SN SN Windows client: Use Windows Location Services instead of COM port

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Steven Heicher

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I'm suggesting this because COM ports are depreciated in Windows 8 onwards, and to successfully use the client (or GR software for that matter), we need to install GPSGate to create virtual COM ports off of Windows Location API. I have already made the suggestion to Mike Gibson @ GR (personally), and using Windows Location Services eliminates the need to have GPSGate.
 

Lou Ruh

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I am not sure COM ports were deprecated in Windows 8. Do you have a link to where Microsoft said that? They still work fine in Windows 10 as far as I can tell.

On the other hand, not necessarily a bad idea to add Windows Location Service support, but, not at the expense of what already works.
 
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From what I read online, the COM ports are still there, just hidden. You have to select the option to unhide hidden devices.
 
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I forgot to note, I use a globalsat usb gps pick on Win 10 and GR detects it as a COM port just fine. No GPSGate needed. I agrre8than Windows Location Services support would be nice.
 

Lou Ruh

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From what I am reading, Windows now hides inactive COM ports (unless, as Randy said, you choose to unhide them) ... if they are active, they are not hidden. I have found nothing saying they are deprecated.