Archive for November 26th, 2006

Getting My Fix

GPS fix that is… 

I have a Pharos bluetooth GPS receiver and was trying to get it talking to my Windows Mobile smartphone (Audiovox SMT 5600).  After some mucking around, I was able to get the setup working. This is a very powerful combination and I can see some pretty cool applications that leverage this combo.  Here are the steps I had to take to make this function:

1. Go to Start | Settings |  Bluetooth and select Bluetooth

Bluetooth GPS

2. Now, you need to turn bluetooth on and pair your phone and bluetooth GPS receiver.  Select Menu | Devices:

Bluetooth GPS

3. Select New:

Bluetooth GPS

4. Pick your GPS device from the list and press Select:

Bluetooth GPS

5. Enter the passkey.  For my GPS receiver the default setting was 12345678 - check out your GPS receiver’s documentation to get the proper passkey:

Bluetooth GPS

6.  You’re not done yet; you have to associate a COM port for the GPS receiver.  Back on the main bluetooth screen, select COM Ports:

Bluetooth GPS

7.  Select New Outgoing Port:

Bluetooth GPS

8.  Select your GPS receiver from the list and select an available COM port. In my case I am using COM6 and I also unchecked the secure connection option (this is the COM port that third party apps will use to access the GPS data):

 Bluetooth GPS

Again, this process is for an Audiovox SMT 5600 and Pharos bluetooth GPS receiver… for different flavors of devices, the process may be slightly different, but I hope this helps.

November 26th, 2006


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