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  1. I made a newbie mistake last week while loading and deleting maps on my eTrex 20 - deleted gmapbmap.img from the device.


    Sent Garmin support an email asking how to get a replacement, waiting on reply. In the meantime, I've downloaded a road map of Oregon from here and I'm getting by with that alone.


    No big problem for now but I'm curious if abyine has replaced their basemap with anything other than the stock Garmin one and if they've foudn to to be advatntageous.

  2. And somewhat later...


    Yes, the RavPower and ioGear share their code base. I downloaded firmware 2.000.014 from both ioMega and RavPower and they match now. I wonder who actually makes the chipset and if there's a universal/unbranded firmware package available.


    After updating them to 2.000.014, they both seem to mount Garmin internal storage consistently, in preference to the MicroSD card - which is what MikeD wanted. If you want to load anything on the card you have to pull it out of the GPS and put it in the card slot on the hub.


    I have better luck using FileBrowser app on jmy iPad than the branded RavPowet and ioGear apps ore web interface.


    Still, to me the ideal functionality would be what my Apple TimeCapsule does - show all of the shares on any device connected to its USB port.

  3. Just got the ioGear mediahub a few minutes ago. First thing you want to know - NOPE, it only sees a single USB_DISK1_Volume1 for my eTrex 30, as did the RavPower. The fact that it shows up exactly that way makes me thing it's probably the same chipset or underlying programming as the RavPower to handle it's SMB protocols.


    On first launch at least, it's showing the internal storage rather than the microSD card. I wouldn't count on that though, as it was hit-or-miss with the RavPower. I do have a request in to SunValleyTek about this.


    Other first impression - smaller footprint, slightly thicker, feels more solidly built. Has an ethernet jack on it so you can use it as a hotspot on your wired network, a convenience I might enjoy.


    But it is about $10 more than the RavPower. I'll decide over the next few days if it's really work it.

  4. Geodarts, thanks for the comparison to the MobileLite. I was thinking of getting a few other models to try. As I see it, my home router (Apple TimeCapsule) "does the right thing" by showing multiple volumes on the GPSR with their correct names. Doesn't sound like the RavPower or the MobileLite will do that reliably but until Mike pointed it out I hadn't noticed. I usually load my GPS using my home router - I do use the FileHub in the field sometimes but this hasn't presented a problem to me.


    Apart from mounting multiple volumes on one USB connection (and unrelated to geocaching, I guess), I'd really like to find on of these wireless hubs that supports different volume formats. My Apple time capsule doesn't support r/w to NTFS, and the RavPower doesn't support HFS. Neither of them seem to support exFAT.


    This one http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D7FRQMU/ref=&qid=1403098847 is on order for playing, er, work-related testing.

  5. Well, this is strange.


    When I connect my eTrex 20 to my router and look in FileBrowser, it shows two volumes; one named "Garmin" and the other named "MicroSD." As it should be.


    When I connect it to the RavPower FileHub, it shows only one volume, named USB_Disk1_Volume1. And that's not even the strange part. I retried several times, and sometimes the volume that mounted was the Garmin's internal memory, and other times the card. I could not find a reliable pattern, but mynguess is that variations in timing and sequence, when the Garmin "exposed" these mount points to the filehub, account for the difference. I coudln't get it to show both at the same time though.


    I also don't recall seeing this before. But I just got a new one of these hubs - the vendor replaced a broken one - and I wonder if they changed how that worked.


    I might email SunvalleyTek and ask some questions, but their English (and my total lack of Chinese) makes communication tricky.


    If this is a show-stopper for you, perhaps you could return the product. I'd hate to think you bought something on my recommendation that didn't work out.



  6. Mike:


    That's interesting. My first thought is that the FileHub doesn't know how to address the Garmin's "drives" when there are multiple volumes (built-in storage and memory card). I have my filehub at the office and my GPS is at home so I can't look at it right this minute, but I'll try this evening.


    Not sure I can duplicate it on my eTrex 20 though. Is there a setting on the Garmin 64s, under USB or computer connection menu, to enable/disable mounting the memory card?



  7. ... best portable solution I've found for this is the RavPower WiFi Disk. This is a recharchable, battery operated WiFi router with both an SD card slot and a USB port. It's only slightly larger than an iPhone and can even be used as a backup battery in an emergency. At the time of this writing, it's available on Amazon and NewEgg for around $50. ...

    So here I am, a little over a year later, with a broken Ravpower filehub. The micro-USB port on the side for connecting power broke. I don't think the wiring is broke, but the connector inside snapped and it's fallen inside the case.


