Add GPS to Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2

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  1. sharpuser

    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3 have an onboard accelerometer, gyroscope, and digital compass. But it does not have GPS.

    I've been using the GlobalSat ND-100S GPS dongle for my GPS on my Surface Pro 2 for months. When I need to track actual GPS, it works great.
    Less than $30.00 from here: Amazon.com ND-100S Dongle - GPS for Surface.

    Update: Also works on Surface Pro 3

    An alternative is the Canmore GT-730F, with similar specs and price. Gets good reviews, but I have not tried it myself. Also less than $30.00 from here: Amazon.com Canmore GT-730F - GPS.

    Both these devices work as a dongle without a USB extension cable. Older technology devices required some space between the computer and the USB dongle because of electronic interference. Though a USB extension cable is not needed, I do not like having a stiff device poking out from my Surface inviting some trouble. So a short USB extension cord comes in handy.
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    Back in the day when I had a Pocket PC I had a great GPS gizmo as well, but it worked via Bluetooth -- is there nothing like that now that works with the SP2? I'd rather not use a USB one at all unless that's all that is compatible.
     
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    Yeah, there should be an app that lets you use your phone's GPS.
     
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    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    There are many Bluetooth GPS devices available. I used one with a mini Sony PC about ten years ago. Power consumption is generally an issue, though, so plugging in somewhere nearby to operate or recharge is necessary.

    Here is the GlobalSat BT-368i, available for about $60 from here: Amazon.com - GlobalSat BT-368i.

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    I bought Microsoft Streets and trips for about $30, it included a USB GPS receiver. I like MS Streets & Trips for route planning, but I usually export the routes to my phone to actually use them. I attach my phone to the handlebar on my motorcycle. The tablet is a bit too large for that. :eek:mg:


    Already done. Run "Symarctic ExtGPS" on and Android device, and it can be connected to by the Surface Pro. Instant GPS.
     
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    Does Bing maps support GPS coordinates? Excellent tip, wish there were better search capabilities in Google Play, which is kind of embarrassing for a search company.
     
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    Does anyone know if the above item can be used in a Surface RT or if there is any USB or BT device that will work with it?
     
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    Awesome! Looking forward into researching these GPS attachments more. Going to Europe for a few months and would love to have something like this if I get a little lost... Also hoping I can find a Driving App that gives me 1/4 mile and acceleration times :D If anyone know of one, let me know! I know they exist on Apple and maybe Android platforms but I haven't seen anything for ours.
    - Aaron
     
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    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Hey TheIVJackal,

    Try this app: NMEA Compass
    Speedboaters use it, amongst others.
    The software is free. Donations accepted.


    It is for freedom that Christ set us free.
     
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    I have recently downloaded the HereNow maps for the RT, not sure if it will work on the Pro or Pro2. However, what I like about HereNow is that you can download maps to run when not connected to a WIFI.


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    Hi sharpcolorado, I have a question for you; do you use the GlobalSat ND-100S GPS dongle in Metro style apps? or just as a GPS locator on your ms surface? because I'm having trouble figuring out how to read from a virtual com port in a metro style app, the System.Management namespace doesn't seem to be available in Windows 8 style apps, any thoughts?
     

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