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Version 4.2.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.2.0 - v.4.2.0 - 17.99 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on April 3, 2014 to the 4.2.0 version, an upgrade from version 4.1.0.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices as well as Apple iPhones.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 4.1.0 to 4.2.0

  • Added support for new aviation database format

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 4.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.1.0 - v.4.1.0 - 17.99 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on October 23, 2013 to the 4.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 4.0.4.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices as well as Apple iPhones.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 4.0.4 to 4.1.0

  • Fixed an issue with Base64 decoding that caused last character in the stream to be ignored

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Turn a D-Link DIR-655 Router into a Secondary Access Point

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My house has unique networking challenge.  I have a primary single-story structure built in 1915, and a separate, secondary structure that we have remodeled into an entertainment/game room.  Running ethernet cable throughout the old house was problematic enough.  The studs, wall plates, and headers were not standardized and predictable like newer homes.  Running ethernet outside of the house was required for some rooms.  I then ran a 150-foot shielded category 6 ethernet cable (suitable for underground installation) along with the power lines that feed the game room.  I had two D-Link DIR-655 Wireless N routers, and I wanted the first one to be the router connecting to our Time Warner broadband connection.  I wanted the second DIR-655 to act as a switch and wireless access point in the game room.  This sounds like it should be easy enough to accomplish, but by default the two routers want similar IP addresses and do similar things, so if you have them both powered on the same network at the same time, you might find yourself administering one router one second and the other router the next!

I found a post on the D-Link forums that provides step-by-step direction to make this configuration as simple as possible.  It’s such a useful set of instructions I am going to summarize it here:

  1. Plug the power into the access point router. Connect one of your computers to the router (LAN port) using an Ethernet cable.
  2. Open a web browser and enter http://192.168.0.1 and press Enter. When the login window appears, set the user name to Admin and leave the password box empty. Click Log In to continue. (Note: these are the D-Link default values.  If you have changed the default IP address or Admin password, substitute the appropriate values)
  3. Click on Advanced and then click Advanced Network. Uncheck the Enable UPnP checkbox. Click Save Settings to continue.
  4. Click Setup and then click Network Settings. Uncheck the Enable DHCP Server checkbox. Click Save Settings to continue. Ensure to disable all of the following options as they will be no longer needed or usable while using this mode: Virtual Server, Application and Port Forward Rules, Access Control and Web Filters, SPI and Firewall, WISH and WPS.
  5. Under Setup or Basic/Networking, enter an available IP address (192.168.0.50-.59 is recommended by D-Link) and the subnet mask of your network, usually 255.255.255.0 or .255. Click Save Settings to save your settings. Use this new IP address to access the configuration utility of the access point router in the future. Also turn off or disable other features on the access point router (Port Forwarding, Firewall, WISH, WPS and any email logging). Save the settings. Close the browser.
  6. Connect an ethernet cable in one of the LAN ports of the access point router and connect it to one of the LAN ports in your host router. Do not plug anything into the Internet (WAN) port of the router that your turning into an access point. Use the LAN ports only.
  7. You may now use the other 3 LAN ports of the access point router to connect other ethernet devices and computers (it acts as a switch). To configure your wireless network, open a web browser and enter the IP address (192.168.0.50) you assigned to the access point router. Recommend using Mixed G and N or Single G or N modes.  That’s it!

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The author provided another good tip: You can use the same SSID between the host router and the access point router. Make sure you do not use the same channel. Host router set for 1 or 6 and the access point router set for 6 or 11. This works perfectly at all times and your wireless card will select the AP with the best connection. This will enable you to walk around with your laptop/wireless device and only have 1 connection configured and always have the best signal strength connection where ever you are located in the house.

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Make Your AMD-Based Video Card Fill Your Flat Panel Display When Using a HDMI Cable

AMD Radeon GraphicsI have been building my own PCs at home for the last twenty years.  My current system includes an XFX CORE Edition HD7850 video card and an Asus VE276Q 27-Inch LCD Monitor.  I recently decided to switch the DVI cable, which I have used for years, for a HDMI cable.  The switch was easy enough; all I had to do was replace the cable, then tell the Asus flat panel that I wanted to display output from the HDMI cable.  I noticed however, that even though this is a 1080p monitor and the 7850 can easily output 1080p, that the Windows desktop did not extend to the edges of the screen.  Everything looked correct in the ATI Catalyst Control Center – all components were running at 1080p.  So why wasn’t Windows utilizing the whole Screen?

