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Earthmate Bluetooth GPS and Streets & Trips compatibility
dlockett22
Hello, I have been using Microsoft Streets and Trips since the 90's. Every year I hope for more features to make the software work well on a tablet PC. I recently added a Earthmate Bluetooth GPS and successfully connected the BT GPS to my HP tablet PC. Unfortunately, I can not get Streets & Trips 2009 to see the new GPS. I have also tried connecting the GPS via USB, but S&T can't see that either.

Does anyone have any advise for dealing with the difficult task of connecting the GPS device? My MS USB GPS often does not work either.

Thank You.

Del Lockett
Larry
Hi Del,

Welcome to the forum!

Here is the deal.. The MS USB GPS will work with S&T and DeLorme but in order to get the Earthmate GPS to work with S&T you'll need to install a little emulator program.

More details can be found on this Streets & Trips Team blog post:
How to Use Your Earthmate GPS with Microsoft Streets & Trips
tcassidy
Being a Bluetooth device, shouldn't it provide a COM port generated by the Bluetooth stack? If that is the case, you would not need the emulator.

Terry
tcassidy
The blurb for this somewhat old device says it supports Bluetooth serial profile. However, I can't see any information on its minimum data rate. I know some other BT GPS devices from that era would only do 9600 bps and would not work directly with S&T (needs 4800 bps).

Earthmate GPS BT-20 w/Street Atlas USA 2010 PLUS - BUNDLE - DeLorme

Terry
dlockett22
Thank you Larry. I ran the emulator, and my S&T 2009 is working perfectly. I use a HP Tx2000 tablet for my travels. Streets & Trips is by far the best resource for searching POIs on a map.

I am looking forward to an integration between Outlook and S&T!

Thanks again.

Del Lockett
dlockett22
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
Being a Bluetooth device, shouldn't it provide a COM port generated by the Bluetooth stack? If that is the case, you would not need the emulator.

Terry
Thanks Terry, I also thought that the BT GPS would already create a virtual com port. It came with Delrome 2009 as a bundle, and works perfectly with Delrome. I prefer S&T because it is a easier to search POIs and rerouting is a bit easier. Both programs have their pros and cons... I really like the numerous features of Delrome, however, it is still pretty difficult to use on the go.

Thanks again for your tip.

del
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