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Greyfox
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:31 am    Post subject: External antenna for mio 269+ Reply with quote

I'm changing my car on Friday. It appears the new model has an athermic windscreen so I'll need to order an external antenna. I have looked all over the unit but, for the life of me, can't see where to plug the darned thing in! Is it the usb port?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would hold fire, if I were you - the 269(+) has an outstanding record of grabbing satellites where many others fail, including behind athermic and (Ford) heated screens.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:41 am    Post subject: It`s on the back Reply with quote

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If the Mio 269+ is the same as the Mio 269 then the socket is on the back top right hand corner. It is a small brass hole.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ray2001 wrote:
I would hold fire, if I were you - the 269(+) has an outstanding record of grabbing satellites where many others fail, including behind athermic and (Ford) heated screens.


Thanks. that's put my mind at rest, somewhat.

Everything seemed to being going hunky-dory as the Peugeot 307 audio spec makes provision for an accesory audio lead, allowing the connection of a pda or mp3 player. The socket is a standard 3.5mm fitting so I should be able to connect the 269+ using the lead (5) and get much better voice instruction as a result.

Then, when I got home and read up on the spec on the car, I noticed that the front windscreen was athermic and that there might therefore be a problem.

And you're right: the new SirFstar 3 chip in this unit is incredibly sensitive. When I first saw I was still getting satallite reception inside the house I thought the unit was kidding me on, but it was a genuine lock.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:34 am    Post subject: Re: It`s on the back Reply with quote

gerryharris wrote:
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If the Mio 269+ is the same as the Mio 269 then the socket is on the back top right hand corner. It is a small brass hole.
Cheers
Gerry


Nope, nothing there. Interesting. When I bought the plus model I wondered why some 269's came bundled with an exterior antenna, and others didn't. Know I now.

No problem. If, when I try it, reception is iffy I'll just have to invest in a re-radiating unit.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the 268+, which has the same type of connector as Gerry has on the 269. On the back of the unit, at the top right hand corner, you should have a small rubber cover, underneath there is the external antenna connector. See page 8 of the 269+ User Manual which shows you where the connector is.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lee_g3 wrote:
I have the 268+, which has the same type of connector as Gerry has on the 269. On the back of the unit, at the top right hand corner, you should have a small rubber cover, underneath there is the external antenna connector. See page 8 of the 269+ User Manual which shows you where the connector is.


Thanks, Lee. I owe you a pint, mate. You've just saved me about fifty quid. :D Sounds crazy, but for some reason I had tagged that as the hard re-set switch. These 'senior moments' are coming more and more often...

Just heading off to collect the new car. I'll post later to let you know how well the 269(+) handles an athermic windscreen.

Thanks again.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those that are interested, an athermic windscreen makes no noticeable difference to reception as far as the Mio 269(+) is concerned.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad we saved you some money!! As far as I can tell the 268/269 range ALL operate quite happily behind athermic and heated front screens.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ray2001 wrote:
Glad we saved you some money!! As far as I can tell the 268/269 range ALL operate quite happily behind athermic and heated front screens.


There's appears to be no degradation of signal at all. I can still get 8 -11 birds, which is great.

I collected the new car on Friday and was disapointed to find that the MP3 audio connection is only availabale on certain models.

It's a pity, as the required socket only costs pennies to manufacture and would have made a world of difference to the audio quality of spoken instructions, particularly at motorway speeds.

But I can see the relevant section of wiring harness tucked away inside the glove compartment. It should be easy enough to make the necessary changes...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem, as Ray said, glad we could save you some money.
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