Rosen CS-ALTI13-US Navigation for Nissan Altima – Installed

Easy Step-by-Step Installation

We recently did an installation of the new Rosen Factory navigation system in a 2012 Nissan Altima with back up camera. The installation was rather straightforward and relatively simple when following the Rosen instruction manual. The manual that was provided was excellent and the unit can be installed by any end consumer. The unit even included a factory connector to disable the Nissan Bluetooth module, the Rosen has built in Bluetooth.

Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system
We installed a Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system in a 2012 Alitma

OEM look just like the factory

What makes the Rosen navigation’s so great is that they look like the original Navigation system that came with the vehicle. The advantage to this is that all of the integration with Factory components is plug and play. The unit plugs directly into the factory Radio harness, and gives you steering wheel controls without programming! If you are installing a back up camera to a vehicle that does not have a factory back up camera, you will need to run all of the cabling. This maybe out of the scope of what an end consumer can do without some professional installation help. The best part about Rosen is that they match the new vehicle warranty of the vehicle; in this case a 3 year – 36,000 mile warranty.

Rosen Nissan Altima Navigation system
The entire dashboard of the Nissan Altima

Bose or No Bose : No problem!

This system is designed for vehicles with and without Bose stereo systems. We found that the audio quality from the speakers was improved slightly, but can be tailored to you years with the built in equalizer. Satellite radio can be added with an additional module for additional entertainment on long drives. The unit has the ability to control an iPod but a cable is required that is not included, this customer opted not to purchase the cable so we can’t review the functionality. If the iPod control is similar to other Rosen GPS navigation I’m sure it easy to use.

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Rosen CS-ALTI13-US Navigation System

Backup Camera System Installation Guide

Trigger wire based systems

The easiest way to understand how a standard backup camera system is installed is by understanding the components. Most back up cameras and systems have similar components. This particular guide is designated for backup camera systems with trigger wires. A backup camera system can be broken down into five basic components (See picture above).

The Monitor, (A1): Some monitors like the one shown above will only have a single cable coming out of the monitor but don’t be alarmed as this single lead cable usually connects to a power harness that possesses all of the video inputs and power connections

The Power Harness, (A2): The monitor will come with a power harness that will attach to the single cable coming out of the monitor. This particular monitor has several connections:

  • 2 – Yellow RCA video inputs
  • 1 – Left and right audio input (white and red RCA)
  • 1 – Red bare wire or positive power lead will which connects to 12 volts power
  • 1 – Black bare wire that is the ground connection
  • 1 – Trigger wire (usually green or blue)

When 12 volts is applied to this wire the monitor automatically turns on and selects the back up camera input. This connection is made to the positive side of the reverse light.

The Camera, (A3): The camera is very similar to the monitor in that it will have a yellow RCA video plug and a single cable with a DC power plug input for power.

The Power Harness, (A4): The camera should include a male DC power connector to bare power leads. This DC power connector will have a Red 12 volt power lead and black ground lead. In most cases the center inner female pin is 12 volts power and the outer shield is ground.

The RCA Cable, (A5): Last but not least is the single yellow RCA video cable that is included with camera. Its sole purpose is to take the video feed from the camera and display it in the monitor.

Note 1: This cable is usually 18-25 ft long and in some cases has bare red lead as part of the cable. This lead is a raw lead that can be used for a couple of purposes. Imagine this red wire is a single wire tapped the entire length of the RCA cable and can be used to send the reverse trigger signal to the front of the vehicle. The red lead can also be used in some installations to continuously power the camera if you want your system always on with the vehicle.

Note 2: It is important to remember during the installation process that yellow inputs are used exclusively for the video signal, whereas black and red inputs are used exclusively for power.

Note 3: Just because a monitor does not have a trigger wire does not mean it can only be turned on manually. Most monitors do not have a trigger wire because they posses what is known as a video sense feature and will turn on automatically as soon as they sense a video feed. We demonstrate that installation process in a separate section below

5 – Step Installation Process (Trigger wire based)

Step 1: Connect the power harness (A2) into the monitor’s designated power input.

Back up monitor cable connections
Monitor power cable connections

Step 2: Draw power to the monitor by connecting the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the monitor is usually drawn at the fuse box. The trigger wire determines the operation of the monitor. The default installation is to connect this to the positive side of the reverse light. By doing so, the monitor will automatically turn on with the vehicle is placed in reverse. For manual operation you will leave this disconnected. This can also be connected to a source that turns on with the key and the monitor will remain on until the vehicle is shut down, perfect for commercial vehicles.

Back up monitor wire colors and meanings
Bare lead monitor power connections

Step 3: Connect the male power harness (A4) into the camera’s female power input.

Back up camera DC power connector
Back up camera DC power connector with bare wire leads

Step 4: Draw power to the camera by connecting the red wire to 12 volt power or the positive side of the reverse lights and the black to ground.

