So it'd be really handy to have a guide to the different settings and programming options available for the Stinger VIP to help explain what the different features mean and some of the detailed pros/cons. I started putting things together, but I'm gonna need some help in filling in things that I don't know, so let's do this in a collaborative way. I'll post what I have below and anyone who'd like to add in more information, please do so and I'll edit the OP so we can have one complete guide for everyone. This may need to be updated periodically too as new firmware updates are released. Anything with a * before it is something that I still need more info on. Anything in (parenthesis) is generally my notes for some questions I have. Radar X-Band: Turn X band on/off K-Band: Turn K band on/off *Ka-Band 33.8 GHz: Segment for 33.8 (how wide are the segments?) Ka-Band 34.1 GHz: Segment for 34.1 Ka-Band 34.7 GHz: Segment for 34.7 Ka-Band 35.5 GHz: Segment for 35.5 *FalseList: GPS lockouts, allows the Stinger to learn and then mute known false alerts you've seen before. It takes a number of passes for falses to be automatically added to the FalseList. You can add them manually, but letting it happen automatically is recommended. (Details on why auto is better.) *K-band radars: Choose "all" in the US or Canada. Choose "low power only" if you're in Europe and encounter the MRCD and MRCT. (What about Aus/NZ?) *Dynamic sensitivity: Reduced sensitivity for X & K bands at lower speeds and higher sensitivity at higher speeds to help with false alerts around town. Ka band is unaffected. It's a linear progression where sensitivity increases with speed. (Speed thresholds and how much does it change the sensitivity?) *Scan mode: Regular, Quick Trigger, POP. Regular recommended for normal drivers. Quick trigger is good for enthusiasts who don't mind a few more false alerts. POP searches 33.8 more and allows the VIP to detect 67ms and 16ms POP for K and Ka bands. (Technical differences with delays and reactivity speeds?) In-car radar filter: If your car has a radar-based safety system like blind spot monitoring that makes your Stinger false alert, enable this so it can filter out the signals from your own car. Laser Laser Alerting: Enable laser detection to alert you when you get shot with laser. LaserShield: Enable laser jamming capability. Shield uptime: How long you want your laser jammers to jam for before automatically turning off. 3-4 sec max is recommended. Infinite shielding: Jam laser continuously until you manually kill your jammers. You can tap anywhere on the screen to kill your jammers. Side Lasers: Enable your side laser jammers if you're using them. Enable if you're using the ENRADD protection for PA or if you're in Europe and encounter the Autovelox. You will need the optional side lasers with your VIP. Test LaserShield: Allows your laser jammers to respond when you're parked which is helpful for testing your jammers. This feature stays active for 2 minutes only. This is a helpful feature to use with the Stinger laser tester (required to use this feature) which can both transmit laser to trigger your jammers and also give you audio feedback to let you know your jammers are firing and working properly. Fixed Locations Fixed Locations Alerting: Enable alerts for the SpotList database which includes the redlight cameras and speed cameras, as well as any additional user added locations which is helpful for manually marking VASCAR lines, for example. Specs Specs Alerting: Alerts you to SPECS systems which uses cameras to photograph your license plate and monitor when you enter and exit to calculate your average speed and mail you a ticket. These systems are use in Europe and Japan. Your VIP will monitor your average speed as you pass through these areas and let you know if you're going too fast and need to slow down. Mute radar during Specs: Mute radar alerts when you're driving through Specs. Alert Behavior *Sensitivity: This allows you to bias your Stinger VIP for performance or filtering. Extra quiet (-1) gives you more filtering and reduced performance. Normal (0) is the recommended option to balance between the two. Extra distance (+1) gives you maximum performance at the cost of some filtering and is popular among enthusiasts. This impacts X, K, & Ka bands. (Details on how much this impacts performance and filtering by?) Mileage Log Mileage Log: When you start your car, the VIP will prompt you what type of drive you're doing. Personal? Business? Commuting? Very handy for keeping track of mileage throughout the year. Auto trip type: Choose which trip type is selected by default Current trip type: What type of trip type you're doing now *Synchronise Mileage Log to Odometer: (?) *Next Pitstop number: (?) Safety Signals From radar based transmitters: Alert to radar-based transmitters that let you know about things like construction ahead, accidents ahead, or emergency vehicles in the area. This system never really took off so it's virtually non-existent in practice. It's designed to alert to SWS or safety warning system signals. There's no performance impact on K band with it enabled. *From laser based transmitters: (?) *Car-to-car Safety Signals: If you brake hard, your rear laser jammers will fire backwards to notify other Stinger VIP