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Expand Your Factory Radio

iSimple®

A Division of AAMP of America™

13190 56th Court Clearwater, FL 33760

Ph. 866-788-4237

support@isimplesolutions.com

©2009 AAMP of Florida, Inc.

www.isimplesolutions.com

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Owner’s Manual

Media Gateway 

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Rev. 10-29-09

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Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

Pages

1. Introduction 

1

2. Precautions 

1

3. Compatibility Notes 

1

4. Dipswitch Settings 

2

5.   Installation 

3

6.  Basic Mode 

5

   

    Advanced Mode

 

(Touareg Non-Navigation radio)

7.  iPod Operation 

5

8.  HD Radio Operation 

8

 

(if equipped)

9. Sirius Satellite Radio Operation 

9

10.  Selecting AUX Input 

10

11.  Selecting Factory Satellite 

10

 

(if equipped)

12. Troubleshooting 

11

13. Warranty Information 

12

 


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Media Gateway & Optional Add-ons

Harness Connection

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Port 1

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Port 2

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Dip Switches

(See Manual)

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USB

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Harness Connection

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Port 2

Dip Switches

(See Manual)

USB

Harness Connection

Port 1

Port 2

Dip Switches

(See Manual)

USB

Media Gateway Harness
Part #: PGHVW2

PGHVW2A adapter
2008 Touareg with
non-navigation radio  
featuring a “SAT” button

Factory Radio

Not Included

iPod
Not  
Included

Media Gateway

Part #: PXAMG 

3Ft. HD Radio Cable

 

11Ft. iPod Cable

 

HD Radio

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 Tuner 

(sold separately)

Part #: HDRT  

Antenna Adapter* 

* Required for most vehicles. (sold seperately)

PGHVW2B adapter
All other
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Optional Add-on HD Radio tuner & Sirius 
Satellite tuner connectivity available ONLY 
in Touareg equipped with Non-Navigation 
Radios.

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1. Introduction

Thank  you  for  purchasing  the  iSimple

®

  Media  Gateway.  The  Media 

Gateway is designed to provide endless hours of listening pleasure from 
your factory radio. To ensure that your HD Radio tuner or iPod performs 
correctly with your radio, we recommend that you read this
entire  manual  before  attempting  installation  of  the  Media  Gateway.  The 
Media  Gateway  allows  connectivity  for  iPod  and  HD  Radio  (HDRT  sold 
separately), enabling full control of these devices from the factory installed 
radio. It also retains original system features such as satellite radio and 
rear seat entertainment (if equipped).

2. Precautions

UPDATING iPod FIRMWARE

For  proper  operation  of  the  Media  Gateway,  your  iPod  must  be  updated 

with the most recent version of firmware from Apple. This is done on your 
computer.  To  update  the  software  on  the  iPod  go  to:  http://www.apple.
com/ipod/download/.  Follow  the  directions  on  the  website  to  complete  the 
download. There is no charge for this update.

PREVENTING DAMAGE TO YOUR VEHICLE OR iPod.
Some installations require you to make wiring connections. To eliminate the 
risk of an electrical short, we recommend disconnecting the vehicle’s battery 
prior to installation. If you do not feel comfortable making these connections, 
we suggest you seek professional installation. We recommend that the iPod 
be disconnected from the interface when the vehicle is not in use.

PROPER MOUNTING LOCATION
Securely install the interface in a location free from; heat, humidity, moving 
parts,  sharp  metal  edges  or  direct  sunlight.  We  recommend  securing 
the  interface  to  a  suitable  location  using;  double  sided  tape,  Velcro

TM

  or  

zip-ties.

3. Compatibility Notes

Basic Mode – Available in all VW applications.
This mode offers basic control of the iPod (next track, previous track) 
Also provides an auxiliary audio input 
Basic Mode does not support HD Radio or Satellite Radio connectivity.

 


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NOTE: if connecting the Media Gateway to operate in Basic Mode, the 
Factory CD changer must be disconnected (if present) to add the Media 
Gateway to the radio.

Advanced Mode – Available in Touareg with a Non-Navigation radio fea-
turing a “SAT” button.
This mode offers advanced control of the iPod (Browse by Playlist, Artist, 
Album, Genre and Composer)  
Also provides an auxiliary audio input 
Advanced Mode supports HD Radio & Sirius Satellite radio connectivity 
(HDRT & SCC1 sold separately).

Please visit www.isimplesolutions.com for the most up to date application 

information and to verify your vehicle’s compatibility.

