Noob Question RE: Traffic Options for XL 350


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I recently purchased an XL 350 and i love it.

My main reason for getting the unit is I have a 2 hour commute and wanted to use it to get traffic updates and possibly alternate routes to avoid traffic.

I am just confused as to what the traffic options are, and after searching the forums for more info i am even more confused and have some very beginner questions as this is my first gps unit:

what exactly are the options for getting traffic info on the device? i bought the unit from best buy and after reading some posts it looks like i need some kind of hardware/antennae installed to get traffic. the unit did come with a car charger. I have no traffic bar or any indication of traffic info on the device while i am using it, my routes are always one color. when i plug into my pc and try to see what traffic updates are available i see nothing at all. i have the lifetime maps and entered that code, but it did not say anything about traffic.

what is the difference between the hardware/antennae traffic, live traffic and IQ routes? I do see the IQ routes plugin for 50 bucks, just not sure what that is.

i appreciate any info.
 
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thanks for the reply, that actually looks exactly like the one that came in the box when i bought it. Going to stop at best buy on my way home and ask them about how to get traffic on this thing.
 

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You simply plug it into the car charger and the usb into the unit. Your unit should say 'rds-tmc antenna detected'
 
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I purchased the same device and I was a little disappointed that my area dosn't have the basic live traffic service. I live in the IL/IN//KY Tri-State area (142nd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area/350,261 people). Evansville, IN is fairly close to Interstate 64 and the only major city in Southern Indiana.

Evansville might not be a heavyweight compared to Indianapolis, St. Louis, MO or even Nashville, TN, but it would be nice to have some traffic alerts in the area. :)
 
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