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  1. ... My Garmin 78S is about 1.5 years old and just developed a problem ...

    Y'know, if that was my situation, I'd try to go back to my local REI and angle for a replacement anyhow.


    If refused by the current policy, try a polite but firm "That might be today's policy, but that wasn't the case when I became a member or when I bought this GPS."


    I think REI still cares about customer services and they're just trying to rein in on the abuses. If store managers have discretion on a case by case basis you might still be covered.

  2. Returns and exchanges now limited to one year, instead of lifetime. REI outlet items must be returned/exchanged within 30 days. Wear and tear is not covered.




    I know a lot of folks have taken advantage of the return policy in the past to just get a new GPS every other year or so. Or boots. Or socks. No more.


    ...edit for spelling and grammar...

  3. ...soon the Oregon 600 Series will come preloaded with OC listings...
    ...that's the first thing I'll delete from my hopefully-soon-to-arrive 650 if it's included with my unit. That should save some space...

    Oh come now, how much space could the complete OC database take up? :lol:

  4. Good that you got it working. I use mine for more than geocaching and it was indeed money well spent.


    But the bit about your GPS losing its profiles is exceedingly weird. Can't think of any reasonable explanation for that. So let's try something unreasonable: did you set the date and time on the RavPower gizmo? You can do it from their app, or you could point your web browser to while connected to the RavPower and get to the settings from there.


    It seems a long shot, but I know the date/time stamps is copied over to my eTrex were completely wrong before I did that. Wondering if impossible file dates on any thing in the Montana file system could make it act weird in other ways.

  5. Long before the RavPower WiFi-Disk, there was the HyperShop CloudFTP -- now sold as the iUSBport.




    At $99 I wasn't able to justify one for myself -- while the $49 for the WiFi Disk was an easy purchase. But I'd still like to get my hands on one (or hear from someone who has one) and compare it to the WiFi--Disk.

  6. Yeah., it's a pity about the poor docs: basically a tiny print pamphlet tellin how to turn it on, what the various indicators lights do, default addresses and passwords. Not much more. There is a link to a slightly better manual online - http://www.ravpower.com/downloads#RP-WD01 - but really, some of the Amazon reviews have more useful tips and tech info than what comes with the product itself.


    I did find one glitch (something not well documented, of course): you need to set the time on the WiFiDisk using its web client, and if you ever push the reset button you lose the time setting. You can end up with incorrect file date/time stamps that way - not sure it matters for geocaching but may for some activities.

  7. I would ignore estimated accuracy numbers and try to test real accuracy and repeatibility. This is a more useful tests than estimate accuracy numbers:


    Get thee to a known location. Some say it has to be USGS benchmark but that's not really needful - any fixed spot you can come back to over a period of many days is suitable for this casual test.


    Put the GPS in place and get an averaged waypoint. Go back the next day and set another on the same spot. Repeat a few days in a row. Compare the various waypoints to each other. Try navigating to the waypoints the same way you would to a geocache.


    Hw does your 600 seem by this measure?

  8. As an aside - the RavPower WiFit manual is very simplistic and doesn't explain how to do a lot of the things mentioned in this thread. feel free to post questions here if you have problems figuring it out.


    There's also software available from RavPower to use it - which i tired brielfy and gave up on. FileBrowser works for me so I didn't spend a lot of time with RavPower's software. If you find other software that works better than FileBrowser, post it here.

  9. ... specs it shows the USB port as 5V/1A which should be more than enough for a GPSr.

    It will - at least an eTrex 20. I pulled the AA batteries out of mine and plugged it into the WiFi disk -- the GPS powered right up.


    Unsure about a Montana or heftier device though. Even though RavPower positions this product as a back-up battery, their own docs caution that it'll charge a cell phone but not necessarily a tablet. It would depend on the current draw of the device and if it reports it power requirement correcty back to the USB host - not every device does.


    And... The rechargeable battery in the WiFi disk is 3000 mAH. That should be good to recharge an iPhone maybe once in the field, or run a WiFi hotspot for a few hours. Not sure how long it would keep a GPS running.


    Nice find user11371!!

    Thanks, but, um, that's user13371. My friends call me 337 :laughing:

  10. ...where do I get the GPX file...?

    With FileBrowser is installed on your iThing, if you click any link to download a file (could be on GC's pocket query page, an email attachment, etc) you'll be given the option to "Open In..." FileBrowser. This puts it in FileBrowser's own folder space, and from there you can unzip it and copy it to your GPS.


