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T Splitter for 2 GPS Receivers
CruiserC5
Has anyone come across any sort of T-Splitter that a GPS antenna/receiver is connected to while the other two ends can serve two other GPS at the same time with one ext. antenna receiver? If there is one and it can be ordered online, please let me know.

Here is a snap of my C5 cockpit-@-comfort during cruising with a TT910 and a Nuvi650 to swag it out (with my two seductive ladies doing their TTS on me) while I pretend to ignore their charming directions...

Cheers to all and keep that "head" cool while cruising with ya lady...

I have an Ozzy & a Brit on board....

Marvin Hlavac
Is it something you would use for your TomTom and Nuvi? Or are you looking for a GPS signal splitter for your laptop, so you could use for example two GPS software programs simultaneously with only one USB GPS receiver?

I'm not sure I understand what exactly you are trying to do.
malaki86
I'd say he's wanting one external receiver to run both of the standalone GPS devices.
CruiserC5
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Originally Posted by malaki86
I'd say he's wanting one external receiver to run both of the standalone GPS devices.
Fundamentally, U R right with your assertion in concluding first hand and my dashboard display gave away just at that. Its to circumvent the clutter of extra wires lying about. In this particular scenario, both can and are receiving, while on the road, without an ext antenna since they both have theirs included.

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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
Is it something you would use for your TomTom and Nuvi? Or are you looking for a GPS signal splitter for your laptop, so you could use for example two GPS software programs simultaneously with only one USB GPS receiver?

I'm not sure I understand what exactly you are trying to do.
Well, here's the other scenario i face as to why I would see a handy solution with such a splitter when used away from the vehicle. Once indoors, at home or abroad, I don't particularly find it comfortable to have the laptop close to the window sill or sit on the balcony of a hotel or resort when travelling or at home just to have good clear reception signals. Hence, with most of the power points located by and near where one's PC, laptop and the entire setup being somewhere more inside and away from the outside location, a long cable plus just one sensor/antenna would serve well thru a splitter and in my case again, I have both GPS viewed in 2D & 3D operating as well.

Obviously, when there is such a splitter available, I'm looking at 3 pcs to purchase.

For those who have not realised nor have the opportunity to drive with more than one GPS in a vehicle, you should try...
Not only is it amusing to see two versions of layout both in standard (like TomTom vs Garmin) display and providing road directions, to air or express conflicting choice of fastest or quickest route, they both display slightly different coordinates as well being in the exact location...so there it shows, just one example and next to that, one gets an immediate viewing in both 2D and 3d display at different zoom levels... it is awesome!!!
Plus, while one is also continuously in use, the other can in the meantime be use to prepare or be utilized for more browsing searches albeit from yrself or by your passenger seated next to you as you focus driving instead.

A word of caution though to those who drives steadfast as a rule with two hands solely on the steering and is sensitive or less skilled with multitasking, this is risky if you are not a skill driver, DON'T attempt this!!

If you have piloted a heli or a plane etc... then this is peanuts. I even once had the cruise control took over on the Autobahn and while the sonar radar took over the complete controls of the Monaco Signature RV for a good straight stretch of the highway, I left my cockpit seat & dashed to the loo behind for a quick leak and this with the RV set at cruising 90kph.

With regards to the Splitter, if any do know, please feel welcome to PM or email me or just post the source of that Vendor or outlet that sells it...Thanks in advance.
Marvin Hlavac
You left the driver seat of your RV at 90 kph for a minute, and you are still around to tell us about it!

One way to eliminate the need for external antennas for your navigation devices would be to use a re-radiating GPS antenna. One re-radiating antenna could feed simultaneously any number of your TomToms and Garmins.

As a laptop solution in your home or hotel, I would just recommend buying any new modern inexpensive USB GPS receiver. They are sensitive enough to work even in many indoor environments. It may take them longer to acquire the first fix if you are not near a window, but it may be satisfactory.

If you ever have the need to split GPS signal from your laptop GPS receiver to feed several laptop GPS software programs, then look into Franson GPS Gate. It is a software splitter of GPS signal. It works on Windows. It's very popular among users.
CruiserC5
Thanks for that terrific tip... now, do you have a url to that Franson site please?

But is re-radiating units somewhat distorting to our heads/brain cells if they are all energizing high frequencies zapping about within an enclosure?

Heck, I've got my DECT phones in my room, and there's the WiFi continuous signals to the router across to another room and my UMTS mobile phone whenever it comes on... I just want to be safe and not compromise getting all "SCANNED" for the sake of communicating and getting my cells fried earlier than most others!!!...LoL.

But that's a good option to opt though. Can you suggest a popular universal brand that I can consider acquiring without having to go exceptionally out of my way to have one?

Well..., I am here so that means, that drive went off like a dream, thanks to the sonar Radar unit with its state ofthe art computers on board to calibrate speed, traffic, density and vehicles waddling on either side, front and back and braking smoothly with its own set of IQ linked to a separate brain centre..... I can also watch the traffic ahead from inside the loo thru another 11" monitor, but no steering wheels in there though except for the push butten to flush...LoL

The RV then clocked 138kph max at the cruise controls on a straight stretch for almost 15 kms unhinderd as well... on a 3-lane highway with a fair amount of dashing traffic cruising something like an average of 165 to 185kph with cars, with yours truly preferring close to 180 - 200kph whenever possible when I'm in my HDi turbo diesel.

