The next requirement for this set-up is to acquire the maps themselves, as map viewing software
doesn’t typically come with its own mapping (however in the ExplorOz Shop
, we do sell bundled software with maps and mouse GPS).
Choosing your maps is where the customisable aspect of this type of navigation becomes apparent, as you have your pick of digital mapping on the market, and you can select the types of mapping that most suit your needs (street mapping, 4wd mapping, topographic mapping), and only pay for mapping in areas you are going to use.
There is a large range of digital mapping available on the market on CD, DVD and for download, this can all be stored in a maps folder on your hard drive for easy accessibility when trip planning and navigating. There are two many individual products to list here separately, so follow this link to the Digital Maps
category of our shop
Navigation with a laptop setup gives you a very fast solution
for digital navigation in remote areas, however there are a few things to consider before forging ahead with this kind of set-up.
First of all, space requirements. In order to be able to use the laptop comfortably in the vehicle, it is preferable to have a laptop specific shelf/mount installed, which requires a certain amount of space.
This type of navigation also provides a great scope for seeing a large area at once (as your viewing area is as large as the laptop’s screen), however is far more friendly to a passenger/navigator rather than a driver/navigator, so if you’re planning on travelling alone, you may be better off with a more compact all in one GPS navigator or a Smartphone or Tablet.
When using a Laptop for navigation, your entire trip planning activities, downloads and mapping are created, stored and subsequently displayed by the one device. However, you do need to be relatively tech-savvy and willing to spend time learning how to use all of the map viewing software
’s various functions in order to get the most out of it (so if you expect to be able to intuitively use the software right away then this may not be the best solution
It also requires some familiarity with computers to load/install the receiver, software and mapping and configure them to work together. However, if you have the confidence in your ability to learn how to “drive” it, and prepared to put in the time to "make it work", this is a tried and tested way to ensure you can navigate to where you need to go, wherever you are.