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Owner’s  

Manual 

Media Gateway 

PXAMG

Expand Your Factory Radio

iSimple®

A Division of AAMP of America™

13190 56th Court Clearwater, FL 33760

Ph. 866-788-4237

support@isimplesolutions.com

©2011 AAMP of Florida, Inc.

www.isimplesolutions.com

Harness Connection

Port 1

Port 2

Dip Switches

(See Manual)

USB

Honda/Acura

Owner’s Manual

Media Gateway 

PXAMG

PGHHD1

Rev. 4-20-11

Inst009

add

 

iPod

®

 


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Table of Contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

Pages

1. Introduction 

2

2. Precautions 

2

3. Compatibility Notes 

3

4.  Dipswitch Settings 

3

5. Installation 

4-5

Satellite Radio Emulation

1.  iPod Operation 

5-6

2.  HD Radio Operation 

(if equipped)

   6-7

3. Sirius Operation 

(if equipped)

 

7

4.  Selecting AUX Input 

8

5.  Selecting Factory Satellite 

(if equipped)

CD Changer Emulation

1.  iPod Operation 

8-9

2.  Selecting Aux Input 

9

 Troubleshooting 

10

 Warranty Info 

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Harness Connection

a

Port 1

a

Port 2

a

Dip Switches

(See Manual)

a

USB

a

Media Gateway & Optional Add-ons

Media Gateway Harness

Part #: PGHHD1

Factory Radio

Not Included

Media Gateway

Part #: PXAMG 

1

NOTES

*The Media Gateway will 
  only support 2 inputs.

* CD Changer mode does 
   not support aftermarket 
   Satellite Radio, HD Radio 
   or the ISBT21. 

OR

ISBT21

iPod Input

AUX Input

OR

OR

OR

HD Radio

Satellite Radio

OR

 


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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 iPod performs correctly with your radio, we recommend that 
you read this entire manual before attempting installation of the Media Gateway.

When used in Satellite Radio emulation mode, the Media Gateway allows 
connectivity for iPod, Sirius Satellite Radio tuner (SCC1 sold seperately) and the 
HD Radio tuner (HDRT sold separately), enabling full control of these devices 
from the factory installed radio. 

When used in CD Changer emulation mode, the Media Gateway allows 
connectivity for iPod & one Auxiliary input. iPod support in this mode allows 
browsing of playlists only. 

The Media Gateway also retains original system features such as factory satellite 
radio (if equipped). 

2. Precautions

UPDATING iPod FIRMWARE

Updating the firmware prior to installation or future firmware updates for your iPod 
may affect the features and functions described in this manual.

PREVENTING DAMAGE TO YOUR VEHICLE OR IPOD.

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.

  

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3. Compatibility

Please visit www.isimplesolutions.com for the most up to date application 
information and to verify your vehicle’s compatibility.

4. Dipswitch Settings

Satellite Radio Emulation

Compatible with radios equipped with an 

“XM” or “SAT” button. Allows advanced 

browsing of the iPod (with text support) 

and connectivity for SCC1, HDRT & 

ISBT21.

CD Changer Emulation

Compatible with all radios. Allows playlist 

browsing of the iPod (no text support) and 

connectivity for one additional Auxiliary 

input.

 


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5. Installation

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

Please Note: Some Hondas require a security code be 
input into the radio once power is disconnected. Please 
make sure you have this code available before proceeding 
with the installation. If the radio is equipped with a built in 
CD Changer, please remove ALL discs before proceeding 
to prevent damage to the radio’s CD mechanism.

2. Carefully remove the trim panels covering the 8mm bolts that secure the radio into 
    the dash cavity. Remove these bolts, and carefully pull 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 14-Pin harness (if present) from the back of the radio. 

4. Connect the 8-Pin iPod docking cable into the first port on the Media Gateway 
    (farthest away from dipswitches). If you are also installing the ISBT21, the iPod 
    cable should be connected to the second port (farthest from the 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 the 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. Connect the 8-Pin auxiliary input cable to the second port (closest to the 
    dipswitches) on the Media Gateway if an additional auxiliary input is desired.

Steps 6, 7 & 8 apply to Satellite Radio Emulation Mode 

ONLY

6. If connecting the HD Radio Tuner (HDRT sold separartely), make the folllowing 
    connections before connecting the PXAMG to the vehichle. Plug the 3 foot HD 
    Radio Cable (8-Pin mini-din to 8-Pin mini-din) cable 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 antenna cable into the antenna 
    connection on the HD Radio tuner (HDRT).

7. 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 ISSR11 (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 ISSR11 cable to the port 
    farthest from the dipswitches. Connect the gray end of this cable into the Satellite 
    Radio tuner. 

