Remote starter 2 way: What is a 2-Way Remote Starter?

What is a 2-Way Remote Starter?

If you are in the market 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 start.

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?

Alarm notifications can be activated if you have a 2-way LCD remote paired to a Compustar security system. 2-way alarm alerts allow your security system to send alerts straight to your remote the moment your car alarm is triggered. This feature is crucial in the event of a car break-in or security threat. The sooner you recognize that your car has detected a threat, the sooner you can take action!

To learn more about 2-way alarm alerts, check out this blog post: Why You Need 2-Way Alarm Alerts

Which 2-way remote starters do we recommend?

2-Way G15 (LED)

One of our most popular remote start kits sold in 2022 include the 2-way G15 LED remote. This 4-button remote features a high-strength, water-resistant body with 3,000 feet of max range. The 2-way G15’s simple yet practical design makes it easy to use, while still featuring 2-way capabilities through its LEDs.

2-Way Q9 (LCD)

The Compustar Q9 is our latest 2-way LCD remote and is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. The Q9 features a vibrant backlit color screen to provide you with better visibility and animations with every successful command. The Q9 has 3,000 feet of max range and includes a 4-in-1 front button, giving you multiple ways to comfortably secure your vehicle.

Where can I purchase and install a 2-way remote starter?

Compustar is the top maker of 2-way remote starters in the industry. We are the innovation leaders in 2-way RF technology, having won numerous CES Innovations Awards and Top Vendor Awards by the Mobile Electronics Association.

To get professional installation and excellent customer service, visit any of our 2,000+ authorized dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Find a dealer in your area by clicking the link below!

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2-Way LED, 3000-ft Range Remote Kit

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2-Way LED, 3000-ft Range Remote Kit

  • 2-Way LED Remote

  • 3000′ Max Range

  • Water-Resistant

3000-ft max range, water-resistant remote kit. Includes additional backup 1-way remote. Super compact design. Works with all Compustar remote start systems.

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Start with Confidence

Lock and start your vehicle with confidence using Compustar 2-way remotes, which provide visual and audible confirmation when your commands are sent successfully.


Compact Design

The 2-Way PRIME R3 is the perfect addition to any keychain. This little guy features a 1-button design capable of sending up to 4 commands: lock, unlock, remote start and shutdown.

What’s Included

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Feature List

  • 2-Way LED Confirmation
  • 3000′ Max Range
  • Water-Resistant
  • Includes Backup 1-Way Remote
  • 1-Year Remote Warranty
  • Lock/Arm
  • Unlock/Disarm

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Generators are a reliable and powerful way to provide electricity to remote areas or provide backup power in case of an emergency. Starting a generator is not as easy as flipping a switch; there are many options to consider and each type of launch requires different preparation. In this article, we’ll look at the four main types of generator start: Manual, Electric Start, Auto Start, and Remote Start.

Manual start

Manual start is the most common type of generator start. Manual starting requires a person to extend and retract a cord, usually attached to the generator itself or to a separate control box, to engage the starter. Recoil starters are the most reliable, but they can be difficult to operate and require some physical effort.

Electric starter

Electric starters are battery powered and require a button to be pressed to start the generator. This type of start allows users to operate the generator remotely and eliminates the need for manual effort. Electric starters are often used in motorhomes and small generators, but they can also be used in larger generators. However, electric starters require periodic battery maintenance and are prone to failure if not properly maintained.

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Automatic start

Automatic starters are battery powered, but they are designed to start automatically after a predetermined time or when a certain voltage level is reached. This type of start is most commonly used on large industrial generators and is usually the most reliable option. Automatic starters require less maintenance than electric starters, but they can be more expensive and require some technical knowledge to install and operate.

Remote start

Remote starters are powered by a wireless signal and are designed to start the generator from a distance. Remote starters are often used in industry and can be used to control multiple generators at the same time. Remote starters require a certain level of technical expertise and can be difficult to install and maintain.


When choosing a generator, it is important to consider the type of start you will need to best power your application. Recoil starters are the most reliable, but can be difficult to operate. Electric starters are more convenient but require periodic maintenance. Automatic starters are reliable but require some technical knowledge to install and operate. Finally, remote starters are state of the art but can be difficult to install and maintain.

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The material was prepared by employees who have more than 25 years of practical experience with construction equipment and tools, both Russian and foreign.

Starting the engine in winter.

Each car owner takes care of his “iron friend”, striving to ensure that he served faithfully, since it is the engine that breaks down long before the failure of other components and assemblies of the car.

