2018 A205 Comand Aux activation?

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So am teetering on the brink of getting a CarPlay box for my 2017/18 C200 which is CarPlay less. The plug in boxes that do the trick use the Comand Aux Channel, a channel which is not visible on Comand 5.x systems. The box sellers will therefore kindly sell you a one time OBD diagnostic socket plug in which activateS the Aux channel in Comand, but for circa £70!!!

So to try and save myself the extra £70 thought I’d ask if any members know a lo/no cost method for activating the Aux channel in Comand 5.x? I have looked around but no joy.

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So an investment of £37.00 with a AliExpress seller has delivered an OBD tool which today activated the Aux in channel on my 2018 A205. So now I can look to get an aftermarket Apple CarPlay plug and play unit installed to give full CarPlay via the OEM screen.

Have seen advertised a number of units from UK sellers at £500 upwards to circa £800, plus an additional charge for the OBD Aux activator, so quite an investment. I now know the identical units and cable sets are available from the same AliExpress seller for <£200.

Thats a hell of a price difference, and one that can’t be ignored. Will post updates.
 

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So an investment of £37.00 with a AliExpress seller has delivered an OBD tool which today activated the Aux in channel on my 2018 A205. So now I can look to get an aftermarket Apple CarPlay plug and play unit installed to give full CarPlay via the OEM screen.

Have seen advertised a number of units from UK sellers at £500 upwards to circa £800, plus an additional charge for the OBD Aux activator, so quite an investment. I now know the identical units and cable sets are available from the same AliExpress seller for <£200.

Thats a hell of a price difference, and one that can’t be ignored. Will post updates.
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