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My Key Remote now operates my Convertible top.


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I found mention of the Wilhelmy.it product here on Renntech last year. I happened to remember it and did a search:

Wilhelmy SmartTop

When I called them, they said that they needed to check out the product on a 2004 (like mine). I only live about 6 miles from the developer (Stefan), so I drove over there.

He actually installed the SmartTop and the RemoteTop for me and tweaked the processor to work on my 2004 perfectly. Apparently the 2004 has some peculilarities in how the software works.

Now, I can get out of my car and press the key remote button for about 2 seconds and the top goes up, the windows go up and the car locks. (The opposite happens when I want the top to go down.)

It also gives me the ability to:

-put the back windows up while the top is down

-lock the doors automatically when I start up the car

-turn on the interior motion sensor with the top down (like the "Red Clip" did on my Boxster)

-allow use of the windows while the key isn't in the ignition for 15 minutes after the key is turned off

I just like gadgets like this and thought other readers might be interested. I don't have any affiliation with Wilhelmy.it and I was not asked to post this nor given a discount of any kind (unfortunately) other than the $10 off that they give Renntech members.

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I found mention of the Wilhelmy.it product here on Renntech last year. I happened to remember it and did a search:

Wilhelmy SmartTop

When I called them, they said that they needed to check out the product on a 2004 (like mine). I only live about 6 miles from the developer (Stefan), so I drove over there.

He actually installed the SmartTop and the RemoteTop for me and tweaked the processor to work on my 2004 perfectly. Apparently the 2004 has some peculilarities in how the software works.

Now, I can get out of my car and press the key remote button for about 2 seconds and the top goes up, the windows go up and the car locks. (The opposite happens when I want the top to go down.)

It also gives me the ability to:

-put the back windows up while the top is down

-lock the doors automatically when I start up the car

-turn on the interior motion sensor with the top down (like the "Red Clip" did on my Boxster)

-allow use of the windows while the key isn't in the ignition for 15 minutes after the key is turned off

I just like gadgets like this and thought other readers might be interested. I don't have any affiliation with Wilhelmy.it and I was not asked to post this nor given a discount of any kind (unfortunately) other than the $10 off that they give Renntech members.

Here in the uk, you get this feature by default with your 996 cab. I have a button on my key for remote top operation. But in all honesty I have only used it once and I felt like a right plantpot standing there pointing my key at my 911 while the top did its thing. I don't see its purpose in practical terms.

Putting the back windows up while the top is down is easy. Just stick your pinky in the whole on your windshield and then press the window buttons.

Locking the doors automatically when you start up the car can be programmed into any 996 by your OPC.

The interrior motion detector is on by default when you lock the car with the top down so long as you dont hear a beep.

Allowing the use of the wndows for 15 minutes.....well not sure what that does for you.

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yeah, I guess this is where my gadgety/geeky personality comes in. I like this stuff. In the US we aren't supposed to be able to move the top with our remote. A liability issue, I guess. I'll need to first figure out what feeling like a plantpot feels like and then decide if I feel like one, the next time I operate the top with the remote.

:beer:

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Here in the uk, you get this feature by default with your 996 cab. I have a button on my key for remote top operation. But in all honesty I have only used it once and I felt like a right plantpot standing there pointing my key at my 911 while the top did its thing. I don't see its purpose in practical terms.

Putting the back windows up while the top is down is easy. Just stick your pinky in the whole on your windshield and then press the window buttons.

Locking the doors automatically when you start up the car can be programmed into any 996 by your OPC.

The interrior motion detector is on by default when you lock the car with the top down so long as you dont hear a beep.

Allowing the use of the wndows for 15 minutes.....well not sure what that does for you.

This is one of the reasons why the remotetop offers "one-touch" operation :)

Who would want to feel like a plant pot holding down the button and aiming at the car for 20 sec? Especially in densely populated areas no chance to complete the cycle without a dropout.

The interior motion sensors are definitely *NOT* armed in the original condition with the top down (open). They only arm with the top up.

Cheers

Stefan Wilhelmy

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Here in the uk, you get this feature by default with your 996 cab. I have a button on my key for remote top operation. But in all honesty I have only used it once and I felt like a right plantpot standing there pointing my key at my 911 while the top did its thing. I don't see its purpose in practical terms.

Putting the back windows up while the top is down is easy. Just stick your pinky in the whole on your windshield and then press the window buttons.

Locking the doors automatically when you start up the car can be programmed into any 996 by your OPC.

The interrior motion detector is on by default when you lock the car with the top down so long as you dont hear a beep.

Allowing the use of the wndows for 15 minutes.....well not sure what that does for you.

This is one of the reasons why the remotetop offers "one-touch" operation :)

Who would want to feel like a plant pot holding down the button and aiming at the car for 20 sec? Especially in densely populated areas no chance to complete the cycle without a dropout.

The interior motion sensors are definitely *NOT* armed in the original condition with the top down (open). They only arm with the top up.

Cheers

Stefan Wilhelmy

Oh for suer I am not saying the "one touch" operation from a dash swich is an issue. I think it's a great idea.

One day when it's more affordable here in the Uk I will purchase it. But £175 = cica $280 is too expensive IMHO for something that I can already do but in a less lazy way.

For key fob remote operation I think it is an unimportant feature though.

But one thing is for sure, I just tested it on my cab, with the top open, if I put my hand in the car the alarm goes off immediatly. So motion detection is definitely on.

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But one thing is for sure, I just tested it on my cab, with the top open, if I put my hand in the car the alarm goes off immediatly. So motion detection is definitely on.

I believe the ROW cars have motion and vibration components to their alarm systems that are not included in the US version.

Whether that explains the difference or not .... experience shows there is no motion sensor for the interior of my 2000 Cab when the top is down. Additionally, from page 22 of the MY2000 Owners' Manual (bold print is Porsche's):

"The infrared passenger compartment monitoring system is always switched off when the convertible top is open".

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But one thing is for sure, I just tested it on my cab, with the top open, if I put my hand in the car the alarm goes off immediatly. So motion detection is definitely on.

I believe the ROW cars have motion and vibration components to their alarm systems that are not included in the US version.

Whether that explains the difference or not .... experience shows there is no motion sensor for the interior of my 2000 Cab when the top is down. Additionally, from page 22 of the MY2000 Owners' Manual (bold print is Porsche's):

"The infrared passenger compartment monitoring system is always switched off when the convertible top is open".

Hmmm..... I just looked in my 2000 cab handbook and its not on page 22 but on page 18. But it says the same as you. However, coincidentally I leaned into my car to get the book out and the alarm went off :lol:

Forgot it was locked.

So, I dunno. Maybe this can be set by the OPC and they have it on by default in my car with the top open.

Weird.

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