This article provides general advice on how to mount your MaxiTracker on the tracking object, and answers the most common questions about mounting.
Does the product have to be visible to connect to the server?
No, the purpose of the product is to keep it out of sight. You can easily have the product mounted, for example, inside a car or in a boat engine. The product is designed with common placements such as these in mind.
On the other hand, it is important to keep in mind that the GPS signal is more sensitive to shielding than, for example, the mobile network signal. For example, it is very rare for a GPS receiver to receive a signal indoors, in a garage or in a road tunnel. Suppose you have a MaxiTracker in your car and you park the car in an underground parking garage. What then happens in practice is that the product loses the GPS signal when the car is driven into the garage, but you will always see the last reported position in the mobile app. This then means in that it will look as if the car is just outside the garage when in fact it is inside the garage. When the car is driven out, the product will re-establish contact with the satellites after a few minutes and the updates will then continue as before.
Is the product waterproof?
Yes, MaxiTracker is IP67-rated, which means that it is dustproof and waterproof, and that it can be immersed in water. However, the product should not be immersed in water for extended periods of time and you should not consciously arrange a permanent mounting location in a water-filled space. Water safety is intended as an extra protective layer.
Is the magnet strong?
Yes, the magnet is strong enough to be used as a permanent mounting option! However, you should make sure that the surface on which you attach the product is clean and smooth, so that the product is firmly attached.
Can I place the product in my boat or in a boat engine?
You can use MaxiTracker on all types of tracking objects. However, it is important to keep in mind that battery life can be adversely affected when the product is mounted in a launched boat. This is because the product's activity is controlled by a built-in motion sensor / vibration detector, and as boats often rocks a little in the water, this can result in the product being incorrectly activated even though the boat has practically not been moved from the site. There are measures you can take to improve the product's functionality when mounted in a boat, see the article Incorrect motion alerts - when installed in a boat.
Can I hide the product in a container / toolbox / other very thick sheet metal container?
In general, we advise against mounting your device behind very thick sheet metal. The amount of sheet metal present in a car or other vehicle generally does not pose a risk of signal interference provided that the vehicle is outdoors, but very thick sheet metal such as in a container can give rise to severe signal interference which can give incorrect or no positioning at all. It can work well from case to case, but our general recommendation is not to mount the product in these types of containers.
Important signal strength information
All material between the device and the GPS satellite, shields the signal to some extent. It is possible that you get location data in the app, but that the location does not match the actual location of the object (e.g. a difference of 50-100 meters from the actual location). This is then because the signal strength is weak, but still sufficient enough to get at least some form of location. What you need to do in such a situation is to adjust the position of the device so that it has better contact with the satellites.
Important information about power consumption
The product is, for energy saving purposes, configured by default in a way that makes it only active and reports location data when it is in motion. This is measured by the built-in vibration sensor; when the sensor detects a movement, the product is activated, and then continues to be active until no movements have been noted for ten consecutive minutes. Therefore, remember to position the product so that it notices incorrect movements as little as possible, which can happen if people bump into the device regularly, for example, or if the device is on a boat (see above).