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Old 01-12-2018, 01:18 AM
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IDatalink maestro question

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Is the audio cable necessary if I plan on using the mic supplied with the head Unit?

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No. Maestro has nothing to do with the head unit and its mic.

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What headunit did you use? Im curios if you managed to get the EVIC working. On pioneer, alpines, and kenwoods you get access to vehicle specific gages likes tpms, rpm, fuel, ect...
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You can only get the evic working on specific models. Models not on Mastro's (full) compatibility list will not produce vehicle specific info.
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Now you can still get vehicle info from other head units like the android based units but you have to use a bluetooth adapter which plugs into the obd2 port.
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What headunit did you use? Im curios if you managed to get the EVIC working. On pioneer, alpines, and kenwoods you get access to vehicle specific gages likes tpms, rpm, fuel, ect...
EVIC has nothing to due with the head unit. The gauges you describe are displayed in the radio only if it supports the Maestro.

Depending on how you program the Maestro, will determine what radio based EVIC features you retain.
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EVIC has nothing to due with the head unit. The gauges you describe are displayed in the radio only if it supports the Maestro.

Depending on how you program the Maestro, will determine what radio based EVIC features you retain.
Evic does depend on the headunit. Maestro is supported by a myriad of Companies and HU's however even if you program the maestro to have EVIC there may be partial or full support. IE: Only steering control vs. Steering wheel control + EVIC Data.

Moreover head units will only support full maestro features on certain vehicles. Even though a little common sense points that the canbus transmits this data in almost all newer vehicles.

My case: I have a Pioneer 8000NEX which supports the "My Vehicle" function. I have tested two Maestro RR's and troubleshooted however it seems that Pioneer does not allow full maestro support on my vehicle. (2014 Wrangler with a 8000NEX). I even updated both Maestros to 3.7 and HU to 1.15 firmware.

**Note if I purchase a newer model 8200NEX "My Vehicle" is now magically supported.

If I moved my same setup to another brand vehicle it would be supported. Or lets say I even use another brand like kenwood or alpine built in the same year the Pioneer NEX8000 was (2014) and I would still get the features.

Seems to me these brands are just toying with software just for sales. Being that they marginally improve there products and then charge $500+ markup for a new feature when the hardware is already in place to support on an older model.
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Evic does depend on the headunit. Maestro is supported by a myriad of Companies and HU's however even if you program the maestro to have EVIC there may be partial or full support. IE: Only steering control vs. Steering wheel control + EVIC Data.

Moreover head units will only support full maestro features on certain vehicles. Even though a little common sense points that the canbus transmits this data in almost all newer vehicles.

My case: I have a Pioneer 8000NEX which supports the "My Vehicle" function. I have tested two Maestro RR's and troubleshooted however it seems that Pioneer does not allow full maestro support on my vehicle. (2014 Wrangler with a 8000NEX). I even updated both Maestros to 3.7 and HU to 1.15 firmware.

**Note if I purchase a newer model 8200NEX "My Vehicle" is now magically supported.

If I moved my same setup to another brand vehicle it would be supported. Or lets say I even use another brand like kenwood or alpine built in the same year the Pioneer NEX8000 was (2014) and I would still get the features.

Seems to me these brands are just toying with software just for sales. Being that they marginally improve there products and then charge $500+ markup for a new feature when the hardware is already in place to support on an older model.
Pioneer is about the only one who has partial support on their equipment. Kenwood, Alpine and jvc across the board (on the touch screens) have full support on all HU's

If you have a look at maestro's compatibility chart all Alpine and Kenwood and JVC decks are flagged green (full support) while only SOME of pioneer's units are flagged green (green indicates full support while yellow indicates only partial support). Not sure what it is with Pioneer, but they seem to be behind.

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