Wintec

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Wintec is a Taiwanese company, producing GPS devices, car alarm systems and radio communication devices.

WBT-300

  • Module: -
  • Chipset: Atmel ATR0625P/ u-blox Antaris 4
  • Channels: 16
  • RawData/RINEX: yes
  • FWFlash: no
  • FWVersion:
  • SPIFlash:
  • LogFlash: no
  • LogMicrocontroller: no
  • ExternalAntenna: no
  • BT: no

WBT-201

Wintec WBT-201
  • Price: 89€
  • Trackpoints: 131072
  • Battery: Nokia-compatible, a BL-4C (a BL-5C also fits with some force it is claimed in this German forum post)
  • Battery life (claimed in datasheet): 12 hours with logging on and Bluetooth connection, 15 hours with Bluetooth off
  • Connection: Bluetooth and serial USB
  • Chipset: Atmel ATR0625P / u-blox Antaris 4
  • Channels: 16
  • RawData/RINEX: yes
  • FWFlash: no
  • FWVersion:
  • SPIFlash: SST 25VF016B
  • LogFlash: ATMEL 2532
  • LogMicrocontroller: Atmel ATMEGA162V8
  • ExternalAntenna: no
  • BT: RF3505G1
  • Size: 60 x 38 x 18 mm
  • Weight: 44 gramms with rechargeable battery
  • Product Page
  • Specification (German; caution: has link to outdated TimeMachineX version)
  • USB: Silicon Labs CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller
  • Comparison with Transystems i-Blue 747 (German/Deutsch)
  • WBT-201-Users


Good things

Bad things

  • No battery status indicator
  • No output except a status LED (no way to judge quality of recorded trace using device only)

Summary Good signal reception, lots of space for waypoints, nice device.

Reading tracks from the Wintec WBT-201 under Linux

First, you need a recent-enough gpsbabel version with support for the WBT-201. Then, don't forget to switch the device on (when on USB, the Power LED will light up even if the device is switched off).

If the device is connected to the USB port, do the following:

gpsbabel -t -w -r -i wbt -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F track.gpx

When you don't have permissions to use the USB device, do the following:

sudo gpsbabel -t -w -r -i wbt -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F track.gpx
sudo chown $USER:users track.gpx

This downloads the trackpoints and ways in GPX format from your device and puts them into the file track.gpx. If you have to use sudo, the second line is changing the owner of track.gpx to your normal account.

The following command line throws away bad data (see also here):

gpsbabel -t -w -r -i wbt -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -x discard,hdop=10,vdop=20,hdopandvdop -F $(date +%Y-%m-%d)_track.gpx

Note to Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) users: The brltty package might interfere with USB ports. If this is the case, there won't be a /dev/ttyUSB0 device available to read the data from. Removing brltty resolves the issue without requiring a reboot; reconnect the WBT and /dev/ttyUSB0 will appear. Removing brltty makes braille panels unavailable.

Configuration of a WBT-201 for mapping use

I (Colin Marquardt) have configured my Wintec WBT-201 a bit different from the default settings. With this, the traces could almost be converted to OSM data directly, as they do not contain too many data points at higher speeds but collect enough at low speeds.

  • Log Mode: Speed
  • Speed and Logging Frequency:
    • 1-20km/h: 1s
    • 20-60km/h: 3s
    • 60-100km/h: 5s
    • 100-225km/h: 7s

This is tested mainly with car usage, but the settings also work nicely when walking. Further refinement is surely possible. The WBT-201 uses the Antaris 4 chipset, so other units with the same chipset can probably be set up like that as well. Changing the settings is done with the u-center software or TimeMachineX (linked above).

WBT-202

Wintec WBT-202
  • Price: 109€
  • Trackpoints: internal storage for up to 260.000 trackpoints
  • MicroSD slot up to 2 GB => up to 134 Millions waypoints
  • u-blox 5 GPS Chipsatz
  • A-GPS (Assisted GPS)
  • -160 dBm
  • movement sensor, configurable via PC (deactivation possibe)
  • key to set wypoints
  • no software necessary - software already installed on storage card
  • no USB necessary - Plug & Play
  • Mass Storage Device mode
  • operates continously up to 28 hours
  • 64*40*17 mm
  • 55 g
  • WBT-202-Users


WSG-1000

Wintec WSG-1000

Good things

  • Very good sensitivity (-158dBm)
  • Charges via standard mini-A USB, power supply and car adapter included
  • Settings can be changed very versatile with included software TimeMachineX
  • Logging rate can be adjusted by time and/or distance
  • Bluetooth can be switched off for power saving
  • Track button can mark a waypoint and start a new track
  • Large and well readable Display
  • Many useful functions

Bad things

  • No Linux, Mac or BSD support
  • TimeMachineX WinTec's Windows software is too confusing for beginners

Summary Good signal reception, lots of space for waypoints, a real all-round device


Woxter BT-tracer 100

Woxter BT-tracer 100

Same as Wintec WBT-100.

  • Price: around 70€-80€
  • Trackpoints: approx. 12500 points
  • Battery life: 9 hours
  • Connection: Bluetooth and serial USB
  • Chipset: u-Nav + iTrax 3rd generation

Good things

  • Small and very light
  • Charges via standard mini-A USB
  • Traces can be downloaded with gpsbabel

Bad things

  • Includes windows-only "gtool" software
  • Logging speed/type can be only set with the "gtool", or issuing commands via bluetooth serial chat.

Summary If you are willing to deal with some poor software, and don't mind a small trackpoint capacity, the BT tracer 100 is a very good deal.


Configuring Wintec/Woxter devices

Manually

These devices can be configured "by hand", by starting a bluetooth serial chat and specifying some commands. These commands have been sniffed from the Gtool application working with a BT-tracer 100, and may or may not work with your device - YMMV.

Configuring sequence:
$PFST,STOP                // Stops real-time NMEA optput
$PFST,FIRMWAREVERSION     // Checks the firmware version
 One of the following:
$PFST,SETLOGGER,1,X       // Log a trackpoint every X seconds
$PFST,SETLOGGER,2,0       // Log a trackpoint when heading changes more than 10 degrees
$PFST,SETLOGGER,3,X       // Log a point every X meters, where X >= 50
$PFST,SETLOGGER,4,0       // Logging every X seconds, where X depends on the current speed
$PFST,START
In order to get the raw data:
$PFST,READLOGGER
In order to get NMEA data:
$PFST,NORMAL
In order to reboot the device:
$PFST,REBOOT,0
Cold start sequence:
$PFST,STOP
$PFST,RESETDATA,$0000
$PFST,START,0000


Using WBT-201 Viewer

Jonathan Hudson has created WBT-201 Viewer, a GTK+ application for configuring various settings of the WBT devices. The tool is available for many platforms that run GTK+. Linux and OS X are supported out of the box.