Remote Transmitters with FCC ID EZSDEI7701

Remotes Unlimited is aware of 5 two-way LCD remote transceivers with FCC ID EZSDEI7701. To our knowledge, only two of these keyfobs are still being manufactured.

EZSDEI7701 remotes carrying the UNGO or ASTROSTART brand are unique, and cannot be replaced by any other two-way keyfob. We have been out of stock on the UNGO transceiver for some time. We do stock the ASTROSTART remote (HST-5224) as our part 073-7410, which you can see and purchase at the following link:
AstroStart remote 073-7410

The other three EZSDEI7701 remotes – on DEI models with the brand CLIFFORD, PYTHON or VIPER – are all interchangeable. They contain the same circuit board despite differences in external cosmetic features. Only the VIPER brand part is still made. It is our part 889-1889. These DEI-brand systems also accept a 1-way companion transmitter. Remotes Unlimited offers the Clifford brand remote (our part 934-1934). You can see and purchase these keyfobs at the following link:
Viper remote 889-1889

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Audiovox Car Alarm Systems Using AA-9158 Power Door Lock Interface

We recently received an inquiry from a customer who said the add-on car alarm system in his vehicle is an Audiovox AA-9158 system. This reference number actually refers to a power door lock interface component that was used in multiple alarm systems. Those systems include AA-9147, AA-9247, TSP-300, TSP-400, TSP-450, TSP-500, TSP-550, TSP-700 and TSP-750 alarm models.

The original remote transmitter used with these systems is Remotes Unlimited part 178-1178. It is no longer made, but there is a newer Audiovox Prestige system key fob that will work as a replacement for the original remote. You can see both transmitters at the following link:
Remotes Unlimited Part 178-1178

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Interchangeable Remote Key Fobs with Different Button Configurations

At Remotes Unlimited, we often are asked questions about button configurations and icons on keyless entry and add-on system remote transmitters. Questions include such things as:
(1) “When I search for my keyfob on remotesunlimited.com using my FCC ID, why do I see multiple parts with different buttons on them?”
(2) “If I buy a keyfob with a remote start button, will I be able to remotely start my car?”
(3) “Will it matter if the button in your picture does not look exactly like the one on my remote?”
(4) “My remote has a trunk button icon. Your site is offering me a part with a liftgate icon instead. Will it work?”

These are all reasonable questions. Here are some things you should know:

First, manufacturers sometimes change the icon on a remote transmitter button for no apparent reason and with no operational effect. This could be because of a perceived user benefit, such as adding the word “Hold” on a button to indicate that the button needs to be pressed and held down to have the desired effect. Or it could be because a graphic artist decided it would look better. Or, the replacement remote may be made by a different supplier than the original part shipped with a vehicle. So, the fact that a button looks slightly different on a replacement remote is not a certain indication that it will not work in place of your original remote.

Second, while the number and placement of buttons on a remote can be important to its operation, there are countless situations in which keyfobs with different button configurations have the same circuit board inside the remote. So, it is not unusual for two otherwise similar remotes – one with a trunk button, say, and another with a liftgate button – to be entirely interchangeable. And a 4-button remote with an “OPT” (option) button added is likely to work with an add-on system that used an otherwise equivalent 3-button remote with no “OPT” button.

Unfortunately, the challenge faced by nearly all consumers looking to buy a replacement remote is that generalizations don’t matter. All that matters is what is true in their specific situation. That is why you should always buy a replacement remote from a source that you find to have the knowledge and experience to be credible selling you a complicated technical security part.

Oh yes, about that remote start button question. If your vehicle was not originally equipped with remote engine start capability, there is very little chance that simply buying a keyfob with a remote start button on it will perform that function. If it does, then either you or the part may have magical powers.

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Holiday Sale Extended

Remotes Unlimited has a holiday sale in progress. Customers can get a discount of 10% off all website purchases of keyless remote key fobs and replacement cases by using the promo code ‘HOLIDAY10’. This promotion has just been extended through the end of 2019. Happy New Year from Remotes Unlimited.

