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GPS for my Surface Pro 3

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Poppapete

Totally off subject for the HomeServerShow forum but I need a GPS (USB or BT) unit for my surface pro 3.  I cannot find anyone who can categorically tell me a make or model that will work with windows 8.1 and a SP3. I have been googleing and binging for 3 or 4 weeks. Nothing. Have had the same question in Surface Geeks since 14 Feb. I find it very strange that no one seems to want to or cares to plug a GPS into a surface pro 3.

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ikon

According to someone in this thread you can use this receiver: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035XU7WA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0035XU7WA&linkCode=as2&tag=pccounselor-20&linkId=QDS43KD6WATWNTOO.

 

It's made by Pharos, but it is labeled as a Microsoft GPS-360 Receiver.

 

Here's one that a reviewer (lonnnnng review) says, according to posts on USGlobalSat forums, works well with Win8.

 

Another option mentioned by posters is to use your phone to provide GPS to your SP3.

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Poppapete

Ikon,

 

Thanks as always for replying. The MS GPS-360 is unavailable in Australia and postage is worth more than the item and costs even more if it is unsuitable and I have to return it.  I did read about the BT from phone to SP 3 but am very skeptical about it working well enough for my situation.

Decided to go to a dedicated GPS shop and try all available USB GPS on site so I am sure it works before I leave the store.

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ikon

That sounds like a great idea. I'm not aware of any brick and mortar GPS stores in Canada, so this option wouldn't be available to me. I have a SP1. It does have GPS, but I have to say it's not very accurate, so I don't really use it. I wonder if an add-on GPS would do better.

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Poppapete

Went to my store where I bought the last one 12 years ago (A Garmin 18 USB which will not work on W8 ) and he sold me a Garmin 18x USB which worked immediately.

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ikon

Fantastic. Do you mind saying what it cost? Oh, and what GPS software are you using with it?

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Poppapete

It cost $100 AUD ($78 USD). I am sure I could get it cheaper online but I needed it ASAP this weekend for log racing. Log racing is a bit like orienteering but on water with boats. I use Oziexplorer a local software program that I have been using for many years.

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ikon

Thanks

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