[CentOS] USB GPS
John R Pierce
pierce at hogranch.com
Fri Feb 12 08:29:25 UTC 2010
Mathieu Baudier wrote:
>> Anyone ever used the iGPS-500 under CentOS 5? Any recommendations on a
>> USB-based GPS that "just works"?
> I use the Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx on CentOS.
> This is a very good device (but more for "offroad" activities).
there's two generic families of GPS's, simple antenna+radio-only units
which just report position over USB (or on older ones, rs232 serial),
and fancy handheld units that have mapping and tracking and all kinda
bells and whistles such as the various Garmin units
most folks who want a GPS to connect to a computer are probably more
interested in the simple kind, as they want to use the computer for any
mapping etc. most all simple GPS's speak in NMEA, which just transmits
a constant stream of simple ascii 'sentences' with the current location
and some metadata. fancy GPS's like the garmins can speak either
simple NMEA or their own Garmin protocol which supports mapping,
typical NMEA output is...
(12:35:19 UTC, 48 deg. 07.038' N, 11 deg 31.000' E latitude), quality 1, 8 sats, etcetc
most any NMEA USB simple GPS should work, they all emulate a USB serial
port on the PC side, and just spew their NMEA stream over this 'serial'
port. for instance, this
which uses thee excellent SIRF GPS chip, uses a Prolific PL2303
USB-serial adapter chip, which I'm pretty sure is easily supported on
linux (havent tested it, hwoever)
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