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3b. Configuring Chart Navigator (Free Viewer) to the GPS - Basic Instructions

Created: 06/14/2007
Modified: 06/21/2007

TOPIC

Electronics Hookup and Configuration


DISCUSSION

Introduction
Unlike some of Maptech's more advanced programs, where GPS connections are streamlined, the connection to Chart Navigator Viewer requires a manual configuration. In addition, the GPS can not be used to plot the vessel's position in Chart Navigator Viewer - a feature reserved for Maptech's other product offerings.


Manual Configuration
Choose Setup, GPS from the GPS menu to open the GPS Setup window. Since you will be using Chart Navigator Viewer to transfer waypoints and routes to and from a GPS, you must select the specific Manufacturer and Unit of your particular GPS. Finally, set the COM Port to the port the GPS is connected to.

If you have a Garmin GPS that connects directly to the computer via a USB cable, be sure to download this patch to install USB-specific drivers for this family of GPS units. Then, select the USB model for this GPS in the unit list, and the COM port will change to USB.

Related Technical Document: I don't know what COM Port my GPS is connected to. What should I do?
Related Technical Document: I have a GPS that is not listed in the GPS Setup window. What should I do?

Next, check GPS On and press the Test button. If the GPS is properly connected, a test screen will appear. If an error occurs, go back and check the COM Port and/or the connections between the GPS and the computer.

Once the test is complete and the connection has been verified, Chart Navigator Viewer will be ready to communicate with your GPS unit using the options found under the GPS menu.


Related Technical Documents
I don't know what COM Port my GPS is connected to. What should I do?
Using a GPS that is not listed within the application.
Connecting a Serial GPS to a USB Port
Using HyperTerminal to test and verify the GPS connection
Using MTTTY to test and verify the GPS connection
Determining the COM Port of a USB to Serial Adapter





 


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