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Old 09-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #15
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Drone is only 30 bucks a year, so that's one thing better than the Viper system.

Getting the remote start to work takes a talented installer. Not anyone can do it. Drone lists qualified installers on their web page. Any Drone installer should be able install the remote start.

I use it occasionally, but I agree, it's not a deal breaker for me.

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FYI, the installer of my Viper couldn't get the remote start to work, but that feature wasn't a priority for me anyway. I just wanted the 2 way paging capability. I also didn't get the iPhone app because I didn't feel like paying the ~$70 annual fee, but I might later because the RF range on the key fob is not that great (depending on the terrain). It's ok in the driveway at home or right outside a restaurant, but it won't page me at a mall or any highrise bldg
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:44 PM   #16
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I've got the Drone installed in my '13 and I've been pretty happy with it. I have one 1-way FOB, one 2-way FOB, and the smartphone app. The smartphone app is great for times when I need to get something out of the rig and don't have the keys on me. My only caveat would be that they use ATT's 2G network for comms. On a x-country trip this summer, I found that there were many places between Colorado and California where I would have Verizon cell coverage, but the Drone apparently didn't have ATT coverage. There were also times where the inverse was true So make sure that where you live and where you plan to travel has reasonable ATT 2G coverage else the app might not be worth the money.

Also, we got the advanced shock sensor to try to avoid false alarms due to loud vehicles driving by, etc. For the most part its quite good, but it can't deal with trains. Whenever we parked near rail yards, it would go crazy.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:01 AM   #17
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Hello all,

For those with the drone/compustar systems;

I'm talking to an installer about this system but I am a newb and feel like I am about to be led down a very expensive installation path. After my many questions, they seemed to imply that this was going to be real expensive. How hard is it? I would love some insight from the Drone owners and their experience with the out the door cost of system w/ installation and a ballpark of what I could expect. Any pitfalls and gotchas of this system in a 2013 EXT would be most appreciated! I heard there may be a single component for remote start that is $800 on top of the alarm kit itself for Mercedes engines. Could this be? Please help. Thank you all!
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:02 AM   #18
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I doubt anyone could know more than me about this as mine was one of the very first installs in the country for the Sprinter, and THE first in an Interstate.

I paid $1500.00. It is a very difficult install, and the installer is being honest about it. There is at least two modules. One, allows the CANBUS (the computer in the Sprinter) to talk to the alarm's computer. The other is a small module that allows use of the steering controls. The install itself requires using one keyfob, and in additional, tapping into the starter electronic board. It took two full days, but granted, they had never done one before.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. No pitfalls and gotchas. I had to turn down the sensitivity of the shock sensor a bit, but other than that, it has worked perfectly.

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Hello all,

For those with the drone/compustar systems;

I'm talking to an installer about this system but I am a newb and feel like I am about to be led down a very expensive installation path. After my many questions, they seemed to imply that this was going to be real expensive. How hard is it? I would love some insight from the Drone owners and their experience with the out the door cost of system w/ installation and a ballpark of what I could expect. Any pitfalls and gotchas of this system in a 2013 EXT would be most appreciated! I heard there may be a single component for remote start that is $800 on top of the alarm kit itself for Mercedes engines. Could this be? Please help. Thank you all!
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:38 PM   #19
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Gerald,

Would the Parametric Special Module (PSM) option on a Sprinter help to ease the install?

The Sprinter parameterisable special module (PSM) provides an interface for accessing the vehicle electronic system. Vehicle information - for example open doors, wiper switch positions, etc - can be accessed and vehicle functions can be modified via 10 inputs and 20 outputs.

I know PSM is required for high idle. Would it get in the way of a Drone system?

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #20
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You would have to ask an installer, as I really don't know.

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Gerald,

Would the Parametric Special Module (PSM) option on a Sprinter help to ease the install?

The Sprinter parameterisable special module (PSM) provides an interface for accessing the vehicle electronic system. Vehicle information - for example open doors, wiper switch positions, etc - can be accessed and vehicle functions can be modified via 10 inputs and 20 outputs.

