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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Connects your car's steering wheel audio controls to select aftermarket car stereos

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Our take on the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

You're tired of your car's stock radio, but you don't want to lose the convenience of your steering wheel audio controls. iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MSW adapter allows you to retain those controls when you install a new car stereo in a wide range of vehicles. It's compatible with over 1700 vehicles made after 1998, and it'll work with just about any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Visteon, and Valor.

Don't lose control

You're tired of your car's stock radio, but you don't want to lose the convenience of your steering wheel audio controls. iDatalink's Maestro ADS-MSW adapter allows you to retain those controls when you install a new car stereo in a wide range of vehicles. It's compatible with over 1700 vehicles made after 1998, and it'll work with just about any brand of aftermarket stereo, including Alpine, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sony, Visteon, and Valor.

Program it yourself

You can install the ADS-MSW yourself if you have experience installing car audio gear — keep in mind that you'll have to splice into your vehicle's wiring and solder connections. Before installing, you'll program the adapter at the iDatalink site to work with your particular vehicle and car stereo. (Note: you'll need a Windows-based computer, see Details.) Using the intuitive web programming interface, each factory button can be assigned a specific radio function. If your vehicle isn't covered, the Maestro is the only steering wheel adapter that allows you to program your car using a simple step-by-step web procedure.

Assign each control a secondary function

And here's a great feature that's unique to this adapter — you can also choose and assign a secondary "press and hold" radio function to each factory button, effectively doubling what can be controlled. For example, touch the "Volume Up" button, and it'll turn up the music. Hold down the "Volume Up" button, and you can switch on the loudness on your car stereo. Warranty: 1 year.

Wiring Advisory: You'll usually have to tap or splice into one to three wires in your vehicle to connect this adapter.

It comes with a lot of wires and can seem over whelming, but once you access the website it's pretty easy set up. For my vehicle (2007 Hyundai Sonata) I only had to attach the wiring harness to 2 factory wires.

Anonymous, Altoona, IA

What's in the Box:

  • Steering wheel control interface module
  • 24" Seven-pin harness with bare wire on other end
  • 23" Four-pin harness with a male 3.5mm connector/bare wire on other end
  • 7" mini-USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(138 Reviews)

Easy but read the fine print

Anonymous from Altoona, IA on 1/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It comes with a lot of wires and can seem over whelming, but once you access the website it's pretty easy set up. For my vehicle (2007 Hyundai Sonata) I only had to attach the wiring harness to 2 factory wires.

Pros: Really easy to set up and assign functions to the module (flashing). Easy to follow diagram when you print them out.

Cons: Be sure to read the computer application requirements to make sure you have all the items (Window 7 or later ). Had to use 3 computers before I could find one with all the requirements to allow me to flash the drive.

Beaware, PC must be in English to flash

Roberto from Rancho Cucamonga, CA on 12/14/2017

2013 Toyota Prius
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to flash but just works on windows computers in english !

Pros: Easy to flash. Instruction manual could be better.

Cons: I have three PCs in three different languages and to flash, the PC must be in English.

Took a gamble, but it worked out

Ryan from Flemington, NJ on 10/24/2017

2018 Subaru WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So first off, Crutchfield says this does not work in my car (2018 Subaru WRX). But after reading a few forums of people that have used it in previous model years, I decided to give it a go. I had originally bought the Axxess ASWC-1 but when it came to programming, the interface would not work - for some unknown reason. So I spoke to tech support and explained my situation and the guy was very helpful and allowed me to swap them. When it came to programming this interface, it was a huge hassle because first I tried to do it on my regular computer which runs Windows 10, but I found that it only works with Windows 7. So I had to dig out my old laptop. Also, the USB cable provided in the packaging did not work (the interface was undetectable) so I used another one I had laying around. Once I got all the wrinkles ironed out, programming was easy, intuitive, and quick. I connected all the wires, and everything worked perfect! I'm relieved that my steering wheel controls work now because I've been without them since a week after I bought the car. To Crutchfield: you guys should update the fit info for this product. It WILL work with a 2015-2018 Subaru WRX, even though on the iDatalink website, it only shows up to 2016. I used this model year to program it since it has the same steering wheel as mine. But overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase, and with Crutchfield's Tech Support. Thank you

Pros: Programming was straightforward once I got it figured out Wiring is easy and clear to understand It works perfectly

Cons: Provided USB cable was useless Took a while to setup the programming

Very happy with this adapter

Bryson J. from Birmingham, AL on 10/13/2017

2015 Subaru WRX STI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very impressed with this adapter. It allows you to custom map your steering wheel buttons to do multiple things. Website and programming was easy.

Pros: Worked perfectly.

Cons: none.

Great Product For Simple Programming

ChesireCat2003 from Renton, WA on 10/8/2017

2011 Subaru Impreza
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a great product for maintaining steering wheel controls on a 2011 Subaru Impreza while interfacing with a Kenwood DDX574BH stereo head unit. The unit was quite simple to flash. The wire hook up was a bit cumbersome as there were many options behind the dash to connect to. Luckily I was able to connect to many of the wires in the adapter harness. There were a (3) ship side wires that were not available in the adapter harness that required some tricky soldering. The only real CON that I can think off (and I do not know if this is the Adapter or the head unit) is that since installing Sirius XM satellite radio whenever I control the volume with the steering wheel there is a high frequency pop that is heard. This sound is ONLY when using the steering wheel controls. When adjusting the volume from the head unit there is no sound. When I upgraded the speakers with better tweets it only made the sound more prevalent. This sound is not heard when controlling any of the other sources (iPod, Bluetooth, HD radio, AM/FM Radio, Spotify, AV-In). The only source affected by the pop is satellite radio. I must say though as far as phone controls and integration this thing is top notch. The flash took no time and once complete the unit directly interfaced with the steering wheel in the vehicle. I just wish I knew what was causing the Pop with the satellite radio. System: Subaru 2011 Impreza Premium Kenwood DDX-574BH Infinity Primus 6500CS Fronts Infinity Prim

Pros: Easy to Program, Not too bad to install, works right on start up

Cons: Popping sound when adjusting volume from steering wheel on Satellite Radio

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Dave from Alexandria, VA on 8/12/2017

2010 Toyota Prius
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

They insist that you login and register the product in order to actually use it, but their website login program is total crap, throwing errors and generally not working correctly. Stay away from this junk.




Noel from North Richland Hills, TX on 8/10/2017

2011 Kia Sorento
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I don't know if it's the Kenwood Excelon DDX9903S unit, the 2011 Kia Sorento controls, or the iDatalink Maestro, but my steering wheel controls are rarely assigned correctly. Super frustrating.

Pros: Easy set up

Cons: Does not help with existing microphone. Randomly assigns controls; not consistent.

Crutchfield response on 8/21/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Noel to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

Works flawlessly, easy to install as well!

Jeff from Aurora, CO on 7/20/2017

2015 Kia Sorento
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've used a different controller in the past (will not say any names) that seem to always flake out randomly. That particular one includes a resister in the packaging that you "may" need to use if you have issues. Which means taking apart your dash again, and soldering in a resister, then having to put everything back again. This one was so easy to install I wish I had tried it first with my other installs! I'm an IT guy so flashing it was a piece of cake. I love the fact that you can select how to program it on the website for all the buttons right on the screen. I had no issues with the flashing process and the install was easy as well. This thing works flawlessly, all my controls on my wheel work perfectly. If you want your install to work right the first time, and go smoothly I highly recommend using this adapter over "the other one" that is offered.

Pros: Easy to flash, easy to install

Cons: None

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

james from Auburn, AL on 7/9/2017

2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I filled out thr form on your web sight and this is whet it told me I need, Not!!! Went to manufacture web sight and it said I needed the Rr and the GM5+ now I have a product I don't need.



Crutchfield response on 7/11/2017 Actually, all of these iDatalink items are compatible with this customer's vehicle. However, the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW is a steering wheel control interface only. The combination of the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR and the iDatalink HRN-RR-GM5+ harness act as a complete wiring solution for replacing the radio in the vehicle. One of our Tech Support gurus reached out to this customer to explain this.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

D. J. from St. Augustine, Fl on 7/3/2017

2006 Scion tC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The shop that was going to install this control for me informed me that it needed to be programmed. They were unable to do it because all they had was Mac's. I programmed it myself after a phone call to the company, must have windows seven or earlier to program it. You must open an older browser to do the programming, that was a bit of a learning curve.

Pros: Really enjoy having all the access I had from my factory unit, now my controls do even more.

Cons: Programming it was a bit of a hassle.

No activation email sent to me so it's useless

Ed from Canaan, CT on 7/1/2017

2015 Subaru WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'll keep this short and to the point. This needs to be programmed or "flashed" in order to accomplish its intended function. In order to program it you need to install a bit of software on a PC and complete a registration process that involves creating an online account and then waiting for an email to be sent to you in order to activate that account before you can do anything else. I'm still waiting for that email to arrive, although it was "successfully sent" according to the company's website ( I requested they re-send it several times but it just isn't happening. I tried creating another account with another email address and got the same lack of response. Since I can't even get an activated account setup I can't use the product at all. What sucks here is that I paid extra money to have the order sent to me overnight so I could do the installation of a new head unit in my wife's car over the four day fourth of July weekend. I can still install the new head unit but the steering wheel buttons won't work until I am able to resolve this issue with idatalink. Then, I have to tear the dash apart again to finish the job I should have been able to complete the first time around. This seems quite contrary to the Crutchfield policy of making things easy for people. I think I should be able to access the necessary tools through Crutchfield or through an account Crutchfield maintains for their customers. Not a favorable situation.

