Where a GPS tracking device is placed on a vehicle can have a dramatic effect on how useful the device will be. Though best placement can vary from car to car, there are a few basic principles to follow.
A GPS device will always report most accurately when its antenna has a clear view of the sky. Check your device's manual for the location of the antenna on your particular device. If you are trying to hide a device, this may not be possible, but we have some tips for you:
- Do not put the device anywhere surrounded by metal, like the car‘s trunk, glove compartment, or under a seat.
- Avoid placing the tracker on top of other electronic devices, like turn-by-turn directional devices; a few inches between the two should be adequate to avoid interference.
- Most battery-powered tracking devices have weatherproof magnetic "slap and track" cases available. These allow a device to be placed underneath a vehicle; when placing beneath a car:
- Make sure the antenna is facing down, towards the ground. This will allow the device to pick up a satellite signal reflected off of the ground.
- Place the device as near to the edge of the vehicle as you can. If it is too far beneath the car, it may not get a signal.
- Note that best placement can vary by vehicle. Due to differences in automobile manufacturers, a device may report perfectly on one vehicle but not report at all from the same location on a different vehicle. There is an element of trial and error that will need to be done by each customer. It is simply not possible for BrickHouse to test trackers on every model of car manufactured.
Pictured below is a simple diagram of recommended places to try your tracker (marked in green) and places that are not recommended (marked in red).