GPS for use with PolarView
GPS for use with PolarView
April 17, 2012 03:03PM

PolarView will support any GPS device that provides data in industry-standard NMEA 0183 format.

That said, based on user feedback, GlobalSat BU-353 GPS "usb puck" appears a definitive leader, consistently getting high marks for reliability, precision and generally doing what these devices are supposed to be doing. This GPS supports Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Mac OS and Linux.

Drivers for Windows and Mac are usually supplied with device. You can also download drivers online by following this link. These drivers are from original chipset manufacturer and seem to work best. They are listed for "PL-2303", which is a type of microchip used in GlobalSat GPS device. Linux already includes drivers in most popular kernel distributions.

WARNING Based on recent user experience, we recommend that Mac users download drivers version 1.2 from Prolific. These drivers are labeled as suitable for MacOS 10.4 and 10.5, but seem to work well on later versions of MacOS. Prolific driver labeled for MacOS 10.6 seems to work poorly and is not recommended.

A minor issue with GlobalSat BU-353 is "wandering" speed/course when at complete rest. This is easily remedied by using data dampening option in PolarCOM, found under PolarView Configuration->Data->Data Dampening

Recent prices for GlobalSat BU-353 seem to hover around $35 at Amazon or elsewhere. Follow this link to order one.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/15/2013 01:24AM by Polar Navy Support.
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