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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 [http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=bluetooth+usb&btnG=Search+Images USB bluetooth dongle].
 
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 [http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=bluetooth+usb&btnG=Search+Images USB bluetooth dongle].
 
   
 
   
 
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To check if you have a bluetooth and that it is working correctly using '''hcitool''' command:
You can check if you have a bluetooth and that it is working correctly using this command:
 
  
 
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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)
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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 spot 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:
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You need to install gpsd and setup bluetooth config files, so let’s first install '''gpsd''':
  
 
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Revision as of 15:27, 29 November 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.

To check if you have a bluetooth and that it is working correctly using hcitool 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 hcitool 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 spot 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 {
# Automatically bind the device at startup
bind yes;

# Bluetooth address of the device
device 00:12:EE:55:00:FF;

# RFCOMM channel for the connection
channel 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