How To: Test a GPS connection using HyperTerminal


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.


Follow the steps below for GPS connection tests.

  1. Open HyperTerminal:

    Start > Programs > Accessories > HyperTerminal


    Start > Programs > Accessories > Communications > HyperTerminal.
  2. Enter 'GPS Connect' for the connection name and select an icon. Click OK.
    Connection Description
  3. Select the COM port where the GPS will connect. Click OK.
    Connect To
  4. Set the Baud Rate, Parity, and Stop bits to match the GPS receiver settings. Click OK.
    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.