GPS Cable Connection – Anquet – Windows 7

The cables we sell, provide a USB Serial connection to and from the GPS unit. It is not possible to access the waypoints, tracks or routes on the GPS directly. You need some software in order to communicate with the GPS unit. Typical software include Anquet, Memory Map or Fugawi. Please note that you will have to purchase them from another supplier. It is possible to download free software such as Gartrip, GPS Babel or GPS Trackmaker.

In order to set up a working connection between your GPS and your computer, you firstly need to install the drivers. These are supplied on a mini CD along with the cable. If you have lost the mini CD, or cannot access it from your computer, and are using a eTrex Cable, this uses PL2303 USB-Serial converters, which can be downloaded from here. For the GPS 12, 38 and 40 cables, they require the CP210x drivers, which are available here. Once you have followed the instructions on the screen.

Once the drivers are installed, please insert the cable into a free USB slot. Once your computer has identified the drivers for the cable, you now need to identify the comm. port number which has been allocated to it. To do this go to The Windows Control panel – Start Menu – Control Panel.

Windows 7 Control Panel
Windows 7 Control Panel

Next choose “Hardware and Sound”, which should give you a screen like the one below:-

Windows 7 - Control Panel - Hardware and Sound
Windows 7 – Control Panel – Hardware and Sound

Next click on “Device Manager”, which will open a screen similar to this:-

Expand the “Ports” Section

Take a note of the Comm. Port Number as you will need it later on.

Open your GPS software. In this instance we are using Anquet.

Go to the “GPS” Menu and choose “Configure”.

Anquet V6 Software Configure Connection
Anquet V6 Software Configure Connection

In this instance we need to choose “Com 4”. Since we are using a Garmin GPS, the Protocol needs to be set to “Garmin”.

Go to “GPS Connection” and select “Manually Setup your GPS”

Anquet V6 Software - Select USB Comm Port
Anquet V6 Software – Select USB Comm Port

In this instance we need to choose “Com 4”. Since we are using a Garmin GPS, the Protocol needs to be set to “Garmin”.

Once these are set, press “Test”.

If you are successful in creating a connection, you should see a message saying something like “Found eTrex ………..” as seen in the screenshot above. You can now upload/download Waypoints, Tracks and Routes between you computer and GPS.