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3d. Configuring Chart Navigator Pro (and Light) to the GPS - Basic Instructions

Created: 06/21/2007

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Electronics Hookup and Configuration


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Introduction
Connecting a GPS to a PC navigation software product can sometimes be a laborious process. Fortunately, we've included Automatic Port Configuration with Chart Navigator Pro (and Chart Navigator Light) to streamline this process. However, if difficulties persist, or if a more complex configuration is required, an advanced setup procedure and troubleshooting steps are also available.


Automatic Port Configuration
The fastest and easiest way to get Chart Navigator Pro properly configured for your GPS is to use the Automatic Port Configuration. This feature will automatically detect your GPS, determine what COM port it is connected to on your computer and then make all necessary settings so Chart Navigator Pro can communicate with your GPS unit, and vice versa.

Connect the GPS to your computer (using a USB-to-Serial Adapter if necessary.) Then, to perform an Automatic Port Configuration, choose Options from the Tools menu, click the Instruments tab, and press Auto Detect.

When the Auto Detection is finished, Chart Navigator Pro will be ready to communicate with your GPS unit. To connect to the GPS, press Go To Boat on Chart Navigator Pro's button bar to locate the vessel.


Manual Configuration
Choose Options from the Tools menu, click the Instruments tab, and press Port Settings to open the Instruments Ports window. Highlight the Communication (COM) port the GPS is connected to, set the Interface to NMEA (unless using a Garmin GPS in GARMIN Interface mode) and set the Baud Rate to 4800 (unless the GPS is operating at a different Baud rate.)

Related Technical Document: I don't know what COM Port my GPS is connected to. What should I do?

Press Close and OK to complete the configuration and Chart Navigator Pro will be ready to communicate with your GPS unit. To connect to the GPS, press Go To Boat on Chart Navigator Pro's button bar to locate the vessel.


Related Technical Documents
I don't know what COM Port my GPS is connected to. What should I do?
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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