Pros: Should work with the new Sony receiver and the target vehicle.

Cons: I won't know because I can't program the thing.

Easy directions and it truly worked.

Kip from Cartersville, GA on 6/25/2017

2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

All the functions worked like they said. Very happy. No problems, worth the money.




Antonio from Arizona on 6/5/2017

2000 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Programing worked fine for me using Google Chrome don't see why everyone complaining about Internet explorer second mac is outdated not Microsoft no affect but apple sucks but anyways product works great haven't had any issues since install almost 1 year ago in 15 days from now

Pros: Works Works great programming was easy

Cons: Wish wires were were a little thicker gauge

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Roseville, CA on 5/25/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very simple install and worked as advertised.



Works as advertised.

David from Midland, MI on 4/30/2017

2008 Lexus RX350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well with my 2008 Lexus RX350 steering wheel controls. Took away 1 star because the module needs to be pre-programmed and the only option to program it is via a Microsoft Windows computer (I have a Mac), and wiring into the car bundle is not easily done without some detective work. It would be useful if there was a wiring adapter module to plug directly into the car wiring bundle module. As it was, I cut out the module interface from the original radio and then soldered the Steering Wheel Control wires to this module. I was able to plug directly into the car wiring using the original module interface.

Pros: It works with Lexus RX350 steering wheel controls

Cons: No programming support for Mac. Wiring connections could be made easier with a plug compatible module for Lexus RX350.

Stone Ages And Limited Advice

Jonathan from Houston, TX on 4/26/2017

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

I've been having issues with my factory radio and finally decided to purchase an aftermarket radio. I have installed quite a few radio's in my time and figured it would be fairly simple to just plug all the wires in. Then it hits me. After spending quite a bit of money to get a radio, harnesses, and this poc I learn that the hardware has to be programmed to be able to use it by "Flashing it"... Honestly, this is 2017. Since when does hardware need to be programmed to install it? Not only this but their website, which I used to determine which module I needed, does not have any disclosure that you must use a PC and Internet Explorer to "flash" the hardware. Oh and you can't use any type of virtual machine (most consumers probably don't know what that is)... that it has to be a PC and internet explorer. Considering Mac's have become more mainstream I find that as many positive reviews that they receive they are severely lacking in their IT department. Seriously, they must be in the stone ages to still be working with PC's and internet explorers. And don't bother calling them...their customer service will only tell you that you're stuck to go somewhere to have it done for you and pay more $$$. I probably will go and spend more money because I'm tired of having radio issues and unfortunately this is the only company out there that does this kind of stuff. If they were wise, they'd clean house in their IT department, be a bit more clear in their disclosures, and

Pros: I haven't found any

Cons: Don't buy this product if you own a's not worth you're time.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Portland, OR on 4/15/2017

2015 Subaru WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had to install a ton of MS garbage on my laptop just to program the unit before I've even put it in my car.



2012 Street Glide

Vinny from Newburgh, NY on 4/2/2017

2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product for 2012 Street Glide aftermarket radio controls

Pros: Great price Easy set up

Cons: Can't use a mac to set up

Good product, Easy setup and install

Gregory from Joliet, IL on 3/30/2017

2003 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy setup and install. I used internet explorer on windows 10 to flash the module. Installed on a 2003 Honda Accord with a Pioneer radio. Stock buttons on steering wheel work as they should. Secondary functions are hit or miss. I would purchase again for another install.

Pros: Retains factory steering wheel controls

Cons: Some secondary functions don't work

Quick, easy setup

Eric from West Hamlin, WV on 3/26/2017

2008 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Quick easy setup, small and light and works great!

Pros: Easy programming, very compact

Cons: None

Great product, horrible to install

Craig from Forest Lake, MN on 3/19/2017

2008 Toyota 4Runner
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product itself works great, I did not like the fact that I had to tap into the factory harness, was not told this up front.. Seems there is not a adapter to connect the factory Toyota steering column harness to the ADS-MSW controller.. Also did not like that Internet Explorer is the only browser that will work to configure the adapter. Having only MAc computers - this was a huge issue.. The install instructions were horrible.. In summary the product itself works great, getting it installed & working was touger than it needed to be..

Pros: Works great

Cons: Poor instructions, very vague. Did not state the factory harness must be taped into and that Internet Explorer must be used to configure.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from West Hartford, CT on 3/12/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Correct part that allowed all the steering components to work Just verify with thecrutchfield team on to exactly which one you need



iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Shawnee ok on 3/8/2017

2007 Harley Davidson Ultra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great



It works.

CT from Reading, PA on 3/8/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the brand my installer recommended and it works.

Pros: Kept my installer happy.

Cons: None that I'm currently aware of.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Barrington, IL on 3/1/2017

2007 Harley Davidson Ultra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

after flashing module from idatalink website, handlebar switches all work great, good product.



Sometimes works right

Jared from Nashville, TN on 2/6/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great when it works right. I installed the iDatalink Maestro in my F150 to use the factory steering controls to control volume up/down and skip forward/backward on my Pioneer head unit. About 50% of the time the volume up control skips to the next track instead of turning up the volume and the volume down control turns the volume up instead of down. The skip forward and back controls and do some pretty screwy things too but I use those much less than the volume controls. So it works, just kind of a crap shoot as far as what's going to happen when you press the button. Maybe I'll try reprogramming it if I get bored one day.



iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Minneapolis on 1/18/2017

2009 Lexus RX350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to setup and install. Wish they had a few more options for the programming but was easy to install and directions were clear.



iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Rich from Boston, Ma on 12/27/2016

2006 Scion tC
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Istall instructions were pretty good and install was simple i would use this product for my next vehicle

Pros: Easy install and easy use

Cons: Downloading the free sowftware added a few minutes to my install but well worth it. Not for all radios but most

Works as Advertised

Hector from Atlanta, GA on 12/12/2016

2006 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked as advertised.

Pros: Simple to use and program

Cons: None to date

Frustrating at install...

Stephen from Carlsbad, NM on 11/19/2016

2007 Chevrolet Suburban

I will re-visit this review once I have it all up and running, but there is a Major problem that Crutchfield Needs to address with the makers of this unit. How In The World do you make a product that you cannot update (read "flash") on an Apple computer? Even more, you have to find a Windows 7 PC just to get this thing to work. Wish I would have paid to have someone else install this. I've done countless stereo installs, and having to stop what you're doing to go and try to find an OLD PC to get this to work is just goofy. I expect better than this when I order from Crutchfield. I know they do not make this product, but they sold it to me as a "plug and play" item, that is FAR from that. Comes in two boxes, with a ton of different wiring harnesses, etc. Not nearly the simplicity that it looks like when you read about the Maestro online. Great idea, but the company needs some serious updates. This unit is not usable AT ALL without "flashing" it. Not good.

Pros: hopefully everything will work

Cons: pain to program, tons of wiring, zero help from manufacturer, Does Not Work With Apple Computers.

2009 F150 with Integrated Radio and Sync

Dave from Hudson, OH on 10/23/2016

2009 Ford F-150 XLT

Four stars because it does what it claims to do. One star removed because of the problematical flashing interface. Maestro WebLink requires Activex enabling. Also need this to be done in Internet Explorer. Since the newest Microsoft Windows 10 does not permit installation of Activex and does not have IE, my current PC could not do the flashing as configured. No iDatalink tech support on weekends, finally borrowed a Windows 7 computer with Internet Explorer and Activex resident and easily flashed the memory on the device. It seems to work okay. I have not tested out all of the steering wheel controls yet. Installed new Alpine head unit and amp, working fine through Maestro Rr interface cable system purchased with this Sw adapter unit.

Pros: A way to keep steering wheel controls with a new head unit installed. Flashing is vehicle specific and has good, intuitive configuration selection.

Cons: Newer computers may require adaptation to accomplish flashing and Maestro provides no guidance to that end. Frustration for user-level folks like me with little background in browser configuration.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Billy from Dothan, AL on 10/4/2016

2008 Harley Davidson Ultra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Jury is still out on this item, I have been using it for about a week now, and for some reason at times I will loose my handle bar controls, I am still in the trouble shooting stages of if it does this while i am connected to bluetooth using slacker or will it lock up in any mode I am using.



iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Joe from Bloomington il on 9/12/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was a easy install it work out great all hand controls work as programmed on my street glide



Works perfectly to retain steering wheel controls

Mike from Rock Valley, IA on 8/24/2016

2010 Ford F-150 Lariat
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This worked great on my 2010 F150 with a Pioneer deck to keep steering controls. I love all of the functions it does plus you can customize the buttons if you want.

Pros: Retains all factory steering wheel functions.

Cons: Had to program with computer and cut a factory wire on vehicle.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

John from Middleboro Ma on 8/23/2016

2009 Harley Davidson Road Glide
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had an issue flashing unit using Microsoft edge Customer service talked me though it easily. Works great

Pros: Works great

Cons: None

Good product

Hank h. from O Fallon, IL on 8/8/2016

2003 Acura 3.2TL
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Took a while to flash the module due to some issues on the web page. Was able to Google some solutions to resolve the issues. After it was flashed and installed it works well and as described.

