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    good/cheap GPS with external antenna?

    I'm in the middle of installing a fresh build of my carputer (using a eeepc) and am in need of a GPS that either is/can have an external antenna.
    The antenna will be mag mounted to the trunk so one of those 5' USB GPS units won't work (the eeepc is stashed under the front passenger seat)
    I don't really care if the unit has a display or not since it'll also be under the seat (or stashed elsewhere) but if there's a cheap tomtom-ish unit with serial and external antenna that will just throw out serial when plugged into 12V of the car I wouldn't mind.

    A side question:
    How is the triple threat roof antenna for sale on mp3car?
    Work well? What GPS units does it's connector fit? (FME female)

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    Why don't you get a USB GPS receiver and run a software solution?

    I use one of these:


    Wrong country I know but I got it bundled with Odyssey Navigator software from here (prices in AUD):
    http://www.twig.com.au/store/index.php

    I fitted this under the plastic cowling where the windscreen wipers are. It works a treat. I had to daisy chain it via a Hub as the Car PC is behind my back seat and the cable length was too long for USB to work without a hub. I cut the USB connector off and fed the cable through the firewall and resoldered the connector back on.

    Details in my buildup, see link below.
    RodW
    2007 Toyota Hilux with a CarPC..

    Worklog: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/work...ota-hilux.html
    OziExplorer GPS Embedded in RR: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/sb-s...iexplorer.html

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    I don't mind a USB solution, except for the cable length issue.
    I don't get along with USB hubs, they have a habit of getting weird on me.

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    Any word on the merits of sirf II VS sirf III ?
    Ebay has a nice cheap sirf II unit for a total of ~$30

    (item number 220444692367)

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    I've grabbed the sirf II unit, will see how well it works.

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    You should be fine. Sirf III touts faster lock times and more sensitivity.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Got the sirf II unit last week and finally got to installing it.
    Works just fine, the combo of it's cord and supplied serial-USB dongle were almost long enough to reach from the trunk lid to under the front seat. (I put in a short USB extension cord to make up the slight gap)
    The receiver works fine, can even grab (barely) 3 sats inside my metal clad garage.
    Outside it sits at a min of 5 sats and up to 9 locked sats.
    I'm more than happy with the unit, now to see if it minds living outside in the cold winnipeg winter.

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    Ok, went on a trip with the new carputer/GPS.....
    Generally it worked fine, good signal...
    It was quite rainy in Calgary and downtown we started losing signal.
    No big deal, tall buildings N all that, but when we got away from them, signal didn't come back. We navigated using my wife's iPhone and I attacked the GPS..
    It sloshed. The poor thing was 1/2 full of water. Seems water affects the ability of the unit to function correctly
    After taking it apart and blow drying the unit, it's still not quite right.
    I think there's a bit of corrosion on the circuits and the super cap discharges in no time flat, every power on is a cold start, a 20 minute cold start.

    Sooooo, back to Ebay and now I have a Holux GR-213 on it's way for $28US, shipping included. This one IS waterproof.
    (being sirf III isn't a bad thing either)

    Moral of the story, don't put that sirf II unit outside, it may look mostly waterproof but it isn't.

    Sky

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    The construction of the GPS unit is what determines how watertight it is, not the chipset.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Oh, I totally agree, it's the build of the case that determines watertight.
    That's why I worded it "That sirf II unit", this was sortof a review of a specific sirf II GPS from ebay.
    Or maybe a review of my luck getting a GPS unit from Ebay

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