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Why does Streets & Trips 2010 need Internet connection to send waypoints to PND?
MichaelJ
I'm thrilled that I can transfer waypoints directly from Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 to my USB connected Garmin GPSMap 478.

I'm baffled that I need an active Internet connection to do this? Why?

It certainly reduces the usability of the feature.
Larry
Hi MichaelJ,

:welcome:to LaptopGPSWorld!


In S&T 2010 there are actually 3 ways to transfer your waypoints from S&T to your Garmin.
  1. Wirelessly over MSN Direct (for those who have that service)
  2. Via USB
  3. Via GPX export from S&T and Importing into your device using POILoader.
Option 3 doesn't require any internet connection.

See more details on our blog: Send Data to your Personal Nav Device
Marvin Hlavac
Michael, welcome to the forum. Larry, while you were posting this I was studying S&T Help to provide an answer to Michael.

Streets & Trips 2010 has so much new stuff! We will have to go over every single item in the Tips & Tricks for Streets & Trips now. Some items are no longer needed because of the enhancements in version 2010. But we will have to add a bunch more new items (like the one you linked to) because of several new features...

Keep those tutorials on your blog coming, Larry & Gladwin! I will link them all as soon as I have some more free time.
MichaelJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry
In S&T 2010 there are actually 3 ways to transfer your waypoints from S&T to your Garmin.
  1. Wirelessly over MSN Direct (for those who have that service)
  2. Via USB
  3. Via GPX export from S&T and Importing into your device using POILoader.
Option 3 doesn't require any internet connection.
Thanks, Larry. I've been using GPSU for a few years now to transfer data back and forth between S&T, Mapsource and Google Earth.

The question still remains - if I have my GPS dangling from my laptop by a USB cable, why the requirement for an internet connection?

The best answer that I've received so far is Government Conspiracy
Larry
Government Conspiracy...LOL!
Actually, both methods 1 & 2 are handled by MSN Direct and go through the MSN Direct page (just like Bing Maps does).

I guess 'they' figured the much of the trip planning is down with a connected computer.
MichaelJ
Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry
I guess they figured the much of the trip planning is down with a connected computer.
Which about 90-95% of mine is. But there is always that replanning session in a motel in East Overshoe that doesn't have access.

Oh well - there's still GPX and GPSU. Thanks - the 2010 release does have some REALLY nice features. The ability to add stop delay times to individual waypoints is superb.
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