4. Dipswitch Settings

After removing the radio from the vehicle identify the manufacturer of the 
radio. Two companies make the radios featured in VW vehicles. If the 
model number sticker is on the SIDE of the radio it is a Delphi brand radio. 
If the model number sticker is on the TOP of the radio it is a Panasonic 

For all Delphi radios and Touareg Non-Navigation radios all dip 
switches must be in the OFF position (up) for the Media Gateway  
to function.

For Non-Navigation Panasonic radios and Touareg Navigation radios, 
turn on dipswitch # 1 to operate the Media Gateway in Basic Mode. 

 


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5. Installation

Before installing the Media Gateway, be sure you have correctly set 

the dipswitches according to section five. 

NOTE: DO NOT disconnect the wiring from the “passenger airbag 
light” on the dash bezel. Disconnecting this harness will cause an 
airbag light to illuminate in the gauge cluster which needs to be 
reset by a Volkswagen dealership. 

1. When making electrical connections it is always recommended that 
the vehicle’s battery be disconnected from the electrical system before 
performing the installation.

2. Carefully remove the radio from the dash of the vehicle. This will 
provide access to the factory radio connectors where you will connect the 
Media Gateway harness.

3. Disconnect the factory harness from the back of the radio. 

4. Connect the 8-Pin iPod docking cable into the first port on the Media 
Gateway furthest away from dipswitches. Carefully run the 11 foot iPod 
cable behind the dash to the location where the iPod will be mounted or 
stored (for example; the glove box or center console). This location
will vary based on the vehicle, and customer’s preference. When running 
this cable through the dash, be sure to secure it away from moving parts 
or sharp metal edges that may damage the cable.

5. If you are connecting the Media Gateway in a Touareg with a Non-
Navigation radio featuring a “SAT” button, follow steps 6 & 7 to connect 
the HD Radio Tuner (HDRT sold separately) or the Sirius Satellite tuner 
(SCC1 sold seperately). If you are not installing the HDRT or SCC1 
please skip steps 6 & 7 and continue onto step 8.

6. Plug the 3 foot HD Radio cable (8-Pin to 8-Pin) into the second port 
(closest to the dipswitches) on the Media Gateway. Connect the other 
end of this cable into the HD Radio tuner. Connect the factory WHITE 
antenna cable into the antenna connection on the HD Radio tuner (HDRT). 
If the Tan connector is connected into the HDRT it will not receive any AM 

reception. For best performance of the HDRT use an amplified antenna 
adaptor to make this connection. We recommend the use of a Best Kits 
BAADIN22 or equivalent. 

 


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6. If connecting the Satellite Radio tuner (SCC1 sold separartely), make 
the folllowing connections before connecting the PXAMG to the vehicle. 
Plug the black end of the 3 foot PXAMGSR (8-Pin mini-din to 8-Pin mini-
din; sold seperately) into the second port (closest to the dipswitches) on 
the Media Gateway. If you are installing the Satellite Radio Tuner with 
the HDRT, connect the PXAMGSR cable to the port farthest from the 
dipswitches. Connect the gray end of this cable into the Satellite Radio 
tuner.

8. Plug the male connector on the PGHVW2 harness into the port on 
the back of the radio. Next, connect the factory harness into the female 

connector on the PGHVW2 harness. Be sure to make a firm connection 
but do not force it. 
a. If installing the Gateway into a non-navigation Touareg, then connect 
the PGHVW2A adapter to the harness and media gateway.
b. All other applications, connect the PGHVW2B adapter to the vehicle 
harness and to the media gateway. 

Plug the black micro-fit 24-pin connector on the PGHVW2 harness into 
the PXAMG Media Gateway box.

9. To complete the installation secure the Media Gateway (PXAMG) and 
HD Radio tuner (HDRT) or Satellite tuner (SCC1) (Touareg only) into the 
cavity behind the dash. Be sure that the cables and interface modules 
are not near moving parts or sharp metal edges as they may damage 
the cables. To prevent rattling noises inside the dash, use zip ties, or 
electrical tape, or other fasteners to mount the interfaces to the factory 
wiring or installed audio components (for example under the factory 
Satellite tuner (if present).

9. With all connections made, reconnect the vehicle’s battery, insert the 
key into the ignition, and turn the vehicle on. Check for proper operation 
of the Media Gateway  Satellite tuner and HD Radio Tuner before
reinstalling the factory dash panels. 

