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GPS receiver recommendations

GPS receiver recommendations

GPS receiver recommendations

I'm looking for a GPS receiver that I can Ethernet into a router and essentially just log in and get the coordinates, perhaps from a served webpage.

Google, Amazon and Ebay hain't learned me no thing about a simple product like this.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: GPS receiver recommendations

I don't think there's a "simple" solution, coordinates don't change unless the receiver is moving. And if it's moving, then the only workable link is cellular, which means that some sort of SMS app would make more sense. You could potentially use an internet data plan, but the receiver itself would most likely have some sort of serial output, since the default convention-based output would be NMEA

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RE: GPS receiver recommendations

Quite a while ago, I bought a Microsoft Streets and Trips CD, with a GPS dongle, for $75 at Walmart.
There are probably a few still around.
The dongle talks to the app over USB, I think using plain text.
So I'm guessing you could hook it to an Arduino or something similar and set up your own webpage or whatever you like.

I thought it was rather fun to tape the dongle to an airplane window, plug it into my laptop, and watch our progress over the AZ/NV landscape, showing a credible speed ~575mph, and altitude ~35000 feet. I was surprised that the software didn't blow up, but it worked fine. Must have been outsourced.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: GPS receiver recommendations


Location of routers is often derived by online services. The ISP typically knows the IP to Physical address table.

Raspberry Pi (or other micro with Ethernet, Arduino might be aiming too low) plus a cheap GPS such as the $20 NEO-6M, -7M, or similar. It'll have been done before, so design and code starting points should be available.

Attach (physically, wifi and power) an old smartphone to the router. It's easy to find a given smartphone over the 'net.

Use a router with other interfaces. Then the GPS module can be interfaced directly (not Ethernet).

Beware GPS sensitivity. Good ones can easily work inside a house or some buildings. Others are deaf and need to be outside. The NEO family are quite sensitive, and cheap. Less than $20. There's one in my basement, running and 'locked on'.

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