Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control

Adding a microphone to the RNS 510 to enable voice control is a simple process and there are a number of ways to go about it.

vw_rns_510_microphone_connectionOption 1 – use the factory microphone as used in the Skoda bluetooth kit

The factory microphone is fitted in the overhead console and run to the rear of the RNS 510 (green highlighted connectors).

Parts Required

  • 1 x 3B0 035 711 B41 (3B0035711B41) – Microphone – Satin Black
  • 1 x 8D0 972 643 (8D0972643) – 2 Pin Housing
    • 1 x 000 979 017 (000979017) – Repair Wire 0.5mm
  • 1 x 3B7 035 447 B (3B7035447B) – 12 Pin Green Housing
    • 1 x 000 979 009 (000979009) – Repair Wire 0.5mm
  • 3m of microphone cable
    • 2 core 14/.020 shielded cable (DRAKA DE FLRYWBYM 0.5-A+0.5-A is suitable) or
    • RG174 with 2mm and 3mm heat shrink tubing.
    • The 2 core cable is the easiest to connect you don’t need to heatshrink the shield and use it as the ground.

Install the microphone into the overhead compartment. Join the microphone wire to the 2 pin housing and route via the A pillar to the rear of the RNS 510 and connect to pins 1 and 7. The repair wires are cut into two giving you two pins. Ensure you have the polarity correct!

Option 2 – use the factory microphone that is used with the Skoda bluetooth kit

This routes the cable from the microphone to the RNS 510 (green highlighted connectors) and from the RNS 510 (purple highlighted connectors) to the bluetooth instead of it running from the microphone directely to the bluetooth unit.

Parts Required

  • 2 x 000 979 009 (000979009) – Repair Wire 0.5mm
  • 3m of microphone cable
    • 2 core 14/.020 shielded cable (DRAKA DE FLRYWBYM 0.5-A+0.5-A is suitable) or
    • RG174 with 2mm and 3mm heat shrink tubing.
    • The 2 core cable is the easiest to connect you don’t need to heatshrink the shield and use it as the ground.

Cut the existing microphone cable around 5cm back from the Skoda bluetooth connector and route this to the rear of the RNS 510 along with one end of the microphone cable. The cable from the microphone is trimmed to the correct length and connected to the repair wire that has been cut into two. Keep the length of the repair wire as short as possible (under 5cm) to maintain the shielding. This cable connects to pins 1 and 7.

The new cable that you also have behind the RNS 510 is connected to repair wire cut in two and pins 4 and 9 and the other end after being trimmed is connected where you cut off the microphone cable at the Skoda bluetooth connector. Ensure you have the polarity correct!

Option 3 – use a 3rd party microphone (not tested nor has this been documented)

  • 1 x 3B7 035 447 B (3B7035447B) – 12 Pin Green Housing
    • 1 x 000 979 009 (000979009) – Repair Wire 0.5mm
  • 1-3m of microphone cable depending on microphone location

Install the microphone, connect to the microphone wire and route to the rear of the RNS 510 and connect to pins 1 and 7. The repair wire is cut into two giving you two pins. Ensure you have the polarity correct!

After the hardware has been sorted coding is required on the head unit using Vagcom/VCDS.

Open controller 37 and click on coding.

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Click on Long Coding Helper

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Select Byte 3 and Bit 1 to enable Microphone Diagnostics (not essential but will alert you to problems with Microphone)

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Finally deselect Byte 7 and Bit 1 to enable voice control and save the settings.

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Multi Function Steering Wheel – Voice activation (optional)

If you car is fitted with the Multi Function Steering Wheel you can modify the mute button (* on the VW models) to activate the voice feature. This will not work if you have the Skoda car kit as this uses the mute buttone (*) for it’s voice dialling, no workaround has been found at this time so use the top right hand button adjacant to the dvd slot to active the feature.

Controller 16 – Steering

Select Coding 07 and you should see a 7 digit softcode which will be in the format 00xxxxx

The 4th digit from the right corresponds to the steering wheel variant. If you have a 4 spoke Multi Function Steering Wheel without the Cruise Control buttons it should be a 2. Change this to a 3 and that should convert your Mute button to activate the Voice Dialling.

Software version 0101 or lower

0?xxxxxVehicle Type

  • 0 = Normal
  • 1 = Special Purpose (e.g Taxi)

0x?xxxxTransmission

  • 0 = Manual Transmission
  • 1 = Automatic Transmission

0xx?xxxSteering Wheel

  • 0 = Steering Wheel without Multifunction
  • 1 = 3-Spoke Steering Wheel without Multifunction
  • 2 = 3/4-Spoke Steering Wheel with Multifunction without Cruise & Voice Control
  • 3 = 3/4-Spoke Steering Wheel with Multifunction with Cruise & Voice Control

0xxx?xxAdditional Equipment

  • +1 = Tiptronic (Shift Paddels)

0xxxx?xBoard Computer / Cruise Control System (CCS)

