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For those in the market for a 4K dash cam, I recently made a video documenting my experience installing this in my Highlander. I've read reviews from other Platinum owners that the small case cover at the top did not fit with the additional wires from the digital rear view camera. I brang this concern to the seller and am happy to inform others that the company has since created a new cover that allows for extra clearance by snipping off a removable plastic piece along with an update that they have their own dedicated app now.

I will admit that initially finding space to cram the wiring harness was a pain in the *ss that took me 2 hours to figure out but I found a way to tuck them in to make it work. Let my pain be your gain!

 

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I appreciate the kind feedback! If I knew how to tuck the wires from the beginning, this install would've taken 30 minutes tops. Can't wait for you to experience your Highlander, it's going to be a fun drive!
 

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I just installed one on my 2020 XLE and that's a great video. I too had a bit of an issue getting all the cables tucked in but I don't have all the sensors you did. Took some time but eventually got them in. So far, so good. Nice quality video, etc. on the camera and the OP.
 

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I just found an interesting glitch in this product. Since it uses wifi to connect to your phone, if you are away from your home network, and try to use google assistant, it tries to connect via wifi which obviously doesn't work since the camera isn't in range to your home network and it apparently uses that before cell data. I had to turn off wifi to get any google assistant to work and then just turned the camera wifi off so that I wouldn't have to toggle it on/off when I come in the house. I don't access my camera now that it's set up and if a need arises I'll turn it on. I was going to check with the company to see if I did something wrong. BTW, I'm on Verizon on an Android device.
 

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I just found an interesting glitch in this product. Since it uses wifi to connect to your phone, if you are away from your home network, and try to use google assistant, it tries to connect via wifi which obviously doesn't work since the camera isn't in range to your home network and it apparently uses that before cell data. I had to turn off wifi to get any google assistant to work and then just turned the camera wifi off so that I wouldn't have to toggle it on/off when I come in the house. I don't access my camera now that it's set up and if a need arises I'll turn it on. I was going to check with the company to see if I did something wrong. BTW, I'm on Verizon on an Android device.
Good observation, I have Tmoble on an Android phone too but haven't used Google Assistant yet. Looks like I'll need to do the same and turn the camera wifi off until I need to access it.
 

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I just got mine yesterday and installed today. The only difference with mine was the top insert came with the piece removed that you had to cut out. Your video saved me lots of time and it took me about an hour to install but most of that was setting up lighting and looking for tools. Thanks.
 

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I just found an interesting glitch in this product. Since it uses wifi to connect to your phone, if you are away from your home network, and try to use google assistant, it tries to connect via wifi which obviously doesn't work since the camera isn't in range to your home network and it apparently uses that before cell data. I had to turn off wifi to get any google assistant to work and then just turned the camera wifi off so that I wouldn't have to toggle it on/off when I come in the house. I don't access my camera now that it's set up and if a need arises I'll turn it on. I was going to check with the company to see if I did something wrong. BTW, I'm on Verizon on an Android device.
I have Pixel phone. Each WiFi connection, there is a setting: Auto-connect: Allow connection to this network when in range. You can select "OFF". You will have to manually connect when needed. Hope your phone has the same setting.
 

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How does the integration with the existing Toyota software go? Can you show a video of the final camera IN ACTION? This is a great thread - thanks to all!
The Fitcamx app runs independently from the Toyota software so they never interact with each other. I don't think about it anymore other than glance at the blinking blue light to confirm its recording before I drive off. Once in a while when I'm waiting for my wife in the car, I'll access the app to test the videos and it's working perfectly. I wouldn't mind creating a video, was there anything specific you wanted to see in action?
 

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KambientRE - Just installed one of these cams in my Platinum. Watched your video before product arrived in the mail. As a result of your video, took me less than an hour to install. Thank you very much for sharing your experience and recommendations.
 

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Thank you for the video and write up. I was able to install the dash cam housing in less than 30 minutes using your instructions. I did add a bit to the housing myself with a mirror mount drilled into the housing for my Escort 360 Max. I also used a wire tap to connect the ground and power for the detector. I pushed the wire tap pins into the connector closest to the passenger side. This connector has only three wires coming from the aft end. White with black stripe is ground. The wire to the left of that one is switched power, so the detector turns on and off with the vehicle power. All wires tucked in without issues just like the video showed. Detector sits just below the mirror when fully installed.



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Thank you for the video and write up. I was able to install the dash cam housing in less than 30 minutes using your instructions. I did add a bit to the housing myself with a mirror mount drilled into the housing for my Escort 360 Max. I also used a wire tap to connect the ground and power for the detector. I pushed the wire tap pins into the connector closest to the passenger side. This connector has only three wires coming from the aft end. White with black stripe is ground. The wire to the left of that one is switched power, so the detector turns on and off with the vehicle power. All wires tucked in without issues just like the video showed. Detector sits just below the mirror when fully installed.



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I have a 360 Max as well. May have to look into this. What mount is that? Never seen it before.
 

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Are you running the rear cam too?
Only the front cam on this one.



mkay exactly how does that mount to the fitcamx?
I used a dremel to drill two holes just above the cam portion of the fitcamx…then screwed in the two long screws to mount it to the plastic housing…then used a cutting disc on the dremel to trim down the screws since there’s not a lot of clearance with the vehicle’s camera…
 
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