Gateway Lite BT - GBL3xxx


The Dension Gateway Lite BT is an easy to use multimedia adapter that enables music playback on your vehicle’s entertainment system from several sources. Control playback using the buttons of the car stereo. Enjoy Bluetooth connectivity for hands free mobile call handling and music streaming (via A2DP).


  • Simple, seamless iPod, iPhone, Smartphone and USB device car integration
  • Bluetooth handsfree
  • A2DP streaming
  • 1A iPod and iPhone charging (no Power Booster needed for iPhone 4/4S users)
  • 3.5mm auxiliary input jack (optional)

Supported USB devices

  • USB: Flash Memory and Hard Disk Drive (UBS1.1 and higher)
  • File System: FAT16 or FAT32
  • Storage capacity: up to 250GB music content
  • Music Format: MP3, WMA and WAV

Use your iPod/iPhone or Smart Phone with your car stereo! The Gateway Lite BT adapter brings you maximum control of your iPod, with minimum fuss.  This interface opens up the car’s original audio system to allow music playback through your factory installed entertainment system’s speakers. Hide your iPod or USB-drive in the glove box and you can control its functions using the controls on your radio (via the 'iPod/iPhone dock cable' or A2DP Bluetooth streaming).

To find the right Gateway Lite BT for your car, click the compatibility tab above.

Package contents:

  • Hardware
  • Car side harness (includes power cable)
  • Microphone
  • Installation and user guide

Optional accessories:

  • iPod/iPhone dock cable (30pin) kit (IPO5DC9)
  • Single iPod/iPhone dock cable (30pin) (IPDC1GW)
  • 3G cradle (30pin) (IP44CR9)
  • Lightning Cable (IPLC1GW)
  • iPhone 5 cradle with DIY mounting (IP5LCRU)
  • iPhone 5 cradle with professional mounting (IP5LCRP)
  • Lightning Adapter (LIA1GW0)

How it works

The Gateway Lite BT interface works like an interpreter between your device (may it be an iPhone, iPod, USB-source, or a Smart Phone) and the car, converting instructions from the car’s controls so that they work as commands for your music source. When connected into the car, Gateway Lite BT emulates a CD changer. Of course, every Gateway Lite BT comes with a comprehensive user manual, but in most cases, you select the CD changer function, then CD6, and using the FFW/REW key and/or steering wheel controls you will navigate around your music.

If your car is fitted with a CD changer, the Dension Gateway will take its place.

The Gateway Lite BT is capable of handling the sources simoultaneously. This is how it works - taking an example of connecting an iPod for music playback and an iPhone for handsfree use:

  • Connect the iPod through the 'iPod/iPhone dock cable' to the Gateway Lite BT directly,
  • Connect the iPhone to the BT handsfree connection (goes automatically if the 'pairing' is set when connecting for the first time),
  • Listen to music coming from the iPod,
  • You control the playback through the controls of your Stream head unit (skip track or previous track),
  • A call comes in,
  • Your music stops, you hear the phone ringtone through the speakers,
  • You accept or decline the call using the controls on the Stream head unit,
  • If you accepted the call, you hear the voice of your caller through the car speakers,
  • The other party hears you well - thanks to the microphone included in the package,
  • You sever the connection using the 'Previous track' button on your head unit
  • The music starts to play again from the iPod at the same position where you were listening to it before the call

If you were listening to another source (eg. radio or CD) when the call came in, you should switch to the Gateway Lite BT first to accept the call. When you change the function to the Gateway Lite BT (CD-Changer mode) you immediately accept the call, so there are no more functions to initiate or buttons to push and you will be connected to the caller. In this case the phone's ringtone comes through the phone speakers only, but if your head unit has a mute connection and it is correctly connected to the Gateway Lite BT, the source (radio or CD) will be muted to notify you of the incoming call.


Seamless car Integration

Car information and entertainment systems can be complex networks, so Dension always recommends that you have your installation carried out by a qualified installer. To find a selection of suppliers and installers in your country/area, please click here.

The installation will vary slightly according to the car in question, but in each case, you would want have either a cradle, or a dock cable to connect your iPod to. Your installer will ask and advise as to the best place to situate this in your vehicle. The Gateway itself is less than the size of a CD case and will be installed securely out of sight in the glove box since the car side harness is long enough to enable such installation. Dension products are all designed so that there is no need to cut cables.


Supported Apple devices

  • iPhone 5s, 5c, 5 (LIA1GW0 + Lightning cable (IPLC1GW) or iPhone 5 cradle (IP5LCRU)/ (IP5LCRP) is required)
  • iPhone, iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS and 3G (1A charging)
  • iPod (4th generation)
  • iPod nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5thand 6th generation)
  • iPod mini
  • iPod Photo 4G
  • iPod Video 5G
  • iPod Classic
  • iPod Touch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)

Supported Bluetooth devices

  • a huge variety of Bluetooth handsets
  • music playback through A2DP
  • Android support (A2DP or 'Mass Storage')*

Supported Audio devices

  • USB: Flash Memory and Hard Disk Drive (UBS1.1 and higher)
  • File System: FAT16 or FAT32
  • Storage capacity: up to 250GB music content
* Android compatibility depends on the device used
Supports the following audio formats:
  • MP3
  • MPEG1 Layer 3 : 32; 44,1; 48 kHz (32 - 320kbps);
  • MPEG2 Layer 3 : 16; 22,05; 24 kHz (8 - 160kbps);
  • MPEG2.5 Layer 3 : 8; 11.025; 12 kHz (8 -160 kbps) from 96 kb/s to 320 kb/s;
  • MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR) (up to 320kb/s).
  • WMA 4 - 44.1 kHz at sample rates up to 320 kb/s. Except for DRM protected files.
  • WAV (16 bit, uncompressed PCM)
Not supported WMA formats:
  • WMA Pro
  • WMA lossless

Title File Note
All vehicle compatibility

Compability list of all cars and motorcycles in one pdf


application/pdf iconGateway Lite and Gateway Lite BT Firmware 1.17

Contains compatibility details and step by step instructions on how to update.

application/pdf iconGateway Lite and Gateway Lite BT Firmware 1.14

Recommended for Lightning adapter for Gateway users.

Configuration files
application/pdf iconVolume configuration files

For further details please visit our Knowledge Base section

User guide
application/pdf iconGateway Lite BT (A2DP) User Guide
Install guide
application/pdf iconGateway Lite BT (A2DP) Install Guide