  • 0 = w/o Board Computer and w/o Cruise Control System (CCS)
  • 1 = with Board Computer and w/o Cruise Control System (CCS)
  • 2 = w/o Board Computer and with Cruise Control System (CCS)
  • 4 = with Board Computer and with Cruise Control System (CCS)

0xxxxx?Rear Wiper

  • 1 = Rear Wiper not installed
  • 2 = Rear Wiper installed

Software version 0110 or higher

0?xxxxxDriver-Assistance-Systems

  • 0 = Driver-Assistance-Systems not installed
  • 0 = Message for Driver-Assistance-Systems active w/o Button
  • 1 = Message for Driver-Assistance-Systems inactive w/o Button
  • 2 = Message for Driver-Assistance-Systems active with Button
  • 3 = Message for Driver-Assistance-Systems inactive with Button

0x?xxxxVehicle Type

  • 0 = Normal
  • 1 = Special Purpose with Multi-Function Control Module (Steer. Column. Contr. Mod. as Master)
  • 2 = Special Purpose with Multi-Function Control Module (Multi-Function Contr. Mod. as Master)

0xx?xxxTransmission

  • 0 = Manual Transmission
  • 1 = Automatic Transmission

0xxx?xxMulti-Function Steering Wheel

  • 0 = Multi-Function Steering Wheel not installed
  • 5 = Multi-Function Steering Wheel w/o Tiptronic and w/o Push-To-Talk (PTT) installed
  • 6 = Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Tiptronic and no Push-To-Talk (PTT) installed
  • 7 = Multi-Function Steering Wheel w/o Tiptronic and with Push-To-Talk (PTT) installed
  • 8 = Multi-Function Steering Wheel with Tiptronic and with Push-To-Talk (PTT) installed

0xxxx?xCruise Control System (CCS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

  • 0 = Cruise Control System (CCS) not installed
  • 1 = Cruise Control System (CCS) with 6 Positions via separate Stalk installed
  • 2 = Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with 6 Positions via separate Stalk installed
  • 3 = Cruise Control System (CCS) with 4 Positions via Blinker Stallk installed
  • 4 = Cruise Control System (CCS) via Multi-Function Steering Wheel installed
  • 5 = Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) via Multi-Function Steering Wheel installed

0xxxxx?Rear Wiper and Board Computer

  • 1 = Rear Wiper not installed / Board Computer via Wiper Stalk not installed
  • 2 = Rear Wiper installed / Board Computer via Wiper Stalk not installed
  • 3 = Rear Wiper not installed / Board Computer via Wiper Stalk verbaut
  • 4 = Rear Wiper installed / Board Computer via Wiper Stalk installed

86 thoughts on “Volkswagen RNS 510 Microphone Connection for voice control”

  1. Hi! I did the option 2 install with my new Skoda Superb with a twist. There’s factory installed bluetooth (basic model, HFP capable) and retrofitted Columbus (RSN 510) in the car. Instead of cutting the mic wires at the bluetooth module end, I pulled the wires out of the connector (use a needle or other thin instrument to push down the very small lever securing the pin into the connector and pull gently, it should come out nicely) and inserted repair wires into the pins 11 and 12 instead. The I combined the three wires for positive and negative signals: original mic wire, repair wire connected to the bluetooth module and new mic wire routed to the Columbus. You need to come up with some fancy connection in order have the wires hold together in a secure way but I guess you can manage it. This way there’s no permanent damage done to the original equipment and you’re able to undo the installation if you must (like if you need service for the bluetooth setup under guarantee plan, I guess the guarantee will be void if you cut some of the original wires…)

    1. Hi

      I´ve passt with factory microphone that is used with the wv bluetooth kit, how can i really use use this to control with voice other things????!?!because i only can control with voice the phone option. HElp please

      Could you please explain better please….i need do that.

      Tks in advance

  2. Please update the mistake about the part number of the 2 pin housing as a previous user has already mentioned!
    Ebay sellers are confused by these errors and send us wrong items!
    the correct P/T No are: 1J0 973 119 2pin flat contact housing corresponding to P/T No 1J0 973 332 which is the plug that come on the VW Mic P/T No 3B0 035 711B.

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  4. Did option 3 and took a 2 pin female connector from an old pc power connector and soldered a mic from a spare headphone/mic plugged it in and it works like a charm. The only thing is location.I placed it just outside of the little cloth between the adjustable steering wheel and the dash. I suspect if I could route the wire up the pillar and to the dome light area it would be an ideal result.

  5. Hello everybody, I’m new here, just found this page and don’t known if there’s a page for introducing my self…
    Added an RNS510 to a 2008 Tiguan fitted with Nokia basic BT installation. Instead of cuting wire plugged RNS pin 1 and 7 to BT module 42 and 43 (mic out). Unfortunately it doesn’t work, anybody as an idea what might stopping it to work? Can’t find any coding that helps to fix it…

    1. Hi, Have you tried making a call and testing if any voice commands work at this stage? It’s possible that the mic out does not work unless you are on a call, it’s unlikely this test will work as the RNS 510 won’t accept voice commands when a call is in progress. You may have to buy the factory microphone and use that just for voice commands.

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