I have the Garmin 2797 LMT and it seems like I don't get any traffic info untill I'm right on it and sometimes when I check for traffic it say it's clear when it's not. Anyway to fix this?
I think your problem lies with the area you live in.
Your profile shows Newark, Delaware. That area has very little coverage as well as Delaware in general.
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Having both Navteq and Clear Channel traffic subscriptions on my Nuvi 2460 I find it a total waste.
My area in NY has excellent coverage, however, I find it is useless 80% of the time. Shows green and no traffic and I'm sitting in bumper to bumper.
Shows red for the longest time and not a single delay. I've disabled it in avoidances. The traffic conditions icon still appears only because of the traffic cable, but I ignore it completely.
If you go to a more populated area where there are more traffic providers you may get better results.
There is nothing you can do to fix it, it is what it is.
There is not much you can do, other than disabling the traffic or just ignore it.
In the San Francisco Bay area, the signal is strong and the traffic info on the highways is pretty accurate (GTM60) during the commute hours. The reported congestion is typically within one mile from the actual congestion. With a GTM25/35, the reported congestion could be a 3-5 miles off.
I have a 2797LMT and have found that the Garmin Smart Link app with Live Traffic which syncs up with my Nuvi via Bluetooth is far superior than the FM built in traffic receiver. Plus, it delivers traffic in extended suburban areas rather than only in metropolitan areas where the FM traffic covers. It is WELL WORTH IT even though you have to pay a small one-time fee for the traffic. I think it cost me $10-$20 or so on my iPhone. You can also purchase weather and traffic cameras too. Well worth it - ice warnings, flood watch, etc. Downloading traffic over the internet via your smartphone is much better than using antiquated FM signals. Plus, once you're out of the city, the FM signal cannot be found but the SmartLink traffic continues to work. I believe that it is still focused on more densely populated areas (which is where the traffic usually is in the first place) but definitely more extensive than just the FM.
One problem I can foresse, there are many jurisdictions where using any handheld device in a car/truck is illegal.
Where I live, if caught you can even be fined if all you are doing is holding a cellphone in your hand even if it is OFF!!!!
I do have the smart link app, but I was told by Garmin not to waste my money because its the same, but you are saying this will work better?Plus when I use the traffic I am traveling from Philly to Delaware on I95.
Does the 885 use Navteq because I always received good reports.
I am not sure when Garmin CSR will say that Smartphone Link app updates and FM traffic updates are same?
Their own web site explains the difference. You should be getting traffic updates every two minutes via Smartphone Link app compared to 5 minutes via FM traffic receiver. If you have HD traffic coverage then it is even less than 2 minutes. I have found Smartphone link traffic coverage lot better.
Going to try the smart link traffic.
Garmin's Smartlink and live traffic are far superior to the FM system. With the Bluetooth connection, you can keep your smartphone in your pocket since the controls are on the GPS screen.
You won't be disappointed with Smartphone Link Live Traffic. It works lot better than any other formats. Last summer I drove to US. HD traffic worked for few minutes in Buffalo and then I lost it. It worked again in Pittsburgh for few moments. In Pittsburgh I just got fed up with HD traffic and switched to Live traffic and it was lot superior. After that never bothered to try HD traffic.
With smart link traffic does it automatically send it to your gps?
Yes, it sends all data from your phone to GPS via Bluetooth. As long as your internet on phone is working, you should be getting up-to-date traffic info on your GPS.
I need to try this
Smartlink seems to be the way to go
I'll take a look, but can't see it comparing with Google traffic.
I sometimes have issues with traffic, but it finally pops in when I reset my Nuvi.
It is hard to compare it with Google traffic. The problem is Google shows traffic on maps but you are navigating then it does not show traffic. This feature should come soon. Otherwise Google traffic is amazing. It covers almost all streets.
Smartphone Link allows you to connect a compatible Garmin nüvi and a compatible smartphone. Once linked, nüvi uses your existing mobile data plan¹ to share information.
I have an iPhone but not a data plan so useless for me.
Thanks for the great link. I've found the traffic reporting to be extremely variable but still a helpful tool in many of the cities I've visited.
Over the last few years, I've tried Garmin's GTM 25/26, GTM 35/36 and more recently the GTM 60 Digital traffic receivers on various GPS units. In my rural area, all have been nearly useless. Even when travelling near large cities, only an occasional report is received.
Unlike these FM based receivers, Garmin's Smartlink and Live Traffic use the internet to transmit data. Of course you need a compatible GPS and Smartphone. The Smartlink app is free although there is a nominal subscription fee for the traffic and weather features.
I find the Smartlink app uses little data, about 50MB on a 400 mile trip. You can also use the app on a smartphone without a data plan. You can check traffic and weather conditions on the road ahead when you stop for food, fuel, etc. at WiFi enabled locations. It's easy to spot these locations on your GPS using Rainsuxs' "Businesses with Free WiFi" POI file
IMHO, if you want accurate up to date traffic, have a compatible GPS and Smartphone or are considering getting one, Smartlink with the traffic / weather subscription is well worth the nominal cost!
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