Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Controls Package
Add steering wheel audio controls to your vehicle — works with an aftermarket car stereo's steering wheel control input
Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Controls Package - Controls and transmitter cradle that mount on steering wheel
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Our take on the Axxess RFASWC Universal Steering Wheel Controls Package by Crutchfield's Dave Delamere
Get the steering wheel controls you've always wanted
You want a new car stereo and your vehicle doesn't have those convenient steering wheel audio controls that many current factory systems offer. This RFASWC universal steering wheel controls package from Axxess provides a simple solution. When you install a new car stereo with a steering wheel control input, you'll also connect the hideaway RFASWC adapter, then attach the keypad and bracket to your steering wheel. The keypad transmits the commands to your new car stereo wirelessly. You'll get easy-to-reach controls for your car stereo without having to take your hands off the wheel, which means you can concentrate on the road.
Talk about versatile
Axxess's RFASWC adapter comes programmed with the standard volume up and down, “seek”, and “source” selections, but you can also reprogram the buttons for a variety of alternate commands, including answering calls with a Bluetooth-equipped stereo. The rubber “watchband” strap lets you mount the controls in various locations on your wheel — simply rotate the keypad to match the position you choose. You can adjust the strap for various steering wheel thicknesses, and its built-in wireless transmitter is powered by one replaceable CR2032 battery.
Note: The Axxess RFASWC is only compatible with aftermarket car stereos that offer a steering wheel control input.
- universal steering wheel audio controls for aftermarket car stereos with a steering wheel control adapter input
- wireless keypad transmits controls to hideaway interface that connects to car stereo
- adjustable rubber strap on keypad works with a variety of steering wheel sizes and in various locations
- keypad buttons can be reprogrammed for different functions
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- RF steering wheel control interface
- Keypad mounting cradle w/ strap
- CR2032 battery (installed)
- 12-Pin connector-to-3 wire/3.5mm connector harness
- 3.5mm-to-two wire harness
- Installation Instructions
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Universal RF Steering Wheel Control Interface: The Axxess RFASWC is designed to add steering wheel controls to vehicles that do not have integrated factory steering wheel controls when used with an aftermarket radio with a steering wheel control input. The RFASWC consists of a RF steering wheel control interface module, RF keypad remote, mounting bracket, and wiring harness. The Axxess RFASWC is able to give you, the driver, the ability to control your aftermarket radio without taking your eyes off the road.
Compatibility: The Axxess RFASWC steering wheel control interface is universal and can be used in most any vehicle without factory steering wheel controls present. The RFASWC supports the following aftermarket head unit manufactures; Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood, Eclipse, JVC, Clarion, Dual, Visteon, and Valor. The aftermarket head unit must have a SWC (Steering Wheel Control) 3.5mm input or steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow).
RF SWC Interface Module: The included RF steering wheel control module features a built-in RF receiver and connects to your aftermarket head unit with steering wheel control capability. The interface module connects to the SWC 3.5mm input or SWC input wire (blue/yellow) of your aftermarket head unit. The interface module receives RF wireless commands from the RFASWC's remote keypad and then relays the same commands to your aftermarket head unit via its SWC input.
Note: The RF SWC interface module's harness must also be hardwired to your vehicle's 12-volt accessory and ground. The interface module is designed to be hidden behind your aftermarket radio.
RF Keypad Remote w/ Mounting Bracket: The included RF keypad remote features a built-in RF transmitter that sends wireless control commands to the RFASWC's interface module and your connected aftermarket head unit with SWC capabilities. The RF keypad remote includes a mounting bracket and rubber strap which attaches to your vehicle's steering wheel. The keypad remote features six buttons that are pre-programmed with standard commands; like Volume up/down, Seek previous/next, Source, and Answer/End (for aftermarket Bluetooth head units). In addition, you will be able to re-program these buttons (up to 18 commands to choose from).
Note: The mounting bracket assembly features a CR2032 battery which powers the RF keypad remote. This battery is replaceable.
LED Feedback: LED flashes indicate what brand of radio the RFASWC is connected to during initial setup.
- RF SWC Interface Module: 2.75" (w) x 0.8125" (h) x 1.8125" (d)
- RF Keypad Remote w/ Mounting Bracket: 2.25" (w) x3.0" (h) x 1.25" (d)
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Why did you buy this?