    So I emailed SunvalleyTek, the vendor, and asked what my repair options were. A couple of email exchanges and they're sending me a new one. No need to return the old one. Good service!

  8. Stick'n'Find, Tile, and a few other bluetooth based locater tags might work better for finding your keys than a Chirp would. They might even go the other way, someone might find a way to adapt these for some kind of beacon caches -- some being usable by iOS and Android folk without requiring specific Garmin models.

  9. none of this worked as I expected other than putting the Chirp in the pipe mostly decreased the range. Something to note is that the chirp wasn't centered inside the pipe but was just placed on the bottom. I'll have to experiment some more by enclosing the back of the pipe and centering the chirp. Maybe I'll try something simpler like a soup can, too.


    Build a big parabolic reflector out of sheet aluminum. Put the Chirp at the focus.


    I'm not joking (well, maybe a little). I did this several years ago to improve direction and range of a wifi hotspot. You can probably still find plans for that usage online.

  10. ... iPhone 5S ... the screen is too small ...

    Yet the screen of the iPhone 5s is larger - both in inches and pixel count - than most handheld GPSRs.


    ...worst feature is power hungry GPS, which allows only a couple of hours...

    Indeed, battery life of any smartphone will pale in comparison to most handheld GPSRs. However, with careful usage you CAN get a full day of geocaching out of it. There are also auxiliary battery packs. And the AC adapter+charging cable that comes with the iPhone weighs less than a pair of alkaline AA batteries.


    "WHAT?! You expect me to take a power cord geocaching?" -- Probably, yeah. If you're caching with a phone instead of a dedicated GPSR, you probably shouldn't venture into the rough. And if you're not roughing it, you can probably find a power outlet now and then.


    Smartphone GPS -- Ideal for finding the nearest cafe, if not the nearest cache! :D

  11. I have not tested the current version of Basecamp Mobile. Last time I played with it was some versions back, and it didn't offer me any features I needed. I don't know if it still works the same way - but all syncing of data between your devices passed through Garmin Connect cloud.


    I routinely copy GPX files, maps, and firmware updates to my eTrex 20 from my iPad over WiFi -- so a bluetooth link doesn't excite me enough to buy a new GPS.





    wait for it





  12. ...What's the major difference between the 64 and 64S that may be of use for the purpose of being used as a data logger?

    Little practical difference for that. Extra memory, yeah, but both are already in the realm of "plenty for data logging." The 64s battery doesn't last as long, 16 hours vs 20 for the 64, might matter on longer runs if you can't remember to bring extra batteries on a long trip.


    The other things you get for the extra $ (compass, barometer, wireless data transfer, smart phone link) have their uses for some folks - but won't matter for data logging.

  13. I did a search for this but it resulted in nothing.

    Maybe geocaching isn't the hobby for you :D


    But seriously, to answer your question: If you're a fair weather, walk in the park or urban geocacher - not much advantage of a handheld, dedicated GPS. As soon as you get into rougher conditions, a dedicated GPS wins on overall ruggedness, weatherproofing, battery life, and reception under tree cover.


    So - what kind of geocaching are you doing, or planning to do - and what's your budget for new gear?

  14. ...absolutely no reason to pay that price...

    And yet, that''s not an uncommon price for these, judging by this and other recent eBay sales. I also aw one listed for $175 in the Garage Sale here recently. It sold, but I don't know of they got their asking price.


    There are certainly better GEOCACHING options for that kind of money - but when older equipment like this gets a good selling price, it's for someone else. If you have sunk costs in other gear (mounts, cables, computers or other devices with RS232 ports, maps, specialized software) it probably makes more sense to replace just a broken GPS than your whole kit.

  15. The model the Op was referring to has a Serial AFAIK

    76csx also has USB. I *think* it's the only model discussed in this thread with both. Not sure about the 60csx. Amazingly, I know some folks who use old computers, fish finders, chart plotters, etc who consider RS232 a useful feature. That's why any used 76csx is more likely to sell to a boater than a geocacher.


    Anyway the Op never came back, maybe he made a totally different choice.

    Happens a lot. Scared another newbie off, all this intensity here :D


    Or maybe he's just watching that original auction - it's at $66 (as of Saturday, with 2 days to go). And in the context of the original question - yes, at a good price the 76csx would be a good beginner's choice. Obviously the market at large values it more than your limit of $30, and I myself wouldn't go over $80 for it.


    Academic, that is. I'm not in the market for one right now.

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