Understanding Plug-In Versus Wired GPS Tracking Devices

This article was published on: 03/29/18 by the Robert Hall

At Track Your Truck, we have a wide range of GPS tracking systems designed to help our customers manage their fleets’ needs. From live and passive options to simple trailer tracking and robust fleet systems, our devices will serve a wide range of fleet sizes and types. As you decide which device is best for your fleet, you will need to choose between plug-in models and wired tracking devices. Here is a closer look at both of these options.

What Is Plug-In Tracking?

Plug-in tracking from Track Your Truck, such as the Premium GPS Plug-In Vehicle Tracker, uses a small tracking device that plugs directly into the OBD-II port on your vehicles. This is the same port your mechanic uses to run diagnostic codes, and is easily accessible and universal across most modern vehicles. Track Your Truck’s GPS tracking devices come tested and activated, so all you have to do is plug it in and let it work for you.

One potential concern with plug-in tracking is the ease in tampering with these devices. Removing one is just as easy as installing it. Thieves have been known to remove the device before stealing a vehicle. Track Your Truck has security measures in place to combat this scenario. Even if unplugged, an internal antenna and battery backup system allow the unit to continue sending signals. When unplugged, the unit will automatically send an alert to the management app, allowing the fleet manager to take action to track the vehicle.

How to Install a Plug-In Tracking System

To install a plug-in tracking system, locate the vehicle’s OBD-II port. Turn off the vehicle, plug in the device. Turn on the vehicle, and the device will start tracking after a couple of minutes of configuration. You can use the app to verify that it is tracking. When the vehicle needs service, the mechanic can easily remove the tracker while the vehicle is off, perform all necessary tests, then put the tracker back in place.

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Sometimes the OBD-II port is located underneath the car’s dashboard near the driver’s legs. In these cases, the addition of a GPS plug-in tracking unit can make it difficult to drive safely. OBD-II extension cables allow you to reposition the tracking unit to a safer location, such as the vehicle’s dashboard.

What Is Wired Tracking?

Wired tracking refers to tracking systems that are hard-wired into the vehicle. These are more difficult to tamper with, and they are wired to the vehicle’s systems similar to that of a car’s stereo. Track Your Truck’s Premium GPS Vehicle Tracker is an example of a wired tracking system.

Just as the plug-in varieties, wired tracking devices from Track Your Truck can operate via a battery and antenna to send alerts should tampering occur. Wired devices, unlike plug-ins, have the option to remotely disable the vehicle’s ignition if there is a safety or service violation.

How to Install a Wired Tracking Device

While the majority of customers self-install, the task can also be done by a qualified installer or mechanic. Track Your Truck’s devices fit into interior panels and side panels, typically on the driver’s side under the dash.

Which Is Right for You?

When you choose GPS tracking from Track Your Truck, you benefit from systems that are easy to use, easy to install and reliable day in and day out. The choice between a wired and plug-in device depends on your needs.

Do you require the additional features of the wired devices? Are you comfortable with the plug-n-play model for your GPS tracking? No matter which you choose, you will receive the same customer service and reliability you have come to expect from Track Your Truck. Contact our team today for assistance in determining which tracking system is right for your fleet.

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