Skeptical, about buying this unit, does not have great reviews. Taking a gamble on this thing. Unfortunately my 2001 Toyota Avalon doesn't have steering wheel controls. I am not happy with how large and bulky this unit is. I will see when I get this unit whether it will be a viable option for me. [ Clay Aug 24, 2018 ]
It seems like a good product from the reviews.Allso buying from a reputable merchant with great reviews from friends and co workers. [ Dennis Jun 29, 2018 ]
My RV has no radio controls on the steering wheel. This is for my new Sony stereo. [ Robert Jun 27, 2018 ]
only option [ M Jun 03, 2018 ]
It says it will add steering wheel controls to my 2006 Toyota Tacoma and my new Kenwood DDX6904S deck. [ John May 19, 2018 ]
Best option available for vehicles without factory steering wheel controls [ Thomas May 05, 2018 ]
My Crutchfield Expert says it is what I need for what I am doing- and I wholeheartedly believe him. Thanks, Ziggy! [ Robert Apr 12, 2018 ]
No other choice, it's hideous but I had no other other guaranteed alternative. Since the HU screen is 100% touchscreen I can no longer safely feel for the volume knob while driving. [ David Jan 02, 2018 ]
It was the only available option. [ Vijayakumar Nov 21, 2017 ]
to keep my eyes on the road while driving [ Willis Jun 09, 2017 ]
It is the only game in town to add buttons to a wheel that has none. I sure hope Crutchfield can help me to customize the features on this device for Bluetooth/volume. [ Rick Jun 08, 2017 ]
Truck doesn't have steering wheel controls [ C Nov 11, 2016 ]
Convenience. [ Greg Oct 21, 2016 ]
Its the only generic unit available for card that do not already have OEM steering wheel controls. [ shawn Sep 29, 2016 ]
Best universal steering wheel device on the market. [ Matthew Dec 16, 2015 ]
10 questions already asked
Hi Yes I have one but I can't upload it here coz there is no option for uploading [ Asaad Al Mar 15, 2018 ]
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 Feb 06, 2017 ] Staff
Thanks for your question. Here is the information listed on the product page "Details" tab: RF SWC Interface Module: 2.75" (w) x 0.8125" (h) x 1.8125" (d) RF Keypad Remote w/ Mounting Bracket: 2.25" (w) x3.0" (h) x 1.25" (d) Hope that helps. [ Kenny Sep 06, 2016 ] Staff
I don't believe the Blaupunkt Stockholm 230 was made for use in the North American market. Regardless, Blaupunkt is not listed as a compatible manufacturer for the AXXESS RFASWC: "The RFASWC supports the following aftermarket head unit manufactures; Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood, Eclipse, JVC, Clarion, Dual, Visteon, and Valor. The aftermarket head unit must have a SWC (Steering Wheel Control) 3.5mm input or steering wheel remote control input wire (blue/yellow)." You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the product's main webpage. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Apr 22, 2016 ] Staff
Basic functions like volume, source, and previous/next track will be supported with a stereo that offers CarPlay and support for steering wheel control integration (The Pioneer does). I hope that helps! [ Ryan Dec 02, 2015 ] Staff
there is a wire in the harness to plug it into. [ Ric Nov 23, 2015 ]
It was 2 years ago, I can't find the instructions and memory isn't what it used to be. Sorry. [ STEVE Nov 23, 2015 ]
Eric, It's been awhile since I hooked mine up, but as I recall, it works well if you follow the exact procedure in the directions. There is also a customer service line at Axxess that was very helpful. Although I didn't pair exactly the same model Kenwood head unit, I'd be surprised if the process has changed any. The biggest tip I can tell you is to be sure where on the steering wheel you put the touch control. The factory controls are in the spokes of the steering wheel, and don't cause a problem. However, I put mine at a about 8 o'clock, and sometimes I inadvertently touch a button and change something while turning. I recommend placing at 12 or 6 0'clock on the wheel. I would also suggest that when you decide on a suitable spot, that you put some rosin (solder flux) around the steering wheel side surfaces of the switch as well as the rubber mounting ring before you attach it to the wheel. This will prevent the whole switch assembly from moving away from you when you push the buttons. Just simply wipe up the excess rosin when you get it on the wheel. Good luck. Its a good unit although I never completely mapped all the key functions, it beats the snot out of reach and tune. [ Peter Nov 23, 2015 ]
Yes, you can connect the Axxess RFASWC to the blue/yellow steering wheel control input wire on the Kenwood DNX9980HD's wiring harness. [ Larry Oct 30, 2015 ] Staff
it should if u have the audio control wire on your radio [ HOBART Oct 22, 2015 ]
Yes it is works virtually with all [ ARNALDO May 17, 2015 ]
Hello it's compatible with your pioneer avh-8400bh an it works very well it' an it's also very easy to install to. [ BRUCE A May 17, 2015 ]
I'm not sure I understand your question. The purpose of the device is to allow you to control the headunit (which is already in the dashboard), from the steering wheel. If you intend to use it as it's designed, I'd highly recommend 2 important mounting steps: 1 Don't position your controller anywhere near a wheel spoke or you'll be changing stations and or sources every time you turn with a finger at the spoke-wheel junction. I recommend top center of strait steering wheel. It's not in the way, and you don't have to look away to push buttons. And 2 Theres no way that you'll be able to tighten the rubber strap tight enough to the steering wheel to keep it from slipping and moving when you touch the buttons. I tried some double sided foam tape, and that didn't help very much.When I get ambitious enough to remount the control, I'm going to coat the entire circumference of the strap and switch with rosen flux that's used for soldering. I've got a hunch that'll hold things in place, and won't harm the rubber or plastic.Just don't get too free and easy with the flux, or you'll end up with a very sticky steering wheel. Good luck, and I hope this helps. BTW the controll works very well completely as advertised. [ Peter Apr 06, 2015 ]