What is a "2-Way" Remote Start?

Thursday, December 7, 2023
What is a "2-Way" Remote Start?

If you're shopping for a remote car starter, chances are you may have run into the terms “2-Way” or “1-way”, but what does this mean for you and your vehicle? Follow along as we explain 1-way and 2-way remote starters.

What is a 1-Way Remote Starter?

Before jumping straight into 2-Way, we must first understand the basic functions of a 1-Way remote car starter. Similar to your original or factory-installed key fob, a 1-Way Compustar remote starter allows you to lock and unlock your vehicle, with the added benefit of remote start.

A downside to a 1-Way remote starter is that just like your typical factory key fob, you have to be near your vehicle to see or hear that your commands have been successfully sent and received by your vehicle. If you remote start with a 1-Way remote starter, while your vehicle is out of sight, then there is no way of knowing for sure that your car has turned on.

What is a 2-Way Remote Starter?

In contrast to 1-Way remotes, 2-Way Remote Starters provide audible and visual confirmation when your commands are successfully sent to your vehicle. 2-Way gives you instant remote start confirmation so that you know exactly when your engine is started. This feature takes the hassle and guesswork out of making sure your vehicle is actually locked or remotely started.

Compustar 2-Way remote starters also provide a superior range over factory and 1-way remote starters. For those who don’t always have a clear line of sight to their vehicle or have to park far away from their home or workplace, then a 2-Way system is essential. Even if you’re only starting your car from your bedroom, 2-Way remote start gives you that extra assurance, knowing that your morning commute will be comfortable.

Compustar offers two types of 2-Way systems:

  • 2-Way LED remotes: Provide remote start confirmation with a series of bright blinking lights and distinct chirps
  • 2-Way LCD remotes: Provide distinct chirps and eye-catching visual confirmation with engine and vehicle animations shown directly on the remote’s screen


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