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jadawley
11-08-2006, 01:43 PM
I have MapPoint 2006 and I thought I'd try to connect a GPS for driving directions. Seems like a hassle to drive with you PC next to you, but if I can get a GPS cheap, I might try.

Anyone have a recommendation for a GPS to hookup to a PC? I've looked at the Garmin 18. Unfortunately, I don't have Bluetooth on my PC so I can't use the Garmin 10.

John

Eric Frost
11-08-2006, 03:31 PM
I looked into this recently. Assuming you don't need a handheld GPS with a display, I would recommend one of these "pucks". They don't have a display and are only good for connecting to a laptop.

Streets & Trips w/ GPS is a pretty good deal even if you throw away the software and just use the GPS. One advantage of getting the Streets & Trips GPS for use with MapPoint is that you know it is a very similar GPS as the one included with MapPoint and it has the Microsoft logo, i.e. you don't have to be a GPS expert to know you are getting nearly the same thing as what was included in the MapPoint w/ GPS box..

Streets & Trips 2007 w/ GPS ($110 on Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Streets-Trips-2007-Locator/dp/B000HCXKMG (http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMicrosoft-Streets-Trips-2007-Locator%2Fdp%2FB000HCXKMG&tag=mappointresou-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325)

Streets & Trips 2006 w/ GPS ($75 on Amazon US)
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Streets-Trips-2006-Locator/dp/B000AOGDM0 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMicrosoft-Streets-Trips-2006-Locator%2Fdp%2FB000AOGDM0&tag=mappointresou-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325)

I have also heard good things about the Holux GR-213, you should be able to find it for less than $60 including shipping on eBay --

eBay - Holux 213, GPS Devices, Consumer Electronics items on eBay.com (http://search.ebay.com/Holux-213_W0QQfromZR40)

Eric

BWard
11-13-2006, 10:04 AM
you might also look at the Deluo website DeluoGPS.com - Get There! (http://www.deluogps.com)
they have a number of inexpensive solutions but what I like best is that they also have multiple connection options for your laptop.

Note: if you have a Nextel/GPS phone you can (with a Nextel data cable attached) connect directly to your laptop with MP2006 or Streets and Trips. You will need to set the GPS setting to NMEA-out on the phone and it will update your position about every second.

It really draws down the phone battery but one of their cables is a 12V cig adapter + USB connector (don't know which).