How to Interface a Garmin eTrex Summit GPS With a Computer

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How to Interface a Garmin eTrex Summit GPS With a Computer
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Although Garmin's eTrex Summit GPS originally debuted in 2001, it remains a capable device that combines an internal compass and altimeter with a GPS. The unit uses a proprietary Garmin RS-232 connection that makes it a bit difficult to connect to a computer. Users need a special transfer cable and Garmin software to interface with the device. Garmin's BaseCamp software allows you to transfer routes and waypoints between the GPS and your computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Garmin RS-232 transfer cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Press the "Page" button on your GPS until you reach the "Menu" screen. Select "Setup" and press "Enter." Select "Interface" and press "Enter." Highlight "Garmin" and press "Enter." Your GPS is now configured to transfer data with a PC.

  2. 2

    Download, install and open Garmin BaseCamp. A link to the software is provided in the Resources section of this article.

  3. 3

    Connect your GPS to your PC with the RS-232 transfer cable.

  4. 4

    Select your device in the library panel on the left side of the screen. Select the items on your device that you'd like to transfer to your computer. Select "Send To" from the "Edit" menu and select the list where you'd like to transfer the items. Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Select the items in your library that you'd like to transfer to your device. Select "Send To" from the "Edit" menu and select your device. Click "OK."

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