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T9 Headunit

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by DannyD303, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Aug 30, 2019 at 9:43 AM
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    Mfavic89

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    I plugged into the oem port so I could clean everything up before it came in from Amazon. One thing that you need to do is run the audio for both phone calls and music through Bluetooth and not through “autokit” which is the CarPlay output. It normally defaults to that but occasionally I need to go into the default radio phone app and press play on the audio button there.

    I also had good luck using my phones hotspot and running waze and xm apps natively. Only annoying part about that is the iPhone hotspot only activated when I went to the hotspot screen and I couldn’t figure out how to address that.
     
  2. Aug 30, 2019 at 10:38 AM
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    Okay I’ll try it when the dongle arrives. I am pretty frustrated with this unit. I can’t find a service provider that has a compatible SIM card. Whenever I give them the IMEI number I am told it’s not a compatible device. So far Verizon, and sprint have shot me down. I would like to know what people are using for a service provider for this unit????
     
  3. Aug 30, 2019 at 12:40 PM
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  4. Aug 30, 2019 at 3:22 PM
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    Love the look of this Head Unit, but it sounds like you need a software engineering degree to be able to use it in your truck.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2019 at 3:47 PM
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    I agree. It looks good but getting it to work the way they say isn’t so easy. I contacted the supposed tech guy for them and he says the CarPlay wireless connection is fouled up because of a recent iPhone update. He wants me to do this process of resetting my phone, resetting the T9, downloading another app, tethering the phone to the T9, its all crap. Plus they claim you can use any SIM CARD in it but none of the major carriers Verizon Sprint etc SIM cards are compatible, so you can’t add it as a device on you plan. I regret my purchase for the time and frustration in trying to get it to work. But $1700 for the Alpine is really crazy.
     
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  6. Aug 31, 2019 at 10:03 AM
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    After a couple days of frustration, and help from Mfavic89, I got the unit to work. Sort of, I have given up on the wireless CarPlay connection and went with the dongle, no skipping, no lag, sounds great. It took some serious time to set the unit up to get the back up camera to work the way I wanted with the dynamic line etc... the steering wheel controls work correctly, the CANbus works correctly, the only thing that doesn’t work is the wireless CarPlay and from what I have read it sucks anyway so I’ll stick to the dongle and can live with it.
    Overall I like the unit now that I got it working, it looks much better than the OEM, I like some of the features for better sound quality and it does seem to sound better than OEM, I like that I can use CarPlay, the installation part was pretty easy with the hardest part being the wiring connections considered that there are no instructions.
    So bottom line would I recommend the unit? I would say yes, it was frustrating to get it working but you eventually figure out the interface, it looks good, better than OEM. So for the $$ it was worth it to me so far, as long as it doesn’t blow up in the next 10 years I will be happy with it.
    If your after quality wireless CarPlay than it would not be a good purchase for you.
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    Edit: I finally got the wireless CarPlay to work. Instead of using the CarPlay button on the home screen I use the ZLink app and it connects. It does pop occasionally so I’ll probably stick with the dongle, but at least it works.
     
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    Anybody know why it’s only 2014 and up and not the earlier years, eg my 2012 :)
     
  8. Sep 5, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    We're you able to find a sim card that works by chance?
     
  9. Sep 5, 2019 at 11:54 AM
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    It would be a gsm based bands. Either tmobile or att would work best.
     
  10. Sep 5, 2019 at 12:48 PM
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    I have not. Verizon gave me one to try but no joy. I might check into the T-Mobile one.
     
  11. Sep 7, 2019 at 9:04 AM
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    Verizon is basically GSM these days too.

    Been considering an Android unit. The T8/T9 looks to be the only one I've found specifically for the 4Runner. It would probably be better to use hotspot instead of paying for a second line. I could configure my phone to automatically enable hotspot when the unit comes on.
     
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  12. Sep 8, 2019 at 10:19 PM
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    Tmobile works perfectly. Just ask for a sim card, they probably won't even as for details about the device.
     
  13. Sep 9, 2019 at 6:37 AM
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    Are you able to hook up a datalink Maestro or something similar? Or can this radio pull data from the vehicle as it comes? Would like to be able to run Torque app or something like that.
     
  14. Sep 9, 2019 at 7:08 AM
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    I bought mine from rhino radios and they had a Bluetooth odb2 for $10. Works great with torque lite. It is Android so any compatible odb2 should work fine.
     
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  15. Sep 10, 2019 at 4:14 PM
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  16. Sep 10, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    It does not come with the T9. Its a revised entune unit with car play etc...
     
  17. Sep 10, 2019 at 8:17 PM
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    hmmm I am wondering if it will read navigation SD card maps for Android? That functionality would be good to have for off roading and hunting
     

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