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USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:55 am
by agatti
Hello gentlemen,

I will need to install a cable connecting the USB port under the armrest, with the phone cradle that I will attach to the floor console side panel. Ideally, the cable should appear from underneath the side panel.

Would you have an idea on how to do that ?

I presume I will need to remove the floor console side panel where the phone cradle will be attached, but how to drive a USB cable from the USB port to that side panel ???

Thank-you for your suggestions !!

Kind Regards

AG

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:00 pm
by Mikeyjd
Just an idea. Wouldn't it be easier to leave the phone inside the console? You can control the phone from the screen and steering wheel.

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:47 pm
by agatti
Mikeyjd wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:00 pm
Just an idea. Wouldn't it be easier to leave the phone inside the console? You can control the phone from the screen and steering wheel.
I can't do that as I use my smartphone as a navigation device as well, and the cradle is made specifically to be attached to the side of the floor console.

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:16 pm
by PhilB
I seem to recall others have run the cable from the USB socket backwards under the arm rest hinge then run it forwards to the cradle.
The sides of the console are flexible enough to tuck the cable underneath where it meets the carpet.
Saves having to remove it.

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:01 pm
by agatti
PhilB wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:16 pm
I seem to recall others have run the cable from the USB socket backwards under the arm rest hinge then run it forwards to the cradle.
The sides of the console are flexible enough to tuck the cable underneath where it meets the carpet.
Saves having to remove it.
Interesting ! I didn't think of it. Thanks, I will have a look to see if I can use the same route.

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:15 pm
by Mikeyjd
agatti wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:01 pm
PhilB wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:16 pm
I seem to recall others have run the cable from the USB socket backwards under the arm rest hinge then run it forwards to the cradle.
The sides of the console are flexible enough to tuck the cable underneath where it meets the carpet.
Saves having to remove it.
Interesting ! I didn't think of it. Thanks, I will have a look to see if I can use the same route.
Yes, it will be a lot easier and no need to hide any wires. You can even use some Apps from your main screen if you download "Jaguar App", plus play music stored on your phone etc

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:34 pm
by bensales
In my XF I popped off the piece of console at the rear where the two vents are and found under the lining of the centre console cubby there was a handy hole. I ran the cable through that and out the back, then tucked it under the passenger side of the central console to bring it back forward. My Brodit mount is on the passenger side of the centre console just in front of the gear shift. All completely hidden once the rear piece of console was replaced.

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:57 am
by agatti
bensales wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:34 pm
In my XF I popped off the piece of console at the rear where the two vents are and found under the lining of the centre console cubby there was a handy hole. I ran the cable through that and out the back, then tucked it under the passenger side of the central console to bring it back forward. My Brodit mount is on the passenger side of the centre console just in front of the gear shift. All completely hidden once the rear piece of console was replaced.
This is great, I'll try the same. Just one clarification. How did you make the cable go from the USB port which is inside the armrest compartment to the back where the air vents are ? You mean you found a hole there ? I inspected the armrest compartment and, at least visually, I can't see space/holes to use.

Thanks!

AG

Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:24 am
by bensales
agatti wrote:
Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:57 am
bensales wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:34 pm
In my XF I popped off the piece of console at the rear where the two vents are and found under the lining of the centre console cubby there was a handy hole. I ran the cable through that and out the back, then tucked it under the passenger side of the central console to bring it back forward. My Brodit mount is on the passenger side of the centre console just in front of the gear shift. All completely hidden once the rear piece of console was replaced.
This is great, I'll try the same. Just one clarification. How did you make the cable go from the USB port which is inside the armrest compartment to the back where the air vents are ? You mean you found a hole there ? I inspected the armrest compartment and, at least visually, I can't see space/holes to use.
Apologies, it was my old Mercedes that I found a hole. This is how I routed the XF behind the vents and under the side panel.

(I really need to clean the car after the family holiday!)

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Re: USB connection to the phone cradle

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:28 am
by agatti
Thank-you for the pictures ! Very illustrative, I will try and follow the same path ! Thanks !!!