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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.

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

Antonio, Arizona

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
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Features

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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Why did you buy this?

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: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx 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: http://www.crutchfield.com/car/carselector.aspx?lp=%2fCar%2foutfitmycar%2fmycar.aspx 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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