Mounting of the Device
Mounting the device itself is a critical part of the installation that is often mistakenly considered less significant than the other aspects. It is very important to determine an appropriate location for the device and to affix it securely in place. Most of the times it is recommended that the installer review the location with the owner of the vehicle prior to installation.
Determining the best installation site is based on several factors – adequate space, the availability of the power connections, routing of the antenna cable and visibility of the indicator LED’s (optional) and secure mounting points without excessive vibration.
Preferable installation locations for many vehicles are under the dashboard, under a seat, in the trunk or inside a console. The device is meant to be installed inside the passenger compartment of a vehicle, not in the motor compartment. In some trucks or vans it is possible to mount the unit on a side wall, firewall or internal wall.
Orientation of the device is not critical to its performance but consideration should be given to visibility of the indicator LED’s. The LED’s do provide feedback about the operation of the device so easy viewing is desirable for unconcealed installations. For a covert installation, however, the LED’s should be hidden from view.
The device should be placed where the power wiring and antenna cables can be routed properly, without getting in the way of normal vehicle operations. This means leaving some room behind the device so that the connectors are accessible.
Attaching the device to the vehicle can be a challenge, especially if it is located under the dashboard where there is no such thing as a panel or clear open space. In cases like this, it is usually preferable to use plastic cable ties to attach the device. The cable ties offer a flexible mounting process that dampens vibration yet securely affixes the device in any orientation. Cable ties can strap the device to brackets, wire bundles, or sturdy fittings of any kind. It is not necessary to cinch the cable ties completely tight. As long as the device won’t rattle or swing around it should be secure.