Pros: Allows you to keep steering wheel controls. Pretty easy install.

Cons: Had difficulty on the website trying to flash module. Tried on 3 different computers. Eventually had to Google a solution and found others that were having the same issue and a solution that worked.

2006 Harley Ultra

E. H. from Lafayette, CO on 8/1/2016

2006 Harley Davidson Electra Glide
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product made my install very easy and worked perfect when completed. Absolutely loved it.

Pros: Easy Install and programing of steering controls. Customer service was fantastic.

Cons: None

Maestro SW Won't Flash - Read This

Paul from Sonoma, CA on 5/19/2016

2008 Lexus RX350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just got off the phone with the idata link tech because my the webpage said my module was not detected. He instructed me to press the "Flash Module" button 12 times and it will be detected on the twelfth time. He was right! Make sure the web page cycles each time you press the button. The tech said this was a Windows 10 issue. Hope this helps anyone else.

Pros: Quick, helpful support (9 a.m. PDT)

Cons: Solution to known problem can not be found on the web idatalink web page.

Doesn't work

Jeff from Lake Zurich, IL on 5/15/2016

2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It would be nice if it worked. Don't have a pc wish that you can format this unit using a apple product.



Crutchfield response on 5/16/2016 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to help the customer. We'll either help him get the adapter working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

it' doing the job

Debra from Silver Spring, MD on 4/24/2016

2009 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once installed this works fine. But installation took my husband a while, because the instructions didn't quite fit the reality. Customer service at Datalink Maestro was only semi-helpful. Crutchfield customer service far superior!

Pros: --it works

Cons: --installation instructions didn't match the actual parts; hard to jimmy it a little to make it work

Works as advertised!

John F from Laurel, MS on 4/18/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I didn't install the unit but I did program it and paid to have it installed. It does what it is advertised to do.

Pros: Does more than less expensive products. Great telephone support.

Cons: In the programming phase, you are not able to save the wallet size print for on-line review instead of printing.

No Windows 10 Support

jaddair from Fremont, OH on 4/18/2016

2009 GMC Sierra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Item was easy to use & program once I had a pc that did not have win 10 installed. No complaints other than that.



Perfect Add-on for older car

Scott from Warrenville, IL on 3/31/2016

2004 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This module is pretty slick. Nice to be able to customize (to a degree) and double the functionality of what the very limited buttons on my steering wheel can do. Would have been helpful if MAC supported them, however, everyone knows of someone with and/or works with a PC so not a big deal, just an added delay for me to have to wait until I was at a PC to program. Again, doubles the features and is customizable. It was very nice that their online specified the exact pin on existing car harness for one of the three wires I needed to use, however, they didn't specify the ACC and Ground for some reason. Not an issue since the Crutchfield harness had these wires labeled so was able to solder the ground and switched 12V ACC to the appropriate location. If not for that harness for the stereo, I think I would have sweated this a bit more. Also liked the photos of the steering wheel to confirm, although, the product listing lacked my stereo (Kenwood KDC-X599) but model down worked. Overall, awesome product regardless.

Pros: Doubles the functionality; Customizable

Cons: Lacks support from MAC - which was very clearly represented before purchasing; Wiring template lacked some nice-to-have detail for those not pairing with a wiring harness for new stereo

Works likes a Champ!!!

Greg W from Wylie, TX on 3/30/2016

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Instructions were very clear. I had some angst trying to find the right vehicle harness to tap into, but the diagram was very clear. Works better than original as I can double the function of each button and use my volume controls for hands free operation.

Pros: Easy to hookup and program. Clear instructions. Double use of buttons

Cons: None

Swift installation

Sly from Fayetteville, NC on 3/28/2016

2015 Subaru WRX STI
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

No drama except flashing with windows 10. Read reviews and discovered that i needed to hit the "flash module" button 10 times before it decided to flash it. From there, ...cake! All connections are to be made on the car's factory harness' side and NOT the aftermarket stereo' side.

Pros: Easy installation. Flawless intergration

Cons: None

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Jose from Eureka, CA on 3/4/2016

2013 Kia Forte
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked just like advertised. Installed it on my wife's 2013 Kia along with a Kenwood Excelon DDX393 stereo. All the steering wheel controls work like before. Make sure to program it before attempting to install it.


Cons: Had to use the 2012 Kia information when programming because the 2013 info was not compatible. Crutchfield Tech support walked me through the whole thing. They are awesome!!! 5 stars for Tech Support!

Great Product

Mr JBL from portsmouth, VA on 2/16/2016

2006 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Did the install without a hitch. It even added more features to my steering wheel



A little quirky

Doug from Spartanburg, SC on 1/29/2016

2006 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I put this into a 2006 Honda CR-V, coupled with a Pioneer stereo. It comes well packaged, and the wiring instructions are fairly easily figured out. Flashing the firmware is easy and pretty quick. When installing into the car, make sure you can still get to it or remove it easily, in case you have to remap the button functions (ie: some of them don't act the way you thought they would). I had given my buttons 2 functions each, and they would have none of it. I had to yank it out and reflash 3 times before the buttons would function as desired, and one of them still balks half the time. I would try out a different adapter, but for the time being, I can deal with reaching all 2 feet to the stereo to change the radio band. FWIW, I also put one of these into a friend's 2004 Pilot, and it worked perfectly from the get-go, so there's that.



Excellent Product - not so excellent support

SEABEE from Virginia on 10/15/2015

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product works as advertised....great steering wheel control interface device. Product requires flashing a module for your vehicle...which requires product registration and a return email...and a log on to access flash SW...which doesn't work...therefore to cant log on an flash the module for your vehicle. Cost me three hours to get the ability to flash my module...which after worked fine.

Pros: Crutchfield staff had the email address of the one gent to allow the flash process to proceed.

Cons: product support is M-F 9-5 ...soooo, no one is around on weekends to assist... wiring a bit complicated...instructions could be more specific

Works as intended

KenA from Colorado on 9/2/2015

2015 Subaru WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So I get this, the instructions say to go to your computer and plug it in, go to their website and flash the thing, that worked great! Now, the instructions do not really make it clear that the piece you're splicing into is on the CAR side, not the harness side so the pinouts were a bit confusing but once I called Crutchfield tech support they ironed it all out for me and install was cake. In order to reprogram the module to do different things, like change the hold volume button to do a different function, you must unplug it from your car, plug into your computer then reflash the module, kind of a pain.

Pros: Easy install once I grasped the install instructions Small and compact, made for easy tucking Printable install card

Cons: Instructions weren't clear with some of the wiring and how the pinouts were Lots of wires that were not connected, maybe a less general unit, however I understand the costs involved it's easier to make a unit for most vehicles

Good product

BeeDubSupreme from North Carolina on 7/12/2015

2015 Subaru Forester
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it's supposed to do. If you have a 2015 Subaru Forester and want to retain your steering wheel controls, this will do the trick. I was skeptical at first because Crutchfield warned that it would not work for my application. I called to confirm with the peoples at Maestro. The technician told me that it would work, just to program it as if my ride is a 2014. They just have not updated their database yet. Ten bucks cheaper than the PAC unit. The PAC unit just seemed kind of janky.

Pros: Small. Easy install. Does what it claims to.

Cons: Nothing to report as of yet.

Does what I want it to do

Rajan from Virginia on 7/4/2015

Even though I just installed it, I love it. It does what I wanted and install is 1000x easier then PAC. I used the small posi-tap to install this on my Clarion NX404 in my 2006 Miata base model that did not have radio controls. I bought the switches from a wrecked Miata and used them (the cruise control also works from that FYI). I work at a dealership as a salesperson and drive a lot of new cars and myself get a new car every 2 or 3 years, the Miata is my track/show car but now it has convenience features.

Pros: easy install, program the way you want, no resistors to add

Cons: only thing I can think of is you gotta find somewhere to put in and thats not to easy with modern cars that are stuffed with wiring.

Not a maestro

Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 6/25/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Extremely confusing instructions. Horrible wiring diagram.


Cons: See anove

works as stated

mrmilo from hobbs nm on 5/5/2015

2014 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Work perfectly as stated on Subaru wrx, was able to maintain all steering controls

Pros: Works as advertised

Cons: Slightly difficult to use expanded features such as additional assignments and alternate buttons.

Kept my steering wheel controls!

Anonymous from Richmond, VA on 5/1/2015

2011 Kia Sorento
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The last time I installed an aftermarket radio, I just accepted the fact that I would loose steering wheel controls. This time around this nifty device was available. The directions made it pretty straight forward to program and connect. The controls are just as they were with the factory head unit. I'm completely satisfied with this product.

Pros: Keeps the same controls the factory deck had.

Cons: I only wish it were easier to reprogram if needed. I found that I could have programmed the "ok google" function in place of siri, but do not feel like taking the dash apart again just for one button.

easy install

S from Albany, NY on 3/22/2015

2007 Ford Focus ZX3
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Seemed difficult at the instructions a few times and realized which wires connected where. I was over thinking the install believing it had to be more complicated than it actually was.

Pros: Works perfectly. Easy install. Easy to program.

Cons: None.

