US Fleet Tracking Provides Common GPS Tracker Installation Tips

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US Fleet Tracking goes over details on how to install specific GPS tracking devices that generally present problems for fleets.

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A fleet team needs to know the best placement for GPS tracker devices to have improved usage.

Some fleets have decided that GPS tracker devices were the greatest way to optimize their fleet tracking abilities, but they’ve been having some problems with a few device types and the installation process. Simply put, some devices are easier to self-install than others, but the placement of GPS tracker devices does matter. A fleet team needs to know the best placement for GPS tracker devices to have improved usage. For this reason, US Fleet Tracking provides common GPS tracker installation tips.

1.    The OBD-X5 device, is reportedly one of the easiest GPS tracker devices to install. If company vehicles are cars or light trucks with a model year 1996 or after then they are OBD II compliant. It just takes looking at the OBD-X5 connector and locating the 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. It may be under the dash and behind ashtrays. From there, simply plug in the device! It’s that simple.

2.    With devices such as the PT-V3 Pro a totally different approach needs to be taken. First, make certain that the GPS tracker unit is sitting correctly inside the box. Accidentally placing the unit upside down will result in drivers having connection issues. Next, avoid placing the device somewhere that metal will be covering it up. This will interfere with the signal. Instead, 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-X5, AT-X5 Pro and NT-X5 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, simply drop the wires down to make up connections with the coordinating wires under the dash. Units with an antenna separate, like the NT-X5, 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 the signal. Placing this antenna under plastic should not cause any signal problems as long as it is facing upwards in the correct direction.

If drivers experience any trouble connecting their GPS tracker to a signal it is recommended to check for installation errors, first. Not all devices are easily installed and US Fleet Tracking can offer assistance or answer questions. As always, US Fleet Tracking also provides professional installation for companies that do not want to risk installation problems or do not have the staff to do so.

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