GPS - Wifi - Laptop

GPS - Wifi - Laptop

Postby shamrock365 » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:19 pm

Hi,

Is there any program availible for Pocket PC that would:

1) Take a GPS input on the PDA

2) Send the data locally (by wifi) to a Laptop

3) The laptop could output the data as a string or plot on a map?

I have a spare router and a HTC with a GPS. So the hardware end is pretty much covered. Or, could a server be set up with the router. Then by simply lauching the browser on the PDA, a person could upload the GPS fix in semi-real time. Along with another other data to appear on the map.(Name, Status etc)

Idea's?

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Postby beakmyn » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:57 pm

shamrock365 wrote:Hi,

Is there any program availible for Pocket PC that would:

1) Take a GPS input on the PDA

2) Send the data locally (by wifi) to a Laptop

3) The laptop could output the data as a string or plot on a map?

I have a spare router and a HTC with a GPS. So the hardware end is pretty much covered. Or, could a server be set up with the router. Then by simply lauching the browser on the PDA, a person could upload the GPS fix in semi-real time. Along with another other data to appear on the map.(Name, Status etc)

Idea's?

Shamrock365

gpsgate will do it, but not by wifi, bluetooth. You might be able to rig something up if you put a webserver on the laptop and had the pda upload to it and then had a script to parse it of the local webserver.

Trust me bluetooth is easier since its built-in functionality, rather then try to create your own solution.
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Postby brwrdrvr » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:39 pm

Would be looking for something like this?

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Postby shamrock365 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 3:27 am

Yeah, they look good. I'd prefer a Wifi solution though. The range factor of bluetooth just won't work.

How would the websever side work if that was a possibility? PHP scripting etc I'd imagine?
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Postby brwrdrvr » Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:01 am

shamrock365 wrote:Yeah, they look good. I'd prefer a Wifi solution though. The range factor of bluetooth just won't work.

How would the websever side work if that was a possibility? PHP scripting etc I'd imagine?


We have a sonar system here that runs (If I remember correctly) VxWare. In order for the information from the Sonar to reach the computer you have to have IIS running on an XP machine. Run the FTP service within the IIS and do a few tricks, jump through a hoop or two, jump down turn around and pick a bail of cotton.

This actually works for transferring data across an Ethernet cable or wifi if you have that installed as well. Just thought it might help guide you in the right direction.

If I get a chance I will look through the stuff again and make sure I got the name of the software right.
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Postby shamrock365 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:41 pm

Thanks brwrdrvr. Just did a Google of "VXWare" there, didn't get any real results. I'll keep looking though!
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Postby brwrdrvr » Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:24 pm

shamrock365 wrote:Thanks brwrdrvr. Just did a Google of "VXWare" there, didn't get any real results. I'll keep looking though!


Sorry for the delay. The system uses VxWorks. I was close but no cigar. I just know it's kind of a bitch to set up the first time. It definitely gets the job done. Don't know if it will be free or if you're willing to pay for it. You might find another utility to do simiular stuff for free.

Edit:

Just looked at some stuff on it. It's an OS embedded into the system. I don't think that will help you at all. I know they have it set up to talk to the computer using the IIS FTP service to the program running on an XP computer. Maybe digging around VxWorks stuff will give you the ability to do what you want.
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Postby beakmyn » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:03 am

brwrdrvr wrote:Sorry for the delay. The system uses VxWorks. I was close but no cigar. I just know it's kind of a bitch to set up the first time. It definitely gets the job done. Don't know if it will be free or if you're willing to pay for it. You might find another utility to do simiular stuff for free.

Edit:

Just looked at some stuff on it. It's an OS embedded into the system. I don't think that will help you at all. I know they have it set up to talk to the computer using the IIS FTP service to the program running on an XP computer. Maybe digging around VxWorks stuff will give you the ability to do what you want.


vxworks is the OS the Linksys routers changed to.
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Postby shamrock365 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:18 am

Thanks. It looks like its expensive. I suppose I could go down the bluetooth route but that undoes the whole concept of the project.
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