Does what it's supposed to do

fitz206 from West Virginia on 3/12/2015

2009 Hyundai Sonata
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to program and flash for my 2009 Sonata. I did not like that I had to cut wires and splice them together rather than having a harness connector. I was told that was because it works off resistance and the pins may not have a good enough connection. I would have preferred to have an option to buy pins to install in the metra harness. But it works. That's the bottom line. Instructions could have been a little more detailed, but after some thought, I figured it out.



Scratching my head at first

Jimbo from Georgia on 1/11/2015

2007 Chevrolet Silverado (New Body Style
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I first opened this thing up expecting to find wiring diagrams. Instead I had two wiring harnesses and a book telling me to go to the interwebs. I followed the instructions which was easy enough, programmed it for my 2007 Silverado, updated the firmware, printed out my wiring schematic and installed it. It's really easy to do and it works amazingly well.



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Anonymous from Florida on 12/31/2014

2003 Hummer H2
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything works as promised. I would recommend this to a friend. Customer service was a big help.



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Steve S. from Texas on 12/21/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product. Used it with a Sony head unit in my 2006 Hyundai Azera Limited.

Pros: Programming was a breeze and the ability to change some of the steering wheel control functions was icing on the cake. iDatalink tech support was outstanding.

Cons: None

Poor instructions

Adam K from Bethesda, MD on 12/8/2014

2004 Honda Accord EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This started off great. I went to the web site, identified my car, my steering wheel, my new radio and flashed the device. I downloaded the instructions customized for my exact config. That was the easy part. What turned this into a month long installation was that the pinning was transposed. The numbering of the pins were a mirror image of the real pins - and the colors were just close enough that I thought I was cutting the right wires. After numerous calls to support at Crutchfield (they deserve a medal) they figured out what I had done. I had barely enough wire to repair what I had done, but it seems to have worked, and now the system is functional. Oh, and they completely left out the fact that a couple of wires needed to be connected as well. Granted, the mistake was mine and it all makes sense "after." A professional installer probably would have completed it in a couple of hours. Instead, mine was a 4 day extravaganza spread over a month.

Pros: Eazy to setup and flash for your config. Great website.

Cons: Too many details left out of the install steps. To easy to confuse the amateur installer.

Great Unit for Steering Wheel Controls

Gerret M. from Georgia on 12/7/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit is great. I used the standard set up and all my steering wheel controls were retained

Pros: It did what I bought it for - it retained all steering wheel controls

Cons: none

Works Well

John S from Deltona, Fl on 11/13/2014

It works great. Installed it in my 2013 Chevy Silverado with a Kenwood stereo. Need to mess with it a little and adjust the settings but all in all it works really well. I installed it with the mini USB cord plugged in and ran that cable to my glove box so I can reprogram as needed. I did lose all blue tooth function and Onstar functions from steering wheel controls. Not sure if I can get them back when I reprogram.

Pros: Dual function controls for each button.

Cons: Lost Onstar functions through steering wheel controls.

Works as Described but....

Anonymous from Atlantic City, NJ on 10/29/2014

2006 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I installed this unit with a new Kenwood head unit. It's in and functions great but it was a little tricky to install. You program according to your vehicle info on a PC which is pretty easy. However, for my install I had to cut to wires from the factory harness and connect them to the Maestro. Wasn't exactly clear in the directions. Everything went fine once I called and they explained that part to me. Otherwise, it's great.



Easy Install, Good Product

Karl S from Milwaukee, WI on 10/12/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I used this unit with an Alpine receiver/player/GPS unit. Clear instructions, easy to program and install. I really liked the additional functionality that the unit provided to the factory steering wheel controls.

Pros: Easy programming/install. Good instructions.

Cons: None.

great easy to install sw control

big mike from carson, ca on 8/31/2014

2014 Ford Mustang
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Website very easy to use and module very easy to upload firmware via website. Easy to install. Instructions were decent. Happy with my purchase.

Pros: Easy to install, intuitive website, easy to upload firmware

Cons: Nothing

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Dan from Ruther Glen VA on 8/30/2014

2007 Kia Sedona
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as stated. Just be sure you have the latest browser to connect it to the Web for programming it.



works just fine

awh from williamsburg va on 8/11/2014

2005 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works fine. Used default setup for honda pilot and pioneer radio. Very easy!



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TomB from Cincinnati, Ohio on 8/7/2014

2014 Kia Rio
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fits well in my car but right now I can not get it to work. Having some problems.



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Anonymous from austin, tx on 7/7/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

as the sales rep mentioned, this one is a little more expensive and involves a bit more work on the installation, but it's still a snap and allows you to program two functions for each steering wheel button, which is handy. i used the 2nd functions for answering hands free calls and muting audio.



Radio control great, but install confusing.

Joe from Ohio on 7/1/2014

2005 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Wanting to keep my steering wheel controls on my 2005 Nissan Altima, read the reviews at the time so I was able to get a heads up as to what to expect. Must agree with the other posts on the directions given with the unit. Spent small amount of time as to what the directions were trying to explain about the hook-ups and the connection as illustrated. Called customer service line and found them to be helpful and surprisingly understanding and patient. Had the answers needed for my installed in minutes. Working as expected in the same amount of time. Idatalink maestro has a very good product and would not hesitate to purchase again. The download from the website to the unit for programming was quick and easy.

Pros: Easy programming, expanded controls available and customizable. Helpful customer service if needed.

Cons: Instructions not as clear as they could be. My connection did not match the pin-out as detailed.

Ingenious Device

johpap from Albuquerque, nm on 6/30/2014

2010 Ford Fusion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

OK So I will admit that I am not up to date on much of today's technology so I am fairly easily impressed. I had this installed in my 2010 Ford Fusion to control my Pioneer avh-x26600b head unit. It works perfectly. I love the fact that I was able to choose a second function for each control on my steering wheel though the options are somewhat limited with this head unit. I know there are more expensive controllers out there but this one was just what I needed.



Works Great!!

automate_tx from Fort Worth, TX on 6/24/2014

2013 Kia Rio
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Datalink Maestro worked perfectly with my commuter KIA Rio and the Pioneer AVH-X5600BHS. The setup was fast and easy using they're online setup. Customizable and all the features I needed.

Pros: Easy Setup, Feature rich

Cons: Minor, but having to register and be online to program. Offline (non-internet) setup would be nice.

Awesome product

EricD from Madison, WI on 6/3/2014

2011 Honda CRV EX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This worked great. Like other said the instructions are a little short, and in my case the 2 wires I was to splice where incorrect in their paperwork but I have access to alldata repair and found the correct wires. Other than that installation was easy and it worked on first try. Highly recommended.

Pros: East of programming

Cons: wire diagrams

Works awesome in my 2013 Tundra

GeoffN from Phoenix, AZ on 5/29/2014

2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This module was very easy to install using the maestro install guide. Flashing the module is very straightforward, using drop down menus for your exact vehicle and radio brand and model. I love the flexibility of being able to assign certain control to buttons based on what you want your steering wheel to do. Would definitely buy again. I know how easy it is to reflash because when I first installed this, I hooked it up to a Pioneer DD receiver, and upgraded to a Kenwood DDX771. Love it, and it works very well with this steering wheel module. Also, the response time for the buttons is the closest to factory I've seen of any aftermarket interfaces.

Pros: Quick to setup. Simple. Reliable. Re-programmable. Ultra flexible. Price.

Cons: NONE.

Works great in my 2005 Nissan Altima.

Jfearn from Vero Beach, FL on 4/14/2014

2005 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This maestro does exactly what it says. The wiring instructions and diagrams provided are not very clear. Once again called Crutchfield tech-support and they were wonderful. It really was an easy install and programming and works just like my original steering wheel controls did

Pros: Works great. Install was simple once I understood which wires to connect to.

Cons: Instructions provided were difficult to understand and the maestro website drawings provided were visually not very clear and difficult to read the wire numbers and colors

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Jason from Virginia on 4/13/2014

2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this for the kenwood Dnx571hd on my 2013 tundra, easy install and retained all steering wheel controls.



Great Product

HAL from Chicago IL on 4/8/2014

2004 Ford Excursion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product worked great. I had no problems installing it.

Pros: I like the press/ hold features that the factory unit didn't have.

Cons: If you don't flash the unit off the website, the manual setup instructions are a bit complicated.

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ric r from phoenixville pa on 3/25/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

installed this product in a 2011 optima with a pioneer head unit. easy to install and did everything it was advertised to do.

Pros: worked as promised

Cons: none

2013 Tundra

Gary from Texas on 3/17/2014

2013 Toyota Tundra
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this to work with a Kenwood Excelon 491 HD head unit. It was easy to program and works perfectly with the head unit. All functions on the steering wheel were used and worked. I even have additional functions now, because you can program the idatalink. If you are a novice, you better study up on how to install this though. I am not a professional installer, but I was able to do this.

Pros: Works perfect. Program all the keys on steering wheel however you would like.

Cons: None.

2011 kia Sorento

John N from San Diego, ca on 3/14/2014

2011 Kia Sorento
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Absolutely flawless, kept all buttons functional including call buttons, no lag. a computer is required, doesn't have to be a laptop though.

