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Are there any good alternatives to AirMagnet Survey PRO for outdoor site surveying with GPS integration?
July 12, 2010 4:10 AM   Subscribe

Are there any good alternatives to AirMagnet Survey PRO for outdoor site surveying with GPS integration?

It looks like there is no real competition right now.

Bonus: What type of (AirMagnet) laptop adapter is required to support GPS? Or is this a seperate module?
posted by gttommy to Computers & Internet (2 answers total)
 
What type of (AirMagnet) laptop adapter is required to support GPS? Or is this a seperate module?

Most WiFi survey tools like NetStumbler use a GPS receiver separate from the WiFi interface.

You can get USB, Bluetooth and serial port GPS receivers. (Personally I prefer USB as it supplies power)

Your basic GPS receiver spurts out NMEA 0183 serial data from the moment it's turned on; software just has to open the serial port and read it in. USB and bluetooth receivers appear as a serial-port-over-USB or a serial-port-over-bluetooth.

I've never used AirMagnet Survey PRO, but if it's like most software I've used, that's how it will interface with the GPS.
posted by Mike1024 at 4:32 AM on July 12, 2010


(you might want to put something in there about wi-fi, as I was part way through a reply involving Trimble GeoXH and other surveyor's tools.)
posted by scruss at 4:36 AM on July 12, 2010


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