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  • Has anyone setup their BU-353 as a location sensor in Win7 or Win8?

    The title says it all...

    I have a BU-353-S4 and would like to try using it as a location sensor in my Win7 machine.

    Has anyone tried this? I have read there are generic drivers to get this to work but have not been able to locate them and hope someone has already accomplished this.

    Thanks!

    Rodney

  • #2
    Originally posted by redheadedrod View Post
    The title says it all...

    I have a BU-353-S4 and would like to try using it as a location sensor in my Win7 machine.

    Has anyone tried this? I have read there are generic drivers to get this to work but have not been able to locate them and hope someone has already accomplished this.

    Thanks!

    Rodney
    Yes. here are the drivers for win7/win8 machines:

    x64 - http://repo.centrafuse.com/centrafus...st/gps7s64.exe
    x86 - http://repo.centrafuse.com/centrafus...st/gps7s32.exe

    Install it, point it at your GPS port, and away your go.

    VEgasGuy

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    • #3
      Thank you... I will try this when I get home.

      Does the windows location stuff work pretty well with a GPS installed?

      Guess I will know when I plug this in and try it.

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      • #4
        I was able to install this and it works great! Thanks!

        I am guessing if I want to use both the generic location sensor stuff AND the original GPS stuff I will need to load a program such as xport or gpsgate.

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        • #5
          OK so I am jumping on this bandwagon too.
          I also have the BU- 353 installed with the generic drivers
          I also have the ATT Mifi Liberate with its own wifi drivers which I have not installed on the PC yet.
          The GPS on the device itself however is enabled
          If I use Google Chrome and pull up google maps, I do get my exact location
          However if I use one of the window metro apps, ex. weather, I get a different location.
          I do however get the correct location using the weather app on my home PC connected to my home network
          I have checked and verified that location based services are enabled in the setting on my CarPC.
          What am I missing here?
          Can I have Centrafuse use the BU- 353 and Windows location services use the other?
          How do I manually tell the Windows UI to use a GPS receiver rather than IP address or Wifi?
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          • #6
            The windows location platform "should" automatically recognize when a high-precision location source is available, and use that by default. You don't have to do anything. The consuming application can override that if it so chooses (don't know why I would, but it can). If you've got multiple GPS devices on the PC, you should be able to assign them any way you want. However, if you have multiple GeoLocation Sensors (internal and external GPS devices with functional sensor drivers, I cannot say for sure which device will take precedent. Theoretically, whatever produces the best fix should be he current source, but who knows for sure.

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            • #7
              Thanks VegasGuy.
              I half expected you to be the first to respond.
              I am almost certain that windows is not using the BU-353 at all.
              I have also seen when trying to run a speed test on my computer using a site like speedtest.net while connected to the mifi, it tries to connect to a server nowhere near me based on the IP address that At&T supplies I think.
              But if I connect to my home network, then the test will run from the nearest server to my geographic location.
              Maybe it's time to play around with GPS port a little bit more.
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              • #8
                Ok so after more testing my problem is definitely with Gpsgate. I exited the program which starts automatically with my CarPC and the location based apps work. When it is running my location aware apps tend to lock on an address in Wqashington DC even though I am in Minnesota.

                My solution at this time is to connect the mifi via USB so I now have 2 GPS receivers. Centrafuse and
                Google earth use the BU -353 and Windows location based services is using the mifi GPS.

                I don't think it's an ideal situation but that's what works.

                Any suggestions on how to program Gpsgate to allow one of the virtual ports to be used by windows location based services?
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