Originally Posted by dweller
I am using a Globalsat BU-353 GPS
, connected by USB. This puck
does not crash MacENC or GPSNavX, only open CPN
This GPS runs the prolific chipset in the cable that basically converts the data from the GPS to USB. There is plenty written in forums
on the frustrations of using this cable/ GPS puck
in drop outs.
I now use a handheld garmin
and an FTDI brand serial
to USB cable to get the position onto OpenCPN
and other programs with great success, never drops out.
Manufacturers still choose the prolific because they are the cheapest. Such as GME with their new AIST120. I used it recently on a delivery
, the owner couldn't get the USB to work for longer than an hour on his laptop
so purchased an expensive chart plotter with limited AIS alarm
function just to display targets!