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11-18-2018 08:15 AM
Richnjohn Has anyone tried mounting one of these in a 453?
https://alpine-usa.com/product/view/...-auto-ilx-f309

It looks almost like a factory unit in the pictures.
09-25-2018 08:24 PM
oscarlqw
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Originally Posted by Richnjohn View Post
Just bought a 453 Cabriolet, am searching for a retrofit head unit with Apple CarPlay. The only unit I have found is the Alpine unit but I don't like the look of the square head unit stuck into the oval pod for the Smart. The Chinese units look nice and match the OEM look better but I can't find one with CarPlay. Does anyone know of a source where I can get one?
Buy the android head unit in this thread, and also buy below dongle from Amazon. Problem solved. I have this combination, and both of my iPhone and Android phone work well.

https://www.amazon.com/ATOTO-AC-CPAA...carplay+dongle
09-25-2018 11:09 AM
Richnjohn Just bought a 453 Cabriolet, am searching for a retrofit head unit with Apple CarPlay. The only unit I have found is the Alpine unit but I don't like the look of the square head unit stuck into the oval pod for the Smart. The Chinese units look nice and match the OEM look better but I can't find one with CarPlay. Does anyone know of a source where I can get one?
09-30-2017 10:09 PM
George Howard
KIT-W997SMTB my answer to the 453 upgrade Alpine iLX-207

KIT-W997SMTB my answer to the upgrade of basic Smart 453 2016 radio with Alpine iLX-207 (US) or other current Alpine with Single DIN and 7" Screens (Originally for INE-W997D in Europe). The KIT-W997SMTB or W radio wiring harness was plug-and-play also the Alpine HCE-C252RD was just a cable, camera to head unit no taps or reverse light run. Green harness speed wire crimped to head unit speed wire was the last step. Not sure it seems VSS (Speed Signal) is required to release safety settings. No, extra parking brake wiring was needed. The kit is not a bypass, just a clean wiring harness that works with standard Smart 453 and new Alpine head units.

Looked at the Alpine Kit W997 Smt Installation Kit Black (Smart Fortwo/Forfour (BR453) with INE-W997D for a year but, it has never to my knowledge been sold in North America. With the iLX-207 coming out a similar Alpine form factor was at my price point and function. So, did a European part order to get KIT-W997SMTB. Everything else Alpine iLX-207 (US) & Alpine HCE-C252RD (US) was ordered from a United States Vendor.

I do not know if this is useful with the JBL speaker package or the navigation package, it won't be a simple plug n' play per Alpine.
08-17-2017 12:07 AM
DreamCarOwner
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Originally Posted by ElementalDragon View Post
I know.... thread revival..... but just wondering if anyone else who has one of the Android headunits from China has figured out if there is some way to get things to show up in alphabetical/numerical order? I say that, because i've even tried numbering all my music folders so that they would also be in alphabetical order after the numbers (yes... i also started with 01, not just 1), and it STILL wasn't in any remotely recognizable order. Or how you add 3 songs to a folder, and the order completely changes again.
I bought the Atoto radio Android head unit. I installed all my MP3's onto a USB pendrive. I loaded the pendrive on my laptop. All your songs have to painstakingly be in the same syntax with the exact same number of spaces in order for the unit to sucessfully navigate through all the songs. My unit will accept up to a 256 GB pen drive on USB. I presently use a 64 GB one until I save up for a 256 GB one. 64 GB is approximately 11,000 MP3's and I downloaded each one as a single and not as a group in album folders. Here's how I did each one of mine:
Boston - More than a feeling
Journey - Lights
Frank Sinatra - I did it my way
Put band name first then "space" "hyphen" "space". Using a consistent format allows the player to find duplicates and alerts you. It took it maybe 15 to 20 minues after I inserted the pendrive, but it organized all the entries into singles, or albums, or by artist. It even downloaded the album covers just like windows media player does.I guess it uses some online service to accomplish this. I literally spent a couple of weeks of evenings loading the pen drive and being sure all the syntax was correct for every entry.
Now on my Android phone I loaded individuals files and some in folders and some as albums and my phone is a mess with everything random and disorganized like you described. Don't know any easier way to accompish organization and it's tough but the end resut is worth it. DCO
08-15-2017 05:21 PM
Stretchmobile I dowloaded Rocket player and use it to play my music. It has a much better UI and is easier to operate. You can also use Google music. (I don't trust anything Google.)
08-15-2017 12:33 PM
ElementalDragon I know.... thread revival..... but just wondering if anyone else who has one of the Android headunits from China has figured out if there is some way to get things to show up in alphabetical/numerical order? I say that, because i've even tried numbering all my music folders so that they would also be in alphabetical order after the numbers (yes... i also started with 01, not just 1), and it STILL wasn't in any remotely recognizable order. Or how you add 3 songs to a folder, and the order completely changes again.
11-28-2016 04:53 AM
Scuba Steve
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Originally Posted by smartyone View Post
I am not sure where Paul placed his but I learned an old trick from the professional installers that did my first smart car. You don't need to have the antenna exposed for it to work so I just placed it on top of the radio and it's metal chassis before I slid it into the dash
Ohh thats cool

I am installing the rear view camera this week, so will do the GPS then as well...

Thanks
11-27-2016 02:29 PM
jwight
For reference

Factory GPS antenna (A2/23) on the 451 is located up in the dash:


The other option is to put it under the service flap/hood and run the wire back to the head unit.
11-27-2016 01:51 PM
smartyone I am not sure where Paul placed his but I learned an old trick from the professional installers that did my first smart car. You don't need to have the antenna exposed for it to work so I just placed it on top of the radio and it's metal chassis before I slid it into the dash
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