Back up camera bare power leads
Back up camera bare power leads

Step 5: Now that the monitor is drawing power at the fuse box and the camera is drawing power directly at the reverse tail light, all you need to do is connect the camera to the monitor using the standard yellow RCA cable (A5) ***If the yellow RCA cable has two red power wires on each end, please read Note 1 above.

Back up camera RCA connections
Back up camera and LCD monitor RCA connections

At this point you should have all the connections made and a working system is a key turn away. Makes sure to button up and tape all connections and you should be all set.

Video sense based systems

Back up monitor cable connections
Monitor power cable connections

Again the easiest way to understand how to install a video sense backup camera system is by understanding the components. A backup camera system can be broken down into five basic components (See picture above).

The Monitor (A1): The monitor will come with a pigtail that will have video inputs, these are RCA cables with yellow, white and red (sometimes two yellow) jackets. In this case the yellow and white are video inputs just like what you would find in a home television, and the red is the power input connector.

Monitor Power Harness (A2): The monitor will come with a power harness that will attach to the red (sometimes black) DC power connector input on the monitor. On the opposite end of the power harness will be two wires; the red wire will always be used for positive power and the black wire will go to ground.

The Camera, (A3): The camera usually is a little different from the monitor in that it includes a two part harness (A4). This is so that you can mount the camera in a weather proof fashion and do so without drilling an excessively large hole. A two part harness is comprised of the pigtail and the camera cable. The pigtail will have a yellow video output plug and a red (sometimes black) dc power connector for power.

Camera Power Harness (A4): The camera should include a male DC power connector to bare power leads. This DC power connector will have a Red 12 volt power lead and black ground lead. In most cases the center inner female pin is 12 volts power and the outer shield is ground.

The RCA Cable (A5): Last but not least is the single yellow RCA video cable that is included with camera. Its sole purpose is to take the video feed from the camera and display it in the monitor.

**It is important to remember during the installation process that yellow and white inputs are used exclusively for the video signal, whereas black and red inputs are used exclusively for power.

Note 1: This cable is usually 18-25 ft long and in some cases has bare red lead as part of the cable. This lead is a raw lead that can be used for a couple of purposes. Imagine this red wire is a single wire tapped the entire length of the RCA cable and can be used to send the reverse trigger signal to the front of the vehicle. The red lead can also be used in some installations to continuously power the camera if you want your system always on with the vehicle.

Note 2: It is important to remember during the installation process that yellow inputs are used exclusively for the video signal, whereas black and red inputs are used exclusively for power.

5 – Step Installation Process (Video signal sense based)

Step 1: Connect the DC power harness (A2) into the monitors designated power input.

Back up monitor video input and power connectors

Step 2: Connect power to the monitor by attaching the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the monitor is usually drawn at the fuse box

Monitor DC power connector

Step 3: Connect the camera power and video pigtail (A4) into the cameras connector. The pigtail provides power to the camera and the video output to the monitor.

Back up camera power leads

Step 4: Connect power to the camera by attaching the red wire to 12 volt power and the black to ground. Power to the camera is usually drawn directly at the reverse tail light. With video sense systems, anytime there is power to the camera the montitor will be turn on automatically.

Back up camera dc power connector leads

Step 5: Now that the monitor is drawing power at the fuse box and the camera is drawing power directly at the reverse tail light all you need to do is connect both systems using the standard yellow RCA cable (A5).
***If the yellow RCA cable has two red power wires on each end, we advise that you disregard their use as they are not needed for this type of installation.

backup camera system installation

Now you should have a working unit that should turn on as soon as the vehicle is in reverse.

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Make sure to checkout our full video on the installation process:

http://blog.qualitymobilevideo.com/how-to-back-up-camera-installation/

Overhead DVD player in a 2011 Toyota Sienna with Dual sunroofs

Dual Sunroofs with an overhead DVD player

We receive many phone call with concerned customers after they have purchased an overhead dvd player and not remembering that they have a sunroof only to be told by an installer that they cannot use an overhead monitor.

What’s possible?

At Quality Mobile Video we have some of the best installers available and with a little imagination we show you what can be done in a vehicle with dual sunroofs. Today we installed a Gryphon Mobile MV-RF121DVD Overhead DVD player in a 2011 Toyota Sienna with dual sunroofs. This installation was a little more tricky, with the narrow sliver of roof that was available for mounting we had to make sure that we had a large enough foot print to mount the monitor. We used plate steel to make a bracket that would be strong enough to attach the screen. Other that that the installation was exactly the same as any other overhead dvd player installation.

Color to match

The interior of this Toyota Sienna was grey so we chose the grey version of this overhead dvd player to perfectly match this vehicles interior. This monitor is available in three colors unlike some other models that have snap on trims.

Power source

We ran all of the cabling down the A-pillar and were able to grab 12 volts from the factory fuse box located underneath the dash. The Toyota Sienna is a large van with plenty of power and adding this monitor to the vehicle electrical system was no problem.