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:
- Automatically bind the device at startup
- Bluetooth address of the device
- RFCOMM channel for the connection
- 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