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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:13 am 
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been waiting for this! Order placed

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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:15 pm 
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I have a CF-18 "early" mk1 and am considering purchasing this GPS kit, but I have a few questions basted on the item descriptions at custom-toughbooks.com.
  • What are the Bluetooth specs? It's still a little early yet for v3.0 HS, but hopefully it is at least a v2.1 + EDR *?
  • Is the Bluetooth module integrated on the board, or is it a mini-USB module that would use the USB port on the board (similar to the CF-29 kit)?
  • Can the Panasonic-installed Bluetooth antenna present in the CF-18 be hooked up as the antenna for this Bluetooth module?

Thank you!

* Engadget article on the new 3.0 Bluetooth standard


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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:56 pm 
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•Is the Bluetooth module integrated on the board, or is it a mini-USB module that would use the USB port on the board (similar to the CF-29 kit)?

If you check outhttp://www.custom-toughbooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=63&zenid=eae033c1b7d8831528ecbeaea4e8f4df it uses the usb port. Check out the pic. He is a member here so send him a PM and he will be able to help you out.
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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:00 pm 
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The included bluetooth is v. 2.0
It is not a chipset integrated on the PCB, but a separate USB module, as you can see on the above picture.
If you want better specs on the bluetooth, just replace it with a bluetooth module of your choice.


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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:03 am 
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Will your CF-29 kit be upgraded to use this new 50 Channel GPS board that you use in this one?

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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 3:02 pm 
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I am working on it actually, I will post more details when I have the prototype ready....


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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:49 pm 
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Here is my final review with this kit with all the components hardware included on this kit. The installation was straight forward easy to do specially those who are at minimum level of skill. This unit has default baudrate of 9,600. But it can be adjusted to 4,800baudrate permanently or back & forth. On my area at ground floor level of my apartment on which also sorrounded with an apartment building I can fix 3-4 satellite in a few seconds. I can't compute how many seconds as I already stuck/(rusty) on cutting fish, Lol. I've already forgot the right formula on computing the electrical transient (need a thourough review on academic). On the outside of my little porch I acquired 7 satellite fixed almost instantly and i can compared it to em408, holux, sanav, mtk, gstar and delou on which this u-blox is more faster to acquire a satellite signal. All of the mentioned gps module, I had on hand before thats why I can tell which of those are faster to acquire a signal. On a moving vehicle: In a open area, I will say it is the way to go. the signal never drop down to the lowest instead it acquired more and more signal from the satellite. On an urban area(downtown Vancouver), it is also capable of retaining its good signal and it drop down to only 2-3level of it signal level from 35-40.

The gps module manufacturer has there own utility to use and its way way better than other gps viewer utility that I have used before. Other gps viwer like the navigator, gpsviewer and the like don't like it. It will give some error. I don't know the other viewer right there but as to what I've mentioned. Its all rejected. Only u-blox utility can be use as far as I know. The utility include your direction, altitude, your position, your speed and much much more. i am not yet finnish experimenting this utility as i am busy on my day job and few toughbook to work on. For futher info of the module you can go manufacturer website and download the complete pdf file for your reference.

I used the MS street and trips and delorme atlas for navigation at 4,800 baudrate without any hitch or problem. So, I can assume that it will be fine to use those navigational software for much longer period of time on the road or whatever. I don't know the other software as I don't have those but I can say it will be safe also.

Bluettoth: the bluetooth range from 5 to 10 meter distance as it was eclosed to a magnesium case. All the bluetooth accessories like your phone, mouse, keyboard and others will only be ideal to the distance mentioned.

This review was only based on to what I have experienced and the testing result that I have conducted on to this kit. This is only a reference and info. I am not responsible to any damaged to property ot anything involved due to irresponsible used of the said equiptment. Thank you.

PS. Accuracy: I never yet tested the accuracy of this unit so, I will lay it down to you guys.



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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 2:01 am 
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Good review Teo, thanks
Nine, do you have anything to add ?


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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:24 am 
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I don't have much to add. The u-blox is _the_ GPS chipset to have at the moment. Great sensitivity, and it will do Galileo if it ever goes operational. Sitting inside, I currently have a HDOP of 1.0m

With the configuration utility, you can set just about anything you want, including changing the update rate to 5 Hz. I'm running it through GPSgate at 57.6kbps, and it works with all my GPS software.

install was easy, although I did have a problem with windows recognizing the Bluetooth receiver at first. Ended up having to install the bluetooth while windows was running in order for it to be recognized. Since I don't really have a use for bluetooth right now, and I couldn't seem to turn it off without also turning off the GPS, I eneded up pulling it. I'm trying to come up with something interesting to install in its place, maybe my USB spectrum analyser....

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 Post subject: Re: CF-18 GPS kit
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:19 pm 
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Some links on NBR don't seam to work so I am posting them here for a few new members
http://www.custom-toughbooks.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=66&zenid=g04225m9idbmgnahtuethutou6
http://www.custom-toughbooks.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=63&products_id=182&zenid=usj42m498nchpaqv06qnf2o104
http://www.custom-toughbooks.com/

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CF-19 MK1 /2 Emissive Keyboard * CF-28 MK3
CF-30 MK2 , Intel SSD, 4GB , GPS, W7 Ultimate , Bluetooth, Emissive Keyboard
CF-51 MK3LL Core 2 Duo T7600 Mod , W7, 4GB Ram, 160GB 7200RPM HDD, Finger Print Reader
CF-52MK1 Core2Duo 2GHz, Intel SSD X25 Series ,4GB , BT with dock
CF-52 MK4 i5‑2540M 2.60GHz, ATI Discrete Graphics, Intel 120GB SSD, 16GB,W7 Pro 64bit
CF-53MK1 i5/2520, Kingston Hyper X SSD 240GB, 16GB memory, W7 Pro 64bit with dock
And the little guys CF-M34 MK3 and MK7
Infologix / MediSlate 10.4" tablet
Cel Google Pixel XL
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