kinds of things, as long as you have phone service. SmartStart works with all iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices as well as Android SDK 1.6 or newer devices. The Home Control feature even allows you to access and control your Alarm.com-powered home security system from your smartphone, so you'll know your home is safe and sound while you're away.
Average Customer Review(s):
Great product. Works great.
Pros: Very helpful. Assistance when needed.
No way to prevent daughter from changing Geofence, Speed or Hot spot settings.
Cons:Crutchfield response on 3/26/2014 This SmartStart GPS module is an amazing product. The downside is that whoever has access to the app, has access to ALL of the features. As of right now, Viper's app doesn't offer a second tier of control that would allow one user to lock out certain features from other users. So in this case, either the secondary user has access to remote start and all of the other features.or none of them. To get full control of monitoring the vehicle while still giving the daughter the great features of the SmartStart, the parent would need to add a separate security product.
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Overview: The Viper VSM250 SmartStart GPS module lets you start, control, and track your vehicle from your compatible smart device with the free SmartStart App (Current version 3.1.1 as of June 2013). SmartStart GPS allows you to operate specific functions of your SmartStart-ready car security or remote start system from your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) with iOS 4.3 or later, and Android devices with SDK 1.6 or newer. (SmartStart GPS is not available for Blackberry devices at this time.) The VSM250 SmartStart GPS module also provides you with your vehicle's current GPS location, speed, and customized alerts. The free SmartStart App can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or Google Play, depending upon which device you own. A service plan is required, but not included.
Note: The iPod touch and some iPads communicate with the vehicle via Wi-Fi. The vehicle's SmartStart GPS module and the iPod touch/iPad must be on the same LAN.
Multiple Vehicles: If you have SmartStart GPS 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.
Remote Start/Alarm Functions: With the SmartStart GPS, 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. On your device, you can perform the following commands, which appear as icons on the touchscreen:
GPS Functions: With SmartStart GPS, you can use your compatible smart device to display your vehicle's GPS location, the vehicle's current speed, and receive customized GPS alerts. From your device, 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 Plans (see pricing below).
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 compatible smart device.
Menu Bar/Screens: At the bottom of the SmartStart app screen, the menu bar provides buttons to open the following tabs:
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 VSM250 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). GPS Premium Secure plans are $89.99 for 1 year and $239.99 for 3 years. Included at no charge with the SmartStart GPS Service Plan is membership in the SmartStart Motor Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance.
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes you will. The SmartStart GPS Secure 1-year plan is $69.99, and the 3-year plan is $179.99 (as of November 2013). GPS Premium Secure plans are $89.99 for 1 year and $239.99 for 3 years. Included at no charge with the SmartStart GPS Service Plan is membership in the SmartStart Motor Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jun 19, 2015 ] Staff
Once you have installed this, you will need to subscribe to a SmartStart GPS Service Plan. The SmartStart GPS Secure plans start at $69.99. Premium Secure plans start at $89.99 for 1 year. Included at no charge with the SmartStart GPS Service Plan is membership in the SmartStart Motor Club, with free 24/7/365 roadside assistance. [ Jeff Nov 06, 2014 ] Staff