BMW Intercom: The 26 Intercoms Compatible with BMW TFT System

Which intercoms are compatible with the TFT system of my BMW? Intercoms compatible with the BMW Connect system are: Midland BTX BTX1 Fm, BTX2 Fm, BT Next Conference, BTX1 Pro, BTX2 Pro, BT Next Pro, BT Go Uni, BT Go Jet, Interphone Interphone F3MC, F4MC, F5MC, Urban, Sport, Tour, Edge, Link, Shape, Sena 10S, 20S, 20S EVO, SF1, SF2, SF4, Cardo Freecom 1, Freecom 2, Freecom 4, Freecom 1+, Freecom 2+, Freecom 4+, Packtalk, Packtalk Bold, N-Com B601, B901, B5L, B5, BX5, M5, B3, B1.4, B1, BX1.

The 26 Intercoms Compatible with BMW TFT System

Many of you asked us what is the best intercom compatible with BMW Connectivity system.

Since we don’t necessarily want you to spend 700€ for a pair of original BMW intercoms, we decided to test Midland, Cellular Line, Sena and Cardo intercoms with the BMW connect system to test their compatibility.

Some devices are fully compatible, others are limited to certain functions.

Let’s examine them in detail.

Midland Intercoms

Which Midland intercoms are compatible with BMW TFT?

The compatible intercoms are the following:

By updating the following intercoms to the latest firmware with the latest available software (MAC/Windows) and enabling special compatibility (BWM TFT / KTM SYSTEM), they are all compatible with BMW’s TFT system.

What functions are guaranteed

All functions are guaranteed, including:

  • satnav
  • music
  • inbound calls
  • outbound calls

Which functions can be controlled using the wheel

The knob of the handle of the BMW can control the phone connected to the TFT system for the following functions:

  • play and pause music
  • song selection from the mp3 list on your phone
  • answer incoming phone call
  • scroll through the contact list to make a phone call

The intercom simply receives what is activated on the TFT screen and is received by the phone.

If you also have Navigator V or VI, you can also control it with the same functions listed above, plus route selection, from the knob.

The intercom, if it is also connected to the Navigator in addition to the TFT, will simply receive the audio of the functions that have been activated on the Navigator.

Another thing you can do if you use a BMW intercom is to control the volume of the intercom from the knob as well.

With other brands of intercoms not BMW, you have to press the volume on the intercom.

More info

Should the biker would like to connect not only the phone and TFT, but also the BMW Navigator, I recommend you to buy the Midland BT Next Pro intercom that, thanks to the two Bluetooth chips, can manage all connections in the best way.

Midland BT Next Pro Ultra Range Twin Pack
  • Conference up to 8 people (4 Bikes)
  • One-to-One up to 6 people
  • 1.6 Km Intercom range

As for a standard configuration with telephone and TFT connected to the intercom (rider-passenger or motorcycle-motorbike) without navigator, the other intercoms are fine too.

Cellular Line Intercoms

Which Cellular Line intercoms are compatible with BMW TFT?

In the last months of 2018 Cellular Line has released several updates for all models available that enable compatibility with BMW’s TFT.

The compatible intercoms therefore are the following:

What features are supported

All features are supported.

You can find all the details on the Cellular Line website: in each product sheet, at the bottom of the page, you can find all the information and updates (eg. Cellular Line Sport)

Which features can be controlled using the knob

With the knob on the handlebar you can control everything except the intercom volume, which can only be adjusted by the buttons on the control unit on the helmet.

Sena Intercoms

Which Sena intercoms are compatible with BMW TFT?

From Firmware TFT Version 001-018-040 onwards the TFT runs well with all Sena motorcycle intercoms that feature Bluetooth 4.1:

Sena 10S-01D Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset Communication System (Dual Pack) , Black
  • Bluetooth 4.1 and Universal Intercom
  • Crystal-clear HD audio and Advanced Noise Control
  • With the 10S app, you're always in control and connected
SENA 30K-01 Motorcycle Bluetooth Headset/Mesh Communication System (Single)
  • Two modes of Mesh: Open Mesh Intercom allows you to communicate with a near-unlimited number of users while Group Mesh Intercom enables a private group with up to 24 participants
  • Mesh 2.0 Intercom range can be extended up to 8 km (5 miles) with a minimum of 6 people connected
  • Bluetooth Intercom has a working distance of up to 2.0 km (1.2 miles) in open terrain
Offer
Sena SF1-01 Bluetooth Headsets , Black
  • Whether Youre Commuting To Work Or Primarily Ride Solo, The Sf1 Has You Covered.
  • The Sf1 Was Created To Give Solo Riders All Of The Awesome Bluetooth Features That They Need, Without The Ones They Dont.
  • The Sf1 Pairs To Your Phone Allowing For Music Streaming, Taking And Making Phone Calls, And Hearing Turn-by-turn Gps Directions.

All SMH series intercoms and 3S that are Bluetooth 3.0 can have connection problems.

