Originally Posted by shabadoo25
Can one of you explain in non tech language what this thing is and why I might want it?
First off, you probably do not want it. If you have a car dock and/or a home dock that enables you to listen to your radio in the car or at home you are fine.
What this device does is allow other devices such as your car radio or home stereo to control your Stiletto.
This device along with an interface device for your car radio or home receiver will give a car radio or Home stereo receivers the ability to directly play Sirius music channels and show on their own displays the current channel and song artist etc. ie. one radio with one display.
You already get all of this information in a easy to view way from your stiletto display. ( Now I hope this is not too technical )This device allows other devices to send and receive messages that do things like turn on/off the stiletto. Turn the volume up/down. Change the channel. Get Song/artist information. This then can be displayed or acted upon on your car radio or home stereo receiver.
This is no different than having your car radio control your ipod. It just is controlling your Stiletto. The issue is that in reality most car radio's have less room to display the song information. They have fewer buttons to make it easy to change channels and perform the functions necessary to navigate in the Sirius world.
I find, it not worth the $130 dollars to buy both this cable and the necessary interface box to the car radios, only to get less functionality and display features. Additionally it makes for a more complex solution with more connectors and more failure points.
The one area where I think it might be worth it is to build a computer interface. Having a computer being able to control your stiletto might be intriging. A web interface that might be able to allow your radio to scan all the channels to look for specific songs. Once the song is found start recording it. Having remote access through the WWW might also be possible controling your stiletto via something like a slingbox. I've been searching and have posted questions on other forums who have information about the Sirius Connect protocol. Still I am really not getting much in the way of any specific answers. There are a few programs that have interfaces to other older radios. All seem to be demo not full functionality programs.
In my younger years, I wrote software for very complex PLC controllers so I probably could do something with this if I was put to the challenge. I understand that the protocol is not a simple protocol like a modem AT command set but more like a ACK NAQ where error commands and responses are expected within a few milliseconds. Kind of sounds like the old Allen-Bradley PLC protocol. But I'm getting technical and you wanted a simple answer.
Hope this answers some of your questions. Perhaps I'll get some more information if so we might see some possibilities.