Connecting External GPS Units

Document created by dmorgenthaler-esristaff Employee on Sep 9, 2015Last modified by EGibson-esristaff on Sep 16, 2015
Version 3Show Document
  • View in full screen mode

External GPS Receivers:

Here are our results from internally testing certain external GPS receivers.


GPS Receiver


Dual XGPS150A Bluetooth GPS Receiver


Garmin Glo


Trimble R1


Bad Elf GPS Pro+


Altus NR2


Trimble ProXH



How to use external GPS receivers with Windows 10 devices:
  1. Set up a Bluetooth pairing between your Windows 10 device and external GNSS/GPS receiver.
  2. At the bottom right corner of the home screen of your Windows device, tap Bluetooth > Open Settings > COM port, in order to check the out-going port number of the external GNSS/GPS receiver.
  3. Download GPSDirect software from and start it. Enter the COM port number that you retrieved from Step 2 as well as the Baud Rate (e.g. 9600) and click Install. The GPSDirect app wraps the external GPS receiver as a location sensor for the Windows 10 system.
  4. Start Collector for ArcGIS. You should be able to access your location from the external receiver.


Note: External GPS receivers require an open sky environment to determine your location.


Future Plans:
In the near future we intend to support connecting to Bluetooth GPS receivers directly within the app (i.e., a third party app will not be necessary).
1 person found this helpful