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#1 ano

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 07:42 PM

https://www.kickstar...ve-gps-tracking



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 08:08 AM

I like the idea and have a couple of questions.

 

It mentions that the device is sealed and includes a sim card. If you can not open the device then you can't replace the battery? that would make it disposable when the battery is done? They also don't say what the price will be.



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 09:57 AM

This one looks nice, but there are a bunch of these types of trackers available on Alibaba.



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 12:00 AM

Thinking the SIM less trackers on Alibaba are just that and store tracking information to upload to a PC.  Did a search with that question.

 

Well and then found a bunch of SIM less trackers available today that utilize a built in GSM/GPRS radio so they do exist and can be tracked with a web browser. 

 

So wondering if the ones on Alibaba are the same. 

 

Many years ago when using GPRS on my cell phone I recall that I could just see a cellular tower with my phone and get on the internet via GPRS without having to log in to it.  There were published lists of the GPRS services available at the time.

 

Here are a couple.

Tractive GPS Pet Tracker $129.00 plus a monthly fee

 

Lightbug

 

There is also GMRS with repeaters around but don't think you can do tracking with these?



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Posted 24 August 2016 - 11:10 PM

They also don't say what the price will be.

For $125 on Kickstarter you get the device and a year of service.



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 08:51 AM

I'm looking for something similar for my portable generator. I don't necessarily need GPS tracking (especially for a recurring extortion fee), just a battery wireless device which will trigger an alarm in my home if the signal is disconnected or motion is detected.

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 09:06 AM

Do you leave your portable generator outside when you are not using it?

 

Are you concerned that somebody will steal the running generator where you live today?

 

It's been a few years now that a bank I worked at in Chicago was torn down and replaced with a tiny bank.

 

IE: the old bank was about a block long (it had much of the back office infrastructure for LaSalle banks) with an underground connection to another building which housed the first drive up banking facilities in Chicago. 

 

During deconstruction some folks tore out all of the copper plumbing and flooded the the site causing an upheaval in the deconstruction project.



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 09:35 AM

Don't plan to leave generator outside while not using in it and obviously it will be chained down.

I guess an inexpensive pet/child GPS tracker would do the trick, assuming I can find one with no recurring extortion fee.

Update: This seems like it would do the trick for $11

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00L0XT142/ref=mp_s_a_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1472137741&sr=8-6π=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=gps+tracker&dpPl=1&dpID=41yhNvTxlzL&ref=plSrch

Edited by elvisimprsntr, 25 August 2016 - 10:44 AM.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 10:24 AM

Chained down? 

 

Just put a wireless switch on the generator and connect it to your M1 and create an event with your cell phone.  You can purchase single solenoid wireless devices on Ebay for $5-$10.

 

Here still have a custom little device from over 10 years ago.  It is basically a little tag you put on say carry on luggage and the reciever is about 2" square and loud yelps if he tag is moved more than 20 feet away from the reciever (and it is adjustable for distance).  It was also used / sold as a child tracking device.  It was about $5 at the time and it was just a little radio and receiver do what.



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Posted 05 November 2018 - 06:48 AM

there are many GPS devices available in the market and have a great feature in the device.

this evolution has changed the world



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Posted 23 September 2019 - 07:54 AM

Another kickstarter scam?



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 09:28 AM

I didn't notice the 1,1,1 counts.

 

On other forums more people complaint about these failed kickstarter attempts. I have read a few of them have been successfully sued now for not even having a product, making a decent attempt, and no refunding. Too bad there is always somebody out there to take advantage of a good thing.

 

I had three BT tags given to me a few years back. Not once did one every get reported. I stuck one in  my wife's purse before she left via Toronto aeroport to Edmonton and back two weeks later. Not one report.  You can barely get a phone ringer sound out of a thick leather purse, let alone a BT signal, connect to another BT, having their app running, and communicate some intelligent data, on an escalator glance passing. LMFAO. What a waste of money.

 

They should have been in court in class action, but they have to recover their prototype funds, so they fake it long enough to recoup.

 

When I saw the size of these Tags it's not hard to tell these wouldn't fly and with the implied distances they would need a battery change once per week. LOL



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 11:08 AM

Here last year purchased a device that is about the size of my index finger and does geolocation and sends data up to the internet.  

 

It was free to use.  BUT I didn't like that it constantly chats to the cloud.

 

I am going to take it apart as it talks to the internet via 3G but not sure if it has a sim card in it. 



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Posted 26 September 2019 - 10:57 PM

Thing I can't figure out is how they get these data plans so cheaply. In canada the cheapest phone plan you can get is about $40 per month and that is choked to 3G speeds. 3G is slowly being dumped here and not available much, anymore with 5G coming on.



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Posted 27 September 2019 - 09:00 AM

In the 1990's used GPRS (which was free and open) on my cell phone but it was really slow modem speed like for internet.  This was using Palm and Microsoft CE phones at the time.

 

Years ago got my AT&T cellular accounts slammed as they were all grandfathered (unlimited voice and data) so switched at the time to T-Mobile which was $20 per account with no yearly terms (month by month) for unlimited voice and data.  Today the data is capped but I do not utilize data that much on my phones as much of the time they are off.

 

I am curious about the device I mentioned and will probably take it apart to look. 






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