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unidentified hardware/peripheral

i found a small black box under the seat in my car, it has a single square button on it and has 3 lights on it for GPS, PWR, and CEL does anyone have any ability to identify this? id attach a photo but don't see how here

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It has the right lights and designations for

A Cellular based GPS tracker. You didn't reveal make, model of the car but most rental cars have these now.

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thank you for the reply

it doesn't have a make on it that i can see--so this would be used to track the location of the vehicle? does it require a software app for it to be used

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Strange.

Most cars have make, model and year. That's how we identify the car. I mentioned rental cars since if the car was bought used it could be from a rental fleet that has such boxes.

As to your new question, yes and no. Yes there are either apps for the phone, a web site you log into to track your fleet but no, these boxes are useless if you just find them in some car. This in a way prevents theft of the boxes.

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leased car

the car is leased, but I'm suspicious that an ex-spouse may be tracking the cars whereabouts via some sort of tracker

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Leased car. That explains it to me.

The car isn't truly yours so they often fit trackers to rental, leased and even models that have loans against them. Makes recovering the asset much cheaper and safer.

If you have concerns about the tracker you should talk to the company that handles the lease. You could just unplug it and see what happens. These things usually just need a power connection and nothing more.

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Also another black box that's common

but usually the person who owns the car knows it's there, because he signed up for it. Insurance companies will lower your payments if you let them plug their device into the DBII or DBIII plug in the car to track miles, speed, etc. If it proves you are a very very safe driver, especially a low mileage user, they lower your rates.

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I bet that was the OBD port.
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PS. How I know about GPS tracking.

I was on a few vehicle tracking system engineering teams. Your box comes in some thousand different designs and by dozens of firms so you rarely can find the maker. That's usually not a concern since the company that does the lease bought them and only they worry about this box.

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thanks

it def has the look of an unbranded box; has a velcro attachment and a port to connect to a pc its not one of those progressive insurance safe driver trackers from the look of it...very appreciative of the feedback

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thanks, part 2

based on everyones help i was able to search and confirm that the box i found is the Linxup Mini Tracker that i think may have been planted without authorization thank you for all of your insight

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Nice unit.

If you are sure it's not from the leasing company, use it to play games with those that planted it. Take it out, charge it up and then plant it on some city bus.

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