Here at Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security, we sell lots of remote car starters to our clients here in Anchorage, Alaska. It is part of our DNA. And one of the most common questions is, “What is the difference between a one-way and a two-way remote car starter?” Let’s explore the differences and advantages of both types of remote car starter communication systems.
1-Way Remote Car Starter Systems
One-way systems are where it all began. In simple terms, a one-way system is just like your factory-installed keyless entry system: You push a button on your remote control and the remote communicates with the vehicle. Pretty simple. The advantage of a one-way system is the price. It is less expensive to install than a two-way system. These also come in a wide variety of ranges, from basic systems designed to start your vehicle from your home to systems with ranges of up to a mile away.
2-Way Remote Car Starter Systems
Two-way systems came on the scene in the late 1990s and have steadily been growing in popularity. In a two-way system, the remote control communicates with the vehicle and the vehicle communicates back to the remote. This means you will know exactly what is going on with your vehicle. Imagine this scenario: You push the start button on your remote control, and almost instantly you hear a beep. That’s the vehicle telling you that it has received the command. About 5 to 10 seconds later, when the vehicle has started, the system sends you a second confirmation telling you it is running. Depending upon the system you choose, you will also have an LED screen that illuminates or an LCD display that actually shows you the car is running.
You may now be asking yourself, “Why do I care if the remote tells me that my car is running? I can just look out the window of my house and tell.” What we know from experience is that, after you go out to a warm vehicle one time, you will never want to get in a cold vehicle again, so now, you have to think about all the places your vehicle will sit over an average week, and then you realize how many times it will not be in eyesight. That makes having confirmation a great thing.
Another benefit of a two-way system is knowing your vehicle is locked. Have you ever gotten out of your vehicle, been distracted by a phone call and not remembering whether you locked your doors once you are a good distance away from your vehicle? No problem. You just keep on walking and press the lock button on the two-way system you got from Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security. The remote will instantly get confirmation that the doors are locked, and that your vehicle is safe and secure.
Should you decide to add the security function to your remote car starter, your two-way system also will let you know if anyone tampers with your vehicle. That alone is great for peace of mind.
T-11 Remote Offers 3 Mile Range
Range is always a popular topic up here in Alaska, and our two-way systems have the longest range available. The new Compustar T-11 system works over up to 3 miles of range! And it comes packaged in a remote that is water-resistant and can take a beating, unlike anything you have seen before.
Smartphone Control With Drone
For some people, carrying an extra remote is a hassle, yet they love the idea of the two-way confirmation. For you, we offer the Drone. It allows your smartphone to control your remote start and/or alarm system from anywhere the phone has Internet access and your vehicle’s system can access the Internet. You simply fire up the app on your phone, tap the virtual button and you are good to go. The phone will give you notifications of any function you desire.
Stop By Today
We invite you to stop by Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security with your vehicle and get to know us. Let us show you firsthand why we are a multi-year winner of the Mobile Electronics magazine Retailer of the Year honor for the whole USA. Our team will work one on one with you to design and install the system that best fits your unique needs.
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