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Use Windows Mobile Pocket PC as a Bluetooth GPS

Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:35 pm

GpsGate for Pocket PC 2.0.1 or later

How to use your Pocket PC (e.g. Ipaq hw6515, Ipaq hw6915) as a Bluetooth GPS

1. Introduction

Do you have a Pocket PC with built in GPS? And want to use it as a normal Bluetooth GPS to
other devices, like your mobile phone, your other Pocket PC or laptop computer? In that case you found the
right place. GpsGate for Pocket PC can do this for you.

NOTE! In many cases you need to disable all other Bluetooth services on the Pocket PC. Or else applications running on mobile phones or laptops won't recognize the Pocket PC as a Bluetooth GPS

2. Download and install

GpsGate can be downloaded <a href="/gpsgate/download.asp">here</a>. After downloading, simply run the EXE and follow the instructions
step by step.

3. Running the Wizard

Start GpsGate from the Programs menu on your Pocket PC.
The first time you run GpsGate on your Pocket PC, the GpsGate Wizard will start to help you setup the system.

NOTE! On devices with a 240*240 screen size you will need scroll the screen up and down to see all parts of the Wizard dialog.

Make sure you uncheck "Wireless Bluetooth GPS" and "Garmin GPS". And only have "Wired or built in GPS" selected.
This will speed up the Wizards search for the built in GPS. Now click next ">".

The Wizard will start searching for the built in GPS. Depending on what device you have, the name of the port will differ.
Once the Wizard finds the GPS, a dialog similar to this one is shown. Click "Yes" to accept the detected GPS as input.

In this steps you select how the GPS should be shared. Since we want the device to appear as a Bluetooth GPS we select
"Share over Bluetooth". Also make sure "Share with NMEA Applications" is selected, this will allow any number of GPS applications
on the Pocket PC itself use the GPS too. External devices will now be able to use your Pocket PC as a Bluetooth GPS
- at the same time. Now click ">" next.

In this last step you see a summary of all Outputs the Wizard has created. Note the COM port number at the first line.
To this port you want to connect all GPS applications on your device. Any number of GPS applications can use this port at the same time.
The second line "Bluetooth Server" says that your Pocket PC will now act as a Bluetooth GPS when GpsGate is runnig.

Click "Finish" to complete the Wizard.

4. Manual setup

If you already have configured GpsGate and want to add a Bluetooth Server as output, please follow those steps:

1. Open the Settings dialog
2. Go to the Output tab
3. Add a "Bluetooth Server" PlugIn.

5. Keep your Pocket PC running

If you are using your Pocket PC as a Bluetooth GPS, you want it to stay on, and not automatically power off. By default
a Pocket PC will enter standby mode after a few minutes to save battery if you are not actively using it.

Follow those steps to prevent your Pocket PC from turning off:
1. Select Settings in the Start menu
2. Go to the "System" tab
3. Click on the "Power" icon
4. Go to the "Advanced" tab
5. Under "On battry power". Make sure "Turn off device if not used for" is unchecked.
6. Click OK

Now your device won't turn off!

6. More...

GpsGate can also share a built in GPS over ActiveSync. This can be useful if you want to use the built in GPS on your laptop
and the laptop has no Bluetooth. Read more here

This guide was for Ipaq hw6x15, but in fact you can share a connected GPS over Bluetooth using GpsGate as long as the device supports Bluetooth. For example: You can share a BT GPS connected to one Pocket PC to other devices. You can also share a Garmin USB GPS connected to a laptop over Bluetooth to surrounding devices. And so on...

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