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

Nifty little black box

Nelson E. from Fremont, CA on 3/12/2014

2006 Hyundai Azera
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this unit to supplement the Pioneer DEH-X4600BT head unit I bought at the same time for my 2008 Hyundai Azera Limited. I didn't want to lose the controls on my steering wheel and after asking an agent at Crutchfield which would be the easiest unit to install, he recommended this unit. I have to say, I'm totally amazed. With the other units you have to program them manually and there is some soldering of wires involved. With the iDatalink Maetro, a couple of splices and wire connectors were all that were needed to get things working. I also like that all I had to do was connect the darned thing to a computer, input my car's information and the head unit I was attaching it to and it programmed itself. I will say that the downloaded instruction sheet from iDatalink is practically garbage. It got me halfway, but I'm glad that Crutchfield's Tech support was able to help and made the install so easy.

Pros: Computer programmable Easy install - 4 wires and no soldering!!!

Cons: Installation diagrams are worthless. You're better off calling Crutchfield Tech Support.

Works perfectly - Wonky Install

Jason P. from Naperville, IL on 3/5/2014

2008 Honda Pilot
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This teeny little box works perfectly between my new Clarion CX501 and the factory-installed steering wheel controls on my 2008 Honda Pilot. Love that you can plug it into a computer and customize the actions for the buttons, including new "press and hold" functions. Only downside was that the installation instructions were pretty bad. Wanted me to attach wires to wires that didn't exist, didn't tell me what other wires were for. If you are a pro at this, might not be a problem, but as a novice, I was happy that I got it to work without blowing up the car.

Pros: Easy to program. Works flawlessly. Very small footprint.

Cons: Terrible installation instructions.

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vic.gsxr from Louisville, KY on 2/28/2014

2007 Ford Fusion
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works 100% as should


Cons: Had to find a windows computer. You can't program it from a mac

Maestro interfacer

19camrs79 from Lucasville, Oh on 2/20/2014

2004 Chevrolet Avalanche
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After getting on the web site, was easy to program for my particular vehicle. However, the instructions do not tell you which plug is no. "A",( have a '04 Chevy Avalanche). Was a little scared of going to the wrong plug and mess something up. So I haven't installed it.

Pros: easy to program

Cons: directions are not the best for your specific vehicle.

Works perfect but not for the novice

JonA from Wailuku, HI on 12/20/2013

2005 Lexus RX330
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Unit was installed in a 2005 Lexus RX330. I can only give this product 4 stars only because of the lack of instructions. In the box was the module and the wiring, thats it. I had read the other reviews on this product here on the Crutchfield so I did have a little bit of an idea what was in store though, so I went straight to the website to program the module and get the wiring instructions. Programming the module was a snap, and I like the idea of being able to program the functions of the steering wheel controls with clicking simple drop down boxes on the website. Wiring went a lot easier than I thought it would. I took the advice I saw here regarding soldering the connections so everything worked the first time I turned on the stereo, an Alpine IVE530 so no issues other than the wires are a bit tricky to strip cause they're so small. The lights on the steering wheel even work again now. Very happy now that everything is hooked up. I've been fooling around with car audio for 20+ years so installation for me was pretty easy, but a novice might want to get a shop to install this.

Pros: Great functionality once installed, ability to easily change button function while programming the module

Cons: No instructions in the box, wires are tiny making it tricky to strip during installation.

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Maximus Puntilion from Washington on 12/15/2013

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product plugged right into my 2009 Subaru STI. Used positaps to connect it to 4 wires. The only thing that was a bit confusing and not clear was which wires connect to ground and accessory 12v in the subi Black to Black and Blue Red to Yellow and red

Pros: Easy installation and programming from the Web

Cons: Slightly confusing wiring diagram

Good unit

Anonymous from Manchester nh on 12/9/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great unit

Pros: Programing easy, works great , does everything it should. Crutchfield tech support worked hard to straighten me out on my issue listed in the cons!

Cons: Had to connect one wire to the BCU directions a little unclear about what wire it was, felt like I was going to guess ...


Kark from North Providence, RI on 11/30/2013

2011 Toyota Tacoma
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing was a joy to setup & install. It works as advertised.

Pros: Website guided setup USB programming

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Martins Ferry, OH on 11/24/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install easy the program works great

Pros: It's all good

Cons: None

Good product

RiskS from Sacramento, CA on 10/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good product. Easy to set up, easy to install.



2012 Mitsubishi Evo GSR

orig6redwings from Wolverine Lake, MI on 10/26/2013

2000 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I've tried a few different steering wheel control adapters from Crutchfield and this is by far the easiest and best one out there! There's no flipping switches or pressing buttons within a certain amount of time to program the adapter. Just log on, pick your car/options and setup what switches do what. Then download the program into the adapter and that's it!! You can also unplug it easily if you wish to change the settings. Plus, unlike other adapters, it will not lose it's settings if you lose power. If you want your steering wheel controls back, this adapter is the one to get!

Pros: Works great and easy to use!!

Cons: Does not support all switch options, but it does support the majority of them. Which is better than most adapters out there.

Excellent! Better than Metra!

Jon from Kansas City, MO on 9/21/2013

2003 Mercury Marauder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I previously installed a Pioneer Avic Z-140BH in a 2003 Mercury Marauder and used a Metra ASWC-1 for the steering wheel controls. I had problem after problem with this unit forgetting the "memory" settings and not working or working as it shouldn't (volume up going down and the opposite). Metra was unwilling to help at all with my bad unit, so I decided to try another company. This unit shows it worked, but on purchase it said it didn't. So I bought it slightly hesitant. However upon arrival, I hooked it up to computer via USB and went on the Maestro website. Just a few extremely easy clicks later and my unit was programmed not only for "push" operation but also "push and hold", doubling the amount of button functions (this is an awesome feature). It wired up the exact same way as the Metra, but the install instructions were a million times better. Have had it for 3 weeks now, no problems, works great!

Pros: Easy to program, easy to install, more functions with push and hold feature

Cons: None!!

Best steering wheel control adapter I have used

Rick M from Beckley WV on 8/27/2013

2010 Subaru Impreza WRX
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is the best working and easiest to program steering wheel control adapter I have used and installed. Crutchfield says this adapter was not recommended for my 2010 Subaru WRX, but Idatalink said it would so I tried it anyway and it works absolutely flawlessly. It was very easy to install in the vehicle and very easy to program via the computer and website from the manufacturer.

Pros: Works flawlessly and is incredibly easy to program.

Cons: None. Crutchfield not recommending use if this in my car.

Crutchfield response on 9/2/2013 Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We have corrected our presentation.

solder the wires!

Vodka0tter from MA on 7/23/2013

2008 Ford F-350
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm giving this a so-so review only because of the instructions. The actual wiring diagram is ok, the button programming, for get it... Better flashing the unit from the web site. You need an account, verify email address, promise your first born male etc.. but do the flash - forget the button programming. If I can stress one thing its solder the wires. Some of the functions work on resistance. I initially used crimp connectors and spend two days wondering why it didn't work. I thought it was defective. I called the tech support and went over everything and they recommended I solder the wires. I did and bingo - works like a charm. Steering wheel Button configuration is a great feature (during the configuration flash). You can program a task for button press and another for button hold during the PC (yes PC, not mac) unit configuration flash. Very nice feature. They need to ditch the stand alone configuration (using a single button and some illustrations) and just rely on the flash configuration along with the need to solder the wires. If you do that its a great unit!

Pros: Works great

Cons: Need to better describe requirements and instructions. Hire a technical writer for gods sake.

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ernie a from california on 7/22/2013

2004 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

great product and easy install.


Cons: no cons

Vital for a smooth install

Henry95 from Tampa, FL on 7/21/2013

2005 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Used this to connect steering wheel controls in Infiniti G35 to new JVC deck, and love the result. The integration is one of those "could probably live without it" things when you install a new car stereo, but going the extra mile to keep the steering wheel controls really made the project a total success. You're required to go online for specific wiring instructions and to flash the unit via USB to work with your car and use the settings you choose. For some reason it took several tries on different computers to get the client downloaded and running, but after that, the process was smooth. Really liked the pull-down menus for assigning functions to each button, including the flexibility to assign different ones for press-and-hold. As with most aftermarket jobs like this, the documentation as only a starting point, and you have to do some exploration on your own in terms of finding wires, etc. My wheel controls cam to the dash in their own harness, so that made it easy to ID it by wire color, although I needed one call to Crutchfield to clarify that one wire from the car would go unused. Other than that, install was straightforward. One thing I did that works beautifully: I programmed press-and-hold on the "power" button to activate voice dial... which on the JVC, brings up Siri on my iPhone5 via the Bluetooth. So now can do everything on my phone that Siri can--call out, navigate, select music--100% hands free. Pretty cool.

Pros: Functions exactly as advertised; press and hold function was awesome.

Cons: Documentation a bit sparse; online flash programming took a couple tries.

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Mark & Chris from Melbourne, FL on 7/20/2013

2006 Chevrolet HHR
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked perfectly in an '06 HHR. If using this in conjunction with the PAC adapter, does require one customization to the adapter harness that's not documented. Ability to customize each button's commands for both momentary and long press is a big plus.

Pros: Customization via web and USB connection.


Good when pre-programmed; a challenge when not

Steven from Tallahassee, FL on 7/20/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Odds are you won't need to reprogram Maestro to work with a different head unit. If it's part of a package you buy with a head unit from Crutchfield, it's plug and play and forget it. BUT, if you ever do replace a head unit, reprogramming through their website is a pain in the back seat. It's PC only, and needs a data USB connector. Even then, the web interface (and operating manual) have english-as-a-second-langauge instructions. Once you've downloaded the drivers, found the right data cable, muddled through the interface and reinstalled the unit, it will work just fine. Also, I think it's somewhat overpriced, but not stupidly so.