Cheers Marvin,. for the solution then...
tcassidy
http://franson.com/gpsgate/

I have heard others have lived after being near a GPS reradiating antenna.

Terry
Marvin Hlavac
Re-radiating GPS antenna - here's one: http://www.semsons.com/gpsreran.html, but it seems it is sold out at this time. Search the web for other sources, or ask Semsons if they are going to restock.

I've spent my younger years sitting right beside a 1KW HF power amplifier, so I don't really take too seriously a few milliwatts of power coming out of a little GPS re-radiating antenna.
CruiserC5
TQ Marvin for the Sempson's site.

Does that mean, the rerad has to be placed between or nearer to the receiving/functioning GPS unit and that the GPS antenna is placed further away preferably and is even better achieved if it is loacted to the rear of vehicle and outside if it has a magnetic base?

This also means the GPS antenna should NOT be too close like a meter or 2 to the GPS screen otherwise the antenna will be receiving Satellite signals as well as the filtered signals that are then emitted by the rerad due to close proximity? I'm trying to figure this solution as it is mind boggling here... help please & thanks again.

Cheers to all.
Marvin Hlavac
I'm assuming the reason you have been using your external antennas with your TomTom and Garmin PNDs is that you have experienced bad or no reception inside your vehicle without an external antenna. Some cars have too much metallic content in their windows, and that is a common reason for such issues. One end of the re-radiating antenna would be placed anywhere outside the car (ideally on the roof), and the other end would be placed on the inside of the car.

So the answer to your first question is a YES. I'm not sure about the second question. In theory it make sense what you are saying, but I cannot confirm it as I have never tested a re-radiating antenna myself.
CruiserC5
On the contrary Marvin, I gain excellent reception, Nuvi is slower with abt 25 secs and subject to cloudy conditions... it can last as long as 10 kms down the road or highway too!

My TomTom seems to work extremely well as it has a built-in but the hook up allows an external antenna esp. for cars that comes with a metallic tint on the front screen, but mine has a metallic tint too and yet, it receives very well. So, in my vehicular situation, there is no need for any antennas involved unlike others who still have the older models but these days, the latest entries with Nuvis are doing away with the antenna flap which I firmly believe should be retained to give users the option should a situation prove unfavorable... like I noticed if you take the unit out and continue to let it be charged inside but would also like to have it linked through a 5m extension cable.

I am on another forum where a dealer is supporting the USA's ban on a certain brand called Sanav for the damaging emmissions produced by that company and all stocks were prohibited but that company somehow ignored and went further by distributing outside the USA. It is now very hard to obtain as many countries are also heeding the ban recommended however, some can be re obtained from flea markets being disbanded and resold yeyt again. That is on that particular brand.

This is interesting though and I would see its purpose, in my case anyway, serving when my units are outside the vehicle esp within the home or closer to hme power outlets and still wanting to let GPS signal continuity to stay on.

I found this very helpful indeed, as I unhook both from their docks and keep them powered on and once hooked up inside the car's docking within minutes, it stays on with the GPS link up.

Perhaps a splitter may now not be an ideal solution since the rerad is a better option to pursue.

Still, very interesting topic to address...

Cheers 2U.
Ken in Regina
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
I've spent my younger years sitting right beside a 1KW HF power amplifier, so I don't really take too seriously a few milliwatts of power coming out of a little GPS re-radiating antenna.
Perhaps after looking at this video you might rethink that?

...ken...
Marvin Hlavac
Yes, but you and I know very well that the funny video is not real . By the way, I still managed to have a child after all those years playing with transmitters and antennas.
CruiserC5
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Originally Posted by Marvin Hlavac
Yes, but you and I know very well that the funny video is not real . By the way, I still managed to have a child after all those years playing with transmitters and antennas.
That is somewhat disturbing bearing in mind, how resilient our brain cells are and the amount it can withstand but every bit of embedded signal floating/hovering and making its way inside gets dissipated but before it does any immediate damage, accumulating signal strengths may pose unforeseen and in later years, irreparable damage... I just hope your child won't carry or show any hallmarks or symptoms at a later stage.

We have here, those high voltage power cables running across interstate highways and they also criss-cross large urban and agricultural landscapes where farmers foolishly enough (back then in the 50's thru 70's), thought its cool to construct their homes right next or within 200 meters of the pylons supporting the connection points.

Lots of them end up with deficiency and somewhat weird results in their off springs and that includes regenerating lower grades with their kids in school plus the earlier than usual abnormal cancer to organ failures showing up...Its awful to read their exposure and it all owed to simple disregard and innocent exposure they were not timely cautioned on.

Those popping of corn seeds into popcorn is in itself a strong signal regardless of the strength our head and skull protecting our brain cells can tolerate... but its a wake-up call not for the laughing nor feeling amused by that serious entertainment for awareness needed.

TQ Ken for the link... its not to be taken lightly on this example.

I hope to get those pics transferred this evening into photobucket and share them all with you plus some accompanying q'ns too...


Cheers to ALL.
Marvin Hlavac
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Originally Posted by CruiserC5
Those popping of corn seeds into popcorn is in itself a strong signal regardless of the strength our head and skull protecting our brain cells can tolerate... but its a wake-up call not for the laughing nor feeling amused by that serious entertainment for awareness needed.
Not to make light of serious topic, but I bet $1,000 that even if you pointed $1,000 cell phone antennas at the popcorn, the popcorn would not do what is shown on the video.
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