External GPS Receiver with Google Nexus 7.

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 16:06
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Hi, new here.

Finally decided to get with the times and purchased a tablet to try and have a go at running some navigation/mapping software. (didn't like the hema or vms things sorry)
When I have this mounted in the vehicle, the satellite coverage is poor.
I would like to connect to one of these external mounted gps receivers.

Globalsat external receiver

Thing is they only have drivers for windows, mac and linux operating systems. The Nexus has it's own google, (jellybean) operating system.
Any advice on how to make the two compatable would be appreciated.

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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 16:17

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 16:17
I am fairly sure you will not be able to get a USB GPS to work off the USB port on the android tablet. Last time I checked, which was about a year ago it could not be done.. but things do change.

The other way is a bluetooth GPS .. But

You will need a app like this :https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=googoo.android.btgps&hl=en

to get the bluetooth GPS working with Oziexplorer on your tablet. Also, if you get a blue tooth GPS with a external aerial plug you can use a external GPS antenna to get even better reception.

In my case, I found a bluetooth GPS that has a useful feature. You can pull the battery out of it and it turns on and off with its power supply. So I hardwired it into the car, hidded in the dash, with a external antenna on the dash where it has a good view of the sky.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 16:38

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 16:38
The best way is to put a GPS reradiating antenna in the vehicle, then multiple devices can be used anywhere in be vehicle simultaneously. Phones, tablets, in vehicle GPS and handheld GPS can all pick up the signal at once.
Do a search on ebay.com not au and they start from $30 and go up depending on what you want it for.
See ebay auction number 121078114569 for the one we have been using for a few years now, works well and stops the GPS losing signal when heading south in thick bush.
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Reply By: Tod N - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 19:02

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 19:02
Thanks Gents,

Great ideas!

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Reply By: get outmore - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 19:49

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 19:49
Another probabally most simple idea is a holder that has it on the dash
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Reply By: Cyberess - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 16:56

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 16:56
You do not need a external GPS receiver with a Google Nexus 7, as the internal receiver is very good -- actually it's excellent, and very good with Oziexplorer for Android and Orux maps.

I have documented my experiences with 7" Android Tables on http://www.myswag.org where I started with a Chinese 7" device till it broke -- then replaced it with a Google Nexus 7

To be able to access my posts you will need to be a member of Myswag -- which is free

Links to my post on Myswag About 7" tablets:

MySwag Topic: Build GPS nav device a 7" Android tablet oziexplorer

Other Mapping links on MySwag

Free Mapping software and free 250K Aus Topographic maps

Convert free 250K Topo Maps to Orux Maps

"QLandkarte GT" - Best GPS PC App for planning tracks

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Reply By: Member - bungarra (WA) - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 22:34

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 22:34
My Google Nexus 7 tablet has an excellent GPS and works well inside the vehicle........inside the house straight through the tin roof etc

Oziexplorer works a treat

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