Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Re: Pairing the AP, Nav V and iPhone
You post is timely... or, possibly I should say that we are on the same path and nearly the same time.
I have the Sena SMH10 and it works great but there were various birthing pains along the way.
Some things I learned...
1. Get the Sena app for your computer and do the update to the latest firmware. Yes, it matters.
2. Feel free to contact Sena tech support using the on-line... email system. Sure, a phone would seem better but they are responsive and can/will help. The cool thing is that after the first email conversation with the Tech guy... you will always go back to the same conversation with the guy at Sena and the previous chats will be shown. This way if your guy is not there, the next guy can see what you already were trying to do, and you can print the advice/steps the Sena guy says.
3. Be certain to tell the Tech Support person what hardware you have... especially the bike and its systems. On my first contact with them they actually transferred me to a Tech who was more familiar with the BMW bike/system.
4. In fact the sequence of what you pair- when- is not relevant... any sequence will work, but having said that... I like to figure out how to do it then do it the same way every time.
5. There is one "tip" I discovered and the Tech Guys at Sena and my "Guru" at the dealership mentioned... but it is apparently often over looked. The Bike comes in two configurations... one without the GPS and of course the one With the GPS. The BMW B/T system operates one way with it, and another way with out it.
Most importantly this can will cause confusion for newbies and the BMW manual does not address the differences.
Basically IF you have the NAV5 then pairing anything to the bike... will go through the NAV5... but this is transparent. If you do not have the GPS then pairing to the bike's audio system is slightly different. (hint: if you are trying to use the BMW Owner's Manual as a guide... it assumes you do not have the GPS, and thus the manual can add to the confusion rather than being helpful.)
When riding solo... meaning I do not want to Pair to my passenger.. I have discovered that it is easier to turn on the bike first, (either full start or just key-on) make sure the Speakers are turned off, page to "Audio" and scroll down to BT Pairing and set it to searching... THEN power On the Sena, then turn on pairing using the A2DP process. (A2DP is best here because that is stereo).... the pairing process for A2DP is slightly different from the process used for Rider to Passenger pairing.
What is basically unseen is that if you have a GPS... are really pairing the Sena to the GPS. Also note that you do not have to do anything to the actual GPS device... it will automatically be the device you are pairing to...
If you use a Smart Phone you can turn its BT On and it will more or less automatically pair to the GPS.
(note:... I had worked myself into a tizzy trying to figure out why the Phone option on the GPS was not bright and turned On. I loved the way my old Zumo synched so easy to my phone and the entire phonebook, contacts etc were there- and the phone was so easy to use)... well the new system works just as well but it does not appear to work at all until and unless the phone is successfully paired.)
So, at this point the Sena is paired to the bike (which means the Audio System) (which goes through the GPS invisibly) and the phone is paired to the GPS.
This gives me the full Audio system (Radio/Audio sources via devices in the right hand box and the Sirius radio*) paired to my helmet and the GPS's Phone capability is also paired to my Helmet. I also assume if I have media in the GPS by way of an SD card it can play as well... but I have not tried it.
If I want the passenger to pair- I can do that before or after the dance I describe above.
I also learned that if the system is successfully paired there is a "Dot" to the left of the BT symbol on the dash when it is connected. Before successfully pairing... that Dot will be blinking during the searching process. Once paired, the dot goes solid and whichever audio source is turned on/selected will play automatically. Note- it may take a moment for the audio to make sound especially if you are in the garage etc... so give it a moment to get signal and play.
Once I finally figured this dance out I extracted the steps and wrote it down on a slip of paper which I carry in my jacket. This way I can follow the steps... until I train myself on the method...
So far it seems to work.
* this is a whole different problem but I might as well mention it here... Changing and selecting channels on the Sirius radio is yet another mystery. If you select Sirius and use the wheel-press to switch to the next screen there will two options. One says "Category" and there is another... which I don't use and have forgot about. If you select Category then you can pulse the jog wheel switch (thumb push not dial) and you can go from one channel to the next. Once you get what you want, apparently there is a way to save your favorite (s). I just leave mine on one station...
I hope this helps so... as usual... your actual mileage may vary...
2014 R1200RT WC
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