Pros: works great with original head unit

Cons: pain in the rear if you need to re-pair it to another head unit (or vehicle).

Mitsubishi Evo with Rockford MMCS system

RonA from Austin TX on 7/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing works awesome. I replaced the factory Rockford MMCS on my Mitsubishi with a Kenwood nav unit and used this to retain factory steering wheel control. One thing that isn't clear and may save you frustration is that the MMCS requires the Mito harness adapter even if not hooking up to the factory amp. It saves you from cutting a ton of wires. When you hookup the Mito, make sure to cut the 2 steering control wires going to their adapter box and feed them into the iDatalink. I originally just put a t-splice inline and that caused problems for the Maestro. The other positive is that I programmed my steering controls to do more than the factory did! I also fixed Mitsubishi's backward way of moving through track listings on the stereo. This was all done with their website and selecting what I wanted my steering wheel buttons to do. Piece of cake.

Pros: Retains 100% of original functionality. Customize it to bring in further functionality. Fixes Mitsubishi's stupid button mappings.

Cons: Hasn't made me breakfast in bed. iDatalink's website firmware download requires Internet Explorer.

Easy and awesome.

Sean M from Fruita, CO on 7/15/2013

2004 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy to install and to program. One wire hook up on my '04 Honda and power and ground. Great features let you program the buttons to do a variety of functions. You can even program them to do more than one function.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: None

Works great, but instructions could be better

joc1394 from Hagerstown, MD on 7/15/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall, this did the job of making the stock steering wheel controls of my 2007 Honda Civic EX Coupe work with my new JVC KW-R900BT headunit. My only complaint is that it took two tries to program it and the instructions and website could benefit from a little more detail and directions. Overall, it worked as expected after the second try.

Pros: Works well, very reliable, compact and easy to tuck away in the dash. Programs via web similar to a Logitech Harmony remote.

Cons: Not the best instructions and guidance on installation.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

ToddH from Petersburg, VA on 7/8/2013

2003 Infiniti G35
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this in my son's 2003 Infiniti G35. This was a little intimidating at first. A couple calls to Tech Support and we figured out how everything was supposed to be hooked up. We did not have the complete instructions so didn't realize we had to flash the system. The worst part was that we needed a Windows computer to flash the system (we only have Apple products at home). I quick trip to the apartment's business center and five minutes to flash the system and we were up and running. I gave 5 stars because the systems works as advertised and wasn't too hard to install once we found the instructions.

Pros: Works as advertised - steering wheel controls are set the way we want them.

Cons: Need a windows based computer to flash the system. Website address with instructions would be helpful...Google is good, but why make customers search for your site???

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

JonahH from Heflin, AL on 7/7/2013

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im told this is an excellent product, more-so on certain make vehicles than others. my experience with it, not so much. everything i read on it appeared great, but the unit i received evidently was faulty. after try and try again trouble shooting with tech support i returned the unit and got the Axxess ASWC-1 which didn't have to programmed via pc, plugged in and worked correctly within 5 min from install to working.

Pros: excellent concept


Easiest by Far....

C4pt4inMatt from Vancouver, WA on 7/6/2013

2011 Kia Sorento
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Some background, I installed this in a 2011 Kia Sorento attached to a Kenwood DNN990HD. This setup was the third such attempt at a nav unit install in this vehicle. I tried a Clarion NX702 and a Pioneer AVIC Z150BH, both of which tied to the Metra ASWC for steering wheel input. I followed the install directions to a T, soldered all my connections for clean signal input, and still spent hours programming and reprogramming the ASWC to only have it still not working correctly. Some buttons would work but other wouldn't. Finally I gave up, returned the two stereos (didn't like the interfaces) and threw the ASWC in my parts box. I was determined there had to be a better way. Enter the Maestro SW. I purchased this along with the Kenwood in hopes I would finally find something I could tolerate. Before I even tried the install I plugged the Maestro into my laptop, logged into the idatalink website and in less than 5 minutes flashed the module. Programming was super easy, click the button I want to program on the image of my actual steering wheel (on the idatalink website already), then select the function I want to assign. Note you can also assign a secondary function if you hold the button which is handy. Once my selections were made it loads them on the module and you're set to install. Sure enough, once I had everything hooked up and ready for my first test, the Maestro worked without a hitch. So much easier, I highly recommend this puppy over the ASWC.

Pros: Easy programming, compact unit, simple install, great install directions (on website)

Cons: My PTT button on the steering wheel doesn't work but I think that's a Kenwood issue

2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL w/o NAV

e_piph_a_ny from Los Angeles, CA on 7/6/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Once you get it, remarkably easy installation process to install. Only a couple of wires tied into the Honda OEM radio harness. Identified by color (just like painting by numbers). Two step process on mfgr's website, downloading the appropriate installation diagrams (and I mean diagrams as in "IKEA-like") and then once the correct steering wheel buttons are identified, downloading the wiring diagram. Only four stars because the website and instructions are confusing.

Pros: Easy setup to assign radio/phone functions to steering wheel controls

Cons: To d/l the plugin, remember that it's and not Of course both pages look similar so I couldn't find the proper version (HINT: look at the top left of the webpage). It's not apparent, but you don't have to follow all the instructions.

Steering Wheel Control

Amador from Puerto Rico on 7/5/2013

2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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Would not work in my car. Thanks to the great Tech Support they exchanged it with a one that would.

Pros: none

Cons: Would not work on my 2003 Monte Carlo


TRDmatrix from Thornton, CO on 6/27/2013

2010 Mazda 5
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The first unit I received was DOA. At forst I thought I was doing somerhing wrong because the instructions (have to download from idatalink's website) are quite poor. After talking to crutchfield tech support, I got a replacement unit that worked perfectly as advertised. The unit is very small and easy to wire up as soon as you figure out what the instructions are actually trying to tell you. I installed this in my 2010 Mazda 5 to keep the steering wheel remote. The remote only has six buttons so the press and hold for secondary feature is awesome with my new sony headunit. If the instructions were easier to use and the first unit I got didn't make me waste a week of my time, this would be a five star product.

Pros: Tiny, secondary buttons

Cons: First unit DOA, instructions

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

36bladze from Nashville, TN on 6/19/2013

2004 Ford Expedition
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I tried installing this unit (which by the way comes with 0 instructions) and it did not work. I spent hours on line looking for ways and couldn't find anything. I finally took it to a audio installer who told me that their is a propitiatory cable that is needed to flash this until. Without it it would not work.

Pros: works the way it should

Cons: Unless you buy an additional cable you can not self install

Not worth the trouble.

SandR0ck from Orlando,fl on 6/15/2013

2006 Honda Accord LX
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No instructions in the box. The web site is horrible for instructions. You can flash it for your car, but I could find not files to do so. I just reach over to the radio or use the remote.



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iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW from Schofield, WI on 6/14/2013

2013 Subaru Outback
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to use awesome product

Pros: Small and programmable

Cons: Higher priced


Space Cowboy from Denver, CO on 5/25/2013

2004 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm not too much of a fan of 3rd party products, they never seem to work right. This product was amazing and so easy to install. The fact that they made it so you can flash the setting from your computer BEFORE installing it made it so much easier and quick. It actually made made Pioneer stereo do things it could do before, which is a plus. I made an error at the beginning and that was just use wire splicers. It caused the stereo to freak out when hit bumps. I went back and did it right, which is soldering the wires, bam, problem solved.

Pros: Being able to flash your setting through a USB to the unit. Second, for my truck, it was only 3 wires to hook up. Works flawless.

Cons: The website for getting the instructions was a slight pain

Controller works, support works better.

A.M.L. from Raleigh, NC on 5/25/2013

2007 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as promised, and being able to flash-program before installation saves a lot of time. Wiring instructions left something to be desired, but call-in Crutchfield support had better information, answered right away, and reinforced why I buy all my electronics from them.

Pros: Flash programming. Excellent Crutchfield support.

Cons: Vague wiring instructions, both printed and online.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Leo from Leesville, LA on 5/15/2013

2004 Ford F-150
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Absolutely horrible product. Came with no directions and could not get it to work. I purchased a unit that automatically "sensed" my vehicles' controls from a local merchant and was installed in mere minutes. Stay away from this.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Did not work; cumbersome; could not download the proper software fro my vehicle, never did get it to work after 23 hours of messing with it. Gave up and went to a local install it shop and paid 1/2 the price.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

ScottB from Cincinnati, Oh on 5/14/2013

2013 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Don't be intimidated by having to splice into your existing wires and "flashing" this unit. It's all very easy!! I used my existing, standard steering wheel controls so I didn't get in to special programming of the buttons but everything else went very smooth. I used a couple Velcro strips to attach this to the top of my radio. All works great!

Pros: Works as advertised.

Cons: None

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Patrick S. from Tacoma, WA on 5/13/2013

2005 Ford Explorer
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I recently replaced the factory head unit in my Ford Explorer with my favorite car stereo ever, the Alpine CDA-117. I knew that doing this would eliminate the factory steering wheel radio controls. The Maestro unit let me regain this awesome feature. I chose this unit because of the feature that enables each button to perform 2 functions. I don't have it set up exactly the way I want it yet, but it is about 85% with no manual programming. The unit performs as stated. The instructions seem to be a little vague, actually making installation seem harder than it really is.