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8. If connecting the ISBT21 (sold separartely), make the folllowing 
    connections before connecting the PXAMG to the vehichle. Plug the 3 foot  

    ISBT21 Cable (8-Pin mini-din to 8-Pin mini-din) cable into the first port (farthest 
    from the dipswitches) on the Media Gateway. Connect the other end of this cable 
    into the ISBT21. Connect the microphone cable into the 3.5 mm 
    connection on the ISBT21.

9. Plug the male connector on the PGHHD1 harness into the 14-pin port on the back 
    of the radio. Next, connect the factory 14-pin harness (if present) into the female 

    connector on the PGHHD1 harness. Be sure to make a firm connection but do not 

    force it. Plug the Black micro-fit 24-pin connector on the PGHHD1 harness into the 
    PXAMG Media Gateway box.

10. To complete the installation secure the Media Gateway (PXAMG) and HD Radio 
     tuner (HDRT if equipped) or SCC1 (if equipped) into the cavity in the dash behind 
     the radio. 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,  tape, or other fasteners to mount the interfaces 
     securely.

11. 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 
      and HD Radio tuner before reinstalling the factory dash panels.
       

12. Note: The first time you access the Gateway in satellite emulation mode, 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. Then access SAT mode 
      again to begin normal gateway operation.

A. Satellite Radio Emulation

This mode of emulation can only be used in vehicles that have an “XM” or 
“SAT” button on the face of the radio.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important that you keep the text display in the field 
labeled “Channel Name”. This will give you the most user friendly Media 
Gateway experience.

 

1.  iPod Operation  

Entering Mode Select Menu
Press the “AM-FM” button then press the “XM” button. IMMEDIATELY turn the 

rotary TUNE KNOB or press “TUNE ▲” until “IPOD” is displayed. The PXAMG will 
auto select the mode after 6 seconds of inactivity.

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Next Track

Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB clockwise or press the “TUNE ▲” button to advance to 
the next track.

Previous Track

Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB counter clockwise or press the “TUNE ▼” button to 
move back to the previous track. 

Fast Forward
Press PRESET 4 repeatedly to fast forward the song that is playing. 

Rewind
Press PRESET 3 repeatedly to rewind the song that is playing.

Entering “BROWSE” Menu / Select
Press PRESET 6 to enter the browse menu or to make a selection while in the 
browse menu.

Menu UP
Press PRESET 5 to move back one step in the browse menu.

Exit Browse menu
After 10 seconds of inactivity the menu will time out and return to normal 
operation.

Random
Press PRESET 2 to turn random ON/OFF (RDM song, RDM album, RDM off).  

2. HD Radio Operation

Entering Mode Select Menu
Press the “AM-FM” button then press the “XM” button. IMMEDIATELY turn the 

rotary TUNE KNOB or press “TUNE ▲” until “HD-FM” is displayed. The PXAMG 
will auto select the mode after 6 seconds of inactivity.

Tune Up  

Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB clockwise or press the “TUNE ▲” button to manually 
tune up.

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

Tune Down

Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB counter-clockwise or pressthe “TUNE ▼” button to manu-
ally tune down.

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

 


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Changing Bands
Press the “XM” or “AUX” button to switch between AM and FM bands. 
Store Presets
Press and hold the preset button (1-6) for 2 seconds  where you wish to store the 
preset. An audible beep will be heard when station has been stored sucessfully.

Recall Presets
Press the preset button (1-6) for the preset you wish to recall.

Changing Display
Press the “DISP” button to toggle between HD artist and HD title. 

3. Sirius Satellite radio Operation

Entering Mode Select Menu
Press the “AM-FM” button then press the “XM” button. IMMEDIATELY turn the 

rotary TUNE KNOB or press “TUNE ▲” until “SIRIUS” is displayed. The PXAMG 
will auto select the mode after 6 seconds of inactivity.

Channel Up  

Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB clockwise or press the “TUNE ▲” button to move up 

through the channels

Channel Down

Turn the rotary TUNE KNOB counter-clockwise  or press the “TUNE ▼” buttonto 

move down through the channels

Category Selection

Non-Navigation Radios

Press the “FOLDER ▲” or “FOLDER ▼” button to move through the categories

Navigation Radios 
Press the “ENTER” button to bring up the categories menu. Turn the ROTARY KNOB 
until the category you wish to select is highlighted. Press the “ENTER” button to select 
the displayed category.

Store Presets
Press and hold the preset button (1-6) for 2 seconds  where you wish to store the 
preset. An audible beep will be heard when station has been stored sucessfully.

Recall Presets
Press the preset button (1-6) for the preset you wish to recall.

Changing Display
Press the “DISP” button to display artist and track information

 


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B.CD Changer Emulation

This mode of emulation can be used in all vehicles.

1.  iPod Operation  

Selecting the Mode
Press the “AUX” or “CD” button to switch to CD Changer mode and access 
the Media Gateway. If a factory CD Changer is built into the radio, the AUX or 
CD button may need to be pressed twice to access the Media Gateway.

