Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security


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Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby benbam » Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:49 pm



Ok I got a new toy to add to the goldwing (2008 no nav) its a TK103A GPS GPRS SMS Coban Real-time tracker TK103A Quad band SD card slot anti-theft move alarm by SMS. I purchased from Amazon ($27.80)
http://www.amazon.com/Coban-Real-time-t ... ingdocs-20

So the install looks fairly simple, just a power connection (battery or acc), couple of antennas (GPS and Cell phone), Microphone for live monitoring, Relay for cutoff, siren feed (speaker maybe), door switches (Not sure where on my bike) and a SOS switch.
I should be able to use it as a tracking device on my trip to California this summer and for some security . The thing requires a simm card for the tracking ($10 a month from consumer cellular) and a server to report the positioning too.
I have built my own GPRS tracking server so that should not cost me any money, but I am going to use the SMS feature to send latitude/longitude to my cell phone initially for testing purposes.
So the questions are where do I put the antenna's ?
Where is the best location for the device itself ?
What should I hook the relay cuttoff too ?
Can I use the door switch indicatiors for something ?
Where to put the michrophone ?
Any and all advice wanted :D



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Re: Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:44 pm

I see postings about that unit, and that it uses the cellular 2G network. This network is in the process of being shut down, and likely won't exist in a year...

http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles ... ready.html

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Re: Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby benbam » Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:33 am

Yep it don't look good
"Customer migration 'going fine' as AT&T prepares for 2G network shutdown by year-end 2016"
oh well it may work on my trip to California this summer

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Re: Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby benbam » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:17 am

Then again doing some more checking

The technologies used in 2G are either TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) which divides signal into different time slots or CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) which allocates a special code to each user so as to communicate over a multiplex physical channel.

Which this device does NOT support !
So maybe I got a chance

SInce my investment is low ($28 for the device $10 month for service) I think I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

Still looking for some suggestions about where to put the device and the antenna's, hookup suggestions etc.....

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Re: Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:41 pm

benbam wrote:Then again doing some more checking

The technologies used in 2G are either TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) which divides signal into different time slots or CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) which allocates a special code to each user so as to communicate over a multiplex physical channel.

Which this device does NOT support !
So maybe I got a chance

SInce my investment is low ($28 for the device $10 month for service) I think I'll give it a shot and see what happens.

Still looking for some suggestions about where to put the device and the antenna's, hookup suggestions etc.....


That's not correct. AT&T is GSM only. This device uses a SIM chip, which means it is GSM. GSM is a TDMA type network by definition (as opposed to Sprint, which is a CDMA network).

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Re: Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby benbam » Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:08 am

Got it you are correct !
The big controversy is that the cell phone companies are saying that they are shutting down 2g at the end of the year (some 7/17) but over half of the customers on the towers are still running 2g and have no plans to move. Its even worse in Europe and Asia.
So again since my investment is low and I should be able to complete my next big trip with the service in place. I think I'll give it a shot.
My alternative is to put a tracker on my cell phone and simply use that as a means to track the bike, but I liked some of the security features of the tracking device.

Again thanks for the help especially regarding the demise of the 2g service .

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Re: Install a TK103 A GPS/GPRS Tracker with security

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:29 am

benbam wrote:Got it you are correct !
The big controversy is that the cell phone companies are saying that they are shutting down 2g at the end of the year (some 7/17) but over half of the customers on the towers are still running 2g and have no plans to move. Its even worse in Europe and Asia.
So again since my investment is low and I should be able to complete my next big trip with the service in place. I think I'll give it a shot.
My alternative is to put a tracker on my cell phone and simply use that as a means to track the bike, but I liked some of the security features of the tracking device.

Again thanks for the help especially regarding the demise of the 2g service .


The telematics in my car (Ford) run on 2G, and there is a stink about having that stop working at the end of the year. My wife's car (Lincoln) already has a recall pending to replace the telematics module with a 3G or 4G one so that it will keep going.




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