    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words...



  11. This subject comes up often - and there's a lot of information to cover - so I figured I'd start this thread to collect all the answers in one place.


    Apple iThings (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) do not include any way to connect external USB devices like hard drives, card readers, or (most importantly here) GPSRs to copy files back and forth. But the lack of an Apple-branded solution doesn't mean it can't be done - you just have to install the right hardware and a third party app.


    The hardware you'll need is a WiFi router with a USB port on it. Apple's AirPort Extreme is one example, but there are others. You can connect your GPSR (or SD card reader, hard drive, etc).to the router, and transfer your files over your network.


    Apart from a router, you need an app to manage your files. Currently I use FileBrowser from Stratorspherix. FileBrowser can open email attachments and downloads, unpack zip files, and copy files to and from your network-attached storage.


    Not everybody has a WiFi router with a USB port. And most folks who do, have it at home - which leaves a geocacher with no way to load new pocket queries in the field.


    The 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.


    Whether or not that's an expensive piece of kit for geocaching is a matter of opinion. It's certainly more than Apple's more limited Camera Connection Kit -- but less than a Rove. And if you're going to use it for more than just geocaching, the WiFi Disk might be a reasonable expense.


    That's an overview of what's needed. I can post more instructions and examples if anyone wants them. And I'd also be interested in hearing from other iThing users who have come up with other solutions for this.

  12. Walt, NorthernPenguin, &C: The RavPower WiFi disk works perfectly with FileBroswer from Stratospherix. I was able to copy files (maps and GPX files) to and from my iPad. Setting it up took less time than composing this sentence.


    And it works for iOS, Android, Linux, and Windows - I've already tested it with all of those combinations around my workplace. I was able to exchange between each of those systems and etrex 20, a flash drive, and to an external hard drive.


    I'll likely post pictures and how-to notes in another thread this weekend - unless the weather is so nice that I'd rather be out on my bike. If I can find a collaborator in Portland Oregon, might even do some kind of instructional videos to put on yYoutube.


    I hae more uses for this than geocaching, so for me it's worth $50 for the gadget and $8 for FileBrowser. Value equation might differ for others.


    Walt - how much time and money have you spend on USB to-go cables, additional power wiring, time/effort making your various devices work?

  13. ...... no support for USB "host mode" makes things a bit difficult for loading a GPS from an iPad...


    "A bit difficult" is a good way to put it, as compared to the "can't be done" refrain you usually hear.


    I've discussed in other threads how to copy thing from your iPhone or iPad using a router that includes a USB port and Network Attached Storage. Of course, the push back from the "can't do it" folks is "but I can't do that when I'm out geocaching!" or "but my router doesn't support NAS and I'm not going to buy one just for that!"


    As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I've just ordered this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AQUMZRA/ ...

    a portable, battery powered wifi hub with both an SD card slot and a USB port. I didn't buy it for geocaching but I will post a geocaching-centric review as soon as I've had a few days to work with it.

  14. No reason to track every second, unless you're a bee.

    A fixed track point interval is useful for any kind of post processing. Waypoint averaging and track smoothing benefit from lots of data. And some post-processing activities (like geotagging images) require track-points to be precisely correlated to a specific time.


    My setting tracks less often when on a straight line and more often in a curve.

    This is the default "automatic" setting on many handheld units and is efficient in processor usage and storage. True that most people never need to change it, but see above -- some will.

  15. Cant see those helping. They still hook up to the iOS system which will only allow certain files to be moved. ..

    Those hubs I posted are cross-platform solutions - will work equally well for Android, iOS, PC, Linux, etc. I routinely copy GPX files and maps from my iPad to my eTrex 20 using my router at home - and these portable ones will do the same.


    Folks who complain "IOS can't do that" just haven't taken the time to figure out how to use the software. I use Sratospherix File Browser. There may be other file managers that would work, that's just the one I use.


    I've just ordered the RAVpoewer one for the office (for file sharing iwith tablets and smartphones in conference rooms). Should have it some time this week and will let you know how well it works.

  16. Ditto on the Apple side - buy it once, use it on any iThing attached to your iTunes account. I think the limit is 5 active devices at any given time.


    But the OP question confuses me. Need two different devices because of battery drain? Can afford two different devices and a cellular bill -- but not a $10 one time app purchase?

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