1. Check out our companion app, Forums for Android! Download from Google Play

General GPS dongle ordered!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by critcher, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. critcher

    critcher Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    18

    Feb 8, 2012
    95
    12
    18
    Yay!

    Go here - https://vip.asus.com/login.aspx

    I had to register my Prime first (should have done it months ago! :rolleyes: ), but it immediately told me to apply for the dongle.
     

    Advertisement

  2. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member
    323

    Nov 13, 2008
    8,267
    1,355
    323
    Kentucky
    The fix seems kind of silly, considering it impacts the normal use of the device and the add-ons for it. A lot bigger than expected too.
     
  3. chris4x4

    chris4x4 Well-Known Member
    93

    Jan 7, 2011
    569
    138
    93
    Arizona
    Ive been registered, and I ordered the GPS enhancment device (I refuse to call it a "dongle"). We'll see how long it takes to arive.
     
  4. critcher

    critcher Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    18

    Feb 8, 2012
    95
    12
    18
    It does seem big. I might never use it, tbh, but I figured better to have it than not. It will live in the car, on the assumption that if I need GPS I won't be at home...

    Seems to me that they could have had the dongle plug into the tablet, and then a socket in the dongle for the dock to plug into. But what do I know, I'm not a techie! :thinking:
     
  5. ylexot

    ylexot Well-Known Member
    183

    Apr 8, 2010
    2,336
    405
    183
    Saint Inigoes, MD
    You would think that as bulky as they made it, they would have had it improve wifi performance as well...and included a pass-through for charging.
     
  6. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member
    323

    Nov 13, 2008
    8,267
    1,355
    323
    Kentucky
    True dat. The Prime could have went from weak to mega wifi with the dongle.

    Shame the two types of signals have different characteristics, but perhaps could have been done in parallel in the attachment. Perhaps would have cost more than they wanted.

    My guess is that due to the lower volume of sales, the returns, dongle and customer service costs, the Prime already was in the red. A mega dongle would have made it deeper red.
     
  7. EasyEEE

    EasyEEE Well-Known Member
    68

    Jun 4, 2010
    466
    176
    68
    Military Pilot
    Mobile, AL
    I've been registered for a couple of months - logged in right now - not seeing the damn link anywhere :\
     
  8. Gadgetnut68

    Gadgetnut68 Member
    6

    Jan 10, 2012
    7
    2
    6
    UK
    The link is on the left side about 3/4 of the way down on the VIP login.
     
  9. Gadgetnut68

    Gadgetnut68 Member
    6

    Jan 10, 2012
    7
    2
    6
    UK
    Out of curiosity, where are the pics for the "dongle "?
     
  10. critcher

    critcher Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
    18

    Feb 8, 2012
    95
    12
    18
  11. Gadgetnut68

    Gadgetnut68 Member
    6

    Jan 10, 2012
    7
    2
    6
    UK
    Is it just my eyesight or is there nowhere to connect the charging lead to?

    There seems to be the release slide on the bottom right but no sign of a through charging lead.

    Surely that is a requirement they would have considered?
     
  12. EasyEEE

    EasyEEE Well-Known Member
    68

    Jun 4, 2010
    466
    176
    68
    Military Pilot
    Mobile, AL
    Yeah, wasn't showing up. Then did about an hour later, and was loading to non available page, then about 20 minutes later was working.

    Ordered.


    Would have been nice to include a wifi antennae in the thing.
     
  13. jstcynske

    jstcynske Well-Known Member
    18

    May 28, 2010
    96
    20
    18
    Just ordered mine, we'll see how long it takes to get...
     
  14. Treknologist

    Treknologist Well-Known Member
    73

    Jun 16, 2011
    316
    81
    73
    Male
    Coral Gables, FL
    I don't know that I'll ever use it but since they are offering it for free, I ordered the dongle as well.
     
  15. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation
    163

    Jun 20, 2010
    2,872
    319
    163
    Just ordered mine, don't need it as I've never needed GPS on a tablet anyway.

    But might add value when I come to sell it, maybe.
     
  16. sgosnell

    sgosnell Well-Known Member
    38

    Jan 3, 2012
    112
    12
    38
    I ordered one, because it's free, but I expect to continue using my bluetooth GPS for navigation. That's the way to go, IMO, and you can get one for ~US$15 off ebay. Connecting via bluetooth uses less battery power than the internal GPS, and almost certainly less than the dongle, plus it has the benefit of leaving the connector free for charging.
     
  17. siggy1964

    siggy1964 Well-Known Member
    58

    Feb 13, 2012
    206
    21
    58
    Male
    Virginia
    I ordered mine yesterday. Geez that thing is big. I would rather have something that "looks" like an antennae but hey it's free.
     
  18. rsmin

    rsmin Well-Known Member
    38

    Nov 15, 2010
    136
    11
    38
    Thanks for the link. Ordered mine as well, even though I can't think of any reason to use it??
     
  19. siggy1964

    siggy1964 Well-Known Member
    58

    Feb 13, 2012
    206
    21
    58
    Male
    Virginia
    Which one do you have? I saw a couple on ebay.
     
  20. sgosnell

    sgosnell Well-Known Member
    38

    Jan 3, 2012
    112
    12
    38
    It's not an antenna, it's a gps receiver, with antenna. A GPS receiver doesn't need to be very large, but if you want good performance, you need a larger antenna than most cellphones have. Again, I'll probably put it in a drawer, and continue to use my bluetooth GPS receiver. It works, reliably, and has its own battery. Mine is a unit I bought several years ago, an F-Tech Solar receiver. I'm not sure it's even sold any longer. I found this review of it, FWIW. It also uses a standard Nokia cellphone battery, in case a replacement is needed.
     

Share This Page

Loading...