Specification on the Novatel Smart-AG can be found at http://www.novatel.com/smart-ag
The Novatel Smart-AG is automatically configured by selecting
the "Novatel Smart-AG" in the FarmerGPS setup.
This antenna is also part of the complete package offerings.
Outback (S and S2)
The Outback devices have a serial port on the right side. Order
a PC connection cable for the serial port from your Outback dealer
to go to your laptop (this should be a straight through serial cable,
however I have not been able to confirm this!) and configure the
following NMEA sequences to be send:
- RMC at 5 Hz intervals. RMC provides latitude and
- GGA is only required for the number of satellites
and altitude. It is not essential, set to 1 Hz.
See Outback S manual here.
Page 14 shows configuration settings for COM port 1 on the
Go to Config->Lightbar->Data Port Settings
set input to none
leave 8N1 alone
set baud to highest setting (38400?)
set output to 5Hz
leave GGA precision at 7
go to the exit and scroll up until it says NMEA output, select.
change VTG to off
change RMC to on
The StarFire provides GPS information to GreenStar components through the CAN bus. StarFire can also send GPS information to other controllers (non-John Deere) through RS232. The NMEA 0183 strings that are capable of being included in an RS232 signal from StarFire include GGA, GSA, RMC, ZDA, & VTG strings.
(FarmerGPS requires RMC and GGA. Turning off extra info always helps as your laptop has less to process, it may however not be necessary)
RMC at 5 Hz intervals. RMC provides latitude and longitude values
GGA is only required for the number of satellites and altitude. Its not essential, set to every 2s.
There are 2 ways you can change the NMEA Strings and Baud Rates
for RS232 on a StarFire receiver.
1. Hook the StarFire and a GreenStar Display up to a GreenStar Harness.
Go To Setup StarFire Page 2, the information on this
page is the RS232 information. You can change the following RS232
output settings on this page.
Serial Port Baud Rate 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400 (select 19200 or
even 38400, the faster the data comes to FarmerGPS the better)
Serial Port Output Rate 1, 5
Serial Port Message GGA on/off (ON)
Serial Port Message GSA on/off (OFF)
Serial Port Message RMC on/off (ON)
2. Hook the StarFire up to a computer with Laptop Harness, Part
number PF80388 (MIB 00-10-11), and utilize a program called StarFire
Desktop Configurator (sometimes called StarFire Config)
which is available from www.stellarsupport.com. When this program
is communicating with the StarFire, the NMEA strings, Baud rate,
and position update rate (hertz) can be changed.
StarFire Configurator is not compatible with TCM Today.
When hooking a StarFire up to a Laptop for use of Configurator use
the PF80364, StarFire Extension Harness.
Turning NMEA strings off or changing the Baud rate only
affects the information from the StarFire on RS232. The StarFire
data on CAN is not affected.
Installing FarmerGPS on your laptop is as simple as running FarmerGPS.msi.
Installing the hardware however requires a little work.
The photos below show some laptop mounts. I have used some light
square tubing and welded the mount based on the sizes of the laptop.
In order to keep the laptop cooler, I recommend leaving the back
somewhat open as can be seen on my pictures. The laptop is mounted
in a full upright position.
There are also laptop mounts available from various sites. Simply do a search on "laptop mounts".
At the bottom you can see some thick foam to soften the vibrations
of the tractor. I use a simple strap to keep the laptop in place
and to allow easy removal.
Novatel GPS receiver mount
||The picture on the left shows the GPS receiver mount on the
top of the cab. The Novatel receiver will simply screw onto
the bolt seen in the center (1" fine thread).
The GPS receiver must be installed in the center of your tractor/sprayer.
Further to the front or back does not matter, left or right however
does! (since you would create an offset to your center)