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HTC Touch Pro as GPS for PC
grizzly812
Hey Guys,
I have read searched the site and cannot seem to find a solution. I am trying to use my HTC Touch Pro (Sprint) as a GPS receiver for my PC. I have tried Google Earth and just got Streets and Trips 2010. Neither one can seem to connect to the phone via USB. I am running Windows 7 and have mobile device center talking to the phone just fine.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks
tcassidy
I suspect the phone does not send GPS data to the computer on the USB connection. You might want to see if there is a forum specifically for HTC Touch and other cell phones. Someone there may know if you can accomplish what you want.

Terry
Ken in Regina
Smartphones generally are not capable of sending the GPS signal out the USB port for use by another device. You might be able to find an application that will do that for you but I'm sure it won't do it without an app.

...ken...
taoyue
This topic has come up before. The terminology used was more technical (NMEA, Activesync), so it doesn't come up very high on a search. The answer is yes, if you buy GPSGate for the Pocket PC. Here's the previous discussion -- we never heard back about whether it worked: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/2462-do-dedicated-gps-units-output-nmea-data#post17272

As I said last time, I think your money is better spent on a USB or Bluetooth GPS receiver. It does not cost that much more than the GPSGate software, and you end up with an extra GPS receiver that's a lot more flexible.
dtong22
Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzly812
Hey Guys,
I have read searched the site and cannot seem to find a solution. I am trying to use my HTC Touch Pro (Sprint) as a GPS receiver for my PC. I have tried Google Earth and just got Streets and Trips 2010. Neither one can seem to connect to the phone via USB. I am running Windows 7 and have mobile device center talking to the phone just fine.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks
A couple of pointers
1. It works via bluetooth. I have HTC Maple 520 (no gps there) with an older version of Streets & Trips 2006. It works
2. Streets & Trips 2010 version unlike that of 2006 does not allow ppc installation at all
Hope this helps. Maybe you can install an older version of Streets & Trips (probably cheap on ebay) on your smart phone

Daniel
Toronto
taoyue
Daniel, I think you misread the question.

Quote:
Originally Posted by grizzly812
I am trying to use my HTC Touch Pro (Sprint) as a GPS receiver for my PC.
This is not the question you answered, which is how to run Pocket Streets on a smartphone.
mrsanz
Hello! This is my first post, so please don't be hard on me! Actually, using the Touch Pro as a GPS for Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 is possible and very easy to do. You have to install some software to your phone to be able to do this. Fortunately, everything we need is available as freeware. First of all, you already have your Mobile Device Center connecting to your phone. Good.

How to do it? Follow these steps:

1. Search and download GPS2Blue.CAB. Install it in your phone.
2. Search and download HW VSP Singleport version 3.1.2. Install to your laptop. During installation it will ask if you want to install as a server. Uncheck the option and check to install as "standalone". Finish installation.
3. Start the HW VSP program in your laptop. Go to the settings tab and make sure the following boxes are checked:
a. Logfile Enabled
b. TCP Server Mode
c. Create VSP Port when HW VSP start-up
d. Connect to device even if Virtual COM is closed
e. NVT enabled
f. Remote Port Setup
Click the Save Setting to INI button and go to the Virtual Serial Port tab
4. Under COM Name you will assign the number for this connection. Touch Pro uses COM 4 for the GPS.
5. IP Address = 0.0.0.0
6. Port = 31873
7. Click on Create COM

Connect the phone to the laptop and wait for the Mobile Center to connect to the phone. As soon as they connect, you can minimize the Mobile Center window.

On your phone open the program GPS2Blue. Set the GPS COM Port to COM4 Bluetooth to COM7 and speed to 4800. Check the TCP/IP box. This will redirect GPS signal thru the USB. Tap "ON" and wait for it to connect and you see the bytes increasing. If you maximize the HW VSP program, you will see it as connected and the data number increasing. If we make this happen...

Now open Microsoft Streets, type in your destination, and enjoy the ride!!!
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