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      Homelink suggestion to Volvo

      Our daughter-in-law's Audi was entered (it wasn't locked) while parked in their driveway. Fortunately, a neighbor saw it happen and called the police. In talking to her, I mentioned that with the car unlocked, someone could get in the garage and possibly the house. She said that Audi had Homelink set up so that unless the ignition is on, Homelink doesn't work. I admit that I'm not always good about locking my car so I tested whether or not Homelink would work with the ignition off and it does.
      She said it is a pain once in a while but overall, she likes the feature. Maybe Volvo could include it in a menu item to choose how it works.
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      I just recently discovered that with the Volvo as well, coming from an Audi it was surprising that I didn't need the ignition on for Homelink to work.

      Curious, did you have your key with you when you tested it with the ignition off? I haven't, but wonder if it works in the same way as keyless entry, so Homelink only works if the key is detected.

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      If it's the same as my 2012 without keyless entry you don't need the key to be anywhere near the car.
      Homelink is powered at all time, for better or worse.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mainsail View Post
      Our daughter-in-law's Audi was entered (it wasn't locked) while parked in their driveway. Fortunately, a neighbor saw it happen and called the police. In talking to her, I mentioned that with the car unlocked, someone could get in the garage and possibly the house. She said that Audi had Homelink set up so that unless the ignition is on, Homelink doesn't work. I admit that I'm not always good about locking my car so I tested whether or not Homelink would work with the ignition off and it does.
      She said it is a pain once in a while but overall, she likes the feature. Maybe Volvo could include it in a menu item to choose how it works.
      For someone like you, subscribing to Volvo On Call might be beneficial. It'll send annoying alerts that you're car is unlocked as a reminder.

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      I've found that it's hit or miss. Some implementations of Homelink are always on (the Volvo and our Honda) and some are not (my old Infiniti). A buddy of mine has a smart garage door controller which alerts him when the door is opened, so I guess that's one way to address that potential issue. I've been looking at them, also.
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      My c70 homelink visor is powered from the switched ACC circuit... stays on for a short while after turning ignition off then goes dead until you unlock the car, so you can leave it in the driveway with the top down

      Never checked my s60... the spring-clip on the drivers visor was broken when I bought the car and I replaced it with a non-homelink visor... I have a regular old battery garage door remote Velcro’d out of view behind the waterfall... my car is just about never outside my house unless I’m inside, and I sleep right above the garage, so I figure the commotion of someone breaking into my s60 followed by the sound of garage door opening will attract my attention so it’s not something I spend very much time worrying about.
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      Quote Originally Posted by gobluetwo View Post
      A buddy of mine has a smart garage door controller which alerts him when the door is opened, so I guess that's one way to address that potential issue. I've been looking at them, also.
      I have one of those on both our garage doors, works perfectly. I get an alert to the door opening or closing, if my hands are full I can tell Google to close it and if I forget to close it then I have a time set for it to close automatically. Cool thing was the hardware needed was cheap.

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      I agree having it as an option in the software would be nice and easy, and no cost beyond programming for Volvo.

      If I had to choose only between always on and only on with ignition I would certainly want always on. For my situation I hit garage door openers with the car off pretty often, though I know my situation of living on a farm and having the shop doors powered by an automatic opener is not normal. I'm not too concerned with theft as that's what insurance (and firearms) are for. Things can be replaced, but I don't what technology to be anything other than a convenience. I have a low tolerance for too many restrictions looking out for my well being.
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      Quote Originally Posted by abcdefghii View Post
      I just recently discovered that with the Volvo as well, coming from an Audi it was surprising that I didn't need the ignition on for Homelink to work.

      Curious, did you have your key with you when you tested it with the ignition off? I haven't, but wonder if it works in the same way as keyless entry, so Homelink only works if the key is detected.
      I didn't have the key with me. A friend of our daughter-in-law had her Audi stolen out of their driveway and they had not left the key in the car. The police said that the key must have been near enough in the house to be able to start the car but once it was out of range, it couldn't be restarted.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mainsail View Post
      I didn't have the key with me. A friend of our daughter-in-law had her Audi stolen out of their driveway and they had not left the key in the car. The police said that the key must have been near enough in the house to be able to start the car but once it was out of range, it couldn't be restarted.
      I understand there is also a way to somehow capture the code/signal from the keyfob and transmit it to the car so it thinks the key is inside the car. I've actually heard of people putting their keys in RFID-proof containers to avoid this.
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