Installation guide: Xirgo with powered Y-cable | OBD-II

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Skill level: Intermediate

Installers must be able to remove dash panels and instrument clusters, and mount and secure devices safely.

Time required: 20-40 minutes

This guide explains how to install a Xirgo device using a powered Y-cable in a vehicle that has an OBD-II port. This guide is for Reveal customers and Fleet customers.

A powered Y-cable allows you to conceal the Xirgo device and to keep the vehicle’s OBD-II port free for diagnostic tool scanning. 

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In this guide:

Step 1: Position the vehicle
Step 2: Gather your tools
Step 3: Check the kit contents
Step 4: Identify the OBD-II cable parts
Step 5: Identify the parts of the Xirgo device
Step 6: Record the device serial number
Step 7: Locate the vehicle's OBD-II port
Step 8: Unmount the vehicle’s OBD-II port
Step 9: Mount the powered Y-cable on the vehicle
Step 10: Plug the OBD-II bypass connector into the OBD-II port
Step 11: Connect the powered Y-cable to the device
Step 12: Connect optional peripherals
Step 13: Find a suitable location to mount the device
Step 14: Route the cables and secure the device
Step 15: Verify operation

Step 1: Position the vehicle

Position the vehicle in a location that has good network coverage.

The engine must be off when you are installing the device.

Step 2: Gather your tools

Depending on the vehicle type, you may need the following tools:

  • Work light
  • Dash panel removal tools
  • Driver bits and socket set
  • Zip ties

Step 3: Check the kit contents

  • Xirgo device
  • Powered Y-cable
  • Optional I/O peripherals harness

Step 4: Identify the OBD-II cable parts

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(A) OBD-II bypass connector (connect to the vehicle’s OBD-II port)
(B) OBD-II replacement port (mount in place of the vehicle’s OBD-II port)
(C) 14 pin Molex connector (plugs into the Xirgo device)

Step 5: Identify the parts of the Xirgo device

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(A) Fastening tabs
(B) 14 pin Y-cable diagnostics connector
(C) 24 pin I/O harness connector
(D) Amber LED for cellular network
(E) Blue LED for Bluetooth (if equipped)
(F) Green LED for GPS
(G) Device label 

Step 6: Record the serial number

Record the device's ESN/Serial number (you will need it in a later step). 

Verizon Connect installation partners can scan the device's ESN/serial number using the Reveal Hardware Installer (RHI) app.

The device serial number (called "ESN" on Reveal) is on the device label. 

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Step 7: Locate the vehicle's OBD-II port

Locate the vehicle’s OBD-II port by inspecting the following areas (in this order):

  1. Under the dashboard
  2. Beneath the steering wheel column
  3. Each area indicated in the image below

If you cannot locate the vehicle’s OBD-II port, check the vehicle owner’s manual or go to www.hum.com/port/

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Step 8: Remove the vehicle’s OBD-II port

Remove the vehicle’s OBD-II port from its mounting bracket by pressing the release tabs or by removing the screws that hold it in place. You may need to remove a dash cover panel to access the OBD-II port. 

Use extreme caution when unmounting the vehicle's OBD-II port. Putting stress on the wires or otherwise damaging the OBD-II port can cause performance issues with the vehicle. 

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Step 9: Mount the powered Y-cable in the vehicle

  1. Check and compare the replacement OBD-II port and the vehicle’s OBD-II port.
    Depending on the shape of the vehicle’s OBD-II port, you may need to remove the screw plate on the replacement OBD-II port to match the vehicle fitting. See Step 14 for additional information.image12_Mount_Y-cable.gif

  2. Route the powered Y-cable's replacement port behind the dash panels and mount it in place of the vehicle’s OBD-II port.
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Step 10: Plug the OBD-II bypass connector into the OBD-II port

Plug the powered Y-cable’s OBD-II bypass connector into the vehicle’s OBD-II port. This will provide power and a diagnostic data feed to the device.

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Step 11: Connect the powered Y-cable to the device

  1. Plug the 14 pin Molex connector on the powered Y-cable into the device.
    You may need to route harnesses to the device's mounting location through tight spaces before connecting them to the device.
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  2. Confirm the device is receiving power (the LED's are illuminated).
    You may need to turn on the ignition for the device to receive power.image1_Confirm_LEDs.gif

Use the LED lights to identify device status

Amber LED (Cellular Network)

  • OFF: No power to device
  • Flashing: Ignition is OFF
  • Fast Flashing: Searching for cell signal / Ignition ON
  • Solid: Cell signal acquired / Ignition ON

Blue LED (Bluetooth) only for Bluetooth-enabled devices

  • OFF: Bluetooth is not connected
  • Flashing: Bluetooth is connected

Green LED (GPS)

  • OFF: Searching for satellites
  • Flashing: Satellite count +1
    • The LED flashes once to indicate a GPS signal is acquired.
    • The LED continues flashing to indicate the number of satellites visible to the device.

Step 12: Connect optional peripherals or sensor inputs

Connect optional peripherals as described in Device Help's Peripherals category listing.

  1. Plug the peripherals harness connector into the Xirgo device.
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Identify parts of the optional I/O peripherals harness
There are two types of Xirgo peripherals harnesses available.

