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GPS > PDA cables from Pc-Mobile

Even if you do not need GPS now,  it is fun, and very much affordable. In a few years time, you probably wonder how you would live without it, just as mobile phones are to you now.

Still do not know much about GPS? See answers in links here:
http://pocketgps.co.uk
http://gpsinformation.net/
newsgroups: sci.geo.satellite-nav, alt.satellite.gps
A number of GPS specific can also be found in Yahoo Groups.
The news groups is a good place for up-to-date and problems solving informations.

At present, we supply cables for Garmin GPS with E-type (E) and round-type (R) interfaces, and Rino (O) interface, Magellan (M3xx, Sportrak, Meridian), most GPS with PC serial interface/cable. Recently introduced is support for the new Delorme USB. and Radio Shack Digitraveler.
(Most faq on this page apply to Garmin/Magellan only and may not apply to Delorme/Digitraveler)

We choose these because they are affordable (which is really is an understatement, the word should be CHEAP, for what it is). The mouse type (serial) GPS are primarily designed for Laptops, but can be used for PDA. Their prices are coming down all the time and you can buy one for less than $100 easily. (one problem with mouse type GPS for use with PDA is to find power source for the GPS)
We recommend the Garmin Etrex, particularly for beginners. Because the basic Etrex (which is all you need to connect to PDA) costs around $100. It can also be used on its own without connecting to PDA or PC and that is where the fun begins. Most importantly, it uses AA batteries. Power supply is a problem for GPS not using batteries if for PDA use. You could also pick up a second hand Garmin 12 for very little (less than $50) which is just as good as any $300 GPS if you connect it to PDA use. So if you already have a PDA, you do not have to spend a lot to get something potentially very useful (have fun at least).

Before you can use your PDA with GPS, you also need software and maps. Please find out details from links above.

FAQ:
(part numbers quoted are for Garmin E-type interface, prefix-GE. They also apply to Round-type interface, prefix-GR, Rino, prefix-GO and Magellan, prefix-GM)

My PDA is not in your list, do you have any cable to connect the Garmin GPS?
Generally, if you have a PC serial sync cable of your PDA, yes. You need GE9PM.
Note that not all PDA serial cables work (e.g. Sony Clie T-series and some Handspring will not work).

See Will your cable work with my GPS and PDA? below

I have a GPS not on your list,  do you have any cable to connect to PDA?
Generally, if you have a PC serial cable of your GPS, yes. You need our Serial/GPS interface for the PDA.
Note that not all PDA / GPS combination will work (e.g. PSTGS/PAXGS/PX3GS do not work with Delorme or RandMcNally GPS)
See Will your cable work with my GPS and PDA? below

How do I connect Garmin GPS for PDA use?
1. Garmin PC interface cable (or our GE9SF) PLUS the appropriate Serial/GPS interface for the PDA.
2. Our Garmin-PDA Interface Cable (GE9PM) PLUS the serial sync cable supplied with your PDA (not all serial cables work, eg. Clie T/NR, Handspring))
3. Our special Garmin to PDA cable (GEQ36, GEQ38, GEHJ5, GESN7, GEST6, GEP50, GEPVX, GEP03, etc.), which is your best option

How do I connect PDA to Mouse Type (serial) GPS (or any other GPS with serial interface/cable)?
1. Our Serial/modem interface for the PDA. (Serial/Modem interface should work with almost all GPS, but GPS interface do not work with all GPS. e.g. PSTGS will not work with Delorme/RandMcNally serial GPS))
2. Serial sync cable supplied with your PDA PLUS Null Modem Adapter (DB9N) (Note: some PDA serial cable do not support this function. e.g. Sony Clie T-series, some Handspring)
Note: for mouse type GPS, you also need to find a way to power up the GPS (it is usually powered from PC PS/2 port). We now have PS2>USB adapter (PS2UA) which you can use with our car adapter (CUSB) and power your mouse GPS in car. or PS2DC with CKUC.
See also alternatives here.
(if you use only one PDA and do not intend to change PDA/GPS you can buy a serial/GPS interface here)

