Stinger VIP firmware 4.0 initial impressions (1 Viewer)

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I have had my Stinger VIP since April 2016, but this review is based off of my current experience with firmware version 4.0. I’ve logged over 1000 miles with this new firmware. Here are my initial impressions so far.

My install:


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Stinger VIP radar Performance:

Reactivity has been addressed and I've had some great instant on Ka saves. This is important to note as previous firmware versions had caused a couple missed instant on alerts. Glad to have my confidence in the system restored. Ramp up and latch time has been greatly improved as well.
You can view the Stinger against other remotes in a recent remote radar test I did with @Vortex. We tested the Stinger VIP against K band, 33.8, 34.7 and 35.5:
www.rdforum.org: Remote RD Testing, Dec 2016: Stinger VIP, Net Radar, Radenso HD+, 9500ci, Plus, O

MRCD detection:

The Stinger VIP performance against the MRCD is great, paired with the unique alert it makes for an extremely reliable detector. This is important as the MRCD requires immediate action. False rejection thus far on firmware 4.0 has been excellent with zero MRCD falses. Here are two encounters against the MRCD in Edmonton:


BSM filtering:

This thing is amazingly quiet. I drove 750 miles on Sunday and the only BSM's to get past the k band filter was a GMC Tahoe (24.150 - 24.160), Buick Enclave (24.174) and a GMC Yukon (24.150). My wife asked me half way through the trip if my radar detector was on because it had been so quiet LOL. This new level of filtering is incredible. I look forward to future updates to address the few BSM’s that sneak by the filter.

In recent remote testing with @Vortex, it does not appear that the most aggressive filter impacted performance at all. Not having to sacrifice performance for a quiet ride is huge! Especially for me, driving through the Rocky Mountains 4 times a year, I require range and excellent off-axis capabilities.

GPS falselist, Spot list and low speed muting:

No phone required! This is an all in one with automatic or manual falselist. After around 3-5 days your daily route will have all the false k band sources falselisted. I experienced some big temperature fluctuations which can cause the signal to drift up or down, however Stinger was still able to filter them out. Manual lockouts are super easy, one press of a button and its done. Loving the quiet ride around town.

With the new update, you can set spot list alerts to mute while under the set “speed sense” limit. However, this will require the new spot list that is supposed to be released in January. Red light and speed camera locations are super accurate. You can add or remove a “spot list” item with the touch of a button.

“Speed sense” or low speed muting is a great feature when driving around town. You can set a threshold to mute signals under a set speed or have it set to “dynamically sensitivity” Dynamic sensitivity allows you to set 6 speed thresholds that automatically adjusts the sensitivity as you drive. Speed sense will mute Ka band, but you will still get visual alerts of muted signals. It would be a great if Stinger included a feature to exclude Ka from speedsense muting.

Arrows:

Arrows are currently not working. It’s a bit disappointing they don’t work as the rear antenna is $1,500. However, I am confident Stinger will release a fix in a future firmware release.

Display:

Stinger has expanded the touch areas in firmware 4.0. This makes muting, spot list, and false listing super easy to do on the fly. I love this! See below:

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Conclusions:

Its been a rocky experience with my Stinger VIP this past year. However, this new firmware changes everything. They need address the arrows and remaining BSM “punch throughs”, but apart from that I am a very happy customer. IMO the Stinger VIP is the complete package enthusiasts wanted. Complete RDD immunity, range, automatic GPS lockouts, arrows* and excellent BSM filtering in one package. This firmware is exactly why I purchased the Stinger VIP in the first place. I will continue to report my findings as I log more miles with my Stinger VIP.
 
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New spot list was released today allowing you to mute the while under the set “speed sense” limit! I am digging this new feature, check it out :)

[video]https://youtu.be/3FnPKOhkNxw[/video]
 

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New spot list was released today allowing you to mute the while under the set “speed sense” limit! I am digging this new feature, check it out :)

[video]https://youtu.be/3FnPKOhkNxw[/video]

Old feature for us running the euro version of stinger, but I'm surprised the USA is only just getting it...

Useful though, keeps us sane at sets of lights or in slow traffic. :)
 
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New spot list was released today allowing you to mute the while under the set “speed sense” limit! I am digging this new feature, check it out :)
It's actually been there for a few updates. :)
 

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It may have been there, but its only now working with the new spot list.


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Must have been an issue with the NA and not the US SL.

Glad it's working though.
 

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It may have been there, but its only now working with the new spot list.
It has worked for me in US (mostly Washington state) and Canada (as far as Ontario) even before 4.x. That said, muting spot alert with speedsense may be a double edged sword. If you're stuck in slow traffic and approaching a red light camera or no turn on red camera, if you're under your speedsense speed you may miss the warning.
 

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It has worked for me in US (mostly Washington state) and Canada (as far as Ontario) even before 4.x. That said, muting spot alert with speedsense may be a double edged sword. If you're stuck in slow traffic and approaching a red light camera or no turn on red camera, if you're under your speedsense speed you may miss the warning.
TBH, speedsense on a spot doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe it would make more sense to mute only if speed is 0. (With option to use user-mute, of course)

You're pretty likely to encounter spots at < typical speedsense speeds. (Nature of City Driving) It's also in these situations that you're most likely to accidentally run a red-light. (following a semi, for example)
 
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TBH, speedsense on a spot doesn't make a lot of sense. Maybe it would make more sense to mute only if speed is 0. (With option to use user-mute, of course)

You're pretty likely to encounter spots at < typical speedsense speeds. (Nature of City Driving) It's also in these situations that you're most likely to accidentally run a red-light. (following a semi, for example)
I really enjoy it, I have mine set for 30 kph (19 mph). Personally I don't tailgate semi trucks through intersections.... you should leave enough room to see the lights before you enter the intersection.


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TBH, speedsense on a spot doesn't make a lot of sense.
There is a setting to either turn this feature on or off.
 

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I really enjoy it, I have mine set for 30 kph (19 mph). Personally I don't tailgate semi trucks through intersections.... you should leave enough room to see the lights before you enter the intersection.
I fundamentally agree. With aggressive drivers and dense traffic you sometimes don't have much of a choice, though.
IDK, just an opinion. I'm not complaining about it, it's extremely rare that i find myself in a situation to worry about a red-light cam.
 

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Hey @Dukes, are you still running this system these days? If so are you still liking things on the latest FW?
 

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