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MASTERCELL Error Log

Our Infinitybox system is full of tools that help you wire your car or truck faster.  There are troubleshooting and diagnostic features built in that tell you simply what is going on in your car.  This link will take you to our Troubleshooting and Diagnostic manual.  This blog post covers the most sophisticated of the troubleshooting and diagnostic tools in the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  The MASTERCELL is always watching the critical parameters for the POWERCELLs and inMOTION cells that are attached on the Infinitybox CAN network.  The MASTERCELL Error Log holds any records of problems with these critical parameters and lets you easily access them for advanced troubleshooting.  This may sound really complicated for a wiring system used in hot-rods and resto-mods, but this powerful tool lets our technicians help you when things aren’t working correctly.

Each of the cells in the Infinitybox system monitors their own health.  Every second, they tell the MASTERCELL how they are doing and report if they’re having any problems.  If there are problems, they are kept in the MASTERCELL Error Log.  You can easily access the MASTERCELL Error Log by simply pressing the “HOME” and “SCROLL DOWN” buttons under the inSIGHT screen on the MASTERCELL.  You press these two buttons at the same time, hold them down for one second then release them at the same time.  After you do this, the MASTERCELL will display any errors that it recorded on the inSIGHT screen.  The MASTERCELL can hold 8 errors in memory and displays them in order.  This video will show you all of the details about the MASTERCELL Error Log.

There are three key values that are important to the Infinitybox system.

The first is battery voltage.   The system needs a minimum voltage to operate safely.  This is set at 7 volts.  There is also a safe maximum operating voltage.  That is 20 volts.  If your MASTERCELL or POWERCELLs measure their input voltages outside of this acceptable range, they will record it in the error log.

The second critical parameter is temperature.  Each Infinitybox cell has a temperature sensor built onto its printed circuit board.  If the temperature of that board exceeds a safety limit, the cells report it to the MASTERCELL and it is stored in the error log.

The last critical value is for the POWERCELL.  It is what we call the Charge Pump Voltage.  Every POWERCELL board has a part of its circuit called a Charge Pump.  It does what the name implies.  It pumps up charge to safely turn on and turn off the MOSFETs that control the POWERCELL outputs.  If the charge pump voltage falls below a set level, the POWERCELL sends a message to the MASTERCELL and this is recorded in the error log.

As we mentioned earlier, the MASTERCELL Error Log is an advanced diagnostic and troubleshooting feature built into the Infinitybox system.  It is rare that errors occur.  You are probably never going to need this feature.  It will help our team get your system going if you do have problems with the Infinitybox system in your hot rod, street rod, kit car, restomod, race car or Pro-Touring build.

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MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics

Our Infinitybox system has powerful diagnostic and troubleshooting features built into it.  The MASTERCELL in your 20-Circuit Kit includes our inSIGHT LCD Screen.  This screen is your window into the Infinitybox system and it gives you access to the MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics.  By pressing a few buttons on the MASTERCELL, you can put it into its Messaging Mode.  This blog post and the attached video will show you how the Messaging Mode can help you wire your car faster and identify problems easily.

All of your switches connect to the MASTERCELL.  These include your ignition and starter switches, your turn signal switches, your brake pedal switch, the switches for your lighting, your fuel pump and cooling fan triggers and any other switches that you have for your accessories.  The MASTERCELL continuously watches the state of your switches.  If it sees one of these inputs turn on or off, it sends commands to the POWERCELLs or inMOTION cells in your system and commands them to turn an output on or off.

The MASTERCELL can be put into its Messaging Mode.  This mode opens up the MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics feature in your Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  To put the MASTERCELL into Messaging Mode, you simply press and hold the “SCROLL UP” and “SELECT” buttons under the clear cover.  These are the two buttons on the right, under the inSIGHT LCD screen.  Press these buttons together, hold them for one second then let them go.  You will get a message on the screen that says “inSIGHT WILL DISPLAY ALL INPUT CHANGES FROM ANY SOURCE”.  You will also note that the back light of the inSIGHT LCD will turn on and stay on.

When you turn any MASTERCELL on or off, the inSIGHT screen will confirm that.  It will tell you which input the MASTERCELL say turn on or off.  It will also tell you which cell it is supposed to be controlling and which output.