Browsing Playlists
If you wish to access playlists in a certain order they must be labeled as 
“PL_1, PL_2, PL_3, PL_4, PL_5 & PL_6”. Otherwise the Media Gateway will 

automatically fill Playlist 1 with All Songs and Playlists 2-6 will be the first 5 
playlists in the order they appear on the iPod. If there are no playlists at all on the 
iPod it will automatically start playing All Songs after 3 seconds. Discs 7 & 8 are 
reserved for manual & auxiliary mode. To access playlists simply use the “DISC 

▲” or “DISC ▼” button to select the disc that corresponds with the playlist. If 

the radio does not have buttons labeled “DISC ▲” or “DISC ▼” then Preset 5 is 

DISC ▼ and Preset 6 is DISC ▲. 

Next Track
Press 

“SEEK ▲” to advance to the next track.

Previous Track
Press 

“SEEK ▼” to move back to the previous track.

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4. Selecting AUX Input

Entering Mode Select Menu
Press the “AM-FM” button then press the “XM” button. IMMEDIATELY turn the 

rotary TUNE KNOB or press “TUNE ▲” until “AUX” is displayed. The PXAMG will 
auto select the mode after 6 seconds of inactivity.

5.  Selecting Factory Installed Sat

      

 (if equipped)

Entering Mode Select Menu
Press the “AM-FM” button then press the “XM” button. IMMEDIATELY turn the 

rotary TUNE KNOB or press “TUNE ▲” until “SAT” is displayed. The PXAMG will 
auto select the mode after 6 seconds of inactivity.

Factory Sat Operation
Refer to the owners’ manual that came with your vehicle.

 


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Fast Forward
Press and hold the button labeled “FF” to fast forward the song that is playing. If 
there is no button labeled “FF” then you must press and hold “SEEK >>” to fast 
forward.

Rewind
Press and hold the button labeled “RW” to rewind the song that is playing. 
If there is no button labeled “RW” then you must press and hold “<< SEEK” to 
rewind.

Random
Press the random button to start/stop random play. You may have to access this 
function by pressing the “Menu” button then selecting “Play Mode”.

Repeat
Press the repeat button to start/stop the repeat function. You may have to access 
this function by pressing the “Menu” button then selecting “Play Mode”.

NOTE: The Media Gateway does not support track repeat, only playlist repeat.

Manual Mode

To manually control the iPod simply select Disc 7 by using the “DISC ▲” or “Disc 

▼” button. If the radio does not have buttons labeled “DISC ▲” or “Disc ▼” then 

Preset 5 is Disc ▼ and Preset 6 is Disc ▲.

2. Selecting AUX Input

Selecting the Mode
Press the “AUX” or “CD” button to switch to CD Changer mode and access 
the Media Gateway. If a factory CD Changer is built into the radio, the AUX or 
CD button may need to be pressed twice to access the Media Gateway. Once in 
CD Changer mode simply select Disc 8 by using the 

“DISC ▲” button.  If the radio 

does not have a button labeled “DISC ▲” then Preset 6 is DISC ▲.

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Troubleshooting

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.

Sometimes the 
iPods needs to be 
reset 

On older iPods, press and hold the 
click wheel (center button) and the 
menu button for 10 seconds. On the 
iPod Touch or iPhone press and hold 
the power and home button for 10 
seconds. This will reboot the iPod. 
YOU WILL NOT LOSE MUSIC on the 
iPod by doing this reset

I don’t see iPod 
artist or song 
information on the 
screen

The radio is 
displaying a different 

text field or you are 

using CD Changer 
emulation mode.

Press the Text / Scan button to 
see text (only supported in satellite 
emulation mode). If the radio has an 
XM button, ensure dipswitch 3 is set to 
the off position.

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

The iPod is in 
external control 
mode.

Press the Sat button and select AUX 
1 source to control the iPod manually. 
If using CDC emulation mode select 
Disc 7.

The Media 
Gateway does 
not recognize the 
HD Radio tuner 
(HDRT) or SCC1

The HD tuner or 
SCC1 was not 
properly connected 
when the PXAMG 

was first connected 

and initialized.

HDRT or SCC1 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 a few 
minutes, 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* some 
vehicles need to use the supplied 
antenna adaptor to make this 
connection.

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.

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Warranty

 

One Year Limited Warranty

The quality controls used in the manufacture of this product will ensure your satisfac-
tion. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of this product from an au-
thorized iSimple

®

 dealer. This warranty covers any supplied or manufactured parts of 

this product 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 WAR-
RANTY 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 
(including water damage) resulting from malfunctions, defects, misuse, improper in-
stallation 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 instal-
lation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy 
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause 
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guaran-
tee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment 
does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, 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. Re-orientate or relocate the receiving antenna.
      2. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
      3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
          that of which the receiver 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 respon-

sible for compliance could void the user authority to operate the equipment.

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