Winplus Beacon GPS Tracker
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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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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.Read more ›
and a nav mode for car tracking. It works great for car tracking. It shows
the time a car was traveling and where and how long it was stopped. Also shows
speed. You can download info into the computer and then take it to google maps
which will show you the route. If you would like to know where the car was when stopped it will give the exact location which you can plug into google earth
and it will take you to the exact location. Very neat little gadget for 30 bucks. Works under seat or even the trunk.
I am not impressed.
Amazon claims that the list price is $159.99. Who's the jerk who paid that?
Update: Now it thinks that I zip from California to India several times a day. This renders the tracking feature pretty much useless. What a piece of junk.
- No frills, good battery life
- 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have not used the equipment but the person who does has not complained so far. That's always a good sign especially when it has been about 2 years since we purchased the... Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by cptserious
The instructions were very complicated; you apparently need to be an engineer or computer guru to set this thing up. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by ALL
This tracking device works great; installing the software requires following directions verbatum. My teenager never knows when I will question his travels.Published on February 27, 2012 by Ben
Very poor precision GPS tracker.....returned it and purchased a much better live GPS tracker for $30 more and a small monthly fee.Published on February 12, 2012 by Jeffrey Phillips
I purchased the Winplus Beacon while doing research for a family member who was concerned about her new boyfriend cheating on her. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by Deputy Dog