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    $35 Shipped GPS w/LCD, but will it work w/ MS S&T, Street Atlas etc?

    Will this Navibe SP611 work with MS S&T, Street Atlas. or other GPS software, it has a USB interface - $35 Shipped and it has an LCD so you can take it with you as a standalone device. Any experience with this device?

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    It says it uses the NMEA 0183 protocol ant that it can be used as a standard usb gps reciever. But It only supports twelve channels and the lcd won't give you much info. Better spend a liitle more money and get a SIRF III reciever. I got one on ebay for $52 shipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesBaptista View Post
    It says it uses the NMEA 0183 protocol ant that it can be used as a standard usb gps reciever. But It only supports twelve channels and the lcd won't give you much info. Better spend a liitle more money and get a SIRF III reciever. I got one on ebay for $52 shipped.
    Thanks for the insight. However, what difference will I notice between 12 channel and 16 channel, or NMEA vs SIRF III. I think I read that 95% of GPS recievers are still NMEA. Also, I have the GPS receiver (Pharos, I think) that was bundled with MS Streets and Trips 2005 - I believe it uses NMEA and works just fine (not sure how may channels).

    Anyway, would this be a cheap viable GPS reciever or is SIRF III and 16 channel the way to go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate Sickler View Post
    Thanks for the insight. However, what difference will I notice between 12 channel and 16 channel, or NMEA vs SIRF III. I think I read that 95% of GPS recievers are still NMEA. Also, I have the GPS receiver (Pharos, I think) that was bundled with MS Streets and Trips 2005 - I believe it uses NMEA and works just fine (not sure how may channels).

    Anyway, would this be a cheap viable GPS reciever or is SIRF III and 16 channel the way to go?
    Sorry I didn't make myself clear. Saying that it used thae nmea protolcol, meant that it would probably work with MS Streets and Trips. As far as channels go, I'm not sure how much you'll notice the lack. It might not be enough to worry about. Mine actually has 20 channels. SIRF III, is the name of a chip that is inside your gps. It's supposed to get better signals, in more places, with faster acquisition times etc. Read this: http://www.sirf.com/products-ss3.html. Hope this helps,

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    I have a Holux GM-210, and it acquires fast (SIRF II), but I did have to use the devcon app to get it to work coming out of hibernate.

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    Thanks for the info Guys!
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    You can get a Holux GR-213U for under 40 shipped on eBay if your patient enough waiting for an auction that people arent bidding on. Its what I got, has Sirf III and 16 channel receiver. I even pick up 5-7 satellites from inside my garage, with the door closed, with an upstairs neighbors livingroom over my garage. Its quite good for the price and acquires ultra fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GFridrich3 View Post
    You can get a Holux GR-213U for under 40 shipped on eBay if your patient enough waiting for an auction that people arent bidding on. Its what I got, has Sirf III and 16 channel receiver. I even pick up 5-7 satellites from inside my garage, with the door closed, with an upstairs neighbors livingroom over my garage. Its quite good for the price and acquires ultra fast.
    Is there any difference between the 213U and a 213, as there are only 5 or 6 213U listed on ebay (~$70 shipped), and alot of 213 listed (~$45 shipped). They look to be the same device.
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    i use a Holux GR 231 on my cell phone (cingular PDA 8125) and it works fast and flawlessly with tomtom. not sure that helps or not. it's 12 sat sirf ii

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    if you are looking for an inexpensive solution...

    get co pilot navigator 9...

    the software comes with the usb mouse.. for about 50 ...

    + its way way way better than MS ST&T

    just make sure you have usb 2.0 or it wont work....
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