On a recent delivery trip from Liverpool I had the chance to use a small piece of software called GPSGate. This enabled my bluetooth GPS (BluNext 65 Channel Dongle ) top connect to my laptop correctly when all other attempts had failed. The problem was the useless bluetooth software built into Windows XP – it may be different with Windows 7 I haven’t tried. But I encountered all sorts of problems trying to get my MaxSea software to recognise the virtual comm port that the GPS data was streaming in to from the GPS dongle.
The built in communications port wizard in MaxSea was of no use either and I even had MaxSea tech support guiding me through editing various config files using notepad – all to no avail. Finally GPSGate fixed the problem and even allowed me to share the GPS data with two different chart plotting programs.
GpsGate Client Express lets multiple applications share GPS data simultaneously on a computer with a single GPS device. GpsGate Client Express supports built-in GPS devices, Bluetooth GPS devices and GPS devices connected via serial and USB ports. It also adds stability to the GPS connection, with automatic re-connection when required.
The free GpsGate Client Express can:
- Split one GPS to two virtual COM ports
- Handle most GPS devices, Bluetooth, Serial and USB
- Stabilize Bluetooth GPS connections
- Automatically re-connect lost connections
- Support Garmin GPS devices
- Connect standard GPS to nRoute with Garmin protocol
- Show GPS position in Google Earth
- Make GPS position available to web browser
- Connect to a GpsGate Server for GPS tracking
- Run on 32 and 64 bit Windows (7/Vista/XP/2k/NT/98)
Why not give it a go if you have problems connecting your GPS or any other bluetooth device with your laptop – its free – download here…