I know PSM is required for high idle. Would it get in the way of a Drone system?

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Old 10-05-2013, 04:57 PM   #21
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I had it installed in May. I have remote start with it and believe I paid $1,200. It took 6 hours to install and has a few glitches maybe related to bad installation. I also add the IPhone feature which works but not all the features work correctly because the remote starter. Sensitivity is an issue as I leave near a rail road and passing trains will trigger the alarm. In general I am happy with it and would recommend it not so sure if I would pick the remote starter again.
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You have the Drone System? I have not had a single issue. Remote start works perfectly, every time I have ever used it.

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I had it installed in May. I have remote start with it and believe I paid $1,200. It took 6 hours to install and has a few glitches maybe related to bad installation. I also add the IPhone feature which works but not all the features work correctly because the remote starter. Sensitivity is an issue as I leave near a rail road and passing trains will trigger the alarm. In general I am happy with it and would recommend it not so sure if I would pick the remote starter again.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #23
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Hi Gerald, the remotes works great just I hardly use it. So I could saved the money and the stuff on the IPhone would work better. I like the system just that the cellular system has some issues like the status screen is not working correctly or I do not get alarm messages and now I get false alarm messages if I start the engine even so the system is deactivated. The problem is may related to a bad installation the customer service us pretty good as I had to use it before.
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Thank you guys for your input on the Drone alarm system. I am going to go ahead and have it installed in a week or so. Sounds like a great fit. There does seem to be some grey area in between Drone & installer on just what components it takes. Remote starter is insanely expensive for that 1 module. Would any of the Drone experts here possibly be willing to supply a list of the components that you have installed so I could make sure I have the necessary parts? Don't want to reinvent the wheel if you are happy with your install, I'd like to obviously do the same. Thanks guys!
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First of all, be sure to go to Dronemobile.com and find an authorized dealer. Tell them you want remote start and steering wheel controls to be used with the Drone system. They should know what they need. If not, find another one who does.I believe Dronemobile provides the remote start module from MidCity Engineering but the steering wheel module is separately obtained.

But with that being said, the Drone system consists of three modules. The Drone main CPU, which controls the alarm and cellular modem, a module from Midcity Engineering which does the remote start, and a module from SonicElectronix for the steering wheel controls. You will also need a shock sensor and glass break detector (or at least, I did), siren, push pin sensor for the hood and the doors wired. The reason the remote start is expensive is because there is no other module available to do it.

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SmartKey Starter | Mid City Engineering
PAC SWI-RC Steering Wheel Control Interface - Sonic Electronix (I think this is the correct one)

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I had it installed in May. I have remote start with it and believe I paid $1,200. It took 6 hours to install and has a few glitches maybe related to bad installation.
My MB dealer is quoting me $1700 - is there a list of modules / features that I should be making sure are included?

I don't mind paying him $100-$150 more than an electronics shop (the MB dealer will warranty the work.

Is there a LIST of items I should confirm are included?
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My MB dealer is quoting me $1700 - is there a list of modules / features that I should be making sure are included?

I don't mind paying him $100-$150 more than an electronics shop (the MB dealer will warranty the work.

Is there a LIST of items I should confirm are included?
Each manufacturer's website should have a list of available modules to let you pick and choose. That's what I did with my Viper.

One essential (in my opinion) would be the glass break sensor. Most vehicle burglaries start with someone smashing a window.

If they use a Slim-Jim to jimmy a door open instead of breaking the glass, then a motion sensor will let you know as soon as they get in.

Between those two, you probably don't need a door-open sensor except to protect under the hood.

You already have a door remote built into the key, so another built into the alarm doesn't really help.

If you don't need a remote-start (you're not a diplomat or executive expecting a bomb, are you?) then that's also a wasted expense.

Shock sensor probably causes the most false alarms, but will let you know of a hit-and-run in a parking lot.

Tilt sensor only helps if someone tries to jack up or tow the vehicle (or flip it over if they're the Incredible Hulk), but can serve as a flat tire sensor if one of the front tires goes flat and causes the vehicle to tilt, too.
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