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  • The best place to mount a radar detector

    Where to mount a radar detectorIt's the universal question, discussed frequently in forums and social media groups, and is usually the first concern after someone purchases one to install in a vehicle for the first time. Where is the best place to mount a radar detector?

    We covered this over a decade ago in our article Where Should You Mount Your Radar Detector? But times have changed. Technology has advanced, and there are new rules of the road when it comes to traffic enforcement and countermeasure strategy. Considering this, does placement even matter anymore, or do the old guidelines still apply? Where is the best place to mount a radar detector today? Or is there one?

    Why is placement important?
    Placement of a radar detector is critical to its performance. Detectors operate by line of sight, meaning that the detector needs to be able to "see" the signal in order to detect it. Any obstruction can potentially diminish, deflect or block the incoming radar signal or laser beam entirely from the detector's view. It also needs to be aimed in the general direction of the signal to pick it up. This is important if it's a radar signal, but is even more important if it is a laser beam. Radar signals are rather broad, but a laser is very narrow, so the detector must be positioned to pick it up directly. Remember, if the detector can't see the signal, it can't tell you where it is, or if one is even there. Therefore, correct positioning is vital to the performance of any detector.

    Is the type of radar detector important?
    Before we go any go further, it is important to note that the answer to the mounting question depends somewhat on the type of radar detector used. There are two distinct types of detectors, portable and installed. The portable detector, also known as a dashmount or windshield mount detector, is exactly as these terms imply. It mounts somewhere on the dashboard or windshield of a vehicle, and is aimed through the windshield, over the hood toward the front. An installed or concealed detector is one that is actually installed or integrated into parts of the vehicle itself, with sensors usually concealed below the hood and around, on or behind the front grille. Additional sensors can be placed on the rear of the vehicle as well.

    Installed detectors
    The sensors for an installed detector are usually placed somewhat low. Since they are usually situated directly at the front and (optionally) rear of the vehicle, they have a clear line of sight for a broad, unobstructed view of the perimeter around it. This allows a lot more latitude for discreet, low mounting options.

    Where to place a dashmount detector
    Portable or dash mount detectors are a different story. Since they are typically situated behind the windshield, their line of sight is somewhat limited by the frame of glass around it, plus the obvious obstruction of the front hood. However, there are other obstructions that affect performance. Tinted windshields in the visor area at the top can greatly reduce detection. The angle of the windshield can also be a factor. Inspection, parking or other stickers can get in the way. So can windshield wipers. Built-in defrosters, sensors or coatings in the glass can also effect performance. Some states even have laws to regulate where you can or cannot place items on your windshield or dashboard. These are all important factors to consider, and some may greatly limit your mounting options. Consider them all before you mount the detector.

    Go high or go low?
    Ten years ago, the low or high mounting question depended largely on the type of signals your radar detector detected. If it was primarily radar, conventional wisdom was to mount high, preferably attached to a rear view mirror or visor. This was advised so the detector could see over the hood of the vehicle to maximize line of site for detection of radar signals. If it was primarily set up for laser, the general rule of thumb was to mount low, closer to the hood, to pick up the edge or scatter from laser beams aimed at the headlights or front plate of the vehicle. But that was ten years ago. Although police laser certainly existed, it wasn't widely used, and some radar detectors had limited capabilities for laser detection. Some had no laser detection at all.

    Today, radar guns are still the standard, but use of police laser for speed enforcement is on the rise. Fortunately, all of the domestic brand radar detectors marketed in the US today are capable of both radar and laser detection and it is now quite advanced. Many detectors offer multi-angle or 360 degree detection of laser. This changes the optimal position just a bit, because the detector needs to be low enough to get the laser beam from the front, yet high enough to also catch it from the rear of the vehicle. However, the general rule still applies. Mount low for laser, and a little higher for radar detection only. If detecting both, aim for the sweet spot.

    The sweet spot
    This may vary depending on the design of your vehicle, including the length and and height of your hood. It will also depend on the other factors mentioned above. The general rule though, is to mount your detector low, either from the the windshield or dash, and if it's dash mount, try to get close to the windshield to maximize peripheral line of sight and minimize obstructions. Although low mounting will shorten radar range, it should still be acceptable, and it will significantly increase detection of laser. Also, be sure the detector is level for a straight view through the windshield, and adjust for the angle of the glass if it is mounted to it. Don't let it point upward or downward, keep it even with the road ahead.

    Any detector can only alert you to the threats it can detect. To maximize its performance and value, the best place to mount a radar detector is from a similar vantage point to that of the driver, one that gives it the clearest, least obstructed view of threats on the road.