10. When first powering up the vehicle with the radio reconnected, 
“CODE” may appear on the screen. This is a safety feature of the VW  
radio. If you see this message, DO NOT enter a code, simply let the 
radio sit on this screen for about 10 seconds, then turn the vehicle 
off.  Disconnect the gateway harness from the vehicle. Reconnect the 
gateway harness to the vehicle. Normal operation should resume.

11. NOTE: The first time that you access the Gateway, your radio may 
display “DEV INIT” while the device is initializing. If this is displayed, 
please wait one minute then cycle the ignition off and on. Access the 
gateway again to begin normal operation.

 


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6. Basic Mode

If you have configured your Media Gateway to operate in Basic Mode 
by setting the dipswitches as described in section 5, read this section to 
learn how to use the supported features. If not, please proceed to section 8.

Basic mode is accessed by pressing the “CD” button twice to switch the 
radio to the CD changer source. 

Use the iPod click wheel to access your favorite music. When the iPod 
is playing, turn the tune knob Clockwise, or press the 

“SEEK▲” button 

to change to the next track. Turn the tune knob Counter-clockwise to go 
back to the previous track. 

To select the auxiliary audio input on the Media Gateway, press Preset # 2. 
To switch back to the iPod source press Preset # 1.

Advanced Mode

If you have installed the PXAMG in a Touareg equipped with a Non-

Navigation radio and configured it to operate in Advanced Mode by setting 
the dipswitches as described in section 5, read this section to learn how to 
use the supported features. 

7. iPod Operation

Entering Mode Select Menu

Press the “SAT” button. Immediately press the “▲” or “▼” button to cycle 
through the Media Gateway sources. Once IPOD is displayed on the 
screen, wait 6 seconds and the radio will select the displayed option. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are listening to Satellite Radio and wish to 
switch the Media Gateway source, you must press the TUNE KNOB 
twice before pressing the 

▲ or ▼ button. If the radio still does not 

go into the mode select menu, press and hold the TUNE KNOB until 
the radio menu is displayed. Turn the TUNE KNOB until the radio 
displays”SAT SCAN”. Press the TUNE KNOB to select. Now turn 
the TUNE KNOB until “Channels” is highlighted. Press and hold 
the TUNE KNOB to exit the radio menu. You should now be able to 
access the mode select menu.

Next Track
Turn the Tune knob Clockwise to skip to the next track. 

 


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Previous Track
Turn the Tune knob Counter-clockwise to go back to the previous track. 
 
Enter Browse menu / make a selection
Press PRESET 2 to enter the browse menu or to make a selection in the 
browse menu.

Menu back
Press “Preset # 1” to move back one folder in the menu. 

Steering Wheel controls
The Multifunction display in the gauge cluster must be in “Audio mode” for 
the steering wheel controls to operate the Media Gateway. 
Roll up on the scroll wheel to advance to the next track.
Roll down on the scroll wheel to go back to the previous track.
Press in the scroll wheel on the steering wheel controls to enter the 
Browse menu, and to make selections when in the Browse menu. 
While in the Browse menu, change your Browsing method by rolling the 
scroll wheel up or down slowly.
 

 


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Browse by Artist
Press PRESET 2 to enter the browse menu.
”PL:LIST” will appear on your display.

Press the ▲ button until “AR:ARTIST” is displayed.
Press PRESET 2 to select browse by Artist.
The list of Artists on your Pod will be displayed one at a time in 
alphabetical order.
“AR” will be displayed in front of the artist’s name to indicate that you are 
searching for an artist.

Press the ▲ button to cycle through the artists.
When the desired artist is displayed on the radio,
Press PRESET 2 to select the artist and display the albums by that artist.
The Albums from the selected Artist will be displayed one at a time in 
alphabetical order. “AL” will be displayed in front of the name of the album 
to indicate you are searching for an album.

Press the ▲ button to cycle through the albums.
Once the desired album is displayed,
Press PRESET 2 to select the desired Album.

The first song in the album will be displayed. “TR” will be displayed in front 
of the song title to indicate that a “track” or song title is being displayed.

Press the ▲ button to cycle through the songs in the selected album.
Songs are listed in the order in which they appear in the album, not 
alphabetically.
Once the radio displays the name of the desired song
Press PRESET 2 to select and play the desired song.
The display will automatically update to display and scroll the title of the 
chosen song.

