While Bluetooth-enabled GPS receivers are popular, there are still many car and handheld devices that lack such wireless connectivity. Connecting your GPS receiver to a Bluetooth adapter or dongle gives your positioning device two-way access to your nearby personal computer, laptop or smartphone. Depending on your GPS receiver model, you may be able use a USB or PS/2 cable to connect with the Bluetooth dongle.
Determine which type of input port your GPS device has. There may either be a PS/2 or USB port. Acquire a Bluetooth adapter with the appropriate connectivity option.
Insert one end of the Bluetooth adapter's enclosed USB or PS/2 connector cable into the device's output port.
Insert the other end of the USB or PS/2 connector cable into the corresponding port on your GPS receiver.
Configure your Bluetooth adapter if necessary. Install any software or drivers included in your Bluetooth adapter's hardware package to assure connectivity between your computer or GPS. Otherwise, your Bluetooth adapter will work once it is physically connected.
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