[SATLUG] Sierra Aircard 595U and Linux GPS

FIRESTORM_v1 firestorm.v1 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 19:17:30 CST 2008

believe me, I intend to.  This could make me rich.. or famous, ahh to hell
with it, I just want the thing to work and if others can also benefit from
my work, then all the better. :)

I have a serial protocol analyzer that I downloaded for Windows that
actually does do a decent job.  The thing that had me was that it came from
one of those top level domains that scream spyware and spam, but it didn't
ask for anything, just gave me an opportunity to download.  I did, then ran
antivirus, antispyware until I was satisfied it didn't do anything nasty.
I'm going to do a complete write up on this and *prays to the hardware gods*
there is a slim, like anorexic chance that I have the vendor's support on
this.  Now, if I can just get the bit-banging right....

I'll update this thread as i am able to decipher the protocol.


On Wed, Mar 5, 2008 at 4:45 PM, John Pappas <j at jvpappas.net> wrote:

> I have Novatels (u727, EX720, S720)  myself.  I have not found anyone who
> has been able to use the GPS capability in Linux.  The Stompbox had to add
> an external GPS receiver to add that capability, even though they had a
> card
> that has a GPS port).  All that I have read indicates that there is a
> port-knocking-like sequence sent by the software to allow comm with the
> port, but nobody has determined how to hold their ear while rubbing their
> right toe and wiggling left thumb.  I would love to capitalize on that
> capability as well (incidentally, the phones with GPS have the same issue,
> but maybe a different cause).
> Please share if you do find an answer!
> jp
> On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 9:15 PM, FIRESTORM_v1 <firestorm.v1 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hello all, got a tough one for ya.
> >
> > I have the Sprint Aircard 595U which allows me to have cellular internet
> > service wherever I am.  It's a USB device and in Windows it shows up and
> > through use of the proprietary Sprint connection manager (or a MS-DUN
> > connection) you can bring up the cellular internet connection.
> >
> > The Sprint aircard has GPS built in and through use of the connection
> > manager I can turn it on and off at will.  In Windows, the device shows
> up
> > with three serial ports, one is the actual data service, one is the GPS
> > NMEA
> > port and the third is a port monitor of some sort.  (I am guessing that
> is
> > how the connection manager is able to poll the device without
> interrupting
> > either the GPS data flow or the network connection.  Using a freeware
> app
> > from download.com called "gps_diag" I was able to attach to the GPS port
> > and
> > see the NMEA strings come from the device as long as the connection
> > manager
> > had GPS turned on.
> >
> > In Linux (ubuntu 7.10) I plug the device in and it shows up as three
> > serial
> > ports, /dev/ttyUSB0 - /dev/ttyUSB2  I configured KPPP to use
> /dev/ttyUSB0
> > and am able to get online.  This part of the process was quite painless
> > and
> > easily executed.  The part I have questions about is how do I get the
> > port to work? I have tried working with the three serial ports and GPSd
> > but
> > to no avail.  In windows, I can open up the GPS port as defined by the
> > connection manager and issue the GPS polling commands, but in Linux,
> when
> > I
> > attach to the same port, I get nothing, no response.
> >
> > Does anyone out there have any idea how to enable the GPS connection
> > without
> > having to resort to Sprint's proprietary and windows only software?
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
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