The following video goes through this in detail.  You can see which buttons to press to put the MASTERCELL into Messaging Mode.  You will also see what the messages on the MASTERCELL screen look like when you turn inputs on and off.  Check out the video here.

Messaging Mode is a very powerful tool.  You can use it as you go through the process of wiring your car or truck with our Infinitybox system.  You can wire each switch, step by step, then use Messaging Mode to confirm that you have the correct input wired to the switch by following the details of your Configuration Sheet.  You can also use this to confirm that you switch is working correctly and that you have good grounds for each of your switches.

If you have problems on the road, you can easily put the MASTERCELL into its Messaging Mode and check for any issues with your switches or the wiring from the MASTERCELL.  No tools are needed.

If you have any additional questions about the MASTERCELL Input Troubleshooting and Diagnostics features of the Infinitybox system, click here to contact our team.

 

Dementor Camaro

Dementor Camaro at Detroit Autorama

Premier Motorworkz Logo

Premier Motorworkz Logo

We had a chance to wander thorough the 2020 Autorama at Cobo Hall in Detroit.  It was full of some amazing automotive engineering.  One of the best cars there was built by Chris Walker and his team at Premier Motorworkz in Louisville, KY.   They built this exceptional 1968 Camaro called Dementor.

The engine is a 6.2 liter LSA paired with a 6-speed automatic.  The exhaust is a piped through a Varex Variable Exhaust system.  The interior is spectacular and was done by Sewn Tight Custom Interiors.  The car is a slick silver with flake and a ton of pearl, all from House of Kolor.  It absolutely pops in the sunlight.

Chris wired the car with our 20-Circuit Kit, inMOTION, inRESERVE, inTOUCH NET and inVIRONMENT.

Chris mounted the front POWERCELL next to the driver’s core support under the hood.  This makes all of the wires going to the front of the car short and simple to run.  The rear POWERCELL and inMOTION are in the trunk.  The MASTERCELL is behind the dash, just forward of the head unit.

They are controlling the car primarily from the customer’s phone using inTOUCH NET.  They also have a head unit in the dash that gives them complete control of the car from the touch screen.  This includes controlling all of the functions of their Vintage Air Gen-IV with our inVIRONMENT module.

We worked with Chris and his team to customize the code on his Infinitybox system.  We’re controlling the headlight covers from inMOTION when he turns the headlights on and off.   We also customized his system to control the motors for this exhaust system so he has manual control.  We also tuned the way his interior and accent lights work.

Recently, ScottyDTV did an interview with Chris covering the car at the 2020 Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, KY.  You can see the video of the car below.

Congratulations to Chris and his team for building an exceptional car.  We’re proud to be a part of this car.  You can learn more about Premier Motorworkz by visiting their website at www.premiermotorworkz.com or calling them at (502) 749-2324.

You can click on this link to contact our Infinitybox technical team if you have questions about how you can wire your car or truck with our Infinitybox system.

Setting Up inTOUCH NET

Infinitybox inTOUCH NET Smart Device Interface

This blog post is going to show you how you connect your smart device to the Infinitybox inTOUCH NET module.  We just published a video showing the details which can be seen below.  This video also demonstrates the standard screens that you get with inTOUCH NET.

You can get more details on inTOUCH NET and its capabilities by clicking this link.  You can also download the installation manual for inTOUCH NET by clicking this link.

Your smart phone or tablet communicates with inTOUCH NET using WiFi.  This is a local connection.  You are not going to the Internet or the Cloud.  There is no subscription or data plan required.  We just use WiFi as the pipeline to pass data between your smart device and inTOUCH NET.  Connecting to inTOUCH NET is just like connecting your smart device to your home of office WiFi network.  It is a simple process and is very secure.

Before you make the connection, you need to connect your inTOUCH NET module to the CAN cable of your Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  Please follow the instructions in the inTOUCH NET manual.

Once you have the inTOUCH NET module spliced into the CAN cable of your 20-Circuit Kit, you need to power up the Infinitybox system.  You also need to have your smart device in range of the car.  Any closer than 20 feed would be fine for this process.

Here are the steps to pair your smart device to inTOUCH NET.

