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RPI4 GPS dongle

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RPI4 GPS dongle was created by Liviu Rabac

Hello. My RPI4 came and it's works very nice with astroberry. But I have a strange problem with my gps dongle (U-Blox 7)
If I put just the dongle..it's working. Once I put the eqdir cable, the usb cable for dslr and guide camera, it's not working anymore.
My Pi is runing from a external powerbank
Is this a power related problem?
It worked on raspberry pi 3 +
Thanks
Last edit: 2 years 10 months ago by Liviu Rabac.
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Replied by AstroNerd on topic RPI4 GPS dongle


Hello,
Yes this is almost certainly a power issue, the PI4 requires more power and is also more prone to issues if the power is low, especially on the USB ports, I would suggest moving a couple of the cables to a powered USB hub, that’s what others do... HTH
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Replied by Erland högberg on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

If you have a iPhone you can use an app, GPS2IP, and connect it to GPS NMEA on the RPI4 via wifi. Then you don't need a GPS dongle. Just a thought..Works great on my set up.
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Replied by Wouter van Reeven on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

Thank you so much for that tip, Docerland!
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Replied by Liviu Rabac on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

Thanks for your input. I don't have an Iphone, so I have to think about a usb hub since all the ports are already full :)
Later edit: for those using android I used the app NetGps and works :)
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Replied by Christian T on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

So you mean that for rtc you use gps data and your astroberry is synchronized?
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Replied by Liviu Rabac on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

Yes. It's a must when you are in the field with no internet connection to the raspberry.
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Replied by Christian T on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

IT's the same when you use a smartphone/tablet like a gps?
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Replied by Liviu Rabac on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

Yes. You can also enter manually all the data in the Site Management (mount options). But it's easier and fast using the gps.
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Replied by Christian T on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

If I can use fewer devices attached to the raspberry it is better, if I can only use the smartphone for the rtc and gps function it would make it less complicated to manage
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Replied by maxthebuilder on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

Could you hint on how to connect/configure.
I installed NetGPS, enabled the server, it gave me an IP address.
Now, how to connect and where to stick the address?
I am a bit lost...
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Replied by Liviu Rabac on topic RPI4 GPS dongle

1. First, connect your phone to the astroberry hotspot.
2. Assign a static ip for the phone (every time you connect to hotspot you may have a different ip)
3. Start Kstars and ekos. In the drivers aux tab chose GPS Nmea. Click save.
4. Start NetGPS Server. Create a server with the + sign and enable it. Pay attention to the port number. This one has to match with the port from ekos. I set mine to 50000
5. Start ekos. Go to GPS Nmea tab in the indi driver., choose connection and in the server option put the the static ip of the the phone an the port number and click set. Mine is 10.42.0.45 port 50000. Now go to options and click save to save the configuration.

The phone acts as a server. The indi driver is comunicating via IP with the phone. You need to point the indi driver to the phone, in the GPS Nmea options. The save the configuration.
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