Coban GPS102B

Coban GPS102B

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3.33 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings

Coban 102B is a handheld GPS tracker with a limited set of functions. It is suitable for personal use of lone workers or senior family members.

SKU: 97173197d382.

Coban GPS102B description

Coban GPS102B is a compact handheld GPS tracker with basic functionality. The main purpose is personal tracking (e.g. for locating kids in real time), but also can be used for tracking pets, parcels and other assets. It is unlikely GPS102B is widely used for employee tracking due to the lack of functionality and some practical disadvantages, such as short battery life, inconvenient charging.

We must confess that Coban GPS102B is a budget tracker with very limited set features. You should not expect to get from it very accurate tracks or features that are peculiar to more expensive models, for example, tow detection or harsh driving monitoring. It even has no built-in memory, and if you want your tracks to be logged outside GSM coverage area, you should insert a SD card purchased separately.

Coban GPS102 package content

Package content

Package contents:

  • GPS device
  • Rechargeable batteries (2 pcs)
  • Two back covers (one of them comes with magnets)
  • A/C adaptor with a charger pad and USB cable
  • Waterproof plastic bag
  • Setup software
  • User manual

Location and tracking

Coban GPS102B is embedded with GPS NewStar 1315 chip and doesn’t have support of GLONASS and alternative systems. It either doesn’t support Assisted GPS (A-GPS) technology. As the back-up, when no satellites signals are available, it uses Cell ID location (also known as LBS-tracking).

There are two basic continuous tracking modes (by time interval and by distance) and interval tracking mode (see “Sleep by schedule” below).

Since GPS102B has no built-in memory, when user leaves GSM coverage area all tracking data will be lost. To avoid that you need to install micro SD card (not included into standard package).

Mobile networks

With Quad-band GSM module GPS102B can be operated all over the world where 2G networks exist.

Emergency button

A small SOS button is located on the side panel of Coban GPS102B. To send the emergency signal it’s necessary to hold the button pressed within 3 seconds. After the signal is sent, there is no any local confirmation, e.g. by vibration or sound.

Power supply

Standard package contains a charger pad and two batteries: one main and one spare. Unlike many other personal GPS trackers it’s not enough to just plug the USB cable into device – in that case GPS tracker itself will be working, but won’t be charging the battery. To charge the battery, you must take it out from the tracker, and place into a charger. It’s not convenient, and obviously that’s the reason why you get two batteries: while the you’re using the first, the second remains in the charger. 

It’s claimed that fully charged battery can last from 5 to 8 hours, depending on the GSM and GPS signal conditions. GPS102B also has several sleeping mode options:

  • “No sleep” – tracker won’t sleep, GPS and GSM modules are always ON
  • “By time” – tracker falls asleep in 5 minutes after issuing the command to sleep (and no other command is sent);
  • “By vibration (normal sleep)” – tracker turns GPS module off if no vibration is detected within a certain period of time;
  • “By vibration (deep sleep)” – similar to previous, but also switches off GSM module.
  • “By schedule” – GPS and GSM modules are disabled; device wakes up every H hours to update its position (H is an integer value, 3 digits from 1 hour to 30 days max)

Notice: Sleeping mode will not be used if continuous tracking by time interval is set.

When device is switched ON/OFF by switcher on side panel, no related message is sent to server.

Local and remote management

Coban GPS102B tracker has two general modes for GSM communication: SMS and GPRS. In GPRS mode it sends data to server and can be fully controlled over GPRS. There is also a wide list of SMS commands in a human-friendly format, on which device always replies back. It supports remote APN settings configuration by SMS.

LED Indication

GPS102B has only one LED, that indicates GSM mode (SMS or GPRS) and GPS reception.

Additional features

Coban GPS102B features a micro SD slot (behind the battery, near the sim-card slot). Unless you install a micro SD card it won’t log the data in the areas where GSM signal is not available. All stored data will be automatically transmitted to server once GPRS signal restores.

Also it features a built-in microphone for acoustic surveillance.