  • Escort MAX 360c and Redline EX comparison video with the Veil Guy

    Escort recently updated both the Max 360 and its classic Redline radar detectors with the introduction of two new models, the Escort MAX 360c and Redline EX. Each offers a refreshed design and powerful features, but how do they stack up against each other?

    In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors talks with Bob Rosania, also known as The Veil Guy and the creator of Veil G5 Stealth Coating, and asks him how these two detectors really compare when used in real world applications on the road. His response may surprise you. Or, maybe not.

    The Escort Max 360c and Redline EX radar/laser detectors are available from Buy Radar Detectors.

  • An Introduction to Police Laser Guns

    Radar detectors can be an effective countermeasure to police radar, but what about laser? When laser guns are used by police for speed enforcement, the game changes and that detector can often become more of a ticket notifier. There are also assumptions and misconception about laser guns and how they are used on the public roadways. The more you know about and understand these devices, the better you can combine your detector with the supplements to mount a more effective defense against them.

    In this video hosted by Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors, Bob Rosania, aka The Veil Guy and the creator of Veil G5 Anti-Laser Stealth Coating shows off three police laser guns used by law enforcement in the US and explains how they operate. He also discusses the limitations of radar and laser detectors when laser guns are used and how Veil G5 can provide an advantage when added to the mix.

  • How to properly apply Veil G5 Anti-Laser Stealth Coating

    Veil G5 is an important part of a complete countermeasure to police laser. Unfortunately, many users of Veil tend to overapply the product. The result? license plates, plate covers and headlights that are too dark, or almost black!

    In this exclusive video interview, Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, explains how to properly apply Veil G5 Anti-Laser Stealth Coating to your vehicle.

    Veil G5 Stealth Coating is available from Buy Radar Detectors.

  • The Veil Guy updates Veil G5 Anti-Laser Stealth Coating

    The latest version of Veil G5 Anti-Laser Stealth Coating is out! Version 5.6 is updated with improvements for an even more effective countermeasure than previous versions. How much better is it?

    In this exclusive video interview, Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, explains the latest updates and improvements to Veil G5, some of the misconceptions about laser jammers, and why it is now more important than ever to include Veil G5 as a critical component of a complete radar and laser detection system to protect you from laser threats.

    Veil G5 Stealth Coating is available from Buy Radar Detectors.

  • Blinder HP-905 video review with The Veil Guy

    A radar detector alone cannot protect you from police laser threats. You need a complete laser defense system. Such a countermeasure includes a quality laser jammer and Veil G5 Stealth Coating.

    In this exclusive video interview, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors talks with Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, and finds out what he thinks of the Blinder HP-905 Compact Laser Jammer, a high performance device that is also software upgradable.

  • Beltronics STi Magnum video review with The Veil Guy

    Beltronics Radar Detectors are known for their quality and performance, and one model stands out from the rest. The STi Magnum Radar Detector is a solid detector built in a magnesium case that is virtually undetectable by police radar detector detectors. When bundled with Veil G5 Stealth Coating, it can also help defend against laser threats.

    In this exclusive video interview with Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors finds out what he thinks of the STi Magnum and whether it is really as undetectable as Beltronics claims.

  • Escort Passport 9500ix video review with The Veil Guy

    We often suggest the addition of Veil G5 Stealth Coating when using a radar and laser detector on the low end for a more effective deterrent against police laser guns. However, what about a higher end model such as the Escort Passport 9500ix? Is it a sufficient countermeasure on its own?

    In this exclusive video interview, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors speaks with Bob Rosania, CEO of Veil Corporation, finds out what he thinks of the 9500ix, and how it compares to other radar and laser detectors when detecting laser threats.

  • How To Remove Veil G5

    Veil G5 Stealth Coating is a highly effective deterrent to police laser threats when applied to headlights and other reflective surfaces of your vehicle. In a previous video, we show you how to properly apply Veil G5 for maximum effectiveness. But, how do you remove it?

    In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors shows you how to quickly and easily remove Veil G5 from an OnTrack Photo Blur license plate cover. The Veil G5 / Photo Blur Combo is an effective solution for laser detectors and red light cameras.

  • How To Apply Veil G5

    Veil G5 Stealth Coating is a translucent liquid specifically designed to defend against police laser threats. When properly applied to headlights and other reflective surfaces of your vehicle, Veil G5 is highly effective at reducing the range of a laser gun. However, for maximum effectiveness, it must be applied properly.

    In this video, Danny Feemster from Buy Radar Detectors shows you how to apply Veil G5 to an OnTrack Photo Blur license plate cover. The Veil G5 / Photo Blur Combo is a great deterrent to laser detectors and red light cameras.

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