gps reciever which plugs into usb port

Submitted: Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 12:55
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Has any1 purchased or seen a gps reciever which plugs straight into computer or pda via a usb connection?
I have found one which works with Oziexplorer. I am curious as to how well it works and is Oziexplorer any good???
I have a Discover Aus(streets and tracks) cd from magellan and it has lots of tracks on it but by no means all. I think it only accepts signal from a com port(and only works with magellan equipment?). I cannot see how I can use the gps reciever with Discover Aus so I am thinking I may have to purchase Oziexplorer.

I am trying to set up an incar navigation system on a budget so if any1 knows of a way please share that knowledge with me

Thanks in advance
Sparkie (IE not Y) ;-)
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Reply By: Member - Bob L - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 13:21

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 13:21
Sparkie.
The Garmin GPS Map 60C has USB connections but at RRP$969 a bit on the expensive side unless you want all the features.

You can use a USB to Serial Adapter but this can be tricky ie. with my Compaq I need to start it up with the adapter fitted before connecting GPS. Some Ipac PDA's ( Ive got a HP2210) have a y lead connector which allows both Serial and USB.

Oziexplorer is a great program, you can try it with out registering- WWW.oziexplorer.com - plenty of commercial maps available also.(Natmap covers the whole of australia at 250,000 to 1 at about $100.00).

Do a search for Trackmaker which is another good program from Brazil.

Also GPSOZ is a good starting place for info.

Cheers
Bob L

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Follow Up By: Member - Bob-h(QLD) - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 21:12

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 21:12
Sparkie
The Garmin GPS Map 60C has a color screen and USB. I bought mine from Johnny Appleseed GPS www.ja-gps.com.au at Annerley Qld for $780. add a bit more for 12v cable and dash bracket.
Get your software package here from ExplorOz Shop. The MapSource software that comes standard with the GPS is fairly basic, but you can also get some good 'street level' software.
OziExplorer is easy to use and set up, althoughI haven't yet used it in anger on the road. I am planning a trip Brisbane-Alice Springs via Birdsville, Oodnadatta, return via Plenty Hwy in August/September,and am presently playing with route setup etc.
Bob
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Follow Up By: howie - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 21:51

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 21:51
my latest laptop came without serial ports, just usb's.
use a usb/serial adaptor all the time time at work & play.
used it seriously recently with oziexplorer and raster 250k, very impressed.
agree with bob L, the usb port needs some tweaking after losing coms, not quite worked it out yet, could be a virtual port vs physical port thing.
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Follow Up By: Niko - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:22

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:22
Holux GPS have the choice of USB, for instance the GM-101 has USB connectivity. It is over the top but I can organise any cable connection you want to one of the standard magnetic mount type, just ask. go to www.octapc.com for details. Otherwise use the email address on the web site.
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Reply By: Leroy - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 13:50

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 13:50
Mate bought usb gps puck for around $100 off ebay and uses it with oziexplorer with no probs at all. Just do a search on ebay and there is usually a few and they are new. If you need more info let me know and I can find out exactly where he got it from.

Leroy
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Reply By: GaryW - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 16:38

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 16:38
The Haicom Hi-204 (or 202) does the trick - $175.00 from www.ja-gps.com.au
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Reply By: Member - TonyG (NSW) - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 20:46

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 20:46
Hi Sparkie,

I purchased a GPS mouse on ebay. Clink on the link below to show current ones available.

Link to GPS Mouse on Ebay

I have found it works very well, only have to load the software that comes with the GPS Mouse for it to create a new COM port from the USB, (Mine named it COM port 4), and configure Oziexplorer to connect to GPS via com port 4.

Hope this helps,

Thanks

TonyG
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Reply By: John - Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 22:18

Monday, Apr 26, 2004 at 22:18
Sparkie
I Bought a PC card GPS from Ebay last month for $120 and it works well with Ozi/moving map.
Cheers
John
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Follow Up By: Hedonist - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 10:59

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 10:59
Hi John,

Do you use this with a PDA or a laptop?

Cheers,
Pete
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Follow Up By: John - Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 12:57

Tuesday, May 04, 2004 at 12:57
Pete
I use it with a laptop, very handy not having any cables trailing around as with usb or handheld GPS.Cheers
John
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Reply By: Niko - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:23

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 02:23
Holux GPS have the choice of USB, for instance the GM-101 has USB connectivity. It is over the top but I can organise any cable connection you want to one of the standard magnetic mount type, just ask. go to www.octapc.com for details. Otherwise use the email address on the web site.
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Reply By: Nicholas from OctaPC - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:17

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 18:17
Following up on the previous reply, we have just uploaded the USB version of the Holux GM-210 (GM-210U).
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Follow Up By: Teetul - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:27

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:27
I have Mapsend S&D and cannot get it to work with a Garmin 12XL for realtime tracing. Does anyone know if a gps serial or usb mouse will work? I could be cheaper than a Magellan GPS.

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Reply By: Nicholas from OctaPC - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:36

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:36
Sparkie

The garmin outputs data in its own protocol. Mapsend is magellan and neither shall the two meet. Therefore, you won't get mapsend and any garmin to work together
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Reply By: Nicholas from OctaPC - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:39

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:39
I forgot to answer your question. mapsend should work with a USB GPS as long as Mapsend recognises a USB connection. Check your manual for mapsend to see what form of GPS communications is supported. If you ever wish to sell mapsend let me know.
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