Specifications and Features

Supported features

Server Integration
Server IP Address217.23.132.215
Server port47750
Integrated on03/12/2013
Revised on18/03/2015
General information
PurposePersonal
InstallationNot required
Housing
Weight50 g (1.76 oz.)
Size64x46x17 mm (2.52x1.81x0.67 in)
Waterproof classOptional
GNSS Location
Internal antenna (GNSS)
GPS
Connectivity
Cellular network typeGSM Quad Band
Internal antenna (Connection)
Cellular network generation2G
Hardware features
Battery capacity800 mAh
Built-in battery
Emergency buttonFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Hardware extras
Voice listeningFeature can be supported upon request
Feature can be supported upon request
Extra battery kitFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Emergency buttonFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Tracking features
Tracking modesContinuous
Feature already supported in
Location by Cell IDFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Events monitoring
Battery lowFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Device switched on/offFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Remote management
Server connection setup over SMSFeature already supported
Feature already supported in
Remote device configurationYes (over GPRS)Feature already supported
Feature already supported in
Device ID typeStatic (IMEI)
Feature already supported in
Message exchange formatASCII
Feature already supported in
Forced GNSS location update over SMSFeature can be supported upon request
Feature can be supported upon request
Certification
CE
Feature can be supported upon request
FCC
Feature can be supported upon request

Tracking software

Navixy

Server Integration
Server IP Address217.23.132.215
Server port47750
Integrated on03/12/2013
Revised on18/03/2015

Coban GPS102B is tightly integrated with this software platform.

Activation process

Automatic activation (recommended)

The software platform supports automatic device activation by applying APN settings, server address and port, as well as recommended tracking mode though the SMS channel. Normally you don’t need to configure anything manually. Just install the SIM card, switch the device ON and make sure it is located in the place with good GPS signal reception.

When you activate a device, the following SMS commands are sent from server to device:

SMS command from
Server to Device
SMS reply from
Device to Server
Command
explanation
begin123456 begin ok! Activating device setup
 apn123456 <apn_name>  APN ok  Set up APN name
 up123456 <apn_login> <apn_pass> user,password ok! Set APN login and password
 gprs123456  gprs OK! Enable GPRS mode
 adminip123456 217.23.132.215 47750  adminip ok! Set up server address and port

Some parameters will depend on your cellular network operator:

  • <apn_name> – APN name
  • <apn_login> – APN login
  • <apn_pass> – APN password

As soon as these commands are executed the GPS tracker will connect to the server, and the rest of configuration process will be done via GPRS channel.

Important notice:

  • Do not set any password on the device (by default: “123456”)
  • Do not set any master number prior to the device activation
  • Do not set the Time zone, it must be UTC+0h as per default
  • Do not set any pin-code to your SIM card

Manual configuration

If you experience issues with the SMS delivery from the platform to device in your country, you can setup device manually by sending the above list of commands from your mobile phone.

Default settings

Tracking mode

By default tracking by time interval (60 sec) is set, as field tests show this is one of the most preferable tracking modes. However, you can change tracking mode remotely in “Device” section.

Rules

  • SOS button. When you activate a GPS102 device, the new rule “Emergency (SOS) button” is created automatically. That means the event will be logged by default and shown on the screen and in Monitor mobile application. If you want to get instant notifications by Email, SMS you should update contacts in this rule.

Coban

There is a native system provided by manufacturer with basic functionality at the website www.gpstrackerxy.com

Other

There are some other tracking platforms that support this device, including: GPSGate, Wialon, GPSwox and other.

3 reviews for Coban GPS102B

  1. Daniel Nesh
    4 out of 5

    :

    We have a full review for this model https://www.telematics-talks.com/devices/firsthand-experience-coban-gps102/ Yes, it’s not that functional, but quite cheap and that’s why extremely popular

  2. Kirill Ovsyannikov
    4 out of 5

    :

    A very pretty, especially on photo :), portable devices with a minimum of buttons. It is very simple to adjust and use.
    But as an advice, you should work with its tracking mode settings before the use to avoid fake waypoints problem. After one day of experiments, we set our GPS102 in a right way and then there wasn’t any kind of troubles.

  3. VIOREL
    2 out of 5

    :

    Coban GPS102 makes a good impression… but only before you buy it. When you look at its pictures in e-store, you expect to get a very small GPS locator that can be used almost for everything. But when you’ve got in your hands, you understand that it’s far from that. The overall appearance (cheap plastic, gaps between parts) make you a hint that it wont work too well. Your most concerns will be about battery life (on practice it’s about 4-5 hours only and you can’t charge the battery without using the charging pad), GPS sensitivity, and data logging – unless you buy an SD card. Yes, it’s cheap. But is it worth saving $20-30 instead of buying something better?

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