Recently, a client had a question about whether GPS data could be transmitted to a laptop wirelessly using the wireless LAN access point built into the the GX400 or GX440. The answer is “yes, you do not need to use the an Ethernet cable to pass this data.” More info on how to set this up can be seen at USAT’s Common Questions page.
Please remember that NOT ALL of the Sierra Wireless AirLink GX400 and GX440 line contain WiFi access point functionality. This feature is limited to the following Sierra Wireless GX400/GX440 part numbers:
The MP597W and the MP890 can be set up in much the same way.
Yes, the lines are blurring again as to who manufacturers what. Digi will be releasing a new product, in the June timeframe, with an integrated GPS receiver. The new product has an enclosed form factor that is very different from the box-y, industrial, “completely undesigned” design of the ConnectPort WAN-series and is much more reminiscent of the Sierra Wireless MP line. The overall feel is that Digi has discovered that modems need to be designed to a certain spec to be adopted for in-vehicle use. (Note: The ConnectPort WAN is already available with a GPS reciever, but my feeling is that very few people actually bought this device as GPS was an afterthought to this router.) There will be two distinct models of this product–a low-bandwidth, small storage model and a more robust and more expensive version. Proposed price-points that I have seen seem too good to be true, so I will not mention them here until they have been verified as accurate closer to the release date. But take this away: the pricing looks great.
GPS technology is going to revolutionize the way that we work, conduct relationships, and are accountable to society. Just as we once said: “How did I live before my answering machine,” and “How did I live before my cell phone,” soon we will be saying: “How did I live before I knew exactly where my [spouse, kid, employees] are at any moment in time…