  1. Go to the SETTINGS for your smart phone or tablet.
  2. Search for WiFi networks.
  3. Find the network name (SSID) being broadcast from your inTOUCH NET.  It will be in the form of inTOUCH_XXX.   The XXX represents the specific numbers for your inTOUCH NET.  These will be printed on the configuration sheet that came with your inTOUCH NET.
  4. Connect to inTOUCH_XXX.  You will be asked for the password.  This is the 10 digit Module Password printed on your inTOUCH NET Configuration Sheet.  This is unique to your inTOUCH NET module.
  5. Open a browser on your smart device.  Any browser will work including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox.  Type the IP address for your module into the address bar of your browser.  This is 192.168.1.50.
  6. When the Security window appears, enter the default password that is printed in your inTOUCH NET Configuration Sheet.

This video will go through these steps in more detail.

Once this is done, you can control your entire Infinitybox electrical system from your phone or tablet.

Click on this link if you have any additional questions about connecting your smart device to inTOUCH NET.

Infinitybox Cell Outline Drawings

This blog post has the outline drawings for our Infinitybox MASTERCELL, POWERCELL and inMOTION Cell.  You can use these drawings to plan the layout of these cells in your car or truck project.  All of the dimensions on these drawings are in inches.

The basic footprint for the MASTERCELL, POWERCELL and inMOTION cell is exactly the same.  The mounting tabs for all three cells are identical.  The holes in the mounting tabs are designed for a 1/4″ X 5/8″ shoulder bolt.

You can download PDF versions of these drawings at these links.

MASTERCELL

POWERCELL

inMOTION Cell

Click on this link to contact our technical support team if you have any additional questions about our Infinitybox system.

20-Circuit Kit Power Up Video

This blog post has a simple video that shows you what to expect on your Infinitybox MASTERCELL when you power up your 20-Circuit Kit.  The Infinitybox system is full of simple tools to help you troubleshoot and diagnose your electrical system.  You can download a complete troubleshooting and diagnostic guide by clicking here.

This video shows you the start up messages that you will see on your MASTERCELL inSIGHT LCD module.  It also shows you the different indicator lights on the MASTERCELL and describes what they mean.  This video also shows you how to take an inventory of all of cells connected to the MASTERCELL including your POWERCELLs, inMOTION Cells, inVIRONMENT and inTOUCH NET.  By simply pressing the HOME button on the MASTERCELL, you get a real-time confirmation that the MASTERCELL is communicating with all of the accessories in your system.

Our YouTube channel is full of product and technical videos to help you wire your car or truck with our Infinitybox system.  Be sure to subscribe and click on the bell icon so you get notified when we post more videos.

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Infinitybox Wiring Diagram for Digital Guard Dawg PBS II

Digital Guard Dawg PBS II Wiring

Digital Guard Dawg PBS II

Our Infinitybox system plays nicely with any other electrical accessory that you would want to install in your hot rod, restoration, resto-mod, street rod, kit car or pro-touring build.  This blog post is going to cover the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II wiring.  It will show you how to connect the PBS II push-button start PKE module to your Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  This gets you the passive keyless entry features of the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II paired with the power and flexibility of the Infinitybox system.  We have blogged before about wiring their iKey system into our Infinitybox system.  You can see that post by clicking this link.

Before you go anywhere, it is very important that you thoroughly read and understand the manual for the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II.  You can access that by clicking this link.  Once you are familiar with their instructions, it is time to get into the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II wiring and the Infinitybox system.  This blog post is only going to cover the connections between the PBS II and the Infinitybox system.  Follow their instructions for all constant power and ground connects.  Also follow their instructions for wiring their push to start button and their training button.

The PBS II will give you passive keyless entry (PKE) capability for your car.  As you approach the car, the PBS II system detects the presence of the key fob in your pocket.  It engages the ignition and lets you start the car.  The PBS II connects to the MASTERCELL of your 20-Circuit Kit and replaces the need for a traditional ignition/start switch.  This diagram shows the necessary connections that you need to make.

Infinitybox Wiring Diagram for Digital Guard Dawg PBS II

Infinitybox Wiring Diagram for Digital Guard Dawg PBS II.

