Remote starters are a popular category for us at Driven Audio. Over the years, the technology in these systems has gotten more advanced. One of the most common questions we get concerns one-way verses two-way remote starter differences, and why someone should buy one versus the other. Follow along with us as we explore this exciting technology.
One-way systems are where it all started. Essentially, the term “one-way” refers to the communication between your remote control and the remote starter. You push a button on your remote and it sends a signal to the vehicle. Your factory keyless entry system is an example of a one-way system. This technology is where everything got started. Our lower-range systems all use this technology. We do have longer-range systems in this design, so if cost is an important factor to you, a one-way system may be the best fit.
Two-way systems came on the scene more than 15 years ago, but have really gained traction in the last few years. In these systems, the vehicle confirms back to your remote control that your requested command has been completed. If you ask your vehicle to remote start, you will get confirmation once it is running. This system also works for all other commands you may ask it to perform.
Remote Start Status Via Remote
Now, you may be asking yourself, why do I need to know the vehicle has started? I can just look out my window and see if it is running. That is true. But here is what we have found about our remote starter clients: Once they go out to their warm vehicle the first time, they are hooked. They never want to be cold again, and scraping ice off windows becomes a distant memory. What does this mean to you? It means you need to consider where your vehicle will sit over the course of an average week, and realize that many times, you will not be in view of it. Having confirmation back to the remote that your vehicle has started is a great convenience feature.
Lock-Unlock Status Via Remote
There are some other great advantages of a two-way system. Imagine that you get out of your vehicle and your phone instantly rings. You answer it and get drawn into the conversation. You get a few hundred feet from your vehicle before you realize you may not have locked the doors. No need to start walking back toward the vehicle. Just push the lock button on your remote and you will get confirmation once the doors are locked.
Security Status Via Remote
If you add the optional security system, you will be alerted if someone is tampering with your vehicle, potentially saving you the headache of dealing with a loss or theft.
Our two-way systems come in several ranges, and offer both LED and LCD technology in the remote controls. Our team will work one on one with you to find the technology and the range that best suit your needs.
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Dominique C says
Compustar’s higher end 2 ways are great, even in concrete condo tower with the car underground and high up, it still communicates when other brands won’t or are blocked. Have hated to sell the cars and see the alarm go with them.
Tony Dehnke says
Hi Dominique, That is great to hear your loving the Compustar 2-Way remotes! If you are selling your vehicle there are a couple options you can do to retain your Compustar System, or remotes:
1. Remove the exisiting antenna and remotes from the vehicle and replace them with a Basic 1-Way kit. The new owner still gets the alarm or starter functions, you just keep you more expensive remotes and antenna to use in your next vehicle. This is usually fairly easy to do and inexpensive, especially if you have something like the new T11 3 Mile Range remotes from Compustar Pro!
2. Remove your alarm/starter completely – this is typically not too expensive to do. We recommend that you purchase a new wiring harness kit so that your Compustar Dealer’s installer has fresh wiring to work with for the new vehicle. This allows them to do a cleaner, more efficient install in the new vehicle, and saves you from having to buy a whole new brain and RF kit. Sometimes in the case of an alarm they will leave siren in place and put a new one in the new vehicle, depending on age, location, condition of the old one.