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Using an Extension or Splitter

Using one can cause GPS Interference.

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Written by Anthony
Updated over a week ago

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.

To ensure that your device is working properly and providing accurate location tracking, it's best to connect it directly to your vehicle's OBD2 port without using a splitter or extension.

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. 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: OBD2 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 OBD2 extension or splitter is used, crosstalk can occur between the wires, causing errors in data transmission.

  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI): OBD2 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 OBD2 signal to EMI.

Using Splitters and Extensions With Bouncie

If you need to use a splitter or extension with your Bouncie device, it's important to select 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.

Once installed, it is good idea to secure the adapter cord and Bouncie device under your dash. You can do this using a zip tie or other method of securing. Always keep in mind that anywhere you secure it, interference can still occur.

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

If you have questions, start a conversation with us when you are logged into the mobile app. Tap the top left corner and select Need Help. From there a Bouncie expert can assist!

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