users behind you and trigger their jammers and let them know. (Is there a specific alert or is it just a generic laser alert?) PoliceCheck *PoliceCheck: Enable logging of your alerts so you can later download your alerts with the speed you were traveling, when you were shot, etc (what else?) for use down the road. Several customers have used this information to have their tickets dismissed since GPS is more accurate than radar/laser. Display Brightness: Adjust the brightness of the display. Auto brightness: Display can automatically brighten or dim as needed. *Stinger 'S' color: Change the color of the Stinger 'S' button. (Colors?) Stinger 'S' brightness: Adjust the brightness of the Stinger 'S' button. Sound Volume: Change the volume of all alerts, startup sound, etc. Mute level: Adjust the volume level of muted alerts. Set it to 0% to truly mute all muted alerts. Start-up sound: Choose if you want the Stinger startup sound which says "Welcome to Stinger." Voice: Choose if you want voice alerts to say things like "K band." When you're shot with laser it will visually display the make and model of the laser gun on screen, but it will not audibly tell you, however they will be adding audio alerts for individual laser guns too. Simple sound: After the initial alert where it announces the band, it goes into a simple audio alert with no rampup or change in tempo. Simple sound volume: This gives you the ability to adjust the volume of the simple sound beep independent of the main alert volume. It's recommended to run this pretty loud because the sound is so innocuous. Radio mute: Automatically mute your stereo when you get an alert. This feature requires you to wire the radio mute cable to your radio during installation. This feature will mute your radio even if the radar alert is being muted due by the FalseList, SpeedSense, or anything else. SpeedSense SpeedSense: This is low speed muting. You select the speed you want and the Stinger will mute any alerts below that speed. Autoswitch: Intelligently allows the Stinger to automatically change between your SpeedSense thresholds for city or highway driving so your automute thresholds will vary depending on how fast you are driving. (I don't really get how this works and running with this turned off and just choosing a single speed myself makes more sense to me.) Speed level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Automute threshold for low speed muting. When driving below this speed, all signals will be automatically muted. There are 5 different options. When you're driving, you can switch between speed thresholds on the fly simply by tapping the SpeedSense speed on your pilot screen. Simulate GPS: In the EU, there are very long sections of highway tunnels under and through mountains. This feature allows the Stinger to simulate speed and direction not only for SpeedSense (auto-muting) and Dynamic Sensitivity (speed based filtering), but also to alert to fixed camera locations (SpotList) commonly found inside them. System Settings Time: The Stinger will automatically synchronize its time to the atomic clock via GPS. This feature allows you to choose what time zone you're in. Language: English, Nederlands, Deutsch, Español, Français, Čeština, Slovenčina Side button functions: Change the functionality of the 5 hidden side buttons to do things like turn K band on/off, change the volume, toggle pilot screens, and so on. Show compass: Display a compass on the main pilot screen to see what direction you're traveling. Expert Mode: When enabled, it gives you the option to segment Ka-band or enable infinite laser shield time. Miles or kilometers: Change which units the Stinger operates in. Reset to factory defaults: Reset all the options back to factory defaults. Remove FalseList data: Remove all the known false alerts learned via the FalseList. This will delete all your GPS lockouts learned thus far. Switch Radar front/rear displaying: The Stinger VIP doesn't have front/rear plugs for your radar detector antennas. It automatically figures out which is front/rear as you drive. If it gets it wrong or if you unplug and replug the antennas into the wrong ports, choose this option to fix it in software so that things work properly. Switch Laser front/rear displaying: If the laser alerts are incorrectly indicating front and rear, change it here. Logging: Enable logging of radar alerts to later send back to Stinger's engineers for analysis. This is different than PoliceCheck which is designed for the users to be able to see their alerts after an encounter. Logging will log everything the Stinger sees, whether it alerts you to the signal or not, so that you can send those signals in and help Stinger debug any issues you're seeing. Level 2 logs more information than Level 1. In general it's recommended to leave this feature off unless you contact Stinger with an issue and they ask you to turn it on. When logging you'll need to keep your Stinger USB drive plugged into your Stinger and then later email the logs over to them. Because the USB drive can eventually get filled up, it's best to leave this option disabled and only use it when needed. Laser Logging: Log laser alerts as well for deeper analysis. Presently this feature isn't working, but everything is in place to add the functionality.