Pros: Allowed me to retain the use of my steering wheel controls. Simple installation.

Cons: Instructions are a little vague, looks like everything is translated from French. The price for this item is considerably higher than comparable units by other manufactureers.

Override of buttons

jsurfers from Chandler, AZ on 5/9/2013

2003 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The steering wheel control component was as advertised, very easy to install, and to program for my vehicle.

Pros: I was not only able to use the buttons on my steering wheel for their original function, but I was able to override the up and down volume when held in to answer and hang up the bluetooth phone which is great.

Cons: I tried to program the middle button on hold to mute the radio. And although I appear to have programmed right, it doesn't mute right when pressed. I haven't had a change to troubleshoot this piece more as it would require me to remove the whole radio again to get the Maestro out to debug.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Oklahoma City, OK on 5/6/2013

2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works for the most part, some functions still are hit and miss. My "hang up" button on the steering wheel now changes the modes instead. I need to tweak the programming I think. The wiring harness was good but the instructions were a little vague. Called tech support on the weekend to resolve the issue.

Pros: Most of my buttons on the wheel are working

Cons: instructions are a little misleading. And some functions for my car are not listed in the drop down menu on the Maestro website.

Great product

KateB from Lakes region, ME on 4/30/2013

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Easy to use, even worked on my radio which is an older model. We had to use a code for a more updated model so not all the functions worked properly.

Pros: Easy to use and install.

Cons: Does not contain codes to older Sony aftermarket radios.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW Steering Wheel Control Adapter

Anonymous from Florida on 4/29/2013

2010 Nissan Titan
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Pros: Easy

Cons: None

steering wheel

reddawg from rogersville al on 4/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

easy hookup works great



It works :)

Alan from Chicago on 4/17/2013

2008 Honda Accord
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My steering wheel controls work perfectly.

Pros: Does what it's supposed to do ;)

Cons: None that I've found.

Nice recommendation

Dan - 2005 Lexus ES330 from Houston, TX on 4/17/2013

2005 Lexus ES330
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I appreciate Crutchfield's recommendation of this product. The setup was absolutely hassle free and it worked on the first power up.

Pros: Ease of configuration and assignment modification, in other words...way cool.

Cons: The organization of the instructions was created by an alien culture...but decipherable. Finding the correct connector on my OEM stereo was a tiny hurdle that was quickly overcome with daylight and not being color blind.

Utterly fantastic!

Orcish L from Great Bend, KS on 4/13/2013

2006 Ford Focus ZXW
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I had lived without my controls all the time I had my Pioneer. When I replaced it I wanted to give a control adapter a try. I liked the look of the Maestro and its reviews, so I went with it even though it was a little higher. First, I should have read more closely. I went online, and went through the steps to update the firmware. Then , after I installed it, I tried to program it. BIg mistake! I was getting no where and very frustrated. So I quit for the night, and went over the online page again. Oops! When you update the firmware, the unit is programmed! Also, in reading the wiring instructions I noticed that you should connect the wire on pin one, OR the plug the mini jack into the aux port. I had done both! Next morning, after I adjusted the wiring, and re-flashed the unit it worked the first time EXACTLY as advertised! sweet and simple!

Pros: I got my controls back! Looks like it works with a huge number os cars and stereos. Almost too simple to install.

Cons: I would have understood this a lot faster if the web site asked you to program the unit rather than updating the firmware.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

Anonymous29 from Daytona Beach, FL on 4/6/2013

2007 Honda Accord SE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall a excellent choice for a steering wheel control adapter. It's a little confusing first setting up, programming, & wiring, but once you get past that it's as easy as using your factory steering wheel controls. I have all my factory steering wheel settings plus fast forward & rewind (didn't have factory) which I use a lot. You can also reprogram any button with a different suggested function if you want to. It's a bit more expensive than the rest, but I think it's worth it. This or any steering wheel control adapter is worth it to me because you can use the stereo while keeping your hands on the wheel & your eyes on the road more which is a safety feature so your less likely to get in an accident.

Pros: Retains all factory steering wheel controls/Can program any button for different functions if wanted

Cons: A little confusing setting up/programming, but only initial setup/A little more expensive than competitors

Great Steering Wheel Controller

Eric S. from Riverside, CA on 4/2/2013

2012 Kia Forte Koup
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I waited for this item to come out, as it was the first that said it was programmable. I wanted to be able to have ALL of my steering wheel buttons work with my new Kenwood headunit. The website did not have a flash for my specific application, but I was successfully able to program it myself. Very trick item if you are tech savvy.

Pros: Works as advertised, ALL of my steering wheel buttons on my 12 Kia Forte Koup SX work with my Kenwood X996 unit. Plus, the push to hold feature effectively doubles the number of functions possible.

Cons: Website and instructions not very clear. If you need to program yourself, NOT for the faint of heart.


DIYer from Reston, VA on 3/16/2013

2010 Nissan Altima
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Blows Axxess ASWC right out of the water. Very easy to program. USB connection to the PC and through web interface, you get to choose your car's make, model, steering wheel variation, and your aftermarket head unit. It flashes firmware to the unit over the web and generates a PDF that shows the wiring connection that applies to the specific car. In case you needed extra functionality, you could setup the device as a custom wheel interface, then you can program additional functions from steering wheel kep presses. You could even program long presses to do other.commands.

Pros: Very easy to program and install. Will provide you with a complete list of commands that will apply to your head unit, then you decide which buttons on the steering wheel will do what command

Cons: None

Great product, works as advertised

jza80 from Orange County, CA on 1/21/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this product to operate an AVIC X940BT. Prior to installing it, I updated the firmware to the latest version on the iDatalink website - and I am glad I thought to do that because I was able to perform all the programming automatically with the firmware update just by entering my vehicle info into the website configuration utility. This made the installation very easy, everything worked perfectly at initial start-up with no extra effort needed by me to get it to work. IDatalink also had exact wiring info for my vehicle on their website, which also made the installation ALOT easier. Also, this product offers full A2DP function including track skip which apparently not all SW controllers do with my head unit. Finally, no detectable time lag between SW button pres and radio response. Just like the OEM system. This system also has a dual-function capability for press and hold versus momentary press and release. This can also be programmed at the mfg. website, with several options. So far I have not used these functions but it is nice to know the capability exists.

Pros: Does everything well. Great mfg. support. Superior unit.

Cons: None that I can see. It does cost more than the others but that small expense is well justified by the great mfg. support, web programming, great function overall, etc.

Maestro SW

Dave from Boston, MA on 1/21/2013

2006 Honda Ridgeline
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Device works well, but website does not! It took me 30 minutes to find the correct download and setup the device driver on my computer.



Works Like A Charm!

Charlie T from Central NJ on 1/17/2013

2007 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Installed this in a 2007 Honda Odyssey coupling with Pioneer's new AVH-X3500BHS. I had initially tried the Axxess ASWC, but for some reason, I could never get it to work with my car/stereo combination even after flashing to the latest software. But the iDataLink Maestro worked like a charm. I flashed the module to the correct firmware with the supplied USB cable and an easy, intuitive PC interface. I downloaded the instruction sheet based on my car and stereo model from iDatalink's website and had to splice/connect 4 wires (simpler than it sounds). And that was it. In addition to the standard functions I used to have, I now have Bluetooth and additional audio functions added, including Mute. Highly impressed with this product.

Pros: As close to a plug 'n play as you can get with these products. Easy, simple instructions (downloaded). Weblink application on the iDataLink website is pretty neat.

Cons: Cannot use the Preset/Seek function with iPhone or Pandora (but I was told it may be a limitation of the stereo, not the module).

Easy installation and works great

mghubb from Lubbock, TX on 1/7/2013

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This product was easy to install along with my other wiring kit ordered from Crutchfield.

Pros: Easy programming and installation.

Cons: None.

iDatalink Maestro ADS-MSW

rob from San Jose on 12/27/2012

2004 Honda Odyssey
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was a breeze to use. Programmed it on my computer and then connected it. Worked the first time with no issues. Allows second functions to be assigned to factory buttons which is a great feature.

Pros: Easy to program, allows 2nd function for buttons, simple to use.

Cons: None

Best ever

James from New York on 12/20/2012

I have used pac and metra in the past and have always had problems. The Maestro SW works perfect the first time. Programming on the computer was so easy and the instructions were very clear and there is no learning in the car. And you can set each button to do two things. Dear Pac and Metra and Pac, Goodbye

Pros: Easy to program, easy to install, works like it should, let you program each button for 2 functions.

Cons: None

Worst instructions ever

steve from La. on 12/7/2012

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This thing works great, but came with no instructions what so ever. You have to go to the website and download them. And then they were not very good. I even called crutchfield and they could not figure it out either. The wire that hooks to BCM under the dash was wrong in the instructions. I had to just test wires until I found the right one. other than that the thing works great.

Pros: easy to program for your vehicle and works like it should.

Cons: Terrible instructions. And can NOT be programed with a mac, you must use a regular pc.

Awesome device.

SomeGuy from Rogers, AR on 12/4/2012

2011 Hyundai Sonata SE
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to configure and easy to install. Works exactly as advertised.



