software has been around since 2004. It has been developed by Johan Franson, the current CEO of Franson Technology AB, a Stockholm, Sweden company specializing in GPS software development.
Many of us have been using GpsGate (or the "light" version, GpsGate Express) on our laptop computers, netbooks, tablets, car PCs, UMPCs, etc, for a number of years. I will list here, in no particular order, some of the benefits we can gain by using this little piece of software.
- GPS signal splitter - One GPS receiver can normally feed signal to only one GPS software at a time. GpsGate Express can let users run up to two GPS applications, and GpsGate (standard version) lets us share a GPS between any number of applications.
- Baud rate converter - Programs such as Microsoft Streets & Trips, Microsoft AutoRoute, and Microsoft MapPoint don't work with GPS receivers at baud rates other than 4,800, so if your USB GPS unit outputs NMEA signal at a higher rate, the Microsoft software will not be able to use the GPS signal - unless you use Franson GPS Gate (or Gps Gate Express).
- Use Garmin GPS receivers with standard (non-Garmin) GPS applications - Use USB GPS receivers, such as Garmin 20x with non-Garmin GPS software programs.
- Use Garmin nRoute with a standard (non-Garmin) GPS receiver - Garmin nRoute has been designed to work with Garmin receivers, but in connection with GpsGate it will accept even standard NMEA signal.
- Some PNDs (personal navigation devices) may be used as laptop GPS receivers - GpsGate may make it possible to use your portable GPS navigation device as a GPS receiver for your laptop computer.
- More stable GPS connection - In particular to Bluetooth GPS receivers. Make the configuration of your Bluetooth GPS receiver simpler and connection more stable by selecting "Bluetooth GPS" in the input pane.
- Share a GPS signal over a network, HTTP, or Bluetooth
I have likely missed a few other uses of GpsGate. Please share your experience with us by replying to this thread.