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If you are only going to use the Garmin software with the 18, then it should be OK. However, if you would like to use third party applications, I believe that the USB version of the 18 does NOT support the NMEA serial protocol. Applications would have to know the proprietary garmin protocol. Most third application talk NMEA.

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Do a google search for a utility called Franson GPSGate. It takes the Garmin data stream from a USB Garmin 18 and creates virtual com ports with the data converted to NMEA. I use it with programs like Streets and Trips. Never had a problem with it. They had a special running not too long ago. It cost $9USD.

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