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Technical Article   HowTo:  Test a GPS connection using HyperTerminal

Article ID: 29294
Software:  ArcPad 5.0, 5.0.1, 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.0.3, 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.1, 7.1.1, 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.0.3, 8.0.4, 10 ArcGIS - ArcEditor 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10 ArcGIS - ArcInfo 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10 ArcGIS - ArcView 8.3, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 10
Platforms: N/A

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to use HyperTerminal for testing GPS connection communication parameters and cables. Instructions also describe how to verify that the GPS receiver is outputting data.

Procedure

Follow the steps below for GPS connection tests.

  1. Open HyperTerminal:

    Start > Programs > Accessories > HyperTerminal

    or

    Start > Programs > Accessories > Communications > HyperTerminal.
  2. Enter 'GPS Connect' for the connection name and select an icon. Click OK. -show me-

    Connection Description
  3. Select the COM port where the GPS will connect. Click OK. -show me-

    Connect To
  4. Set the Baud Rate, Parity, and Stop bits to match the GPS receiver settings. Click OK. -show me-

    COM Properties
  5. Verify data is being received from the GPS receiver in the HyperTerminal window. ASCII NMEA sentences should be legible. No data displayed or illegible information indicates a connection problem to the GPS receiver.

Created: 5/18/2005
Last Modified: 8/18/2010

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