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Bluetooth GPS Fedora howto

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Bluetooth GPS Fedora howto:

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Bluetooth GPS Fedora howto

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:
yum install gpsd -y

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

su -
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.
su -
yum install tangogps gpsdrive gpsbabel

Now just start tangogps and gpsdrive and enjoy…

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