Connecting SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS to Windows XP SP3

Thank you for using SolidSync Network/Bluetooth GPS, the quick and easy way to get location data over Bluetooth and TCP/IP from an Android mobile device running Android 2.0 or higher. This guide walks through the steps necessary to connect Network/Bluetooth GPS to a computer using the stock Windows XP SP3 Bluetooth interfaces.

The steps below were performed using a computer running Windows XP SP3 and using the default Microsoft bluetooth driver implementation. You can verify you have a compatible system by opening the Device Manager: click the Start button, select the Run menu item, then type devmgmt.msc to open the Device Manager. The device manager will show a tree of device classes: expand the Bluetooth Devices option as shown in Figure 1 below. There should be a tree item with a name that starts with Microsoft Bluetooth Enumerator or something similar.

Figure 1: stock Windows XP SP3 Bluetooth devices information.

If you are using a different version, the menus and screens may be different from what is shown below.


Tap the Network/Bluetooth GPS icon on the phone to start the application. If this is the first time the application has been started, the app will appear as shown in Figure 2 below, otherwise it will appear as in Figure 3 below. After reading through the help file, tap the OK button.

Figure 2: initial startup screen

Tap the service Start button to start the GPS service, as shown in Figure 3 below.

Figure 3: GPS service started

Tap the Bluetooth Start button to start the Bluetooth service, as shown in Figure 4 below.

Figure 4: Bluetooth service started

Tap the Menu button to open the application menu as shown in Figure 5 below.

Figure 5: application menu

Tap the Make Device Discoverable menu item as shown in Figure 6 below.

Figure 6: make device discoverable menu item

A confirmation request will pop up as shown in Figure 7 below.

Figure 7: confirmation request to make device discoverable

Tap OK to confirm the request: an indication will show up as in Figure 8 below.

Figure 8: device discoverable confirmation message

On the Windows XP computer, double click on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray to open up the Bluetooth Devices window as shown in Figure 9 below. If there is no Bluetooth icon in the system tray you can open up the Control Panel and double click the Bluetooth Devices icon.

Figure 9: Bluetooth Devices window

Click on the Add button to start the search for the handset as shown in Figure 10 below. Make sure the option My device is setup and ready to be found is checked, then click the Next button.

Figure 10: Starting the Add Bluetooth Device Wizard

A search dialog will appear as in Figure 11 below.

Figure 11: Searching for Bluetooth devices

Once the phone is found, it will be shown as in Figure 12 below.

Figure 12: device found

Double click on the device to open the pairing window as shown in Figure 13 below. Select the Choose a passkey for me option, then click the Next button.

Figure 13: pairing information window

Once you confirm the request, a pairing initiation dialog will appear as shown in Figure 14 below.

Figure 14: pairing initiation dialog

On the phone, a notification will appear to indicate that a pairing request was received, as shown in Figure 15 below.

Figure 15: pairing request received on phone

Tap the pairing request notification and you will be prompted to confirm or deny the request as shown in Figure 16 below.

Figure 16: confirm pairing request

Once you confirm the pairing, the pairing wizard will complete as shown in Figure 17 below. Click the Finish button to close the window.

Figure 17: Bluetooth pairing successful!

The Bluetooth Devices window will now show the phone as in Figure 18 below.

Figure 18: Bluetooth Devices window with phone

Select the phone and click the Properties button to open the device properties as shown in Figure 19 below.

Figure 19: device properties window for phone

Select the Services tab. After a moment of searching the service will be found as shown in Figure 20 below.

Figure 20: newly discovered serial port service

Click the checkbox and then click the Apply button. The computer will configure the connection and assign a serial port as shown in Figure 21 below.

Figure 21: connected!

The connection is setup. Click the OK button to close the windows.

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