Install a Vehicle Data Device using a Y-cable
This guide describes how to install the Vehicle Data Device (VDD) with a Y-cable.
Installing a device with a Y-cable should always be undertaken by a trained professional. Attempts to do so by other persons carries the potential risk of causing severe damage to the vehicle's electrical system and components which will void your warranty.
This guide contains the following sections:
Verizon Connect shall have no liability whatsoever for any damages that arise from, or are connected with, your use of our services, including the Vehicle Data Device (VDD), in a manner contrary to the(se) instructions or in violation of law and/or our agreement. Installed devices may only be removed and transferred to another vehicle if the second has been tested for compatibility, as per the(se) instructions. Transfers between vehicles which do not follow the(se) instructions will void any and all warranties from Verizon Connect, and relieve Verizon Connect of all liability for damages that arise from or are connected with your use of the devices.
Prepare for installation
Before you install the Vehicle Data Device (VDD), there are a few things that you need to do to ensure a smooth installation process.
Get your fleet ready
- Move the vehicle to an area with good network coverage and with a clear view of the sky.
- Switch the vehicle’s engine off.
What you should receive
- Vehicle Data Device (VDD)
- OBD-II Y-cable (approx. 9ft)
- 8” zip ties (x4)
- 14” zip ties (x2)
- Mounting adaptors
- Core connector
Depending on your vehicle type, you might need some of the following tools:
- Wire cutter
- Dash panel removal tool
- Socket wrench
- Additional zip ties
Download the Spotlight Mobile app
- Download the Spotlight Mobile App.
- Log in to the app with your Verizon Connect credentials.
If you do not have login credentials, contact your administrator.
Select the device you want to install
- In the Spotlight app, go to Account > Device setup.
- On the What do you want to install? screen, tap Vehicle tracker.
Select the vehicle you want to track and identify the device
- If the vehicle does not have a previously installed Verizon Connect device, tap NEW VEHICLE.
- Use the app to scan the barcode that is located on the back of the device.
If you can’t scan the code, choose Manual input, and enter the ESN or IMEI number.
What barcode do I scan?
Enter vehicle’s year, make and model
- Enter the year, make and model of the vehicle.
Alternatively, to scan the vehicle identification number (VIN), tap SCAN VIN .
- Select the confirmation check box and tap CONFIRM.
In some older vehicles, the Vehicle Data Device only operates in GPS mode. This means that some features, such as getting odometer readings and diagnostic troubling shooting codes from the vehicle are unavailable. You are still able to track the vehicle and receive harsh driving alerts. Learn more about GPS mode.
Select how you will install the device
- On the Welcome screen, tap GET STARTED.
- On the How do you want to install your device? screen, tap VDD with Y-cable.
- On the overview screen, tap READ INSTALLATION GUIDE.
Once you have installed the device with the Y-cable, tap SKIP TO CONNECT VEHICLE.
We recommend reading the installation guide, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process.
Follow the instructions to properly install the device with a Y-cable.
About the Y-cable kit
The cable consists of the following parts:
- (A) Cable connector
- (B) Bypass connector that plugs into the vehicle’s OBD-II port
- (C) Fuse holder with replaceable fuse
- (D) Device connector for the Vehicle Data Device
The cable comes with the following parts:
- (E) Core connector
- (F) Mounting adaptors
Most customers will get the mounting adapter #1 and #2 with the core connector.
What mounting adapters do I use with my Y-cable?
1. Locate OBD-II port
- Move the vehicle to an area with good network coverage.
- Make sure your vehicle is turned off.
- Locate your vehicle’s OBD-II port.
The port is usually located under the dashboard or beneath the steering wheel column. If not located beneath the steering column, look for the port in the areas indicated in the image.
For help finding the OBD-II port, read Find the OBD-II port.
2. Unmount the vehicle’s OBD-II port
- Unmount the OBD-II port from its mounting location by either pushing it through towards the floor or unscrewing the mounting bolts or screws.
You might need to remove the dash panel to remove the OBD-II port. Improper removal can damage your vehicle. If you are unfamiliar with either of these processes, consult with someone with experience.
Warning: Use extreme caution when you unmount the vehicle's OBD-II port. Putting stress on the wires or otherwise damaging the port can cause performance issues with the vehicle.
3. Attach core connector to mounting adapter
- Find the mounting adaptor that most matches the shape of your vehicle’s OBD-II port.
Make sure you choose the correct mounting adapter before attaching it to the core connector. Once attached, the parts are very difficult to take apart.
- Attach the core connector to the appropriate mounting adapter.
4. Plug cable into core connector
- Plug the cable’s replacement OBD-II connector into the back of the core connector.
You have now assembled the replacement OBD-II port.
Warning: Use extreme caution when attaching the cable to the core connector. Make sure that you do not bend or break the core connector pins as this can cause performance issues with the vehicle.
5. Mount replacement OBD-II port
- Mount the replacement OBD-II port you have assembled into the vehicle’s original OBD-II port location.
- If the original OBD-II port was pushed through from the front, push the replacement OBD-II port from behind.
- If the original OBD-II port was unscrewed, use the same screws to mount the replacement OBD-II port.
6. Plug original port into bypass connector
- Plug the vehicle’s original OBD-II port into the cable’s bypass connector.
Warning: Use extreme caution when attaching the bypass connector to the vehicle's original OBD-II port. Putting stress on the wires or otherwise damaging the port can cause performance issues with the vehicle.
- We recommend securing the port to the bypass connector with a zip tie.
7. Plug the Vehicle Data Device into the cable
- Plug the Vehicle Data Device into the cable’s device connector. (It is the connector without pins.)
- Listen for a beep sound.
Note: A single beep indicates your device is plugged in correctly and receiving power.
Didn’t hear the beep?
8. Mount the Vehicle Data Device
- Look for a stable mounting location under the dashboard, such as a wire bundle or bracket.
Note: Avoid mounting the device directly under metal surfaces as this can block the network signal.
- Secure the device to the vehicle with zip ties.
Note:To prevent inaccurate reporting, ensure the device can’t move around.
- Tidy up the cable and secure it with zip ties.
Note: Ensure the cable does not get in the driver's way.
- Check everything is fastened tightly and cut off excess length if needed.
Note: If you have removed the dash panel, do not replace it until the network connection is confirmed in the following steps.
9. Return to the app
- In the app, tap SKIP TO CONNECT VEHICLE.
Connect vehicle to Verizon Connect
- When the device is recognized and you have entered the vehicle information, tap CONNECT.
Update vehicle information
- While waiting for the device to connect, you can enter the vehicle information. Tap EDIT VEHICLE PROFILE.
- On the Vehicle identity screen, enter the vehicle information and choose Save.
Enter the following information:
- Vehicle name (mandatory)
- License plate number
- Year, Make, Model
- Fuel type
- Tank capacity
- Fuel efficiency (city)
- Fuel efficiency (highway)
- Current odometer reading
- When the vehicle is successfully connected, the vehicle appears on the map with a pop-up that says Vehicle Connected. Choose COMPLETE SETUP.
If connection fails, refer to Why is my vehicle not reporting?
- Tap CLOSE to complete the installation.
FCC compliance statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
- receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or install technician for help.