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Mercury-Nissan-Infiniti Remote Key Fob with FCC ID KOBUTA2T or KOBUTA3T

Between 1996 and 2003 a variety of vehicles sold by Mercury, Nissan and Infiniti use a Lear-made factory keyless entry system. The original 3-button remotes had lock, unlock and panic buttons and either FCC ID KOBUTA2T or KOBUTA3T on the back. These key fobs are no longer made or sold by the original vehicle manufacturers. However, Remotes Unlimited does offer a replacement remote transmitter that will work in place of the original fobs. It is our 4-button ReMoto key fob part number 098-7960. We also currently have a few remaining pre-owned OE transmitters in stock. You can see the original transmitter and buy either a pre-owned OE remote or a new ReMoto keyfob at the following link:
Remote with FCC ID KOBUTA2T or KBOUTA3T

The systems that use this remote have “on-board” programming, so a consumer can program the vehicle to accept the remote without requiring any special tools. Remotes Unlimited includes programming instructions and free phone tech support with purchased parts.

Recently a customer asked us which vehicles had this system installed. The following Mercury, Nissan and Infiniti vehicles could have a keyless entry system that used this remote, but keep in mind that it was not standard equipment on all vehicles:
1999-2002 Mercury Villager
1996-2000 Nissan Altima
1998-2000 Nissan Frontier
1996-1999 Nissan Pathfinder
1999-2003 Nissan Quest
1995-1999 Nissan Sentra
1996-1997 Nissan Stanza
2000 Nissan Xterra
1997-1999 Infiniti QX4

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Finding Model Information for Your Add-On Car Alarm or Remote Start System

Many people call us because they need a new remote transmitter for their add-on car alarm or remote start system but do not know which one to buy. In order to be certain you are buying the correct part, you should know the brand and model information of the system in your vehicle OR information from an original key fob that worked with the system. Often, remote information may not be available because printed or embossed information is too worn to read or a label has come off entirely. So system model information is always the failsafe method for specifying the correct remote.

If you do not have the original manual or purchase information for the car alarm or remote start system in your vehicle, you will likely need to locate the control module (receiver or “brain”) for your system. This component is a small (approximately 4″x3″x1″) box-like device. Most installers tuck it up under the dash board on the driver’s side of the vehicle, often securing it with twist or zip ties. It has several wired leading from it to the various other components of the system. Often, the easiest way to find it is to follow a wire from the shut-off (valet) switch or LED indicator light. The model information is usually printed or embossed somewhere on this control module.

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Remote Start 1-button Key Fobs for Add-on Systems Made By Audiovox

“Remote Start” is a very popular aftermarket feature, particularly in areas with extremely cold winters or hot summers. So popular that many add-on systems perform only that single function using a 1-button remote transmitter. The largest marketers of these systems have been Audiovox, through its Prestige and Pursuit brands, and Code Alarm, through the systems it makes for many car manufacturers and also for systems sold under its own brand.

Audiovox 1-button remote key fobs have had many different styles over the years. They are not all interchangeable. Often, the brand (Prestige or Pursuit) does not matter with respect to interchangeability. But the FCC ID does matter.

Audiovox 1-button transmitters have been made and sold with FCC IDs ELVATCC, ELVATFE, ELVATGA, ELVATIE, ELVATJB, ELVATJG, ELVATND, ELVATNG and H5OT45. Replacement key fobs are available for all of these 1-button remotes through the Remotes Unlimited website. Simply use search method 4 and enter the FCC ID that appears on the back of the remote that you are replacing. Or . . . you can always call us for assistance.

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FCC IDs That Aren’t! . . . M3M-40821302

Automotive remote transmitters – including key fobs, remote-head keys, flip keys and proximity (PEPS or “smart”) keys – are required by law to be certified with the FCC and to have the FCC ID marked on the outside of consumer products. This is for consumer protection – so that you can know that the product’s transmission characteristics have been tested, that the product transmits reliably and safely, and so that you can file a report if you experience an interference problem caused by the product.

However, in the automotive electronics world, products frequently do not comply with FCC requirements. This is possible because (1) FCC compliance is not an easy thing to police and (2) the FCC’s enforcement capability has been basically eliminated by successive rounds of budget cutting at the hands of legislators who favor business over the consumer and tax cuts over regulatory protection. I will let you guess with which party most of those legislators are affiliated.

Failure to comply with FCC requirements can take many forms. Some products are neither tested nor labelled. Others may be properly tested and certified, but are not properly labeled. And still others may or may not be tested, but are labeled with an invalid FCC ID. We know that the FCC has some awareness of the existence and nature of violations and chosen not to pursue enforcement. We do not know why that is. When the FCC does choose to act, it may be purely as a result of one business “reporting” another rather than because of a consumer complaint or through the FCC’s own compliance efforts. Of course, in these situations, the FCC may be serving the interests of one company versus another more than they are really serving the consumer. So, not only is regulation sometimes toothless, it can also be used to serve private gain rather than public service. Such is the absurd regulatory world in which we now live. Of course, automotive remotes are not medical devices or Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, but the forces shaping the outcomes are the same.

