- Connects with iOS and Android smartphones very easily for remote access
- Has only 4 buttons and is therefore very easy to control
- Locks, unlocks, arms, disarms, and starts car remotely
- The unit can warm or cool your car
- You can customize settings like the perimeter distance for locking/unlocking
- Has unlimited perimeter when used with internet connection
- Can control multiple cars
The Viper Smart Start VSS4000 Review
In this age and time, a smartphone has become an integral part of life as we use it for countless purposes. The gadget always comes in handy when we need a reminder; a means of communication, a channel for getting news, and much more. Thanks to Viper, you can now add remote starting, locking, and unlocking of a vehicle to the list of things you can do with your smartphone. The company is known for being a premier manufacturer of car alarm products. With the Smart Start VSS4000, you can now integrate your car’s start, lock, and unlock functions into your smartphone and thus have one less item to carry around.
Easy to use and smartphone enabled
The 2.7-pound, 8.4 x 6.3 x 3.3-inch unit communicates with a smartphone using the Viper SmartStart app. With its simple graphical interface, you don’t need to be a tech guru to understand how it works. It is compatible with iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) and Android, and its functionality is definitely something to admire. When you install it in your vehicle, you will be able to lock, unlock, and start it remotely. Furthermore, the app allows you to release the trunk, locate your vehicle, and even initiate panic mode.
Lots of features and easy to install
Pretty cool addition to your car, right? One of its biggest advantages is that it is very easy to install. Actually, you can even do it the DIY way if you have the technical know-how for installing vehicle accessories. That said, it is highly recommended that you get a professional to do it. Any good shop will install it and walk you through the whole process so that you understand how it works. Basically, the components that will be added include remote engine start, remote unlocking, car alarm, locator, geo-fencing, security system, GPS module, and a Bluetooth module. That combination will make it possible for you to unlock your car and start its engine when you come within a pre-set distance. Likewise, the system will lock the car automatically when you walk beyond the set perimeter.
The Viper Smart Start VSS4000 excels in quality and performance. For starters, its home screen has a lock and unlock buttons for smooth execution of the two functions. When the system is enabled, a Bluetooth icon is added to the screen as a notification. You can also use the same button to turn off the system in case you don’t want your car to unlock automatically as you enter the set perimeter. Upon opening the main screen, you will see a slider that has a lock button (red) on one end and an unlock button (green) on the other end. Dragging the red button along the slider allows you to set the distance you want your car to lock automatically. Similarly, dragging the green button sets the distance your car will automatically unlock.
Saves your parking space and parking meter timers
Remember that the system uses Bluetooth to link the car and the remote control functions; therefore, the two distances should not be out of the Bluetooth range. Close proximity is a safe bet if you park your car in public places frequently. Note that the system not only locks and unlocks your vehicle but also arms and disarms it. You also get the chance to start your car remotely. As a luxury feature, Viper included some pretty exciting parking options in this app. When you lock the car, a dialog box will appear and inform you that your parking spot has been saved in the app’s memory. If you want, you can take a photo of the same. Apart from that, there is also a parking meter which you can use to set the amount of time you want to take. When the time runs out you will get a notification, and you can either extend it or get back to your car and leave.
Confirmation straight to your phone
If you want the perimeter to be even bigger, you might want to use your smartphone’s data connection to create the link with your car. It will send a signal to Viper’s server, which in turn will send a lock/unlock, arm/disarm or start engine signal. Since it uses the internet to communicate, the perimeter is virtually unlimited, and that means you can perform the functions from pretty much anywhere in the world.
Can activate tracker if lost or stolen
Another feature that you can also incorporate in the unit is a GPS module (optional) that also uses a data connection to locate your vehicle from anywhere in the world. If you have this module, you will see a GPS button on the app’s home screen. Clicking it brings up a map that shows exactly where your car is. On top of that, it will give you more important information like its direction and speed of motion. With all that you can easily track your car in case it is stolen. You can even share the information on Facebook or text message and allow the police and other people to help you recover it. Alternatively, you can use it together with the included geofencing feature as a parenting tool whenever the kids are out with the car because it will send back an alarm notifying you that the car has gone beyond the restricted perimeter.
- Handy tool for locking, unlocking, and starting your car remotely
- GPS feature shares your car’s location and thus increases security
- You can arm/disarm the car remotely
- Very simple to use
- Lifetime limited warranty on labor and parts
- Setting distance is a matter of trial and error when using Bluetooth because the app’s slider has no measurements or markings
- Takes some time to send and receive signals when data connection is used instead of Bluetooth
Contrary to other systems that offer just one or few features, the Viper Smart Start VSS4000 offers a wide array of functions including lock/unlock, arm/disarm, remote start, car locator, and geofencing. Those are features that we all need for convenience as well as time-saving reasons. If you park your car in public places, frequently the security features of this unit will play a major role in ensuring its security. So grab it today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your car is thoroughly protected.
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