 


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8. HD Radio Operation  

(if equipped)

Entering Mode Select Menu

Press the “SAT” button. Immediately press the “▲” or “▼” button to cycle 
through the Media Gateway sources. Once HD-FM or HD-AM is displayed 
on the screen, wait 6 seconds and the radio will select the displayed 
option. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are listening to Satellite Radio and wish to 
switch the Media Gateway source, you must press the TUNE KNOB 
twice before pressing the 

▲ or ▼ button. If the radio still does not 

go into the mode select menu, press and hold the TUNE KNOB until 
the radio menu is displayed. Turn the TUNE KNOB until the radio 
displays”SAT SCAN”. Press the TUNE KNOB to select. Now turn 
the TUNE KNOB until “Channels” is highlighted. Press and hold 
the TUNE KNOB to exit the radio menu. You should now be able to 
access the mode select menu.

Seek Up
Press the ”>” button to seek up to next available station.

Seek Down
Press the ”<” button to seek down to the next available station.

Manually Tune
Turn the Tune knob to manually tune. Clockwise will tune up, Counter-
clockwise will tune down. 

Storing stations into Preset memory
Press and hold the Preset button (1-6) where you want to store the preset. 
“PR SAVED” will be displayed on the radio. 

Recall a station from Preset memory
Press the preset button (1-6) to recall the station stored in that location. 

Steering Wheel controls
Scroll up on the scroll wheel to cycle up through stations stored in preset 
memory, scroll down, to cycle down. When the desired preset is displayed, 
wait 3 seconds, the radio will auto select the station.

 


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9.Sirius Satellite Radio Operation

(if equipped)

Entering Mode Select Menu

Press the “SAT” button. Immediately press the “▲” or “▼” button to cycle 
through the Media Gateway sources. Once SIRIUS is displayed on the 
screen, wait 6 seconds and the radio will select the displayed option. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are listening to Satellite Radio and wish to 
switch the Media Gateway source, you must press the TUNE KNOB 
twice before pressing the 

▲ or ▼ button. If the radio still does not 

go into the mode select menu, press and hold the TUNE KNOB until 
the radio menu is displayed. Turn the TUNE KNOB until the radio 
displays”SAT SCAN”. Press the TUNE KNOB to select. Now turn 
the TUNE KNOB until “Channels” is highlighted. Press and hold 
the TUNE KNOB to exit the radio menu. You should now be able to 
access the mode select menu.

Channel Up
Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB clockwise to move up through the channels

Channel Down
Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB counter-clockwise to move down through the 
channels

Category Up

Press the “▲” button to move up through the categories.

Category Down

Press the “▼” button to move down through the categories.

Store Presets
Press and hold the preset button on which you want to store the channel.

Recall Presets
Press the preset button that corresponds with the channel you want to 
recall.

Steering Wheel controls
Scroll up on the scroll wheel to cycle up through stations stored in preset 
memory, scroll down, to cycle down. When the desired preset is displayed, 
wait 3 seconds, the radio will auto select the station.

 


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10. Selecting AUX

Press the “▲” button until “AUX” is displayed. Wait 3 seconds, the radio 
will automatically enter the Auxiliary audio input mode. 

11. Selecting Factory Satellite 

Radio 

(if equipped)

Entering Mode Select Menu

Press the “SAT” button. Immediately press the “▲” or “▼” button to cycle 
through the Media Gateway sources. Once SAT is displayed on the 
screen, wait 6 seconds and the radio will select the displayed option. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are listening to Satellite Radio and wish to 
switch the Media Gateway source, you must press the TUNE KNOB 
twice before pressing the 

▲ or ▼ button. If the radio still does not 

go into the mode select menu, press and hold the TUNE KNOB until 
the radio menu is displayed. Turn the TUNE KNOB until the radio 
displays”SAT SCAN”. Press the TUNE KNOB to select. Now turn 
the TUNE KNOB until “Channels” is highlighted. Press and hold 
the TUNE KNOB to exit the radio menu. You should now be able to 
access the mode select menu.

 


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Symptom

Cause

Remedy

Radio shows iPod 
not connected

iPod cable is not 
connected to iPod or 
Gateway. 

Verify the docking cable is connected to 
the Media Gateway, and the iPod

I can not correctly 
control the iPod 
through the radio.

T

he iPod firmware may 

be out of date. 

