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Old 04-12-2007, 06:51 PM   #1
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Anyone have any suggestions on what to get for a GPS tracking device? I've tried doing some research on the web and I've only found a few devices, and all of them require signing up for a monthly fee to actually track it. I know that this isn't very essential for where I live, so I dont want to pay a huge monthly fee, but I would like to have it so that if anything where to happen, I could easily go online and find where it is.
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Old 04-12-2007, 06:53 PM   #2
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WHy not go with a Lojack? Or you can look at the GPS module made by DEI for use with Viper alarm system
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:34 PM   #3
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I have an Earthmate GPS LT 2 which works great hooked to my pc in the car with a touchscreen. You can use it in tandem with front end applications like Microsoft street and trips or street atlas 2007
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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I have the Viper 791 alarm installed with the remote start and like it a lot (except for DEI's marginal quality; I'm on my 3rd $100 remote). Like Scooby said, DEI offers the GPS 210V that plugs into it, or can be installed as a stand alone system. I don't have the GPS 210V, but am considering it. Of course it requires a service to use the GPS tracking, which costs $, and the unit/service probably has more features than you need. I don't know any companies that will offer the GPS service for free. You may have to shop around by companies and find the best price for the options you need. Let us know what you go with and how you like it.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
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This is a realitivly new product but is supposed to work beautifully.

http://gps-snitch.com/
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:39 PM   #6
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Most of the automotive security based systems require a costly monthly fee.

Perhaps look into a inexpensive cell phone with GPS abilities, and pay for the GPS tracking option from your cell provider? You can then get a car adapter, and hardware it into your car. IT may or may not be cheaper, but it's a no frills, and easy solution.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:58 PM   #7
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the cheapest and easiest solution would be a ham radio based system broadcasting to the national packet frequency. TinyTrackers (basically a modem) are $35 or so, a serial gps off ebay for $30-$40, and a cheap ham radio for around $100 or less. You then can monitor the vehicle off http://www.findu.com/ or any other number of sites. basically your car has more or less a link to the internet through packet gateways.

This could easily be done with NOTHING visible, just because i'm saying ham don't think of big antennas with mic's hanging in your vehicle.

best part... no monthly fee!!!
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:59 PM   #8
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thats a pretty good idea.

i know that i probably wont find anything that doesn't need a service charge, but i only need it on certain occasions. anyone on here use a gps tracking device with their car?
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:12 PM   #9
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the gps-snitch seems like an awesome deal, i actually just emailed them and told them how good of an idea it would be to sell day to day packages, where if you dont need it for a full month, you could log in and tell them you need coverage on this day to this day, and just pay for those days.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:15 PM   #10
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the cheapest and easiest solution would be a ham radio based system broadcasting to the national packet frequency. TinyTrackers (basically a modem) are $35 or so, a serial gps off ebay for $30-$40, and a cheap ham radio for around $100 or less. You then can monitor the vehicle off http://www.findu.com/ or any other number of sites. basically your car has more or less a link to the internet through packet gateways.

This could easily be done with NOTHING visible, just because i'm saying ham don't think of big antennas with mic's hanging in your vehicle.

best part... no monthly fee!!!
That's brilliant. Lo-budg lo-jack ftw! Ima look into this.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:56 PM   #11
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http://www.byonics.com/tinytrak/
http://www.byonics.com/tinytrak/gps.php


i'm trying to figure out what else i would need for this to work with tracking my car. Also, does anyone know about hardwiring this into my car.
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Old 04-13-2007, 12:03 AM   #12
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http://www.byonics.com/tinytrak/
http://www.byonics.com/tinytrak/gps.php


i'm trying to figure out what else i would need for this to work with tracking my car. Also, does anyone know about hardwiring this into my car.
you need a ham license first, but that is fairly easy. all the questions for the test are online.

you need a radio... you can get a new alinco djs11 for $80.
http://www.hamradio.com/cgi-bin/uncg...7C%5Evx170&=GO

other then that, you can wire it on switched or continous power. a small HT like that can easily be set to run all the time without drawing your battery down, at least for a couple days/week.

(I've run lots of setups like this, I'm involved with high altitude ballooning, we fly an exact setup like this up to 110k feet and use the gps to recover it. all chase vehicles also have a similar system so we can map each other in real time)
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Old 04-13-2007, 02:18 AM   #13
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WHy not go with a Lojack? Or you can look at the GPS module made by DEI for use with Viper alarm system
What he said. Why not just go with lojack. No monthly fee.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:17 AM   #14
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What he said. Why not just go with lojack. No monthly fee.
lojack only gives you stolen vehicle recovery... if you want live vehicle tracking for say.. when you take it in for work and want to see how the test drive goes, you need something else.
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Old 04-13-2007, 11:16 AM   #15
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how much is lojack? there isn't any monthly fee for it either? the thing that i like about lojack is a lot of insurance companies give discounts for having it as well.
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Old 04-13-2007, 08:45 PM   #16
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hey there is a cool site that you can GPS track anyone with a cell phone and see exactly where they are check it out. http://www.sat-gps-locate.com
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:09 PM   #17
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^^ That site is pretty cool!


































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Old 04-13-2007, 09:13 PM   #18
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I just remembered, my auto insurance (state farm) gives a 15% discount for an active theft recovery device. For me that would amount to almost $300/year.

Of course if you're married or over 24 and not a male you won't save that much.
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:36 AM   #19
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i heard about www.microtrakgps.com from tv.

[edit] after looking at gps-snitch, i think this would be the best one (see below).

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Old 04-14-2007, 03:04 AM   #20
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even if you pay for their least expensive package, $15 a month is nothing. the amount you save from insurance discount will pay for it. i think i'll get this. the fun part will be deciding the best location to place the tracker. also, i'm sure it won't be difficult to hardwire the device so it charges everytime the engine is on. someone needs to do a writeup on this
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:40 AM   #21
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we used to install Strike Force at work but they had some serious problems. not being able to track vehicles for days . . . showing wrong locations, sometime unable to deactivate the starter kill.

so we dropped them and switched to Guide Point Systems.
http://www.guidepointsystems.com/index.shtml

So far after about 100 installs, we have had no problems whatsoever. It's a pretty intuitive system. It has the ability to unlock your doors, and probably the best feature is the security fence. When armed, it will notify you if the vehicle is moved. So say if your car is being towed (now the most common way to steal cars) the horn will begin to honk, and they will text you or call you so you can decide to call the police or not.
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