Follow some rules:

– a new engine should be protected from too high speeds and sudden braking;

– single fuel rule – refuel only at an approved gas station and only with the recommended type of fuel;

– do not experiment on the engine, this leads to high costs for its repair;

– Use only tested and high quality fluids and lubricants. Most often, engine breakdowns occur due to saving on small things;

– “oil” error – oil is out of season. It is necessary to change summer oil to winter oil with the first frosts, without delaying until severe frosts. In summer, winter non-viscous oil is the cause of increased wear on most engine parts.

Most often, engine failures occur during start-up or shutdown. That is why cars with continuous engine operation, such as “truckers”, have a fairly high engine life. Harsh city driving with traffic jams significantly reduces engine life compared to “smooth” highway driving.
At the slightest suspicion that the car behaves “somehow wrong” for a long time (“sneezing”, noise, knocking, twitching . ..) – visit a car repair shop, otherwise a minor nuisance will develop into a major one.

The engine gets the most severe stress when starting in cold weather. Warm up your car engine well in winter. You can start moving as soon as the temperature arrow starts to creep into the working area of ​​the scale. Starting off on a cold engine, you accelerate the process of its wear. 5-10 minutes of idling is enough (depending on the frost).

Install remote start or preheater. By the way, the preheater also allows you to warm up the interior!

In general, the engine, like any other part of the car, “does not tolerate” downtime. Inactivity of the engine leads to the appearance of various defects and malfunctions.

What to do if the car does not start in cold weather?

It is necessary to prevent the problem of starting the engine at -30°C. We change the oil before winter, preferably synthetic. There are a lot of different heating additives for fuel in auto shops, they are poured into the carburetor or fuel system, allowing you to start the engine without problems.

Many people know that the battery runs out in the cold (loss of “capacity”). Experienced auto mechanics advise warming up the engine before a frosty night by driving around the city for at least 40 minutes, while not using automotive electrical appliances (heated seats, radio, various drives). The battery will recharge.

Try not to leave the car on the handbrake for a long parking, if frost is predicted, put it better in gear or “P” on the machine. Diesel cars, according to technology, are generally not recommended to start in cold weather. Although, they can start at -35 ° C.

If the door lock is frozen, special antifreezes are ideal. You can heat the key with a lighter.
After a frosty parking, before turning on the engine, try to turn on the high beam for 3-4 seconds, “wake up” the battery. Do not overdo it so as not to drain the battery.

If you have a weak battery, then the injection petrol engine should be started in the morning like this. Turn on the ignition, depress the clutch pedal (if any) and slightly “click” with the starter, then release the ignition key. When the starter is turned on, the control unit turns on the fuel pump for a few seconds.

If the engine starts to turn (starter or start), the pump will turn on all the time and will work while the engine is turning. And if you just “clicked” the starter, the pump will work for 5-10 seconds and turn off. But during this time, it will warm up the battery, pump the fuel system, and by the next turn of the key “to the starter”, the battery will be ready to give a powerful surge of current, and the pressure in the fuel line will be raised to the working one. This may not be done, but when the starter is turned on after parking, the engine, in principle, cannot start for the first 2-3 seconds, because. there is still no necessary fuel pressure in the line, and the starter “sits” the battery for nothing.

Do not run the starter while starting the engine. In this case, the starter turns the engine at a low speed (by the way, the collector may burn out) – and you hear how hard the pistons compress the air (mixture). And now, as soon as the compression moment begins again, the starter is about to stop (the battery is weak), turn off the starter and immediately turn it on. Most likely, the jerk with which the starter turns on is enough for you to sharply pull the piston forward, and if all this happens at the top dead center, a serviceable engine will “grab” and start. This operation is easy to do several times if the first time you did not guess the moment when you should turn off and turn on the starter again.

On the “mechanics” the car starts easier when the clutch is depressed, so the starter does not turn the thickened oil in the gearbox. After starting the engine after a minute or two, gently depress the pedal.

Two or three ignition attempts did not start the car – let it rest for 4-5 minutes. The engine did not start after another attempt – leave the car alone so as not to drain the battery at all.

The car may be in perfect condition, it’s just that the temperature in the street turned out to be below the allowable engine operation rate. The advice is to tow the car to a warm garage or ask the battery of another car for help. You can also warm up the car on the spot with the help of the THERMMIX air heater

Auto mechanics advise waiting for severe frosts without jerking the engine once again, or installing special engine preheaters. Remember, every engine start at temperatures below -30°C wears out an unprepared engine for 500 kilometers!

“We light up” correctly.

If none of the ways to start the car in cold weather helped, the cigarette lighter option remains. How to “light up” from another car without harming both cars?

Choose thick wires, preferably copper. The thicker they are, the better. The permissible cross-sectional area for engines of 1.5-1.6 liters is 4.5 mm in diameter, but thicker is better – about 9.5 mm in diameter. Silicone insulation is recommended so that it does not harden in the cold.

“We light up” only if we are sure that the car is in good condition, there is gasoline and only the battery is discharged.