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    Bu-353 extension and off road software

    Im looking at very soon getting a BU-353 Gps reciever. I just wanted to se if anyone haused a usb extension cable with this? does it work. Id like to remote mount this on the top of my car but in order to get to my labtop then 5m isnt going to be nearly long enough. Also will it work fine from a powered USB hub or does it need to be plugged directly into its own port/ I am also wondering about software for offroad use. I would like to use this reciver for fiding my way on a trip but i usually go off roading and am planning to start getting to longer distance buggy racing where a gps is very handy to see where your going when the road looks like everything else. I know that there are specific systems you can buy for this but i was wondering if there was anything i could use.
    Thanks in advanced for the help.

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    I have my PC in my trunk and the BU-353 under the front dash with a usb extension. No problems. Plugged directly into it's own port.

    Sorry can't help u with the off road stuff

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    Usb Cable length is limited to 5m due to latency and timings of the protocol.

    It can be connected to a hub no problems and it doesn't need it's own port. My 353 is connected to unpowered 4 port hub with 3 other devices and connected to the computer by a pssive 5m extenion without any probs.

    As for the offroading, check out Ozi Explorer.
    I installed my carpc into my pet Kangaroo, mate.

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    I too run mine off a hub with out issue. And I agree with NiSlo Ozi Explorer is the way to go for offroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subietuner View Post
    Im looking at very soon getting a BU-353 Gps reciever. I just wanted to se if anyone haused a usb extension cable with this? does it work. Id like to remote mount this on the top of my car but in order to get to my labtop then 5m isnt going to be nearly long enough. Also will it work fine from a powered USB hub or does it need to be plugged directly into its own port/ I am also wondering about software for offroad use. I would like to use this reciver for fiding my way on a trip but i usually go off roading and am planning to start getting to longer distance buggy racing where a gps is very handy to see where your going when the road looks like everything else. I know that there are specific systems you can buy for this but i was wondering if there was anything i could use.
    Thanks in advanced for the help.
    Have a 10' USB extension on my BU-353, no problems.

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    Delorme Topo is good all around for offroad and onroad routing (the Topo version has everything the regular street version has, plus the Topos). You can also subscribe to unlimited aerial/sattelite overlay downloads for it, i think it's $30 a year for that option. the interface is a little clunky, but it still one of the best all-in-one solutions for us offroaders.

    Spatial Minds Overland Navigator is great for touchscreen, but lacks any vector/routing information (it's just topo raster).

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