The PBS II will send the signals to the MASTERCELL for the ignition and the starter.  When the MASTERCELL sees these inputs turn on, it will send the required signals to the POWERCELLs to power your ignition and starter outputs.  The PBS II wires for the ignition and starter are positive signals.  The MASTERCELL requires ground triggers for the inputs so you will need to wire in our inVERT Minis to buffer their positive signal.  You can learn more about the inVERT Mini and purchase them at this link.  The diagram above shows where to put the inVERT Minis in the circuit.

The PBS II also needs a signal to know that you are stepping on the brake pedal.  This signal must be positive 12-volts.  Since our MASTERCELL inputs work by being triggered to ground, you cannot get this positive brake signal from the brake pedal switch directly.  You need to get this from the POWERCELL output for the brake lights.  You can simply splice into the brake light output on the rear POWERCELL.  Alternately, you can use an OPEN output on the front POWERCELL as the brake pedal trigger.  You would wire the corresponding input to your OPEN output to the brake pedal switch, in parallel with your usual brake light input.  Doing it this way keeps the run of wires in the car short.

The PBS II also has provisions to control door locks and trunk poppers.  If you purchased inMOTION for your Infinitybox system, you can wire the MASTERCELL inputs for your door locks to the Unlock and Lock signals on the PBS II Accessory Harness.  We recommend using a diode to isolate the MASTERCELL from any stray voltages that may exist in the PBS II.  This diode should be a 1N4001 and must be oriented per the diagram above.  These inputs will not work if the diodes are installed incorrectly.

The PBS II also has provisions to control a trunk popper from their key fob.  You can take any of the OPEN outputs on your rear POWERCELL to control you trunk popper.  You would wire the corresponding MASTERCELL input to the white Trunk wire in their accessory harness.  Just like the signals for the door locks, we recommend isolating the MASTERCELL inputs from the PBS II with a 1N4001 diode as shown in the wiring diagram.

You can download a PDF version of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.

Please contact our team if you have any questions about this Digital Guard Dawg PBS II Wiring diagram.  You can reach out team by clicking this link.

 

Infinitybox Express Kit Video

Our Infinitybox Express Wiring Kits are a powerful but simple way to wire any race car.  We have versions for track cars and drag cars.  They give your the power and control to switch your ignition, starter solenoid, fuel pumps, electric water pumps, cooling fans, telemetry, data acquisition, lights, trans brake and line lock solenoids plus other accessories.

The kit includes one of our solid-state POWERCELLs, a pre-engineered switch panel plus an IOX switch interface.  You also get all of the universal wiring that you need to complete the harness.  Check out this video to see the details of our Infinitybox Express Kits.

You can contact our team for more information by clicking this link.

Fixing inCODE Software Driver

Our inCODE Programmer is the tool that you need to load custom configurations into your Infinitybox system.  It connects your computer to your MASTERCELL to let you make changes.  Our technical support team makes the changes for you.  You use inCODE to load these changes into your system.  This link will take you to the basics on using inCODE.

If you carefully read the instructions for using inCODE, you will see a big and bold message that says to not plug the inCODE programmer into your computer until after you have loaded the Embed Inc software.  When you plug the inCODE programmer into your computer, Windows automatically installs the drivers that it needs to make it work correctly.  When you install the Embed Inc software, it installs the drivers for inCODE and leaves instructions for Windows so it knows what to do with inCODE.  If you plug inCODE into your computer before you install the Embed Inc software, your computer takes a guess at what the inCODE programmer is and assigns a random driver to it.  You will get an error when you try to load code onto your system if this happens.

Reinstalling the Embed Inc software will not solve this issue since Windows has already assigned the wrong driver to the inCODE hardware.  You need to remove the inCODE programmer from your Device Manager and let Windows recognize it again.  This quick video will help you go through this process.

Please click on this link to contact our technical support team if you have any additional questions about setting up your inCODE programmer.

 

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inRESERVE Video

Our inRESERVE Active Battery Management System is a great accessory for your 20-Circuit Kit.  As you add more and more electrical requirements to your car, the demand on the battery increases when the car is sitting idle.  inRESERVE continuously watches your battery voltage and safely disconnects the battery if it gets too low with your car is not being driven.  This keeps your battery from being deep cycled and always leaves enough charge in the battery so you can get started again.  Learn more about inRESERVE in this video.

You can add inRESERVE to your Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit by clicking this link.

Click this link to get in touch with our technical team with any questions.