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Thread: Advice: Holux GR-213 vs Globalsat BU-353/BR-355

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    Works great....both 353's and the 355's. Check my post:

    Holux GR-213 SirF Star III chipset has been released!

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    Works great! Tracks 6-8 satelites from my living room (with a concrete roof blocking line of sight).

    User upgrade of firmware apparently is not an option so that is why I specifically looked for 3.1.1 to avoid the "jetlag" problem (all the GR-213's seemed to have the newer firmware but the BU-353ss did not for some reason when I was looking in the US about a week ago). An email reply from Holux in Taiwan suggessted that an improper firmware upgrade could fry the unit-- not sure if they are being overly dramatic. And dealers seem to be offering "free" upgrades on the more expensive bluetooth units not the wired serial/ubs versions...

    One potenital issue is the WAAS/ENOS is not enabled by default, but this seems to be problem with all SiRF star III ... hopefully franson gpsgate can support an intialization string.

    http://www.franson.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1512

    Quote Originally Posted by jwithana
    I ended up buying the Holux GR-213 because it was shipping with firmware 3.1.1 and Globalsat BU-353/BR-355 was not (but was supposed to start as of late sept)

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    crap i didn't know about this firmware junk before I ordered my BU-353.. the only issue is an occasional prolonged time to get sat's right? I how long are we talking? and how often?

    Thanks!

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    I cant recall exactly what the issue was but I believe it was sporadic, especially if you changed countries.

    Did u check the firmware with sirfdemo? I recommend you file a request for a firmware upgrade at http://www.usglobalsat.com/support/custadminlogin.asp and see what happens.

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    should be coming by UPS today, so I'll be sure to do that when I get a chance, thanks.

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    jet-lag problem is dicussed here:

    http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/t...TOPIC_ID=27491

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    wow.
    wow.

    Just tried it out, IN THE GARAGE, IN THE CAR, got 5 sat's no problem. My bu-303 had trouble getting one satellite inside the garage and OUTSIDE the car, and rarely got more than 5 satellites during normal outside operation. Screw it if I have older firmware (i didn't even check yet), I can deal with an occasional longer aquire time if it means that once it's aquired, it handles like a pro.

    I'd try it while driving, but the way gas prices are, not worth it to do a "fun cruise" at the moment.

    I can't compare to the holux, but damn, for ~$83 shipped from logicsupply, great stuff.

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    Don't lose sleep over the older firmware version, enjoy what you have ;-) It's not a big deal, really. I have a different GPS receiver (GPSlim236) also with an older firmware version and all is just fine.

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