I was recently installing a XM system on to the CDA-9833, when I stupidly cut off the pig tail that was not being used between the AI port and the XM controller. I did not understand, at the time, that I could daisy chain on other components like a CD changer or what ever to that empty end of the cable.
I was able to get the XM preview channel before I made the cut. I bought a new cable and XM receiver and controller and that still did not work. The CDA-9833 still plays CDs, I still get radio but no AI-Net functions.
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On the ai net cable identify and separate strand with green, blue and unshielded common/ground. G and B will be your positive which you will then solder to red and white leads from rca or headphone cable with unshielded from that cable twisted together and soldered together with the unshielded wire from ai net cable. Tape off or heat shrink the rest of wires from ai net cable.
I would check your tail light fuse first then test the brown wire in the tail light harness where you origionally cut into it. With the lights on there should be around 12v on it. if not you may have pulled the wire too hard and broke it upstream. Test to see if there is 12v at the fuse ad if there is, your trouble should be in the wire between the fuse and the spot where you cut into it.
ai net is simply alpine's upper level line of decks. they have their regular line and ai net line. just like kenwood has their normal line and their upper level excelon line. ai net uses different cables to connect with changers and aux items than the regular line.
You need a AI Net cable or Speed Cable... It plugs into the back of the radio (looks like a circle with holes), and the other end can have a "Y" plug (headphone jack and iPod flat jack). The headphone jack for sound, the flat jack to charge he iPod while listening. I just bought mine on Crutchfield.com for $29.99. With the discount code: 3A156 you can get standard shipping free. The item # is: 127ICALPA and it's named "PAC iPod Adapter for Alpine".
It is possible that the SIR unit stays powered as long as the red wire is powered, since it is normally connected to a switched source. To test this, disconnect the red wire or move it to a switched source (you could even add a switch on the wire and flip it manually).
If the battery stays healthy after that, then the red wire being constantly powered is the problem. Otherwise, it is possible there is a problem with the Ai-NET cable connected to the SIR unit.