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Jenny Malcolm

Author: Jenny Malcolm

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Compare GPS Vehicle Tracking Devices: Plug-N-Play vs. Hardwired

gps vehicle tracking devices pnp vs hardwired

As you research GPS vehicle tracking devices, you will find there are two main device types, hardwired vehicle tracking devices and plug-n-play (PNP) devices that connect directly to the OBD-II port.

Based on your business, employees, vehicles types, and a variety of other factors, one of these options will be the better fit for your tracking needs. To help you decide which, we put together a pros and cons list for both options so you can compare the differences side-by-side.

Plug-n-Play Vehicle Tracking Devices


Easily self-installed

Portable from vehicle to vehicle

Monitors engine diagnostics

Enables in-cab driver coaching with a built-in buzzer (the device buzzes with an audible sound).


3-wire installation (30-45 minutes).

Not designed to be easily moved from vehicle to vehicle

Enables in-cab driver coaching, but needs a separate buzzer installed (used for Driver ID).

You should carefully weigh these pros and cons when deciding which GPS tracking devices to purchase. It can be a headache to roll out devices to your entire fleet and discover they don’t meet your needs down the road. Not to mention, you will have to eat the cost of pulling them out and installing the right devices later.

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