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Using an Extension or Splitter

GPS Interference

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Written by Anthony
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Understanding Splitter and Extension Use with Bouncie

Bouncie is a powerful and convenient device that can help you keep track of your vehicle's location, driving habits, and much more. It's important to understand how best to use the device to ensure that it works properly and provides accurate location tracking.

When you use a splitter or extension with your Bouncie device, you run the risk of introducing interference that can cause your device to lose its GPS signal or provide inaccurate location information. To ensure that your device is working properly and providing accurate location tracking, it's best to connect it directly to your vehicle's OBD-II port without using a splitter or extension. This will provide the device with a direct, uninterrupted power source and help to ensure that the GPS signal is strong and reliable.

Why Does It Cause Interference?

When an extension or splitter is used, it can cause interference for a few reasons:

  • Signal attenuation: OBD-II signals are sent at a specific voltage level and frequency. When the extension or splitter is added, the signal can weaken or attenuate, leading to reduced signal strength, and possible errors in data transmission.

  • Crosstalk: Crosstalk is a phenomenon where signals transmitted on one wire can interfere with signals transmitted on another wire. When an OBD-II extension or splitter is used, crosstalk can occur between the wires, causing errors in data transmission.

  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI): OBD-II signals can be affected by EMI, which is caused by electromagnetic fields generated by other electronic devices or power lines. When an extension or splitter is used, it can increase the susceptibility of the OBD-II signal to EMI.

Using Splitters and Extensions With Bouncie

If you must use a splitter or extension with your Bouncie device, it's important to choose one that is designed for GPS devices and shielded to minimize interference. Low-quality splitters and extensions can cause interference, so it's best to avoid them. Additionally, you should avoid routing the cable near sources of EMI, such as power lines or electronic devices. It should also be secure and not hanging.

It's also a good idea to test your device regularly to ensure that it is working properly, and contact our Bouncie support team if you experience any issues or inaccuracies with your device's location tracking.

Conclusion

In summary, using a splitter or extension with your Bouncie device can cause GPS interference and impact the accuracy of your device's location tracking. To ensure that your device is working properly, it's best to connect it directly to your vehicle's OBD-II port without using a splitter or extension. If you must use a splitter or extension, choose one that is designed for GPS devices and test your device regularly to ensure that it is working properly.

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