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Informational: Interfacing Compustar T11/T12-style remotes to EVO-ONE

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I'm not a Fortin rep but someone might find this useful --

I struggled with making these types of Compustar remotes work with the EVO-ONE.  There are a few reports here of success with these remotes, and I had to do alot of experimentation to get satisfactory results, because these reports were somewhat vague and didn't cite which Firmware revisions were used when these observations were made.

I can report that Firmware 7.1.24 (latest as of this thread) allows full function of these remotes without any drama, with the exception of a missing "remote start ready" (engine icon) indicator, which to me isn't any type of deal-breaker considering the capabilities of these units.  Temperature, voltage, trunk, remote valet, alarm paging, etc. all work.

The Fortin documentation states that FW 7.0.96 must be flashed for (supported) Compustar remotes, but this FW level is not sufficient to get full function from the (unsupported) T11/T12 remotes.

7.0.96 - Couldn't program remotes with Mode 1 or Mode 5.

7.1.16 - Remotes programmed immediately on Mode 5 and function, but temperature and voltage status reported erroneous numbers.

7.1.24 - Remotes programmed immediately on Mode 5 and all functions appear to work, with the exception of the "ready" engine icon which indicates a remote start is possible.  IMHO, might be an issue for manual-transmission vehicles.  Remote start functions regardless.

To get this remote to work, flash the EVO-ONE to 7.1.24, and program the remotes with Mode 5.   That's it.

** IMPORTANT ** -- There's no LED or valet switch on the antenna, even though the plastic housing looks like these features are there.  This seriously confused me.  I was trying to press that plastic square over-and-over thinking this was a valet switch, but it's a cosmetic feature, and does nothing, and there's no LED.  I had to pop the antenna open to confirm this.  Just flash to 7.1.24 and follow the instructions in the Compustar document from Fortin to program the remotes using Mode 5.
asked Jan 20, 2020 in FAQ by Jeffrey Ingber (740 points)
edited Jan 20, 2020 by Jeffrey Ingber

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Just to add --

You have to do the pin-swap on the blue 4-pin plug as per the Fortin/Compustar guide.
answered Jan 20, 2020 by Jeffrey Ingber (740 points)
selected Jun 18, 2021 by Robert T
I have the RFX-2W901-SS kit I'm trying to get working on evo one. I re pinned the blue plug and cannot get it to unlock or lock or anything. If I unplug and plug it in the place port when I press a button I see the blue light on evo one come on. This tells me it's paired to antenna, and it's rx and TX are correct. On the rs side I choose firstech. But in the blue 4 pin connector it's not responding. Also the red light on back of evo is on. I'm wondering if the evo didn't program right if the remote won't work. I thought programming went fine. I have a 08 mkz and I didn't run the lick or unlock or even the brake as I thought this is being picked up by the CAN. I really need help here. Oh it's key to start. Also I don't have the green wires for the door pin RAP shutdown , not hooked up either. I also thought the door status is CAN controlled/sent dia data as well. So I didn't bother with this. Just a siren on a7 so I can hear confirmation chirps. HELP
Also I pinned the plug like stated. And I confirmed that the transmitter is communicating to ant. Because blue lights on evo comes on when I move the ant plug to the black 4 pin data port , and remove it from the blue 4 pin port. Put no doors lock. Nothing happens except some blue lights. But it only confirms part communication.
The RFX-2W901-SS is a different system than that of the T11/12-type remotes.  I haven't used the former, so I can't offer any hints for this, sorry.

That said, Fortin lists the RFX-2W901-SS as a supported 3rd party remote --

https://fortin.ca/en/technology/rf_kits.html

Drill down in the menu to "Compustar Prime" under "All Brand", and you'll see this kit listed there.
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