Configure GNSS Driver for your GNSS receiver

In GNSS Driver for ArcPad, you need to indicate the COM port used by the GNSS receiver and its protocol.

What COM Port and GNSS output protocol should be selected?

Internal GNSS receiver

Find below information for a few devices with Internal GNSS receivers. For other devices, refer to your vendor for details.

The receiver must be connected to a physical COM port rather than a virtual port. To avoid being connected to a virtual port, please review the following settings:


1. Open the External GPS or GPS settings found under Start > Settings > System;

2. Programs tab : select None for the GPS program port;

3. Access tab : uncheck Manage GPS automatically;

4. Hardware tab: select None for the GPS hardware port;

5. Press OK to close the settings.

External GNSS receiver

If you are using a Bluetooth GNSS receiver, you must do the Bluetooth pairing first to define the COM Port that will be used by the receiver.

For more details on Bluetooth pairing, refer to our knowledge base article External GNSS receiver - Bluetooth pairing

For external GNSS receivers, the name of the output Protocol is usually equivalent to the GNSS receiver brand name.

How to select the COM Port and the protocol in GNSS Driver for ArcPad

To do only once (not at every use):

1. Start ArcPad found under the Start (or Start > Programs);

2. Uder the Extension tab, open the GNSS Driver for ArcPad;

3. In the Receiv. tab, check the GNSS Driver checkbox to properly configure ArcPad GPS Protocol;

4. Click on the Options tab to select the level of confidence for the Estimated Position Error (EPE) used by ArcPad;

5. The Receiver Profile is primarily defined by a GNSS Protocol (output format), a COM Port (the port used by the receiver) and a Baud rate.

Use the Receiv. tab to select the Receiver Profile:

 If your receiver is available in the Receiver Profile drop-down list, simply select it and click ok.

In order to post-process your GNSS data, the GNSS receiver MUST be configured to output raw binary observations (rather than NMEA).

For more details on GNSS receiver output configuration, refer to our knowledge base article Internal GNSS receiver - Configuration.

 If your receiver is not available in the drop-down list, click on the Profiles tab and create a New profile for your receiver:

a.    Give a Profile name;

b.    Complete the information relative to your receiver;

c.     Once completed, click on the Receiv. tab, you will be asked to save your profiles;

d.    Use the Receiver Profile drop down list found under the Receiv. tab to select the profile you just created;

e.    Click ok.

6.        Now back in ArcPad, you can use it as usual. In order to make sure your receiver profile was properly selected (or created), go outside and connect with your receiver.


NOTE: GNSS Driver for ArcPad allows to configure ArcPad GPS Protocol for the OnPOZ GNSS Driver. When the ArcPad GPS Protocol is at OnPOZ GNSS Driver, you do not need to configure ArcPad GPS Port and Baud as these are already set in OnPOZ GNSS Driver.

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Related Products: GNSS Driver for ArcPad

Last Update: 2017-08-07 17:48:51

Document information

Device brand

COM port

GNSS Driver

(Binary format)

Magellan eXplorist Pro10


SiRF Lite

Geneq SXPad


SiRF Lite

Archer 2

(according to the internal receiver brand)


Archer2 - NVS

Archer2 - uBlox_M8T

Allegro 2

(according to the internal receiver brand)


Allegro2 - NVS

Allegro2 - uBlox_M8T

BAP Precision / Flint (GPS only)


FLINT - uBlox

BAP Precision S812A (GNSS model)


BAP-S812A - uBlox_M8T

Mesa 2

The com port assigned by Windows 10 is displayed under Control Panel / Device Manager / Ports

Mesa2 - uBlox_M8T

Nautiz X7


SiRF Lite