It wasn’t a Windows issue.  There is a setting in the ATI Catalyst Control Center that resolved my issue.  In the ATI Catalyst Control Center (I’m on Catalyst Version 13.1 and Catalyst Control Center Version 2012.1219.1521.27485), I expanded My Digital Flat Panels, then chose Scaling Options (Digital Flat Panel).  My system was set at about an 8% underscan.  I merely moved the slider over to a 0% overscan and clicked apply, and I was using all of my flat panel’s real estate again.

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Version 4.0.4 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.0.4 - v.4.0.4 - 17.98 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on November 14, 2012 to the 4.0.4.0 version, an upgrade from version 4.0.3.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 4.0.3 to 4.0.4

  • Modified aviation updates to work on all platforms

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 4.0.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v4.0.1 - v.4.0.1 - 14.23 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on January 9, 2012 to the 4.0.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 3.0.1.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

  • Garmin Communicator supports Windows XP and later
  • Supports Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 5+, or Chrome 8+
  • This download only supports Windows computers. For the Mac download of Garmin Communicator Plugin click here
  • This software requires Windows Media Player 11 or greater (a free download from Microsoft).

Changes made from version 3.0.1 to 4.0.1:

  • Added 64 bit browser support
  • Fixed workout and profile transfer issues with eNewLeaf
  • Fixed workout transfer issue with FIT devices like Forerunner 610.
  • Fixed Windows XP only transfer issues with FIT devices.

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 3.0.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v3.0.1 - v.3.0.1 - 7.03 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on August 2, 2011 to the 3.0.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.9.3.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.  It is not compatibe with 64-bit browsers, but it does now support Google Chrome!

Changes made from version 2.9.3 to 3.0.1:

  • Added support for new devices
  • Added support for detecting association between memory card and its host device
  • Fixed issues related to detecting and updating GTU 10 devices

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 2.9.3.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.9.3.0 - v.2.9.3.0 - 5.96 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on November 10, 2010 to the 2.9.3.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.9.2.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.  It is also still not compatible with the Google Chrome browser.

Changes made from version 2.9.2 to 2.9.3:

  • Fixed debug logging that was broken in Windows
  • Fixed a number of Workout transfer issues
  • Added support for GTN aviation updates

Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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Version 2.9.2.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.9.2.0 - v.2.9.2.0 - 5.68 MB

 Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on April 6, 2010 to the 2.9.2.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.9.1.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.

Changes made from version 2.9.1 to 2.9.2:

    • Added support for 2GB aviation data cards.
    • Made GetBinaryFile function available to non-Garmin websites.
    • Switching to indeterminate progress if the calculated progress is greater than 100%.

      Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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      Version 2.9.1.0 of the Garmin Communicator Plugin Available

      Garmin Communicator Plugin v2.9.1.0 - v.2.9.1.0 - 4.98 MB

       Garmin International, Inc.Garmin updated its Communicator Plugin on November 10, 2009 to the 2.9.1.0 version, an upgrade from version 2.8.3.  The Garmin Communicator Plugin is a free internet browser plugin that sends and retrieves data from Garmin GPS devices.  The Garmin Communicator can send and retrieve data from any supported website.

      The plugin works with IBM-compatible PCs running Windows® XP or Vista operating systems with Internet Explorer 6+ or Firefox 1.5+ Intel-based or PowerPC G3 or later Mac OS 10.4 or later with Firefox 2.0+ or Safari 2.0.  It is not compatible with Windows 2000 computers and will not install and/or function properly.

      Changes made from version 2.8.3 to 2.9.1:

      • Added support for aviation devices like G3X/G300 and aera.
      • Added support for AOPA aviation updates.

      Garmin’s Communicator Plugin page is located at http://www8.garmin.com/products/communicator/

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