Having been in the automotive remote business for more than 20 years, we are aware of dozens of invalid FCC IDs shown on automotive remote transmitter cases. And there may be even more situations where no FCC ID label appears on a transmitter or it would be nearly impossible for a consumer to read. You might think it is mostly unscrupulous off-shore manufacturers who fail to comply with FCC requirements. While those suppliers certainly are a problem, you may be surprised to know that Chrysler, Ford, GM and most other automakers have also used and sold products that fail to comply. So do major add-on system manufacturers responsible for brands you know.

Three examples are Chrysler parts 68155686AA, 68155687AB and 68394195AA. These three “tombstone” style smart keys used on recent model vehicles. All are labeled with FCC ID M3M-40821302. There is no listing of FCC ID M3M-40821302 on the FCC’s public information website. The first three or five characters of an FCC ID are the grantee. The grantee identification for “M3M” is a UK company that certified one device in the 1990s and is not active in the automotive transmitter industry. One might argue that the labeling of these products violates FCC requirements, in addition to the fact that the FCC ID shown on the label is not a valid one. This is because the average consumer will never find the FCC ID on these products because of its size (very small) and location (under the emergency key insert). Our staff often needs work-table lighting and a magnifying glass to read the FCC IDs on Chrysler tombstone transmitters.

It seems unlikely that Chrysler is knowingly selling non-FCC-certified products. It is possible that M3M-40821302 was printed on these parts by mistake. The FCC is one character different from a valid FCC ID number – M3N-40821302, for which the grantee is a large automotive component supplier, Continental Automotive Systems. Interestingly, though, while tombstone smart keys with FCC ID M3N-40821302 are basically interchangeable with each other, parts marked with FCC ID M3M-40821302 are not interchangeable with those others. So, maybe the invalid FCC label M3M-40821302 was not really a mistake after all.

One ironic effect of a situation like this is that now there are countless sellers of remotes who include the “FCC ID” M3M-40821302 as a search term for the Chrysler parts that are marked that way. We have a search for that FCC ID set up on our website because; otherwise, consumers might not find the remote they need. Almost any one of sellers who references M3M-40821302 would tell you that it is a valid FCC ID. Thus, by repetition on the Internet, fiction becomes truth. Can you think of any other circumstance in which this has happened?

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Ungo (Clarion) Car Alarm System Remote Transmitters

Remotes Unlimited recently received an inquiry from a customer needing to replace his Ungo transmitter SAA477U with FCC ID EZSDEI477T. Car alarm systems that use that 2-way transmitter also can use Ungo 1-way companion remote SAA474U with FCC ID EZSDEI474V. Unfortunately, Ungo went out of business years ago and remotes for their systems are no longer being manufactured. Remotes Unlimited is out of stock of both SAA477U and SAA474U. We do still have remaining stock for a few different Ungo remotes, but most Ungo transmitters are very hard to locate at this point.

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Replacing Hard-to-Find Autopage remotes with FCC ID H5OT21, H5OTR07AM, H5OTR13 or H5OTR29

Remotes Unlimited receives many calls these days requesting Autopage remotes. As many of you may know, Autopage went out of business a while back and now it is very difficult to find replacement transmitters for many of their most popular car alarm and remote start systems. Whenever we find new or used Autopage remotes for sale, we buy them. Still, it is a challenge to meet the needs of the marketplace.

Fortunately, Megatronix is marketing replacement remotes for some Autopage systems.

Autopage 2-way LCD transmitters with FCC ID H5OTR07AM – including Autopage remotes XT72LCD and XT-73LCD – can be replaced by RUI part number 079-7322. You can see and purchase it at the following link:
079-7322 Replacement for Autopage XT-72LCD and XT-73LCD

Autopage 2-way LCD transmitters with FCC ID H5OTR13 or FCC ID H5OTR29 – Autopage remotes XT42LCD and XT-43LCD, respectively – can be replaced by RUI part number 079-7321. You can see and purchase it at the following link:
Replacement for Autopage XT-42LCD and XT-43LCD

The very popular Autopage 1-way key fobs with FCC ID H50T21 – Autopage remotes XT-33 and XT-72s – are replaced by the Alert-branded remote 079-7291, which can be found at the following link: Replacement for Autopage remotes with FCC ID H5OT21

Free programming instructions and phone technical support are included with purchase of any of these remotes.

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