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Thread: cheap anti theft GPS trackers?

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    cheap anti theft GPS trackers?

    Considering getting a no fees 3G or 4G GPS tracker thingy for my boats

    They seem to fall into a few classes

    Expensive ones with ongoing fees hook up to vehicle battery

    Expensive ones with ongoing fees don't hook up to vehicle battery work out side network e.g spot gen3

    Cheap ones with no ongoing fees (aside from sim card/data) hook up to battery

    Cheap ones no ongoing fees (aside from sim card/data) with onboard battery

    The latter would be the go if such a thing exists that is cheap/reliable, I have read that the cheapies are unreliable and have shit software/coverage may need an antennae

    can any one advise? cheers in advance

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    Curious to what's out there as well, when I looked (6 months ago) they were all out of my budget or a kickstarter project

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    GPS is basically a set of satellites that operate a very accurate clock. when your receiver receives signal it locates you by the time differential between the satellites
    but..........to transmit that info remotely back to you is where it gets into the $
    i fitted a $80 aliexpress special into a car and it worked fine, cost $20 for the prepay sim and didnt access it till i needed too. worked well
    it was connected to the vehicles battery, drew bugga all current and had a 14 day standby if the battery was connected.
    but of course it depended on a local cell service so no service no tracing, so take it into a bad signal area or chuck the vehicle into a shipping container and say goodbye.
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    There is no bullet proof solution - all are fallible.

    I use one linked to V2.7.0 - bought it for $70 I think and then $50 a year. its active tracking so you can monitor 24/7.
    There are two models, OBD2 plugin and the wired version which you could run a secondary battery through a relay so if the battery is disconnected it will still run for a few weeks.

    The latter is a great options as you can wire it just about anywhere in the car or bike/boat etc and take power from anywhere in the loom making it difficult to locate.

    Almost all work using 3G/4G so a basic signal blocker set to the right frequency renders them all useless. Better than nothing though and with active tracking it will tell you the minute it loses signal or the power is cut.
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    I have a use for a couple of these too. Anyone recommend a brand or can put up a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by planenutz View Post
    I have a use for a couple of these too. Anyone recommend a brand or can put up a link?
    Give Craig a call on 021 734 374 or email sales@offthenet.co.nz
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    Thanks @terryf
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    Quote Originally Posted by planenutz View Post
    Thanks @terryf
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    Quote Originally Posted by terryf View Post
    There is no bullet proof solution - all are fallible.

    I use one linked to V2.7.0 - bought it for $70 I think and then $50 a year. its active tracking so you can monitor 24/7.
    There are two models, OBD2 plugin and the wired version which you could run a secondary battery through a relay so if the battery is disconnected it will still run for a few weeks.

    The latter is a great options as you can wire it just about anywhere in the car or bike/boat etc and take power from anywhere in the loom making it difficult to locate.

    Almost all work using 3G/4G so a basic signal blocker set to the right frequency renders them all useless. Better than nothing though and with active tracking it will tell you the minute it loses signal or the power is cut.
    Signal blocker?
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    yep, you can buy signal blockers, they use them around prisons in nz and in some movie theaters overseas etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Signal blocker?
    its like a jammer which blocks incoming and outgoing signals rendering 3G/4G or whatever signal is being jammed, useless.
    Just a basic google search will give you tons of info https://www.jammer-store.com/
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    Just saw this on FB
    https://www.gearbest.com/gps-accesso...l6SvZV786o8LDM
    $20 sound cheap enough
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    Just saw this on FB
    https://www.gearbest.com/gps-accesso...l6SvZV786o8LDM
    $20 sound cheap enough
    Pity it only has a 4-6 day battery life before it needs to be recharged.
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