Hello all -
I haven't seen much published anywhere on the new Fusion RV-IN801 infotainment system that comes in the new 2017 Interstates, so I thought I'd post this as it may help other new owners with this system.
When you set up the Fusion, in the Apps menu there is something called Auto+. Auto+ is neat because it allows you to use your smart phone as a remote control so while sitting in lounge, you can change radio stations, etc (or I suppose be trolled by your kid changing it to "their" favorite music
) once you download the phone version of the app using the QR code on the Fusion screen.
Trouble is, I couldn't get it to work with my iPhone 6. Being a stubborn tech type, I finally sent email to Airstream tech support and Garmin tech support (since Garmin bought Fusion and also published the Auto+ app) with the hope that one of them would come through with a solution. You'll likely be shocked to hear that within 24hrs Airstream tech support got back to me with a procedure to update the Fusion to the latest revision, which they "hoped" would allow the iPhone app to actually talk to the Fusion unit. In contrast, the Garmin tech support staff got back to me today and basically said that while Garmin did indeed buy Fusion, the Fusion folks are still the experts on that model so call them.....in New Zealand.....
Anyway, the Airstream tech sent me a link to a dropbox file that I downloaded and unzipped to a microSD card (if you don't know how to do this, get one of your kids to help
). I then put the SD card into the SD slot on the front of the Fusion, which it recognized and went through the update process. For reference, my unit was at software version 2.7, and you need ver 2.8 to get the app working correctly, at least with the iPhone.
Once the update was done, I deleted the RV-IN801 from my iPhone's Bluetooth list, deleted my iPhone from the Fusion's Bluetooth list (note you MUST do this to get it to work....I found this out via trial and error.....mostly error....
), re-paired the iPhone with the Fusion, and viola, success! The phone app is now able to connect to and communicate with the Fusion, allowing me to sit in the lounge with a cool beverage and scroll through my radio channel list, etc., just as if I was sitting up front.
Technology is great.....when it works.