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Let me state upfront, that the Vantrue N2 Pro is a compromise when it comes to rear camera images. A rear-mounted camera will provide a much more usable image than a camera mounted in the front and facing the rear. The Vantrue N2 Pro dashcam I have is more for Uber/Lyft drivers who want to record their passenger's activities day or night as well as provide a rear-facing outside image.

I'm not an Uber or Lyft driver but felt the rear camera images would still be helpful even if they don't show as much of the outside rear of the vehicle. I also wanted to avoid the hassle of running the cabling to a rear camera and the possible RF interference of some radio stations that some rear camera's create when their cabling runs in parallel with the antenna amp and antenna cabling. The front facing images are sharp but I'd have to say I wish the Vantrue rear facing camera could see more from its front mount. Still, for the price (I bought it during a $50 off sale) I felt it was worth a try.

Thanks for the rec. Just pulled the trigger on one. Did you hard wire it? If so, which fuse did you use?
 

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Thanks for the rec. Just pulled the trigger on one. Did you hard wire it? If so, which fuse did you use?
Yes, I hardwired it. In order to take advantage of the Vantrue's Parking Mode that detects motion around the vehicle when the car is parked and records for 5 additional minutes after detected motion stops, you need an un-switched power supply. I used the 5A fuse #17 (Bat 2, Elec Parts) in the Fuse Block-Junction Box that's located in the driver's footwell. If you need switched power, then use the 5A fuse #18 (Power WDW). There are other fuses you can use but these are the ones I chose.
 

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Yes, I hardwired it. In order to take advantage of the Vantrue's Parking Mode that detects motion around the vehicle when the car is parked and records for 5 additional minutes after detected motion stops, you need an un-switched power supply. I used the 5A fuse #17 (Bat 2, Elec Parts) in the Fuse Block-Junction Box that's located in the driver's footwell. If you need switched power, then use the 5A fuse #18 (Power WDW). There are other fuses you can use but these are the ones I chose.

I know I'm severely car illiterate, but what would you use switched for? Is that where power is disconnected when the car is turned off like the lighter plug?



After reading again I'm guessing Power WDW stands for the power windows?
 

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If I wanted to have the dashcam turn off and on with the ignition, I'd use a switched fuse like Power WDW fuse #18 . Yes, WDW stands for windows.
 

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If anyone is interested, here's a pic of my dash-mount radar/laser detector. Schoshe Magic-mount. Not so "in your face" as a rear view mirror mount but still easily removable and can still be hidden with a sun shade when parked. This is my daily Acura TL. Similar set-up on my Q50. My LRD-950 is "hard-wired".
 

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Wow! Valentine One is still "temporarily out of stock" today.
Glad I switched to the 360c. It has already saved my a$$ 3 times, once thanks to the Escort live app.
 

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I found an amazing deal for $130 on the Uniden DFR7. I was so tired of schlepping my LRD950 from car to car, I bought two. I jinxed myself. Within a week of getting the DFR7s, my years-old LRD950 took a poop on me! Luckily, Uniden Service still supports the 950 so I sent it in for repair. It was $52 + $10 return shipping, and $10 shipping there on my end. $72. I guess worth it.


These detectors are older and don't have all the newest features like colored display or directional arrows, etc. but they are **** good performers.
 

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I found an amazing deal for $130 on the Uniden DFR7. .
Is the deal for the Uniden still valid? Looking for one...after 13 years of traveling the same road I got caught slipping on Domenigoni Road couple months ago0:)
 

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Is the deal for the Uniden still valid? Looking for one...after 13 years of traveling the same road I got caught slipping on Domenigoni Road couple months ago0:)
Shoot FD, I just looked and the deal is gone. :( I had gone to Vortex Radar's site and used his coupon code to get the DFR7 from $170 to $130 (plus tax, free ship). https://www.vortexradar.com/


He does have a coupon code for the DFR9 which brings it to $185. This is a great detector too and is $252 on Amazon.


I see you are in So Cal so the Domenigoni you refer to must be the one in Menifee/Hemet? Are you sure the officer was using radar and not laser?
 

