Siren Marine Introduces Siren 3 Pro Connected Boat Device

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Wow!!! The Siren 3 Pro looks like an amazingly powerful system. In fact, there’s so much to crow about in the press release that they didn’t even mention the advanced cellular features. But the online tech specs tell us this: “External Antenna, 4G/5G CAT-M1, with fall back to NB-IoT and EGPRS.”

    And from what I understand about cellular evolution, that means the Pro should work well in current problem areas like my home harbor of Camden, and keep working well in many places where older cell tech is on its way out.

  2. Richard Ross says:

    I have had the old style Siren for over a year. Works great, and has already paid for itself when it alerted me to a battery charger failure.
    But despite their claims, their wireless temperature probe does not work inside a fridge. Perhaps there is too much metal, or the cold temperature has negatively affected the battery. The only way we could get a temp reading was to place the included wire temp probe inside the fridge, with the unit itself on the outside. But then the wire caused a gap in the door seal.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Richard, The original Siren wireless temperature sensor worked fine inside my boat’s refrigerator for about six months (until I got back to Camden and the MTC’s older cell service didn’t work). My fridge is lined in heavy gauge stainless except the opening top that’s made of fiberglass (plus lots of insulation and a Corian cap). Also, the MTC main unit was only about five feet away and above the frig.

      But while that worked OK, I don’t think a refrigerators is a good spot for a wireless sensor. Years ago, I drilled a small hole in the side of mine to wire a Maretron temp probe, and it’s always worked.

  3. Richard Ross says:

    I like the idea of drilling a small hole in the side of the fridge, but the temp probe has a large ring terminal on the end, that would require a 5/8 or perhaps a 3/4 inch hole. I would rather not drill a hole that big in my fridge. So I sent a message to Siren asking if the probe would still work if I removed the ring terminal, and this was the reply:

    “Thanks a lot for reaching out. I am not sure we are qualified to answer your question. Do you have any boat equipped with a Sailsense solution?

    Best regards,

    Benoît Van Eechaute
    Head of Sales & Business Development
    +32 494 05 26 45

  4. Richard Ross says:

    Siren Marine tech support contacted me today. They advised that the ring terminal is required for proper operation of the probe, but that the terminal could be removed to insert the wire thru a small hole, and then reattached. So that is what I will do. This will void the warranty, but should be a simple solution.

    Hurricane Isaias passed close to our boat, but because Siren told me that the electricity never went off, I knew that there was little or no damage to the marina, or the boats. That alone was worth the price of admission. Thank you Siren.

    • I can say as a beta tester f the new Siren 3 Professional that its wireless reception is much better than the MTC. I have a temperature probe in my fish box to verify that the icemaker was running. I had to use the remote and even so the unit often lost connection, With the S3P, it works great down inside the box.

  5. Brian Strong Brian Strong says:

    Truly low cost cellular LTE vessel tracking that can be concealed makes sense for many reasons.
    Not sure this is the ideal place for this but…..
    The cost problem for these trackers is not the upfront cost but rather the monthly LTE cost.
    I think the hands down lowest cost choice is the
    Samsung Smarthings Tracker. It operates on ATT LTE at $5/month and the first 12 months are included. That makes the upfront $99. Cost really
    $39. The competition comes in at a lower up front but significantly higher monthly cost.
    This unit plugs into a USB outlet for power so is very easy to conceal by mounting a typical low cost 12V to USB outlet where not obvious on your mother ship or dinghy. Always on means no worries about the battery charge. The unit draws so little you do not need to worry about drawing down a dinghy 12V starting battery – at least if you use it every week or so.
    If you haul in Winter move this to your car or bike or child or dog to track them. Charge the battery overnight in that case.
    Of course there Are numerous ways to track your boat with AIS being the most obvious. You can be sure that if your boat or dinghy disappears that any tracker that is not well concealed will be quickly disabled.
    Note also that you can set a circular boundary exit or entry alarm with a notification to your email.
    That is one more way to set up an anchor drag alarm each night if you go ashore for dinner.
    Brian

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