Below you will find the most frequently asked ‘Stinger questions’. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact us.

adaptive cruise control
My car employs an adaptive cruise control system that operates radar. Does this have implications for the functioning of my Stinger?
More and more car manufacturers build radar technology into their vehicles, for such systems as adaptive cruise control and blind spot alerters. Products that use the same radar frequencies can theoretically cause mutual interference. 

Likewise, it is possible your car’s radar systems influence your Stinger. This is, however, not a certainty, for different car brands and makes often use different frequencies. For drivers with Distronic and other RADAR based Vehicle Crash Avoidance Systems and Blind Spot Systems in their vehicles, Stinger’s Exclusive In-Car RADAR filtering technology, learns existing manufacturers RADAR based emission(s) signatures and filters them out without affecting the accurate detection of real Police RADAR threats. Another Stinger VIP industry exclusive!

As these systems are constantly changing with each new model year, please check with your auto dealer or Stinger installer to get exact radar frequency info. For detailed advice, you can also contact Stinger.
My car employs an adaptive cruise control system that operates laser. Does this have implications for the functioning of my Stinger?
The laser used in in-car laser products does not interfere with Stinger laser functionalities. It could, however, interfere with police laser and even cause ‘jammed codes’ on the police laser gun. This ‘jammed code’ is not caused by your Stinger, but rather by the laser technology as built into your vehicle by your car manufacturer.

 

antenna
Is it possible to trace the user of the Stinger antennas with the help of a Radar Detector Detector (RDD)
No, this is virtually impossible. 
The Stinger is not a radar detector and therefore not detectable by an RDD. The Stinger products employ patch antennas, which are closed systems and therefore fully stealth.
In countries where radar detectors are not allowed, from a legal point of view, it is not relevant that the Stinger cannot be detected by an RDD. This, as a Stinger is not a radar detector. The Stinger’s stealth characteristics are convenient however, as Stinger users will not be unnecessarily pulled over by the police asking them whether they are using a radar detector.

 

desktop
How do I know that my display is communicating with my PC-Interface and Stinger Desktop?
As soon as your Stinger is communicating with Stinger Desktop, you can see this on Stinger Desktop.
Also, the Stinger Card will have its white or blue LEDs on, while the Stinger DSI will show a black square in the top left corner.
For the Stinger VIP you do not connect your display to a PC-Interface, but rather a USB-stick that connects straight into your Mac or PC.
My Stinger Desktop does not communicatie with my Stinger display. How do I remedy this?
For the Stinger VIP you do not connect your display to a PC-Interface, but rather a USB-stick that connects straight into your Mac or PC. 

In case you think that your computer does not ‘see’ your USB-stick, remove it for at least five seconds before reconnecting it. If that does not help, try cleaning your USB-stick (with air) or  your computer’s USB connection (also with air).

If all this still does not help to get communication going between your Mac or PC and Stinger Desktop, you are probably using a PC - not a Mac - and your PC-Interface Drivers were not installed correctly. Re-install the Drivers by accurately following the instructions from the Stinger Desktop Installation manual.

If your USB-stick is active (VIP’s USB-stick: should always work), make sure your Stinger USB-stick is connected to your Mac or PC before starting up Stinger Desktop. So to remedy, quit Stinger Desktop, then re-connect your USB-stick to your Mac or PC. Only then, restart Stinger Desktop and it should ‘see’ your display now.

 

functionality
Is it possible to enable Radar Alerting, Laser Alerting, and Laser Shielding on a Stinger that currently has those functionalities disabled?
Yes, that is possible. 
Go to the Stinger Desktop on your Mac or PC, download the relevant Stinger Operating Software, and install it onto your Stinger (by placing the Card or DSI back onto the Display Holder in your car or by plugging the Stinger USB stick into the VIP USB-lead in your car).

Usage of these application is meant for countries where they are allowed. You are personally responsible for ascertaining the legality of using these applications in your jurisdiction. Specifically for Stinger users who enter a country or state where these functionalities are not allowed, every Stinger display comprises a possibility to erase these functionalities at the push of a button. This allows for a quick and convenient way to abide by diverse local rules and regulations.
On a Stinger with Radar Alerting/Laser Alerting software, is it possible to erase or deactivate the Radar Alerting/Laser Alerting software?
Yes, erasing is possible. 
No, deactivating is not possible.

In order to make it possible to also use your Stinger in countries or states where Radar or Laser Alerting is not allowed, you must be able to erase these functionalities. This is possible on every Stinger.

Once you have erased the software, it is really gone - not merely deactivated. It’s permanent. So to use Radar Alerting or Laser Alerting again, you cannot simply re-activate those functions. You will have to go back to your Mac or PC, download the applicable software, and re-install it on your Stinger.
On a Stinger with LaserShield software, is it possible to erase or deactivate the LaserShield software?
Yes, both erasing and deactivating are possible.
In most countries or states where you are not allowed to employ a laser jammer, you are allowed to drive around with it - you are just not allowed to actively and knowingly use it to hamper a police laser speed trap. For this reason, on every Stinger, it is possible to activate and deactivate your LaserShield.

But it is also possible to erase the software. Once you have erased the software, it is really gone - not merely deactivated. It’s permanent. So to use LaserShield again, you cannot simply re-activate those functions. You will have to go back to your Mac or PC, download the applicable software, and re-install it on your Stinger.
GPS
After starting the car, it takes longer than five minutes for my Stinger to acquire GPS reception. What could be the cause of this?
Possibly, the continuous power has been interrupted due to, for example, a faulty cable or incorrect installation. In such cases the GPS module will lose its basic positional data. Re-calculating its basic positional data will always take about 20 minutes. So unless the cause of the interrupted continuous power has been removed, after every re-start of your car, it will take about 20 minutes before your Stinger will get a GPS fix. 

Another possibility is that the GPS antenna was placed in/on your car incorrectly. Make sure the antenna has an unobscured ‘sight’ upwards, so does not get hampered by metal or heat-protecting glass. 

If you have started your car journey in a parking garage, it is possible that the GPS module will need some extra time to ascertain its positional data.

Lastly, make sure you are using the latest Stinger Operating Software, which you can download from Stinger Desktop.
How can I see whether or not my Stinger has GPS reception?
Your Stinger has strong GPS reception when:
On the VIP display, the MEM (memory) and SpS (SpeedSense) texts are visible.

 

 

purchase
Where can I purchase a Stinger?
For North America and Canada, click here

 

 

updates
How do I keep my Stinger up-to-date?
If you own a Stinger VIP, plug your Stinger USB-stick directly into your Mac or PC.
Your Stinger Desktop will automatically download any available software updates.

Next, attach your USB-stick to the VIP USB-lead, in your car.
For the VIP, upon starting your car engine, your display will ask you to allow starting the download. Press ‘OK’ and do not switch off the car during the download.
Does Stinger charge a fee for downloading software updates and upgrades?
Yes, in some cases.
All regular improvement and bug fixing software updates are free of charge as part of Stinger’s ongoing endeavor to improve product performance and ease of use. Also for software upgrades Stinger will usually not charge a fee. 

However, Stinger may charge a fee for larger or more complex upgrades that add new functionalities or significantly improve current functionalities. 

Lastly, Stinger does charge a subscription fee for SpotList (GPS database) updates (though not for the first year in the country of purchase). These SpotList updates are available on the Stinger Desktop.