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Make sure that whatever radar detector you buy has K-band filtering to help prevent other car's safety radar systems from giving you false alerts. Older detectors don't have this feature and as safety radar becomes more prevalent on the road, it becomes very annoying to have the detector going off all the time when a safety radar system is nearby.
 

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Make sure that whatever radar detector you buy has K-band filtering to help prevent other car's safety radar systems from giving you false alerts. Older detectors don't have this feature and as safety radar becomes more prevalent on the road, it becomes very annoying to have the detector going off all the time when a safety radar system is nearby.
I think the DFRs have K-filtering but I turn K off. No need here in CA. Ka only. I think K is used on speed feedback signs but that's about it. ...oh, and the security in my gated community. :/
 

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I think the DFRs have K-filtering but I turn K off. No need here in CA. Ka only. I think K is used on speed feedback signs but that's about it. ...oh, and the security in my gated community. :/
We still have a few K-band radars being used out here so I can't do that quite yet. The 360c has settings that allow you to turn off specific K-band frequencies instead of the entire band. Since the detector indicates the frequency being received, I can compare that to known K-band radar being used in the area. K-band frequencies not being used by police can be filtered out to reduce false alarms. Everything else is Ka band police radar.
 

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Shoot FD, I just looked and the deal is gone. :( I had gone to Vortex Radar's site and used his coupon code to get the DFR7 from $170 to $130 (plus tax, free ship). https://www.vortexradar.com/[/URL I see you are in So Cal so the Domenigoni you refer to must be the one in Menifee/Hemet? Are you sure the officer was using radar and not laser?[/quote] Yes I live in Canyon Lake and work in San Jacinto...not sure if it was radar or laser to be honest. I could have fought it since there was a car right next to me going exact speed around the bend, but I paid the ticket and moved on. And it was actually Newport Rd. before heading over the hill to Domenigoni road.
 

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Yes I live in Canyon Lake and work in San Jacinto...not sure if it was radar or laser to be honest. I could have fought it since there was a car right next to me going exact speed around the bend, but I paid the ticket and moved on. And it was actually Newport Rd. before heading over the hill to Domenigoni road.
You're like me. You live in a nice city and work in a cruddy one.


I think it will say on your ticket if he used radar or LIDAR. Most likely LIDAR. Especially if you were next to another car. The officer can isolate you with laser but not radar. A radar/laser detector likely wouldn't have saved you. By the time your detector alerts to laser, your speed has been read.


FYI: Domenigoni Parkway ;)
 

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Shoot FD, I just looked and the deal is gone. :( I had gone to Vortex Radar's site and used his coupon code to get the DFR7 from $170 to $130 (plus tax, free ship). https://www.vortexradar.com/


He does have a coupon code for the DFR9 which brings it to $185. This is a great detector too and is $252 on Amazon.


I see you are in So Cal so the Domenigoni you refer to must be the one in Menifee/Hemet? Are you sure the officer was using radar and not laser?


Excuse me for bringing in "Costco" again but DFR9 is selling for $199 there until the 11th. I'd probably get myself one.
 

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Excuse me for bringing in "Costco" again but DFR9 is selling for $199 there until the 11th. I'd probably get myself one.


qa, don't get me started on "memberships" again..... lol
 

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I had the R3 and LOVED IT! Then the R7 came out and upgraded and sold my R3 on Facebook's Marketplace. The R7 is the most highly rated detector on the market and I highly recommend if you're in the market. Had a V1 like 15 years ago and will never go back as nothing on the market today can truly compete with the Uniden detectors IMO.
 

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I had the R3 and LOVED IT! Then the R7 came out and upgraded and sold my R3 on Facebook's Marketplace. The R7 is the most highly rated detector on the market and I highly recommend if you're in the market. Had a V1 like 15 years ago and will never go back as nothing on the market today can truly compete with the Uniden detectors IMO.
Was looking at the R3 and some Escort ones but settled for the (cheaper) DFR9. Works well for me.
 

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