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Old 04-07-2016, 08:00   #1
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Question how to use GPS on Dell Wireless 5809e card

My new Dell laptop has an internal "Dell Wireless 5809e Gobi(TM) 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Card" that includes a GPS chip. It works with Google Maps and Mapfactor Navigator Free, but I cannot get it working in OpenCPN 4.4.0 on Windows 10 x64.
My old laptop had a "Dell Wireless 5550 HSPA+ Mini-Card" that did work in OpenCPN. Looking in Windows Device Management, the difference is that the latter shows up as a COM port. The DW5809e GPS shows as "Sierra Wireless Location Sensor" without COM-port. So my guess is that DW5550 driver package includes a virtual COM-port and the DW5809e driver is missing this.
Does anyone know a way to work around this?
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Re: how to use GPS on Dell Wireless 5809e card

On opencpn.org website. Open the user manual. Search on windows 8 or 10 gps. Find the gps program under supplimentary. Try that.
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Re: how to use GPS on Dell Wireless 5809e card

To answer my own question: there is at least one tool that does the job: GpsGate Splitter Express with the Windows Location API plugin. Both can be downloaded from: GpsGate - GpsGate Client for Windows - GpsGate Client .
Choose Windows Location API as input and add a Virtual COM port with a number of your choice as output. Now you can add this as a serial connection in OpenCPN. It looks like any baudrate works.
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