How does GPS work on a Laptop – Internal and External Receivers for Laptops
People use laptop GPS tracking systems to keep an eye on remote object(s), to track their own position, mapping and even gaming (geocaching, for example). You can even keep an eye on your home from any remote area. This Bright Hub article explains how to use alarm GPS and laptop to remote secure your home.
Coming back to how GPS works on a laptop, there are two methods. The first method is slightly tough. You need to fix the receiver inside the laptop and install the GPS software (this may require a technician). Once you install the software, you can use the GPS software to pinpoint locations, create mapping points, track any object, or to know your own position ("Where am I"). You do not really need a GPS transmitter unless you wish to track anything. In this case, you attach the transmitter to the object you wish to track.
The other method is to use an external GPS device that you can connect to the laptop using Bluetooth (wireless), USB (GPS dongles), or even PCMCIA cards (wired connections).
Though there are several GPS receivers on the market, I recommend the DeLorme Earthmate GPS LT-40 & Street Atlas USA 2010 for internal GPS laptop receiver. It not only offers you laptop GPS tracking but also plenty of customizable maps. You can use it on land, air and even on seas.
If you do not want an internal GPS receiver, you may use the Garmin Mobile 20 laptop GPS tracking system. You can use it with both Smartphones and laptops. To use the Garmin Mobile 20 GPS on a laptop, just insert its data card into the laptop. Once it is in and you install the mobile software, you can connect to the Mobile 20 using Bluetooth and enjoy all GPS features: be it tracking, monitoring, gaming, or locating points of interest (POI).
To sum up, it is not a tough answer when it comes to the question "how does GPS work on a laptop?" It is almost the same as using GPS cell phones. You can either connect a GPS receiver into the laptop system or use external GPS gadgets that connect to laptop via Bluetooth, USB, or PCMCIA. Once the connection is established, you can always enjoy laptop GPS tracking on a bigger screen.