Here are some tricks to make the connection easier:

  • Make sure that the TFT software is updated to the latest version (001-018-040 or later…you can check directly from the settings on the TFT screen which version of the software is installed).
  • Make sure your Sena device is a 4.1 Bluetooth model.
  • To connect Sena to TFT use the Phone Pairing mode, the other connection methods may not be detected by the bike or may not be saved (the only minor problem is that at this point you cannot use Sena’s app on your phone at the same time as the TFT while other features such as music and calls can still be managed directly from your device by connecting your smartphone to the TFT).

Which features are supported

When the device is successfully connected, it can manage all features (music, GPS, phone).

As for GPS there you have two options:

  1. if you use the built-in TFT GPS system any Sena 4.1 device is compatible.
  2. If you use another GPS we suggest using the Sena 20S device that has two Bluetooth chips and supports multitasking audio: for example many BMWs with TFT already have dedicated support for Garmin satnavs (the more recent Navigator 6 or 5).

However, this also applies to other satnavs: satnav and TFT cannot be directly connected to each other so the TFT will have to be connected directly to the Sena as a second phone or as GPS.

Using a device with only one bluetooth chip (so any device of the 10 series or the 30K that has a bluetooth chip and a mesh one) you can still connect all the devices but the navigator and the TFT will be audible in Audio Overlay mode, so at the same time but at the same volume.

After trying all these settings we can finally say that for music the audio quality is much better when it is broadcasted through TFT rather than Garmin.

Which features can be operated via the knob

With the knob on the handlebar you can operate everything except the intercom volume, which can only be adjusted by the buttons on the control unit on the helmet.

Cardo Intercoms

Which Cardo intercoms are compatible with BMW TFT?

BMW’s TFT compatible Cardo motorcycle intercoms are the following:

  • Packtalk (dalla versione software 4.2)
Offer
Cardo PTB00101 - PACKTALK Bold Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Headset - Black, Dual 2 Pack
  • Patented Dynamic Mesh Communication technology provides seamless, long-range Intercom connections with unmatched ease and stability for large and small groups alike. Best in class wind-noise reduction
  • Sound by JBL: Truly unrivaled sound quality and performance at all speeds. Premium audio clarity optimized for use in a helmet. Streaming music, phone calls, intercom, and GPS navigation never sounded so good
  • “Hey Siri” / “Ok Google” voice activation. Cardo’s Natural Voice Operation enhances ease and safety by reducing the need to interface with a specific button or wheel. 20+ onboard commands in multiple languages control many aspects of the device
Offer
Cardo PTB00101 - PACKTALK Bold Motorcycle Bluetooth Communication System Headset - Black, Dual 2 Pack
  • Patented Dynamic Mesh Communication technology provides seamless, long-range Intercom connections with unmatched ease and stability for large and small groups alike. Best in class wind-noise reduction
  • Sound by JBL: Truly unrivaled sound quality and performance at all speeds. Premium audio clarity optimized for use in a helmet. Streaming music, phone calls, intercom, and GPS navigation never sounded so good
  • “Hey Siri” / “Ok Google” voice activation. Cardo’s Natural Voice Operation enhances ease and safety by reducing the need to interface with a specific button or wheel. 20+ onboard commands in multiple languages control many aspects of the device

Which features are supported

Once properly connected, the devices can manage all features (music, GPS, phone)

Which features can be operated using the knob

For all Freecom and Packtalk intercoms, phone calls and music can be operated via the joystick on the handlebar.

Only with the Packtalk you can also operate the radio.

Nolan N-Com

Which N-Com intercoms are compatible with BMW TFT?

The following N-Com systems are compatible with the Bluetooth audio system built into the BMW – 2018 edition:

  • B901
  • B601
  • M5
  • B1.4

Before becoming an affiliate of the BMW TFT system, I advise you to upgrade your N-Com system to the latest available firmware version.

What features are supported

After having paired and connected the N-Com system to the motorcycle, you will be able to listen in the helmet all the audio signals coming from the BMW.

The affiliation / connection procedures and details of each single product are available on the N-Com website at this webpage.

Which features can be operated using the knob

With the knob on the handlebar you can operate all features except the intercom volume. The intercom volume can only be adjusted from the keypad on the helmet.

Bottom Line

All right, these are the intercoms compatible with BMW TFT.

If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try to get back to you within 24 hours.

A heartfelt goodbye,
Filippo

4 commenti su “BMW Intercom: The 26 Intercoms Compatible with BMW TFT System”

    1. Hello, first of all thanks for the information that was very usefull.
      Did you test the BMW TFT System with the new SENA helmet OUTRUSH R
      Can you confirm if it was compatible?
      Thanks

  1. Hello, I am unable to connect my Interphone F5MC. I am able to connect the interphone to my iPhone or my BMW Navigator VI, but not to the bike, even after erasing existing pairings.
    Bike is able to connect to there BT headsets, such as a Plantronics Backbeat pro 2, not designed to connect to a bike.
    Did you perform a special manipulation to connect it ? By F5MC is updated to the last firmware (161) 🙁

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