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For GPS units that talk over USB, what's the smallest device you could plug the GPS in to in the field, in order to upload from the device to the GPS and download from the GPS to the device? Netbook? Smartphone? Ipad? Kindle Fire? other?

I'm looking for more of a turnkey end-user out-of-the-box (insert buzzphrase here) solution that's on the mainstream market.

The application is uploading search segments boundaries and insertion routes for search and rescue teams, before the full IC computer setup arrives.

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    What do you want to upload in the field? Waypoints, new maps, target coordinates..? – Martin Sep 16 '14 at 13:55
  • Smartphone will be able to do this with Bluetooth or Micro USB – Mapperz Sep 16 '14 at 14:09
  • Micro SD and a Netbook or a smartphone – Below the Radar Sep 16 '14 at 15:02
  • My understanding is many/most smartphones will only do USB client mode, not USB server mode, unless you have USB On-The-Go mode available, does that sound right? – Tom Grundy Sep 16 '14 at 16:14
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If it is a garmin gps you can use an android phone/tablet plus the app Garmin Exchanger to put move waypoints and tracks to and from your gps unit. You will also need an android otg cable and your gps usb cable. It works pretty good. I use a garmin everyday for work and I use that app to email and receive data that I need to use for my gps.

  • for the Garmin 62etc models - mass storage based - is it even simpler than that? Our team still mostly has 60csx (including me) so your solution looks like a good one. Do you know if there's anything similar for other smartphone platforms, or other non-phone portable devices? – Tom Grundy Sep 16 '14 at 16:18
  • Just android, iOS is too closed. Although if you had a jailbroken iphone and a camera kit (the sd card reader). You could put data on your microsd card and put it in your gps. That is pretty much as simple as it gets, it does work for the 62csx. Either way (as a mass storage device or not) you need an android phone and a usb otg cable. – gomapping Sep 16 '14 at 16:30
  • thanks, I'd 'accept' this one though technically I can't prove it out until getting an android. – Tom Grundy Sep 20 '14 at 3:53
  • I don't speak smartphone (yet) - an 'android phone' includes Samsung Galaxy and the like? Is it a hardware difference or just an OS difference? – Tom Grundy Sep 20 '14 at 3:55
  • Pretty much anything that is not an iphone. Samsung, LG, HTC, etc. It is mainly an os difference but an iphone will only run ios and not android. Hope this helps. – gomapping Sep 20 '14 at 18:46
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Raspberry PI is not very big https://virtuabotix-virtuabotixllc.netdna-ssl.com/core/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/IMG_0204-300x254.jpg and RTKLIB runs on PI http://gnss.co/?p=52.

  • looks pretty slick though honestly I'm looking for more of a turnkey end-user out-of-the-box (insert buzzphrase here) solution that's on the mainstream market. – Tom Grundy Sep 16 '14 at 16:15
  • Edit your question and tell it. You can also mention your budget and what you are going to do with your data. Some integrated GPS+handheld units can be acquired together with surveying software. – user30184 Sep 16 '14 at 20:37

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