Rear veiw camera

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frank appleton
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by frank appleton » Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:59 am

An excellent post, that is well presented and easy to follow.

In the near future i will also install a reverse camera.

I shal buy the one from China, which appears identical to the Xlink product. Indeed i would be suprised if the Xlink is not the same device with a suitable massive uplift applied. I suspect this is quite a common practise.

I have installed a number of aftermarket GPS systems in my previous car[Insignia} that all were purchased directly from China and all were very professional units withy reasonable aftermarket backup. These devices varied from Wince 6.0 to Android 8 and all performed properly and were fault free.

The only thing that concerns me is, these units all have extra extended wiring looms that have to be accomodated and extra hardware. Is there room to install this without squashing the wiring into place.

As a further point, i am definately against just placing wires next to other wires and wrapping with tape, to form a connection. All connections should be soldered.

However, an excellent "How to" that has been very well received by all readers.


Enjoy
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by Enjoy » Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:18 am

Did anyone bought the unit from China ?


Gunde
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by Gunde » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:43 am

I didn't have the guts to gamble, so I decided to go with XCarLink after finding a good deal on eBay.
No regrets. Works perfectly. Quality unit.


frank appleton
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by frank appleton » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:05 pm

Those people that have installed the Xcarlink unit. Can you please tell me how you fixed the unit in place so that it is secure?

The device is supplied with no obvious means of securing it in place and it would be useful to know how you fixed it in position.


AdieMcc
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by AdieMcc » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:32 pm

Masking tape holds it securely
Astra K 1.4T 150 Nav. Black,18" wheels, sensors front/back, heated seats/steering wheel, shark fin aerial, washed every 2 days :D


Gunde
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by Gunde » Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:51 am

frank appleton wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:05 pm
Those people that have installed the Xcarlink unit. Can you please tell me how you fixed the unit in place so that it is secure?

The device is supplied with no obvious means of securing it in place and it would be useful to know how you fixed it in position.
I didn't fix it at all :D
With all the wires and the harness it's secure enough as soon as you cram it all into the hole there and put the screen back up.


frank appleton
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Re: Rear veiw camera

Post by frank appleton » Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:25 pm

I have just installed this camera into my astra K Estate.

Bit more complicated than the hatchback, as there is no direct route into the boot for the wiring. I have therefore used a bumper mounted camera, which then leads the cables straight into the boot.

You have to be careful when dis assembling and removing the 900Navi. Points to watch are, removing the dash trim. It is fixed with a lot of clips that are very tight to remove. Just be careful as they take some force to remove. Also, the original screen is fixed very firmly with 2 screws and 3 clips. These clips also take some force to dis- engage.

The installation is then very easy with everything plug and play.

I found you had to stand on your head and have 3 hands to make connection to the brown wire[camera detect]. I therefore did not make this connection and the camera still worked perfectly. I suspect that if you had a front camera also connected this wire would be needed.

I also did not need to carry out any setup proceedure.



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