GPS tracker: Placement does matter!
If you’ve decided that GPS tracker devices were the greatest way to optimize your fleet tracking abilities, but you’ve been having some problems with installation then today’s post might be just for you! Simply put, some devices are easier to self-install than others. Today, we’re going to talk about some common devices and give quick tips on how to best place the mentioned GPS tracker devices for improved usage.
1.) With the OBD-V3 device, you probably have one of the easiest GPS tracker devices to install. If your vehicles are cars or light trucks with a model year 1996 or after then they are OBD II compliant. So, simply look at the OBD-V3 connector and locate your truck’s OBD II port that matches. The connector should be located within three feet of the driver and should not require any tools to be revealed. Look under the dash and behind ashtrays. Then plug in the device! It’s that simple.
2.) With devices such as the PT-V3 Pro you have to take a totally different approach. First, make certain that the GPS tracker unit is sitting correctly inside the box. If you get into too much of a hurry, you could accidentally place the unit upside down and find yourself having connection issues. Next, avoid placing the device somewhere that metal will be covering it up. This will interfere with your signal. DO place the device as close to the rear of the vehicle as possible, making use of the powerful magnetic box. Clip it on and get ready to go!
3.) The AT-V3, AT-V3 Pro and NT-V3 GPS tracker devices will, generally, use the basic system set-up in which placing the unit behind the instrument cluster (or highest point of dash) facing up will work. From there you simply drop the wires down to make up connections with the coordinating wires under the dash. Units with an antenna separate, like the NT-V3, will require that the installer pays close attention to the placement of antennae. One side is marked “this side up,” because if it it flipped incorrectly it will interfere with your signal. You can place this antenna under plastic and it should not cause any signal problems as long as it is facing upwards in the correct direction.
As you can see, placement does matter! Not all devices are easily installed so if you need assistance feel free to contact support with questions you may have. If you don’t have someone on staff to install your GPS tracker devices for you, feel free to contact us and we’ll get you set up with professional installation.
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