|适用宠物||宠物, 猫, 犬|
|适合年龄||All Life Stages|
Whistle Go/Health & 位置宠物追踪器 紫红色
- Proactive pet alerts: Whether it’s a sneaky escape or a stroll with the dog walker, get notified by email, text, or app when your pet leaves a designated safe place.
- Live location tracking. Using AT&T nationwide network and Google maps, quickly locate your pet, Whether they’re down the street or 3, 000 miles away!
- 24-Hour timeline. Get an in-depth chronological view of your pet's day. Plus with smart activity detection, know if they were running, playing, walking, napping and more.
- Proactive HEALTH monitoring. Weekly Wellness reports track and analyze your pet’s licking, scratching and sleeping, so you can stay closely informed of changes.
- Activity tracking. Set goals based on breed, age, and weight. See calories burned, distance traveled, minutes active & more. Celebrate milestones with in-app badges.;Add multiple owners. Everyone you add gets escape alerts & notifications when a family member or a dog walker takes your dog out, where they went, and for how long.;Rugged, lightweight, waterproof: your tracker will survive epic mud-mucking, snow trekking & swim sessions. IPX8 certified at 2M Submersion for 30 mins.;Included components - 6 device, 1 USB charging cable, 1 snap collar attachment, 1 quick start guide, age range description - All life stages;Up to 20 days battery life*. spend less time charging and more time adventuring. Battery life varies depending on whether your pet spends more time indoors or on the move.;Subscription & Wi-Fi required: affordable monthly or annual plans cover connection to AT&T nationwide network to track & monitor your pet. No new phone contract required. Wi-fi is also required during the Whistle setup.
Know and adventure more with Whistle go explore.Always know where they are—and how they are. Whistle go explore monitors your pet’s location and health for total peace of mind. Just attach it to your pet’s collar, and customize the Whistle app to send alerts and insights to key people in your pack. Pinpoint your pet’s location with live tracking. Monitor behaviors that may point to potential health issues. Plus, know where your pet went and with whom. You can even set fitness goals based on age, weight, and breed, and review weekly reports that break down your pet’s latest stats.With a built-in light for visibility and a battery that lasts up to 20 days, Whistle go explore is the ultimate pet tracker.
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Initially the Whistle worked fine, but the battery life seemed to be quite shorter than what they claim.We were only getting about 2 days between charges which was annoying (the 1 week is really only if our dog is at home on wifi). Location accuracy was just OK, if our home wifi went down we’d get an alert that the dog got out, so I’m assuming it just uses a wifi connection to see if the dog is really inside.
I saw a month or so ago on instagram a new smart collar called Fi and decided to check it out. After doing a bit of research about how they are the first LTE collar where all the rest are apparently only 3g, I decided to give it a try to test their claims of 3 month battery life.
Compared to the whistle, the Fi collar is slightly wider but much lower profile (it's a collar and a tracker in one, where the whistle you put on your own collar with a rubber band). Overall I prefer the shape of the Fi collar, it looks more designed and modern and less bulky. The Fi also has a light that you can turn on at night. I usually turn it on when we go to the dog park because it looks really cool and everyone asks about it haha.
Fi seems much smarter on escape detection, I had my wife take the collar with her to the grocery store to see if it detected an escape, but it properly marked the dog right away as with my wife on a walk! I could also see their actual path, which I could not with the Whistle. Our whistle would usually alert 5 minutes or so after the dog left the house which was less helpful and give us a new location every 3 minutes or so.
We’ve also seen pretty impressive battery life with Fi, we’ve only had it for about a month but the battery is still at 65% from the original charge, so I think we’ll hit 3 months battery which is crazy.
What caused us to give up the whistle for the Fi collar was when we went to Europe for vacation over Christmas our whistle died after 3 days and we couldn’t keep an eye on things at the boarding facility. We feel much safer leaving him home during our next trip this summer and a little less guilty.
The Fi collar is a bit more expensive but I used a coupon on their website and it dropped to basically be the same. For us, the battery life and more accurate escape detection were more than worth the price difference.
This device contains (at least) a battery, a GPS receiver, a bluetooth antenna, a wifi antenna, and a 3G antenna.
When you open the box the are instructions that direct you to go to the app store to download the "Whistle 3" app. You cannot set up this device without a SMART PHONE (Android or iOS).
Once you download the app and create an account, it prompts you to connect via BLUETOOTH to the device. There is no getting around this part. I imagine you could theoretically set up the device with a friend's smartphone, add a phone number or email address for SMS/email notifications to a different device, and then delete the app.
Once connected via bluetooth, the app will prompt you to choose a WIFI network for the device to connect to and enter the password. At this point, it's important that your wifi router is actually connected to the INTERNET because the device will attempt a firmware update (This part is interesting, so I'll expand: You'll know the device wants to update firmware by way of a pop-up in the app. You can dismiss the pop-up, and the device will still work, but every time you open the app you'll be reminded that 'it's working on updating firmware'. I let it sit for several hours and it never updated, however, once I removed the device from wifi range and brought it back into range, the firmware updated within minutes... not sure why).
"Sleep zone" vs "Locations":
The "Sleep Zone" is defined purely by wifi range. As noted above, as long as the device is within range of its wifi network (not sure if there can be more than one - I haven't tested - comments welcome), the device stays in battery-saving "sleep mode". If the device leaves wifi range, it "wakes up" (uses more battery), but will not send alerts unless it leaves or enters a "Location" as described below.
