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You can check if you have a bluetooth and that it is working correctly using this command:
 
You can check if you have a bluetooth and that it is working correctly using this command:
hcitool dev
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'''hcitool dev'''
  
 
   
 
   
  
 
Then let’s make sure you have bluetooth service running:
 
Then let’s make sure you have bluetooth service running:
service bluetooth status
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'''service bluetooth status'''
 
   
 
   
  
 
if it is not running just start it with:
 
if it is not running just start it with:
service bluetooth start
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'''service bluetooth start'''
 
   
 
   
  
 
Turn on your bluetooth GPS dongle and find its bluetooth mac address with this command:
 
Turn on your bluetooth GPS dongle and find its bluetooth mac address with this command:
hcitool scan
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'''hcitool scan
 
Scanning …
 
Scanning …
 
00:1E:EE:00:11:22 LG KU990
 
00:1E:EE:00:11:22 LG KU990
 
00:02:78:99:FF:00 SJ GPS
 
00:02:78:99:FF:00 SJ GPS
00:12:EE:55:00:FF Device01
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00:12:EE:55:00:FF Device01'''
 
   
 
   
  
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You need to install gpsd and setup bluetooth config files, so let’s first install gpsd:
 
You need to install gpsd and setup bluetooth config files, so let’s first install gpsd:
yum install gpsd -y
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'''su -
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yum install gpsd gpsd-clients -y'''
 
   
 
   
  
 
Then you need to edit bluetooth config file so that gpsd connects automatically to GPS bluetooth dongle.
 
Then you need to edit bluetooth config file so that gpsd connects automatically to GPS bluetooth dongle.
  
su -
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'''gedit -etc/bluetooth/rfcomm.conf'''
gedit -etc/bluetooth/rfcomm.conf
 
 
   
 
   
  
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rfcomm0 {
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'''rfcomm0 {
 
# Automatically bind the device at startup
 
# Automatically bind the device at startup
 
bind yes;
 
bind yes;
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# Description of the connection
 
# Description of the connection
 
comment “GPS Bluetooth dongle”;
 
comment “GPS Bluetooth dongle”;
}
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}'''
 
   
 
   
  
 
After reboot check if you have /dev/rfcomm0 device with:
 
After reboot check if you have /dev/rfcomm0 device with:
ls -al /dev/rfcomm0
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'''ls -al /dev/rfcomm0'''
 
   
 
   
  
 
If after reboot (or you don’t wan’t to reboot) you still don’t have /dev/rfcomm0 then just issue this command:
 
If after reboot (or you don’t wan’t to reboot) you still don’t have /dev/rfcomm0 then just issue this command:
rfcomm bind rfcomm0
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'''rfcomm bind rfcomm0'''
 
   
 
   
  
 
Now start gpsd daemon:
 
Now start gpsd daemon:
gpsd /dev/rfcomm0
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'''gpsd /dev/rfcomm0'''
 
   
 
   
  
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Install gps applications like tangogps, gpsdrive and gpsbabel.
 
Install gps applications like tangogps, gpsdrive and gpsbabel.
su -
 
 
yum install tangogps gpsdrive gpsbabel
 
yum install tangogps gpsdrive gpsbabel

Revision as of 13:45, 22 October 2008

If you have bluetooth GPS dongle that you have laying around, or can borrow one from somebody, and like driving a bike or a car around then this is the guide for you.


You need to have bluetooth wireless chip already installed on your laptop. If you have a laptop or a desktop without bluetooth you can buy and use USB bluetooth dongle.


You can check if you have a bluetooth and that it is working correctly using this command: hcitool dev


Then let’s make sure you have bluetooth service running: service bluetooth status


if it is not running just start it with: service bluetooth start


Turn on your bluetooth GPS dongle and find its bluetooth mac address with this command: hcitool scan Scanning … 00:1E:EE:00:11:22 LG KU990 00:02:78:99:FF:00 SJ GPS 00:12:EE:55:00:FF Device01


If you find more than one bluetooth device you should know the name of your GPS dongle. My GPS dongle has a “GPS” in its name so it is easy to catch its mac address: 00:02:78:99:FF:00 (SJ GPS)


You need to install gpsd and setup bluetooth config files, so let’s first install gpsd: su - yum install gpsd gpsd-clients -y


Then you need to edit bluetooth config file so that gpsd connects automatically to GPS bluetooth dongle.

gedit -etc/bluetooth/rfcomm.conf


and add these lines:


rfcomm0 {

  1. Automatically bind the device at startup

bind yes;

  1. Bluetooth address of the device

device 00:12:EE:55:00:FF;

  1. RFCOMM channel for the connection

channel 1;

  1. Description of the connection

comment “GPS Bluetooth dongle”; }


After reboot check if you have /dev/rfcomm0 device with: ls -al /dev/rfcomm0


If after reboot (or you don’t wan’t to reboot) you still don’t have /dev/rfcomm0 then just issue this command: rfcomm bind rfcomm0


Now start gpsd daemon: gpsd /dev/rfcomm0


Now you can start having fun! :)


Install gps applications like tangogps, gpsdrive and gpsbabel. yum install tangogps gpsdrive gpsbabel