Update iPod firmware for free at  
http://www.apple.com/ipod/download

I have updated my 

iPod’s firmware and 
still have control 
issues

S

ometimes the iPods 

needs to be reset

Press and hold the click wheel (center 
button) and the menu button for 10 
seconds. This will reboot the iPod. YOU 
WILL NOT LOSE MUSIC on the iPod 
by doing this reset

I can’t use my iPod’s 
click wheel to select 
music

T

he iPod is in external 

control mode. This 
allows text to be 
displayed on the radio 
screen

Press the Aux / Sat button and select 
AUX 2 source to control the iPod 
manually using the click wheel

The Media Gateway 
does not recognize 
the HD Radio tuner 
(HDRT)

The HD tuner was not 
properly connected 
when the PXAMG was 

first connected and 
initialized.

HDRT must be connected before the 
PXAMG is powered on.
 Disconnect 
the PXAMG from the vehicles harness 
for 5 minutes. Verify the 8 pin DIN 
HDRT cable is securely connected 
at both ends before reconnecting the 
vehicle harness.

Radio shows  
“DEV INIT” 

Gateway 

device is 

initializing

This only occurs the first time the 
PXAMG is powered on. Wait one 
minute, cycle ignition off and on then 
enter SAT Mode.

When I listen to the 
factory AM or FM 
radio there is only 
static, no audio.

Factory antenna cable 
is connected to the HD 
Radio tuner. 

Use Gateway to access HD Radio 
source. This will provide all AM and FM 
reception for your vehicle.

No AM or FM 
reception using the 
HD Radio source

Factory antenna cable 
is not connected to 
the HD Radio tuner 
(HDRT)

Remove from factory radio, connect into 
HDRT module. Note* We recommend a 
Best Kits BAADin22

HD Radio station 

quality fluctuates or 
is lost randomly

The HD Tuner is 
temporarily losing 
reception of the Digital 
HD Radio broadcast 
signal

This is expected performance. The 
Digital HD Radio playback will resume 
in areas of higher broadcast signal 
strength.

I receive FM but no 
AM stations

Poor antenna 
connection

Verify that the WHITE antenna 
connector is connected to the HDRT, 
using a BAADin22 or equivalent 
adapter.

My radio displays 
“iPod Connected” 
but I don’t hear any 
music playing

The iPod audio is 
muted while browsing 
for music

Once a track is selected, the audio will 
resume.

12. Troubleshooting

 


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13. Warranty Information

 

One Year Limited Warranty

The quality controls used in the manufacture of this product will ensure your satisfaction. 
This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of this product from an authorized 
iSimple

®

 dealer. This warranty covers any supplied or manufactured parts of this prod-

uct that, upon inspection by iSimple

®

 authorized personnel, is found to have failed in 

normal use due to defects in material or workmanship. This warranty does not apply to 
installation expenses. Attempting to service or modify this unit, operating this unit under 
conditions other than the recommended voltage will render this WARRANTY VOID.
Unless otherwise prescribed by law, iSimple

®

 shall not be liable for any personal injury, 

property damage and or any incidental or consequential damages of any kind (includ-
ing water damage) resulting from malfunctions, defects, misuse, improper installation or 
alteration of this product. All parts of this iSimple

®

 product are guaranteed for a period 

of 1 year as follows:

Within the first 12 months from date of purchase, subject to the conditions above,
iSimple

®

 will repair or replace the product at their discretion, if it is defective in material 

or workmanship providing it is returned to an Authorized iSimple

®

 dealer, with PROOF 

OF PURCHASE from an authorized iSimple

®

 dealer.

Warning:

This equipment may be reset by unintentional electrostatic discharge during operation. 
Exposure to direct sunlight or extreme heat may cause damage or malfunction.

FCC Class B Radio Frequency 
Interference Statement

 

This  equipment  has  been  tested  and  found  to  comply  with  the  limits  for  a  Class  B  digital 
device, pursuant to Part 15 of FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable 
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment gener-
ates,  uses,  and  can  radiate  radio  frequency  energy  and,  if  not  installed  and  used  in  ac-
cordance  with  the  instructions,  may  cause  harmful  interference  to  radio  communications. 
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If 
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television recption, which can be 
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the 
interference by one or more of the following measures:
        1. Reorientate or relocate the receiving antenna.
        2. Increase the separation between the equipment and reciever.
        3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit differant from
            that of which the reciever is connected. 
        4. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio / television technical
            for help.

Notice : The changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for 

compliance could void the user authority to operate the equipment.

For Best Performance Have It

 

Professionally Installed.

 


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For Best Performance Have It

 

Professionally Installed.

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