Separately, in the app, you can define one or more *circular* areas on Google maps (right in the app) as "Locations". If the device leaves or enters one of these areas, you will receive a push notification. You can't 'draw' a polygonal Location, so no squares or other funny shapes. Just circles. These circles can be resized to quite a large area though, so I haven't found it to be problematic. This of course means you can make your Location significantly larger than the wifi range. Crucially, merely leaving the wifi range won't trigger an alert unless the device ALSO leaves the Location.
ASIDE: I've only lightly tested this, but it seems that if the wifi range is _not inside_ any defined Location(s), the device will still stay in sleep mode until it leaves wifi, so to be very precise, it seems you won't get notified unless the device is outside of wifi and AND outside a Location.
Requirements for sleep mode:
Awesomely, it turns out the only requirement for the device to stay in "sleep mode" is to be connected to a selected wifi network. So, contrary to what the 2 different support reps told me in spite of my repeated attempts to clarify, the wifi router does NOT need to be connected to the internet for "sleep mode" to work. Arguably, the device will need another firmware update in the future, at which time it would be helpful to connect to the internet - but I'll cross that bridge when it comes.
How it communicates:
So, amazingly, other than firmware updates, the device seems to do all of its communication via 3G cellular network. The implications of this are either really good or really bad, depending on your situation. For me, it's great, because I can set up a "dummy" wifi router in my mom's apartment that will keep the device in 'sleep mode' (saving battery), BUT, I can still communicate with it - which means I can see the location and, so, so amazingly, I can see the battery level too! This one aspect makes it worth every penny to me. On the flipside, if you live in an area with poor cellular coverage, expect to be frustrated. I would expect that even with strong wifi, you won't be able to "see" the device very well (I haven't tested, so comments appreciated here).
Obviously, the fact that the device uses 3G means that you MUST purchase a subscription from them. I signed up for the 1 year plan for $7.95 per month and paid with a credit card - painless. There is also a 2-year plan for $6.95 per month, or you can do "monthly payments" for $9.95. Keep in mind, though, that "monthly payments" is a bit of a bait-and-switch, because you're still committed for a year. In all cases, you can cancel with 90 days if you're not happy.
As noted above, another really cool feature is that you don't necessarily need the app installed on your phone to receive notifications. You can add a phone number for SMS messages (which needs to be verified with a code sent to a newly added phone), but that phone does not need to have the app installed. Email notifications are also available.
Also, the app can be installed on multiple smart phones (you do have to share email and password though, so consider that), so my sister who lives out of state can also keep tabs on mom. Sweet!
Overall, fantastic product. After 24 hours of testing, 5 solid stars because it's perfect for my specific application. Support, while perhaps ignorant of how the product actually works, is very responsive and friendly. I've set a calendar notification and will update this review in 6 months with battery performance and other learnings.
UPDATE (Jan 2019... 18 months later - oops!)
Welp, unfortunately this update isn't going to be based on a lot of experience because, it turns out, mom didn't like wearing the thing and would regularly take it off and hide it. I actually spent several weeks looking online, going to jewelers, and even machine shops trying to find way to 'lock' it on to her ankle without it being ugly or uncomfortable - but also easy for me to remove for charging. Legalities aside, this was the only way to keep her from removing it. Unfortunately, before I could come up with a permanent solution she was picked up several times by the police for wandering and trying to enter random homes. So, yeah, that brought her life in assisted living, and the need to track her, to an abrupt end. She's now in a locked memory unit.
That being said, we DID get to use it ("them" actually - I bought another so I could 'swap out' instead of sitting and waiting for it to charge) for a little while, and what I found is that even with wifi connected I could only get about 3 days out of each one. I was hoping for 6 or 7, but it was still the best thing going. Note: Keep in mind this was a year and a half ago, so I'm guessing/hoping the service has improved since then.
For the times she did keep it on, it seemed to work pretty well, although I did sometimes get false alarms. The first time I got an alert I panicked and called the facility, but I soon learned to wait for a second or even third 'fix' to confirm she was really out of the zone.
The one time it came in very handy was when the facility called ME to ask where she was, and I was able to tell them the general location. It turned out she had wandered into the neighboring wing - so she was still in her geofence, but outside of her living area.
We never got the chance to 'road test' it in that she never wandered off while wearing it. I'm sure it would have worked, though, as any time I was transporting the swapped out unit back home I'd get an alert.
Using a second device: I wish I had written this down while my memory was fresh, but as you can imagine, having a second device seems like a great idea for this type of application. Unfortunately it meant ANOTHER subscription plan to pay for, but it also came with some weird quirks/requirements. For example, you can't 'assign' both devices to the same 'pet' (mom was a pet in the app) and rotate devices like I wanted to do. Instead, I had to create a new 'pet' and assign the second device to it. Also, as I recall it wasn't trivial to disable alerts for the device I was taking home to charge. So, each time I'd leave the facility I'd have to send my sister a text to let her know I was leaving with it. None of these things were deal-breakers - just annoyances.
Overall, this is what I would love to see Whistle (or anyone) do:
1. Let us purchase a second device and put them both on the same subscription, and give us a 'toggle' in the app to change which device should be active. I can't be the only person who wants to be able to 'hot swap' devices.
2. Create a way for the device to be 'locked' to the wearer. A fashionable, comfortable chain with a small lock would be great. I understand this potentially creates legal issues, but as legal guardians that's our risk to take. Anyway, if it came to that I'd feel just fine explaining to a jury why I put it on her. After all if such a device had existed, I'm confident mom would have been able to stay a locked memory unit for at least another 6 months and save taxpayers thousands at the same time.