Holux

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Holux was founded in 1994, is based in Hsinchu, Taiwan and is a producer of consumer GPS devices like loggers and navigators.

Software

In Windows you can download tracks from the device with the ezTour program, which displays it on top of Google maps.

In Linux, GPX tracks can be downloaded using using mini USB cable by using:

  • MTKBabel (download from SF page or your package system).
  • Gpsbabel.
  • BT747 - a cross-platform Java program. Using BT747 you can display your tracks on top of OSM maps.

If mtkbabel is available for your distribusion it is likely to be the most hassle-free option.

Devices

GM-210

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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof




Holux GM-210 works with Windows Vista, Ubuntu Feisty and PalmOS. It's only an cable-based GPS-Receiver, so you need an extra device like a Palm or notebook. The GM-210 has a PS/2 port and several adaptor cables to USB/Mini-USB/Serial. No specific drivers needed, works with gpsd (Linux).


GPSlim236

GPSlim236
  • 50€ WWW: _
  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( Waas; Egnos, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb; Bluetooth
  • Internal: Batteries:
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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



This is a Bluetooth device, about the size of a small matchbox (67 x 46.3 x 19mm). Its lithium battery lasts about 10 hours, and is a standard model so you can get a cheap spare from eBay, etc. You can charge it via mini-USB but can't transmit data over this, as you need a special cable from Holux. I haven't tried this - Bluetooth is fine for me. The USB cable gives the possibility to upgrade the firmware (enable WAAS/EGNOS) and disable the Static Navigation (bad for pedestrian use) with SirfDemo.

Have used this with a laptop, Dell Axim PDA and Nokia 6230i with no problems. It has a SiRFstarIII chipset so is quick and accurate in getting a fix, with the usual caveats of 'canyoning' in cities. Standard NMEA output.

Had mine about two years. It failed after about one year but was promptly replaced. The newer GPSlim240 has a similar spec. But no replaceable battery, though it's a bit smaller.

More info:

GPSlim240

  • 90€ WWW:
  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash: (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( waas;egnos, )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb;bluetooth
  • Internal: Batteries:
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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



Also a Bluetooth device as the GPSlim236, but this unit is more compact (64×22×15mm) and with slightly less battery life (somewhere between 6-8 hours). Data is transmitted over SPP Bluetooth and gives standard NMEA output. Receiver should be up to 3 meters away. Packaging includes USB cable and car lighter adapter (Caveat: This should be obvious, but always remember to check the package contents list before buying; never had any trouble so far, but it's always good to be careful) for charging up the battery. Claims to have WAAS/EGNOS demodulator included, but never tested this. The unit has room for a lanyard which is not included in the package. Its only control is the on/off switch, and it has three LEDs for indicating low battery power, Bluetooth connection status and GPS signal acquisition.

This unit was successfully used with Bluetooth-enabled laptops and Nokia N80 with only one firmware-related problem. Care should be taken not to use SiRFdemo's "Synchronize Protocol/Baud Rate" option on Bluetooth devices, or to otherwise tinker with this unit's baud rate, as this caused it to output garbage from that point onward. Turning it off and back on didn't work. Letting it run out of battery charge didn't work. What solved it was opening up the unit, finding the battery and shorting two of the three battery terminals.

More info:

GPSport 245

  • 100€ WWW:
  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:4MB (external: )
  • GPS: 20 channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



  • same chipset as m-241
  • fits on bicycle, yet ergonomically not fit for bicycle
  • no bluetooth
  • no cables for measuring speed on wheels
  • no customization of displayed information (e.g. you have to scrolled through "saved trees" and calories information, no way of putting current speed and distance on the same screen)
  • internal battery

GPSport 260

  • WWW:
  • receiver (Navigation: )
  • CPU: (OS: ), Flash:4MB (external: )
  • GPS: channels, ( , )
  • Display: , Connectivity: usb
  • Internal: Batteries:
Addresses POIs
Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



  • fits on bicycle
  • no bluetooth
  • no cables for measuring speed on wheels
  • internal battery

GR-213

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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



This is a simple receiver that is to be connected to any computer. Delivered with a driver for most recent Windows. To make it run under Linux, just compile your kernel with support for pl2303 serial-to-usb (as a module or into kernel), then everything should be fine with GPSd.

It features a magnet, which is quite useful to put it outside your car, on the roof. I could ride at 130 km/h in quite heavy wind without having it to move a millimeter. It is also completely waterproof (once, i've forgotten it, and after being covered by 5 centimeters snow for a few hours, it still works).

It outputs standard NMEA.

M-241

M-241
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Mass Storage mode No Waterproof



Main article: Holux M-241

M-1000

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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



Wireless bluetooth GPS reciever with MTK chipset

Holux product page

M-1000C

M-1000C
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No-Symbol.svg Mass Storage mode No-Symbol.svg Waterproof

Pros: carefree Cons: no buttons (eg. mark waypoint)


M-1000C is a small data logger with internal 4MB (some models 2MB) storage, replaceable nokia standard battery (BL-4C), bluetooth connectivity, only 3 status LEDs and zero buttons (apart from the power switch). Capacity of the 4MB model is 120000-200000 data points depending on the amount of logged details, battery capacity is around 18-22hrs.

  • Uses the MTK 3329 chipset: 66 channels, 1575.42MHz, L1 C/A code receiver
  • Acquisition time: hot less than 1 sec, cold less than 36 sec, AGPS supported.
  • Accuracy: normal < 3m; EGNOS/WAAS < 2.2m
  • Velocity: < 0.1 m/s
  • Time: 0.1 microsecond GPS synch
  • Limitations: altitude < 18,000 m; velocity < 515 m/s; acceleration 4g
  • Battery: Nokia BL-4C (850mAh Li-ion); appx 20 hrs
  • Operating temp: -10 - +60 C; humidity 5% - 95% non condensing
  • Size: 62.5 x 41 x 17.1 mm
  • Product page @ Holux.com

M-1200

M-1200
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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof




The M-1200 is a Bluetooth device, though can be used with a custom USB lead. It is a sealed unit with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Recharge via USB or included car lighter lead. It uses the MTK MT3318 chipset and claims up to 23 hrs per charge. Colour LEDs show satellite lock, bluetooth connection and low charge.

Good things
  • Compact and elegant case
  • Reception is very good. Can be used in heavily builded areas, even on top floors of big buildings.
Bad things
  • Battery can't be replaced
  • USB cable is only for charging purpose (cannot be used for data transmission - only Bluetooth connection can be used)

More info at Holux's site --LeedsTracker 18:50, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

M-1200E

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Mass Storage mode ? Waterproof



Compact, lightweight, wireless bluetooth/USB GPS data logger.