Settings / AIS and NMEA / Bluetooth
SEAiq supports connecting to AIS and NMEA devices using Bluetooth. Bluetooth is supported on Windows and MacOS (Macbooks and iMacs). Bluetooth can be used on Android with "helper apps" to bridge to Bluetooth. See comments below regarding various platforms.
- Apple iPad/iPhone: Bluetooth NMEA is not supported on Apple iPads/iPhones because of restrictions Apple places on Bluetooth devices. Note that basic Bluetooth GPS devices such as those from BadElf do work with iPads/iPhones. However, they do not require any configuration within SEAiq. Your iPhone/iPad will use the GPS and other data from the Bluetooth device without SEAiq needing any special configuration.
- Windows 10: SEAiq uses so-called Bluetooth SPP mode to connect to Bluetooth devices. There are reports that early versions of Microsoft Windows 10 disabled Bluetooth SPP mode. Whether or not your computer was affected, Microsoft has since reactivated SPP. In order to get Windows 10 to work you must install a build version newer than 10.0.10532 which was released on August 22, 2015. To check the build number on a machine open a command prompt and type winver. This is not part of the weekly patch sequence Microsoft pushes regularly. To install a new version you have to sign up for fast ring service at Microsoft: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/change-to-the-fast-ring-for-more-frequent-windows-10-preview-updates/ After you download the ISO, you will have to copy it to a USB drive. Then install from the drive. This may clear the Windows partition; be sure data is backed up. It is believed the next version of Windows 10 will fix this, but currently there is no ETA for release (as of 10/29/15).
- Android: SEAiq supports direct access to Bluetooth on Android devices.
Important: For some devices, it is important that only one SEAiq device be paired with a Bluetooth PPU. Even having another device nearby that is paired can cause problems. If you see repeated or occasional loss of connection, be sure to check that no other devices nearby are paired with the PPU. If so, be sure to turn off Bluetooth on those devices or unpair them.
- Turn on your Bluetooth PPU device.
- Make sure no other programs or apps are using the device.
- Pair with your device:
- Open Android Settings / Bluetooth on your Android device.
- Turn on Bluetooth.
- Find your PPU device and pair with it. You may need to enter a passcode. For many devices, the passcode is simply "0000".
- Configure SEAiq:
- Run SEAiq.
- Go to Settings / NMEA & AIS
- Choose Blue for Connection Type
- Go to Bluetooth Setup / Bluetooth Devices
- If you do not see your device, press Start button to begin scanning and wait for your device to appear. There may be a long delay (1-2 minute) for the device to appear.
- Choose your device, then press Select button.
Users have reported success using various helper apps, such as BlueBridge that internally bridge Bluetooth to TCP/IP. In the case of BlueBridge, problems have been reported on newer (6.0 or later) versions of Android.
These settings are used to connect your device to NMEA/AIS over Bluetooth. Before adjusting them, first ensure this device and your source of NMEA/AIS data have been paired.
- Bluetooth Device: Specify name of device to use. You can enter here or choose from the list of available devices.
On Windows, this is normally a COM port, such as COM8. You can find this by pairing with your Bluetooth device. Press the Bluetooth symbol on your toolbar. Choose Open Settings and COM Ports. Look for the Bluetooth device you are using and the COM port for Outcoming data. For COM ports higher than 9, SEAiq automatically translates COMXX into the \\.\COMXX format.
- Bluetooth Devices: List of bluetooth devices (and serial ports).
- Status: Current status of your connection.
- Baud Rate: Baud rate for a serial port, typically USB. Bluetooth devices normally do not require adjusting this. The default is 19200. Typical baud values are 4800, 9600, 14400, 19200, and 38400. Other possible values include 110, 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 56000, 57600, 115200, 128000, and 256000.
Below are configuration setting for devices from a number of vendors.
The GlobalSat BU-353-S4 is a USB Bluetooth puck. Since it requires a USB port, it can be used only on Windows and MacOS. Note that Bluetooth support on Windows and MacOS also provides support for USB devices.
In Settings / NMEA & AIS (under Connection):
In Settings / NMEA & AIS / Bluetooth Setup:
- Bluetooth Device: Select Using Devices Menu
- Baud Rate: 4800