How to Connect MaxSea to My GPS With a USB Port

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How to Connect MaxSea to My GPS With a USB Port
Connect your GPS to your computer and max out its oceangoing potential. (gps navigator image by Galyna Andrushko from

MaxSea is a software program that provides real-time marine navigating and overlapping weather reports--details that are often lacking from store-bought GPS receivers, especially if they weren't made for maritime uses. You can install MaxSea on most GPS devices, for a fee to the U.K.-based MaxSea company, but before you do it, make sure you're operating with the most modern firmware for your GPS device. Then you can either install your MaxSea base maps via CD or by downloading the program to your computer, then using your USB cable to install it to your device.

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Things you need

  • USB connector

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  1. 1

    Upgrade your firmware. Navigate to your GPS manufacturer's support website and click on the link for "Map Updates" or "Software Upgrades." Most major manufacturers regularly update their devices' firmware or operating system to keep them receptive to modern mapping technology. This helps your device run smoothly for free--and helps the company court you for non-free upgrades down the road.

    Click on the software upgrade for your device and select "Save File." Place the file on your computer.

  2. 2

    Turn on your GPS device. Connect it via USB cable to your computer. Double-click on the firmware upgrade icon, click on "Run" and follow the prompts to unlock your old firmware program and install the new one on your device.

  3. 3

    Get your MaxSea software on board, for £650 (U.S.) as of November 2010. Navigate to the company's online store (see the Resources section), and select "Buy MaxSea Time Zero." Choose at the top of the page the option to have it shipped via "Download" and not "Physical" (in the latter case, you will be shipped a CD for installation).

  4. 4

    Provide your personal information and pay. Press on the "Download" link on the page you are directed to. Choose to "Save File" and put it on your computer.

  5. 5

    Double-click on the file after it has downloaded, then select "Run." Follow the program's prompts to install the new maps on your GPS device.

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