I'm trying to navigate real time with an USB GPS over a shapefile map, but I can't find the way to do this. I'm using QGIS 1.9.0 desktop version with a Garmin Etrex Legend HCx GPS.

In fisrt place, QGIS doesn't recognise my GPS port. In addition, I cannot find in QGIS the option to navigate real time.

Do you have any idea to help me with this?


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Working on Windows 7, I can connect my Etrex Legend Hcx to QGIS with live tracking using Franson GPS Gate Client from http://gpsgate.com/products/gpsgate_client.

This free software redirects the GPS data from USB to a virtual COM port.

Having that started, you can activate logging in QGIS with View -> Panels -> GPS Information

Set Connectto Autoconnectand then click on Connect


Note that this feature is now built-in to QGIS as of at least version 2.8

https://docs.qgis.org/2.8/en/docs/user_manual/working_with_gps/live_GPS_tracking.html and exists at the time I write this in 3.6.

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