MARCOPOLO Advanced Pet Monitoring, Tracking and Locating System (For Dogs and Cats 5 lb and Larger)
- Works anywhere, totally self-contained, no GPS or cell network required, no monthly service contracts, ideal for traveling with your pets
- Simple to setup and use, single button-push to begin searching for lost pets with real-time distance and direction feedback
- Includes everything needed for 1-pet, may be expanded to handle up to three pets with purchase of additional tracking tags (sold separately)
- Tracking Tags are designed for prolonged swimming, are light enough for cats and rugged enough for the most active dogs
- Rechargeable battery on pet’s collar lasts up to 6 weeks while being continuously monitored
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Marco Polo Works Wherever You Go With Your Pets
Traveling With Pets
You love traveling with your pet on those long road trips, but worry they may wander off in unfamiliar surroundings. Wherever you go, protect your pet with Marco Polo. It works everywhere you travel, no need for internet connectivity or cell phone service.
Hiking and Camping
Your pets love the outdoors just like you. Now you can have peace of mind taking them along on hikes or camping trips knowing you can protect them with Marco Polo. Portable, lightweight, easy to use - Marco Polo is the perfect way to know where your furry friend is at all times.
Escape Artists and Bolters
The possibility that your pet may escape their 'safe area' presents a constant worry. Relax, knowing that Marco Polo will monitor up to three pets and alert you within 80 seconds if any pet has wandered. And if they do, Marco Polo's tracking mode makes recovering your wayward pet quick and easy.
Small Dogs and Cats Too!
Now there is a system small enough and light enough to monitor, track and recover small dogs and cats. Marco Polo will lead you to their exact location, even if they are hiding.
How Does Marco Polo Work?
Monitor Pet's Safety Zone
Marco Polo can monitor up to three pets, checking on each pet once every 40 seconds. You receive an alert if any pet is outside its programmable safe zone.
System Searches for Pet
When searching for your pet, Marco Polo acts like a personal radar system, scanning the surrounding area as you move, even inside nearby homes, garages and backyards.
Pet's Collar Tag Responds
When you are within range, the tag on your pet’s collar will respond to the handheld locator once every 5 seconds, allowing the locator to home in on the exact location of your pet.
Follow Signal To Your Pet
By following the directional arrow and noting the strength of the signal being received from the collar tag, you will be guided to your pet - even if they are on the move or hidden from view.
The Marco Polo Advanced Pet Tracking system Waterproof and Extremely Rugged is the ideal solution to keep your pets safe while they enjoy all the activities they love. Suitable for pets ranging from the largest dogs down to the smallest dogs and cats having a collar length of 7 inches or more. No internet or cellular access is needed so you can take your pets with you to the most remote locations, knowing that you will be alerted quickly if they wander and easily track them if they become lost. Marco Polo is the perfect solution for protecting your pets while traveling or at home. Extremely rugged, the Advanced Tracking Tag is made to withstand rough terrain and prolonged swimming. The streamlined design keeps the tag out of harm’s way so it is not caught on branches or damaged while playing. Up to two additional tracking tags (sold separately) can be added to the system at any time to allow monitoring and tracking of up to three pets. The tracking tag has an internal, rechargeable battery that lasts up to 6 weeks on a single charge. Since Marco Polo requires no monthly fees it will save you hundreds of dollars over the life of the system when compared to subscription-based systems. When searching for your pet, Marco Polo acts like a personal radar system, scanning every inch of the surrounding area, including the interiors of homes and backyards. The system range is up to 2 miles in open conditions but, as with any 2-way radio system, varies with terrain and obstructions. If your pet is outside the system’s range you can continuously scan hundreds of acres of surrounding area as you drive or walk around. Once within range of your pet the Marco Polo locator will guide you directly to their exact location, within inches if necessary, even if they are injured or hiding – a perfect solution for finding cats that are reluctant to come in at night. Select one of four safety zone ranges for your pet and receive warnings in less than 80 seconds when your pet wanders.
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If you have many buildings or uneven landscapes like hills or rocks or valleys around you it won't work as the signals bounce off the objects and confuse the tracker. It shows my dog in the exact opposite direction of where he actually is because of this problem. Only when I head out into the open spaces does it correctly show the direction.
So for tracking a dog in the city it's pretty useless.
However to monitor a dog it's AWESOME. It has a feature to alert you if a dog goes too far away from the house/tracker. Are use this feature a lot. I have set it to the near setting so if my dog is more than 50 m away from my house it alerts me and I can go and call him back before you get out of ear shot. This to me is an even better feature than tracking the dog because I can get the dog before he runs away. For this one feature I give it five stars, for tracking dog it's run away I give it one star in the city.
For the cat, it has to fit comfortably on the breakaway collar she already wears. The Marco Polo tag weighs less than an ounce and attaches with a soft nylon fabric holder that fits tight to the collar so there is nothing hanging down to catch on branches. She barely noticed it after I put it on her collar.
For the Lab, I need a product that can stand up to his love for the water and his crashing through the bushes on our hikes. I take him with me on trips where we are often in areas without cell service and this is one of the few products that works everywhere without the need for cell coverage.
As for cost, I looked at the popular GPS/cellular system (which is too big for my cat and won’t work where I hike with my dog) and even with their sale prices by the time you add in the service fees it is actually more expensive by the end of the first year for my 2 pets than Marco Polo is – and the fees don’t stop after that! After 3 years the GPS unit is almost 3 times the cost of Marco Polo.
PS: I found a video online of the tag being run over by a car, these things are built to take a beating!
- Long battery life. With not monitoring it I have not charged the hand held or beacon in 2 weeks.
- The monitoring system does work well although there is a 90-120 second delay.
- Works without cell phone signal.
- Expandable to 3 dogs.
- Takes a significant amount of time to hone in on the animal if it is moving. It took on average 15 minutes to find it 200 yards away in woods.
- Frequently throws wrong direction indicators you have to just go with the most frequent direction that pops up.
- When locating over a hill it would lead me around the side of the hill where the signal was bouncing off.
- Pretty simplistic directions, the signal strength is your first indicator you use to get within a 100 yards of the dog (in woods) and then it will start pointing out directions. This will be much better if you live in a wide open area, I can see it locating the animal very quickly in this situation.
- Have to rotate in circles for best direction to go and watch the angle you hang on to it for best signal.
If your dog is a runner I do not think I would use this as it takes a while to hone in on the signal. If he likes to just go hang out on the property somewhere then it probably is worth saving the money and getting this over a GPS system. My dog never goes too far so I am keeping mine.