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Winplus Beacon GPS Tracker

by Winplus
26 customer reviews

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  • Continuously tracks vehicle location, speed, and time
  • Multi-use product- monitor commercial drivers, track young drivers, etc.
  • Completely portable
  • Connects to Google earth or Google maps
  • Easy to use, easy to setup
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  • ASIN: B00XJHET26
  • Item model number: AC13268-72-Parent
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By M. Kohls on August 2, 2009
Package Type: Standard Packaging
This unit works just as advertised and is very accurate. Set up was reletively easy. All you have to do is install a couple small programs on your PC (I have Vista on my PC and the SW works great)and provide a link to Google Earth. Calibration of the GPS is about 5 simple steps. The only complaint that I have is the instructional text in the supplied manual and on line is a little hard to read (not that big of a deal). I bought this system to keep an eye on my teenager. I personally don't look at it as a means of spying but rather a continual supervisor. Kids will drive better if they know that you can track them whenever you want. This system allows you to view where and when they drove as well as the speed of the vehicle along the route. This information is pulled from the system when they return home. This system will NOT send you this information real time as they are driving. If you want a device to do that with, plan on spending more for the GPS device as well as maintaining a service with a cell provider exclusive for the device.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By TK on May 1, 2010
Package Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
I was needing a device with a "tracking key" type functionality, but did not need the tracking key price or ability to be hidden from view. This Winplus Beacon does the job. Just make sure you update the unit and software with what's available on the winplus website - don't use the included CD software. And remember to follow the short initialization routine the first time you use it.

PROS: Does what it's supposed to do; keep a record of it's gps location saved to memory. Has some selectable modes and recording rates, and a compass feature that can help guide you to pre-selected waypoints. The locational accuracy of the gps is very good. Unit starts up quickly and locks on to a variety of satellites well. The internal battery life seems good - I've only used it for periods of about three hours at a time, and that hardly makes a dent in the power meter bar. Plus it comes with a car power code. While in use, one can switch between various displays on the small screen such as latitude/longitude, speed/altitude, compass bearing, etc.

CONS: Clunky software. At first, it seems OK. Attach the unit and the program pops up and downloads the "trace(s)" from the unit. (a Trace is generated for each On and Off cycle of the unit, with 30 Trace 'slots' available, up to the memory limit of the unit).

If you double-click on a trace it opens a window showing the outline of the route taken on a grid, and a scrolling list of each waypoint with the time at that point. Not very useful though.

If you right-click on a trace you have options to save the trace or send it to Google Earth or Maps. If you send it to Google, it loads up and shows the starting point, a colored line for the route, and the end point. That's it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Radio Prepper on February 28, 2009
Package Type: Standard Packaging
If you are the parent of a young driver that tends to "wonder" all over with the family car this device could be your new best friend.

After you properly calibrate the unit (easy), just hide it under the seat before giving the keys to the kid. After they return (hopefully safely), simply retrieve the unit from the car, connect a cable and log onto Google maps to review all of the places your child took the car that evening.

This becomes a real easy way to verify whether or not your child is obeying any restrictions mom or dad has placed on the use of the family vehicle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan E on January 6, 2012
Package Type: Standard Packaging Verified Purchase
% -- PROs:
- No frills, good battery life
- Cheap
- Data can be exported as text file, which allows you to process it with your own software, and *kml files that you can import into Google Earth
- Choice of Miles and Kilometers
- If you do email winplus, they get back to you promptly
% -- CONs:
- Displays Longitude, Latitude AND altitude, but stores ONLY Latitude and Longitude
- Bulkier than you'd think
- 5 seconds is the shortest logging interval
- Included software is very basic
- You NEED the firmware update
- It's a closeout item, so no more updates
- Little documentation

% -- In the box: Unit, USB Cable, Car charger, CD with software (which is also available online, so I haven't even touched the CD) and a silicone sleeve for the unit.

% -- I didn't buy this to spy on anyone but to track myself, in particular when I go for runs, to see how far I actually went. The Beacon does its job there, but not much more... In particular: In case that isn't clear yet, this unit is entirely passive, meaning it logs it's position at a fixed interval and you can look at the log afterwards, when the unit is hooked up to your computer. There are two modes, misleadingly labelled as "Sport" and "Navigation" mode. In Sport mode, you have the choice between logging intervals of 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes, in Navigation mode that decreases to 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds. It starts logging as soon as you turn it on, and stops when you switch it off, simple as that.
When running, there is basically no choice but to hold it in your hand, which is okay, because despite being somewhat bulky, the unit is at least light.
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