Will your cable work with my GPS and PDA?
We guraantee all GPS/PDA combination listed on our web site. As for other GPS, We cannot answer you because we have not tested. You should direct the question to your GPS and PDA supplier. If they say they are compatible to each other (which is asking a lot for them to answer), our cables should work. If your GPS and PDA are not compatible to each other, our cable WILL NOT make it work ! Some GPS or PDA may have minor differences from others so they may or may not be standard. e.g. a software may work in Palm M505 but not a Sony Clie. (same also applies to different PPC)

My GPS and PDA do not seem to communicate with each other, what should I do?
It usually is a matter of configuring your GPS and PDA software correctly. We cannot answer individually how to configure each GPS and software (there are too many combinations and we do not have the GPS/software). You should consult your GPS/software manual for the correct configuration for the GPS/software to talk to each other.
If you suspect whether the cable is functioning, the simplest way to test is to use Compass or GPilotS (for Palm) or OziExplorerCE (for PPC), which can be downloaded for trial for free.
Note that not all software are compatible with all PDA (even with same platform).
If your problem cannot be solved (assuming it is not hardware fault) from information you find on the internet, posting your problem on the newsgroups (links above) may get positive results. There are many knowledgeable GPS users reading the news everyday.
Some common problems:
1. If you have external keyboard installed, it  may be grapping the com port thus preventing GPS software to access the com port. You have to disable or uninstall the keyboard for the GPS software to work.
2. XDA - this is particular to XDA only. By default, IR connection is enabled thus preventing other application to access the com port. Goto Settings>Connections>Beam and uncheck IR connection.

Is it possible to connect external power supply to GPS through your GPS cable?
No. Power line is not connected. It is our opinion that if you can use batteries, there is no need to use any other means. Almost all GPS using batteries can use rechargeable batteries. These are getting better and cheaper. Even if you do not already own some (and charger), it is worth investing one rather than cigar lighter lead. If you do want to power both PDA and GPS in car, see here.

Can you make a longer cable?
No. Most users prefer shorter cable. But there is a good solution for this. We offer 1 metre extension cable (G25E) which you can join between the cable and interface. If you do need very long cable for some reason, you can buy a good quality 2.5mm stereo extension cable (male>female) from good H-Fi shop for lengths up to several metres long. Note that longer cable may affect quality of signal so it is not advised to use very long cable.

I  see from the picture that the DB9 end of PC Interface (G9SF) does not have screws, do you make one with screws?
The screws are left out deliberately. We find that most people never screw this on when they connect to a PC and it is secured enough without. It is also easier to store/transport without screws. If you do need one with screws to connect to the back of the PC permanently (probably the only reason you want to screw it on), let us know in the instruction when you order and we do make some with screws if you do want/need it.

Do you sell the Garmin/Magellan connectors?
Yes, see connectors page.

I am thinking of buying a PDA and GPS, any tips?
It depends on what you want to use it for. So the software is important. Take a look through above links on the software (and cost) available for each platform (WinCE or Palm) and then decide which to buy. We test our cables on the PDA but we do not really use them so we are not qualify to give you any opinion.

Please also write to us if you have bought our cable and find out that it works or does not work with any combinations of hardware/software that we have not mentioned so that we can put it up on our FAQ.

We do believe that as a result of availability of our cables, we help Garmin/Magellan sell more GPS to people who otherwise might have considered other brands !!!
(But there is also the down side: people are buying the cheaper units rather than the more expensive mapping GPS)

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HomePocket PC  Cables Palm OS -Audio AdaptersSony PSPold GPS cablenew cables   Other GPSNikon Camera Information
 -Acer n30/n50HP IpaqPalm V / H.S.PDA>SerialKyocera 7135SE 750/800PSP 1000Garmin E-GEGarmin E-GUEG / Foretrex-Order Tracking
-Asus  A730HP JornadaPalm M/T/Z71USB>serial-PDASPV /TanagerTreo 600 PSP SLIMGarmin R-GRGarmin R-GURDelorme USBNikon GPSPaypal order
Latest NewsAsus  A620Fujitsu LooxPalm T5/T650USB>serial- PCMio 8380MPx200G. Rino - GOG. Rino - GUORS DigitravelerNikon CablesCCNOW order
-Axim X5/x3/30FujitsuLoox TSony ClieBT AdapterSony P800NEC616Iphone / IpodMagellan M/SMagellanM/SMeXplorist 456-Terms/conditions
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