For those who run OpenCPN
on a laptop
with no internal GPS
, there are many choices for USB/serial pucks and Bluetooth GPS
transmitters, including those made by Globalsat. But before you go out and buy something, you may have something right in your smartphone (if it has a GPS chip in it).
On Android, there are numerous apps in Play Store that will transmit your phone's GPS stream on Bluetooth. The first one I tried (trial version of a "commercial" product) didn't work too well. But the second one, a free app in beta
, works perfectly for me.
At the very least, you can use the phone
to test your laptop's ability to connect via Bluetooth before committing money
to buy a dedicated device. Testing this is important, because of the many problems people have had making Bluetooth connections in Windows
I suspect there are similar apps available over on iTunes, but I am less familiar with that end of things.