DeLorme Serial Emulator

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    "Outdated, manufacturer refuses to update"

    January 1, 2010  |   By Deborah_Lipsitz

    Pros

    Works well with older 32 bit versions of Windows (XP or earlier)

    Cons

    Incompatible with most versions of Vista (especially 64-bit)
    Incompatible with all versions of Windows 7
    No vendor support
    Do not attempt to install on Vista 64 or any version Windows 7

    Summary

    This is a software based serial port emulator that allows USB GPS devices to communicate with two or more applications at one time.

    Under Windows XP or earlier, the software works well with few problems. It essentially emulates, or pretends to be, one or more serial ports, splitting the NMEA GPS data stream from the USB port the hardware device is connected to. This allows both legacy applications and multiple applications to access the same data stream.

    I would use the emulator to split the data stream between DeLorme Street Atlas 2008, a USDOT log book program, and a compliance program that tracked my speed and location. Unfortunately, the XP machine was old enough that it simply couldn't accurately handle the speed requirements.

    So, when I updated the computer, I had to go with Vista (there were no XP based laptops left on the market). While DeLorme claims the emulator will work with Vista 32 bit OS's, I personally have never been able to get it to work with any version of Vista. The emulator will tell you it is not compatible, and then install itself anyway, generating errors every 15 seconds until uninstalled (which complicates the uninstall process).

    DeLorme does acknowledge the emulator application is NOT in any way able to run on any 64-bit operating system after Windows XP, nor will it work with any version of Windows 7. DeLorme has made quite clear to me that they have no intention of updating or continuing support of the emulator.

    To date, no one has created a serial emulator that works with Vista 64 bit, nor for Windows 7, that actually works, even a little bit. It's time these emulators go the way of the actual serial ports, and that software developers get with the times and make their applications work with the new technology and with the capabilities most of their users want.

    Updated on Apr 18, 2010

    UPDATE: DeLorme has opted to not support any version of Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit). They refuse all contact, so no explanation is available. With literally millions of truckers wanting this, the decision makes no sense. Sorry DeLorme, but after a year of patience, I'm done with you.

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