  • New type (RFID compatible) harness (part number CBA-US-XIR-001–01-00)
  • Old type harness (part number CBL-0040-TAA)

New peripherals harness

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Caution: Do not connect the white wire labeled "B" in the diagram above to a vehicle ignition source  when installing along with a powered Y-cable. The powered Y-cable passes power to the I/O harness to supply power for accessories such as a Driver ID buzzer. Only use this wire if specifically instructed by Verizon Connect.

A: 24 pin I/O harness (RFID compatible) connects to Xirgo device G: Panic/privacy - 4 pin connector
B: Software controlled ignition in/out, w/3 amp fuse (do not use unless specified) H: Input 1 - Purple wire (positive trigger)
C: RFID reader - 6 pin connector I: Input 2 - Black/Orange wire (negative trigger)
D: Driver ID buzzer - 3 pin connector J: Input 3 - Blue wire integrated with the 4 pin connector (negative trigger)
E: Garmin - 10 pin connector K: Input 4 - Black/Green (ground trigger)
F: Driver ID reader - 2 pin connector  


Old peripherals harness (part number CBL-0040-TAA)

This harness is only used with certain Reveal installations. Old_peripherals_harness.jpg

A: 24 pin Molex I/O connector

G: Input 2 - Purple wire pin 7 (negative trigger)  
B: Driver ID reader connector H: Ground wire 
C: Garmin connector I: Ignition power wire  
D: Panic/privacy button connector J: Constant power wire 
E: Driver ID buzzer connector K: 3 amp fuse 
F: Input 1 - Purple wire pin 6 (positive trigger) L: 3 amp fuse

Step 12a: Installations with a Driver ID Buzzer

Reminder: No full 3-wire installation. This step applies to installations using the old version of the I/O harness only.
The external Driver ID buzzer still requires a 12V source to operate when a powered Y-cable is used for installation. Power the buzzer by joining the red and white wire using a butt connector or crimp cap.

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Step 13: Route and secure the cabling

  1. Route the cables to the mounting location and connect them as shown in the video clips above.
    Coil and secure any loose cabling using zip ties to ensure it will not interfere with the driver or normal operation of the vehicle.image5_Coil_Secure_LooseCables.gif

  2. Check everything is fastened tightly, and trim zip ties if they have excess length.
    Use caution when trimming the zip ties. Accidentally cutting or nicking nearby vehicle wires will cause performance issues with the vehicle.
  3. Make sure the installation does not interfere with the driver or normal operation of the vehicle.
    If you have removed the dash panel, do not replace it until the network connection is confirmed (see Step 15).

Step 14: Mount the device

  1. Mount the device behind the driver's side instrument cluster, center console or knee panel areas, and secure it to a stable bracket or wire bundle so that it cannot move using zip ties, VHB tape, or industrial strength Velcro.
  2. Fasten the device securely to a stable mounting bracket or wire bundle using zip ties, VHB tape, or  industrial strength Velcro. Do not cover the ESN/Serial Number with two-sided tape, the label will peel and be unreadable when the tape is removed.
    The device must be fastened securely to prevent it from moving and generating erroneous harsh driving event reporting.

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  • Consider the following when choosing the mounting location:
    • Network coverage at the mounting location:
    • The device should be mounted label-side up and skyward-facing for best signal.
    • The device should not be mounted directly under large metal parts.
    • The device will work through glass, plastics and composites.

Step 15: Link the device and verify operation

For Fleet

Verizon Connect Installation Partners should use the Fleet Hardware Installer app, Installer Portal or call the Fleet Technician Support line at (877) 943-7306.

Customers and their internally managed technicians should use the Installer Portal or the customer's Fleet portal steps to link and verify successful installations.

For Reveal

Verizon Connect Installation Partners should use the Reveal Hardware Installer app (RHI) to verify the installation or the Reveal Technician Support line at (866) 908-1165.

Customers and their internally managed technicians should use Spotlight or the Reveal portal to link and verify successful installations. Learn how to Verify an installation in Reveal.
Note: If you are replacing or swapping a vehicle tracker, complete the swap in Reveal first. This merges the data from your old tracker with the new tracker so you have one continuous history for the vehicle. Learn more about swapping a vehicle in Reveal.

Disclaimer

Verizon Connect shall have no liability whatsoever for any damages that arise from, or are connected with, your use of our services, including the GPS tracking hardware and dash cams, in a manner contrary to the(se) instructions or in violation of law and/or our agreement. Tracking hardware connected to the diagnostic port in any vehicle that has third-party devices also connected to the diagnostic port can cause interference or loss of functionality of the third-party device. These third-party devices include, but are not limited to, wheelchair lifts, lifesaving equipment, emergency lighting, and radar guns. If such a conflict exists, contact Verizon Connect support to have the tracking hardware configured to support the third-party device. Failure to do so relieves Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices. Installed devices may only be removed and transferred to another vehicle if the second vehicle has been tested for compatibility, as per the(se) instructions. Transfers between vehicles which do not follow the(se) instructions will void any and all warranties from Verizon Connect, and relieve Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices.


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