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Old June 28th, 2013
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Question SmartCord DirectWire installation question

I currently have the BlendMount with the power wire that connects to my 9500ix.

The DirectWire unit has the cable that comes from the fuse box and connects to and powers the control box.

Then it has the modular cable that connects from the control box to the detector. My question is... does that modular cable only provide power to the detector? Or does it serve another function? What I want to know is, can I eliminate the use of this modular cable since the detector is already getting power from the BlendMount wire that taps off the rear view mirror wiring?

In otherwords, just connect the cable that powers the SmartCord control box and let it connect through BlueTooth to the detector.

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I'm presuming that we are talking about the Escort Live Direct Wire SmartCord. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.

The interconnecting wire between the Escort Live Module and your Radar detector does more than just power your RD. It also passes data to the EL module that, in turn, passes data via BlueTooth to the Live App running on your smartphone.
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Thank you TBNTX, I will proceed with the normal install then.

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I have similar set up an older direct wire already ran up to my mirror and have a new Passport Max & a direct wired Smart Live box. Can I correct the existing direct wire to the Smart Live control box then use the cable that came with the Smart Live to the Passport Max? Does the control box house the Bluetooth module that communicates with my iPhone? Or is the Bluetooth module built into one of the cords that comes with the Direct wire Smart live package?

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Old August 15th, 2014
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To prevent plugging the cable into the wrong port, the power cord for the SmartCord Live direct wire uses a different RJ plug than the non-Escort Live direct wire.

If you have an RJ crimper and the correct RJ plug then you can put a new plug on your current direct wire power cable.

You must use the included cable that goes from the SmartCord Live direct wire module to the detector. It is a 6 conductor cable where the non-Live direct wire cable is 4 conductor.
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Old December 6th, 2014
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To prevent plugging the cable into the wrong port, the power cord for the SmartCord Live direct wire uses a different RJ plug than the non-Escort Live direct wire.

If you have an RJ crimper and the correct RJ plug then you can put a new plug on your current direct wire power cable.

You must use the included cable that goes from the SmartCord Live direct wire module to the detector. It is a 6 conductor cable where the non-Live direct wire cable is 4 conductor.
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What are the connectors? I know the connector from the directwire live to the detector is a 6p6c RJ12, but I am having trouble finding the connector number for the power input on the directwire live unit. I bought a new vehicle and rather than run wires all over the place I am planning on getting a mirror tap and need to know what connector I need to put on it.
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Old December 9th, 2014
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The power input on an Escort Live direct wire uses a RJ9 4P4C connector, also called a handset connector. It has a total of 4 pins unlike the RJ11/12 which has a total of 6 but many times only 4 are used.
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Can you provide the pinout for the RJ9 connector to power the directwire live unit? My vehicle was totaled, but I was able to save the radar and directwire live module... the wiring had to stay in the car as it was impossible to remove.

Sales team said it's NLA, so I'm hoping to build my own. I have a 3ft RJ9 cable... so I can just cut the end off and solder positive to a fusebox jumper terminal. I just need to know which pin is + and which is ground.

A diagram is ideal to reduce any confusion on what pin order is 1-4.


THIS forum post says the following, if @EscortRadar can confirm?

1 - not used ------------------------
2 - negative wire
3 - positive wire
4 - not used ------------------------

Thanks very much.

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Can you provide the pinout for the RJ9 connector to power the directwire live unit? My vehicle was totaled, but I was able to save the radar and directwire live module... the wiring had to stay in the car as it was impossible to remove.

Sales team said it's NLA, so I'm hoping to build my own. I have a 3ft RJ9 cable... so I can just cut the end off and solder positive to a fusebox jumper terminal. I just need to know which pin is + and which is ground.

A diagram is ideal to reduce any confusion on what pin order is 1-4.


Thanks very much.
You want to use a RJ11 6 pin.
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Old September 24th, 2019
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You want to use a RJ11 6 pin.
No, that's incorrect. The J1 port is an RJ12 6P6C (Or RJ11 6P4C... same difference, straight through wiring) connector/cable goes from the directwire live box to the detector. The J2 port is an R9 (4P4C or 4P2C) connector/cable that goes to +12V and ground to power everything... I just don't know which pin is power and which is ground.


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