Works like it should

Covey from Hanover, PA on 11/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered the Maestro in conjuncion with a JVC navigation radio for my 2008 Nissan altima so i could retain my factory radio controls on my steering wheel. i talked to Tech support at I datalink snd they said my configuration would work. And it does exactly as i programed it to do which was easy.

Pros: worked with my JVC and Nissan combination great

Cons: none found

Works great!

BrandonL from Clarkston, WA on 11/13/2012

2007 Ford F-150
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy to install- hook the module up to your computer, flash the programming, splice 3 to 7 wires (depending on your vehicle), and you are good to go! The nice thing is you can program additional commands to your steering wheel buttons based on if the button is pressed and released or if it is held down. Money well spent!

Pros: Features Ease of installation

Cons: none that I have found

Great product

MikeH from Goldsboro, NC on 10/17/2012

2011 Toyota Camry
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to install and super easy to program with the online programmer. I was able to set my Volume up and down to make a voice call and answer incoming call with the push and hold function. Installed in an 11 Camry base model with JVC KD-AHD75BT.

Pros: Retain steering wheel control and can reprogram buttons to your liking.

Cons: None so far


Hands-on research

Product Research


Steering Wheel Control Interface: The iDatalink Maestro SW Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface lets you retain your vehicle's OEM steering wheel controls when replacing the factory radio with an SWC-compatible aftermarket radio. The Maestro SW lets you retain original steering wheel functions and assign a secondary press & hold feature to the buttons of your choice. The Maestro SW also lets you instantly create firmware for vehicles that are not included in the coverage list using a simple step-by-step web procedure.

Note: You'll usually have to hardwire this adapter into your vehicle's wiring. In most vehicles, the factory radio plug does not have a wire dedicated to the steering wheel audio controls, so splicing & soldering is often required.

Compatibility: The iDatalink Maestro SW is compatible with over 1400 vehicle models with analog steering wheel inputs from 2000 to date, and with most aftermarket radios (Alpine, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Dual, Eclipse, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony). The aftermarket head unit must have a SWC (Steering Wheel Control) 3.5mm input or wired remote connection.

Note: Not compatible with Rosen, CarShow, or Parrot receivers. Please enter your vehicle information and aftermarket head unit model to confirm compatibility.

Flashing the Module: The supplied USB cable plugs into your PC and allows you to flash (program) the Maestro SW with the appropriate vehicle's firmware to prepare it for installation. Visit iDatalink's Weblink site and follow the instructions. System Requirements for Weblink 6.3 include:

  • Windows 2000 (SP4), XP (SP2), Vista, 7 (32 or 64-bit), 8, 8.1, or 10
  • Administrative rights on your PC
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or greater (excluding 64-bit version)
  • Available USB port
Note: iDatalink Maestro SW is not compatible with a Mac.

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Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

This was suggested after identifying my Pioneer AVH-X391BHS as the double-din aftermarket stereo that I want to install into my 2016 Kia Optima. [ Justin  Dec 20, 2017 ]
To ensure that existing steering wheel functions were available with the new stereo [ John  Dec 12, 2017 ]
Wanted to retain factory steering wheel controls. This was recommended by Mark my crutchfield rep [ Austin  Nov 30, 2017 ]
Recommended by audio shop [ Mark  Sep 16, 2017 ]
Picked for me by rep. Want steering wheel controls. [ C  Aug 15, 2017 ]
Fits radio and is programmable [ Josh  Jul 24, 2017 ]
Twice the control options [ David  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Wife would die without her steering wheel buttons. [ K  Jul 15, 2017 ]
it appears to be the easiest toinstall [ George  Jul 08, 2017 ]
To control Pioneer receiver [ S  Jun 14, 2017 ]
My current metra aswc is faulty, and this one provides dual function buttons, plus USB programming. [ Carlos  May 27, 2017 ]
Recommended [ A  May 10, 2017 ]
Wanted to keep steering wheel controls [ Stephen  May 01, 2017 ]
Makes my new stereo function like OEM but with many more features [ John  Apr 29, 2017 ]
Because I like controlling the volume and skipping songs from my steering wheel [ Brian E.  Apr 20, 2017 ]
Just bought a used car and want to transfer the Poineer head unit from my old car to this one. [ Jason  Apr 10, 2017 ]
bang for your bucks... very straightforward I think. [ John  Apr 07, 2017 ]
Because the Axxess ASWC-1 does not work with the Off hook or PTT buttons in my 2015 Hyundai Accent. According to Axxess support, they are incompatible. The Maestro site says they are compatible even though the configurator says it isn't, so here's hoping... [ Christopher  Feb 18, 2017 ]
Based on the choice I made for the previous item, I needed this to retain my steering wheel controls. [ Roger  Jan 28, 2017 ]
Easy to program, ability to program extra features [ Frank  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Able to program steering controls to aftermarket radio [ Arturo  Dec 22, 2016 ]
simple connections [ Gregory  Dec 15, 2016 ]
The allow me to continue controlling my radio through my steering wheel after my aftermarket unit is installed it was easy to install and program. [ CARL  Nov 26, 2016 ]
For harley [ Bill  Nov 25, 2016 ]
Adviser Recommendation [ Ward  Nov 14, 2016 ]
wanted to try this. [ O  Nov 01, 2016 ]
It was an excellent choice to connect my steering remote to my Kenwood... works great! [ OTIS  Aug 26, 2016 ]
Very good. Works great [ STEPHEN M  Aug 12, 2016 ]
This adapter is more customizable for additional steering wheel functions [ Chris  Aug 07, 2016 ]
Like the idea of being able to program the steering wheel buttons for more than just one function. [ Charles  Jun 25, 2016 ]
I wanted to keep the steering wheel controls. [ ROBERT CRAIG  Jun 23, 2016 ]
perfection when comes to stering wheel controlers [ Antonio  Jun 20, 2016 ]
Convenience [ Andy  Jun 10, 2016 ]
needed to use hand controls on my bike [ matthew  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Maintain steering wheel controls [ Kenneth  Jun 06, 2016 ]
wanted full functionality of the factory radio [ David  May 25, 2016 ]
based on crutchfield; this item would help me use the steering wheel feature to control my radio which it did. I thank you very much for your help crutchfield [ fritz  May 22, 2016 ]
tech support and price is great. [ Nathaniel  May 16, 2016 ]
to maintain handlebar controls [ M  May 04, 2016 ]
smart set up w a computer is a lot easier than pressing buttons way to go maestro.... [ LUIS  Apr 07, 2016 ]
I want to retain my factory stereo controls. [ David  Apr 04, 2016 ]
Read online that it offers option of programming two functions for the limited buttons on my vehicle. [ Scott  Mar 26, 2016 ]
Easier to program than others. Like the fact I can program a second function on each button. [ Greg  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Stock Options Is A Must! [ Juan  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Seems like a good fit to my earlier purchase of pioneer radio [ Peter  Feb 28, 2016 ]
Wanted to keep my steering wheel controls [ CHARLES D  Feb 24, 2016 ]
Cheaper than best buy. They wanted $80. Also you guys are the best! [ Terry  Jan 26, 2016 ]
This was a simple add on to save my factory steering wheel controls when adding a Kenwood head unit. Worked like a charm. [ titanium man  Jan 18, 2016 ]
Tried the CRUX adapter for an installation in a Nissan Versa with a Kenwood and was disappointed with how it worked, the Maestro has worked well in my other car (2013 WRX with Sony) so I figured I would use it for the Versa too. [ Mark  Dec 29, 2015 ]
Recommended by a pro [ STEVEN R  Dec 28, 2015 ]

9 questions already asked

The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Kenny  Mar 27, 2017 ]  Staff
Because there may be additional questions as this can get pretty detailed I would still reach out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Kenny  Mar 25, 2017 ]  Staff
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Kenny  Mar 25, 2017 ]  Staff
You can check to see everything you need for your vehicle by using our Outfit My Car tool: After adding vehicle information and adding the receiver to your cart you will be given different package choices. For additional details please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Kenny  Jul 23, 2016 ]  Staff
This will depend largely on the year and version of your Tacoma. For details on your installation, you can enter your vehicle info in the "OutfitMyCar" application: And if you have further questions, feel free to speak with an Advisor via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page. I hope that helps! [ Larry  Jul 13, 2016 ]  Staff
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Kenny  Jan 29, 2016 ]  Staff
I do not think so if you are using safari. the website only works for internet explorer, I have windows 10 and google chrome, windows new Edge broswer do not work, you need to use internet explorer, once its flashed for a car, it is a nightmare to reflash. [ justin  Nov 23, 2015 ]
I'm not sure. Mine was programmed with windows. I do think it comes with Mac instructions also [ MARVIN  Dec 07, 2014 ]
Unfortunately no. I had to return it because it's not compatible with any Mac OSX. I would get the axxcess [ AUSTIN  Dec 07, 2014 ]
Yes, you have to splice into wires that go to the steering wheel controls. Quick connects do not work properly, you have to have a secure connection. I tried initially with quick connects and could not get it to work due to poor connection. Once I spliced and taped the wires, works like a charm [ Gil  Jul 29, 2015 ]
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. [ Krissy  Oct 24, 2014 ]  Staff
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy  May 18, 2014 ]  Staff
The ability to retain steering wheel controls with aftermarket receivers will be determined by the receiver you are using and the vehicle you have. For full information on this type of integration (including the parts you will need) please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Jeff  Jan 14, 2014 ]  Staff

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