Product Review: Viper VSM550 & Voxx CarLink ASCL6

We live in a smart world. Almost all of us have smartphones, and some even have smart homes. Why not put smart technology into your vehicle, too? By installing the right hardware in your car, truck, or SUV, you can add your vehicle to the growing list of things your phone will control.

Let’s take a look at two of the best smartphone integration kits for vehicles: the Viper VSM550 and the Voxx CarLink ASCL6.

Viper VSM550

Viper has made a name for itself with products that lead the way for aftermarket security and convenience. The VSM550 SmartStart Pro Module is the next big thing from this legendary company.

Use your smart device to start your locate your vehicle, lock or unlock the doors, or pop the trunk. If your vehicle already has a compatible remote start system, you can even start your car from just about anywhere in the US as long as you have a cell phone connection with data.

GPS Features With Viper VSM550

The SmartStart app uses GPS technology to show you where your vehicle is. You can also set it to alert you if your car goes outside of a predetermined area.

Also available is the GPS Premium Service plan to alert you if your vehicle leaves your approved area, or you can even set specifically forbidden zones.

This is great for people who share a vehicle with someone else, especially if the other driver is a teen or someone else you’d like to keep tabs on.

Other VSM550 Product Highlights

Viper is known for car security solutions, so it makes sense that its smartphone app would also deliver greater peace of mind. Check the Vehicle Status screen within the app to get a real-time update of your car.

The vehicle status screen will tell you if a door is open, the vehicle is locked, the security system is armed, and whether the vehicle is running or not. If anything triggers the security system, the Viper SmartStart app will send you a text message about it.

The app adds plenty of conveniences as well as security. The SmartPark feature remembers where you parked, so you can simply press “find my car” to guide you through a busy parking lot.

The app also can keep track of how much time you have left on the parking meter, so you’ll know when it’s time to go out and add more money.

The Viper VSM550 needs a yearly service subscription to enjoy all its features, and there is a discount for paying for three years upfront versus annually.

Voxx CarLink ASCL6

The Voxx CarLink ASCL6 also offers a vast collection of features through its mobile application. You can use GPS to locate your vehicle at any time, and even check to see if the doors are locked or not. If they’re not, lock them right from the app.

Additionally, use the CarLink app to start your car from anywhere you have cell phone service. It will even allow you to check your battery voltage status, so you’ll know when it’s time to go in for a replacement. The best part is the ASCL6 Carlink comes with the first year of service included for no additional charge.

Best Car Smartphone Integration Kits at Audio Express/Quality Audio Sound

Here at Audio Express/Quality Auto Sound, we’re proud to offer all the technology you need to make your vehicle smarter than ever. We can connect you with excellent products.

We can walk you through all the options until you’re confident you’re choosing the very best one for you. Once you know how you want to upgrade your vehicle, our experienced technicians will provide a fast, reliable, professional installation.

Find a location near you today, then talk to our friendly staff about which smartphone integration kit is best for you and your vehicle.

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