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Transferring files to the Scubapro Galileo G2 when travelling only with an iPad or iPhone

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches & Analyzers' started by Flying GS, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. Flying GS

    Flying GS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The title may be a bit specific and this method may apply to other dive computers and mobile devices but that’s what I tried, feel free to contribute your own experience...or questions.

    Given weight restrictions when travelling and resilience of computers with moving parts, an iPad is the ideal travel computer. Logging is possible wirelessly with apps such as Dive Log, but what about uploading a file to the dive computer such as an image or firmware update?

    Neat little hub devices are available that will connect wirelessly to your iPad and in turn connect via USB to your dive computer. I used the following combination:

    - Scubapro Galileo G2
    - RavPower FileHub Plus (RAVPower FileHub Plus, Wireless Travel Router, SD Card Reader USB Portable Hard Drive Companion, DLNA NAS Sharing Media Streamer 6700mAh External Battery Pack https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TI3WQJS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_jF8WBb09ZVNMZ)

    Typically, you would create (map drawing for example) or download (firmware update for example) the file you need to transfer to your dive computer and send it to the FileHub Plus app for storage on the iPad. The FileHub Plus device is then connected to the iPad via Wi-fi and the Galileo G2 connected to the FileHub Plus device using the standard USB cable. The Galileo G2 is set to “disk” and after a few seconds it appears as a new drive in the FileHub Plus app in the iPad. At that stage you simply copy the file(s) over to the dive computer!

    This specific hub device can charge the dive computer at the same time and is itself battery powered so you can even imagine doing this on a boat or by the pool!

    Sorry for the length but this nerdy topic does need some details!
     
  2. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    What do you use an image file on your dive computer for? Would it be something like taking a picture of a dive site map and then loading it so you can look at it on your dive computer during the dive? Is that really and truly useful, given the small screen of even somewhat large dive computers?

    I've never even thought about doing that before, so I am just curious about how you would use that feature.

    As for updating dive computer firmware while on a trip, that is something I simply would not do. Too risky. Any thing like that always has the potential, however small, to brick the computer. If there were new firmware available, I would wait until I got home to load it on my dive computer. If the computer was working when I started the trip, I would not mess with it (in that way) until the trip was done.
     
  3. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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    You could probably set up a raspberry pi with ssh from your cellphone and usb to your dive computer for about the same travel weight and money... but much more geekiness.
     
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  4. Flying GS

    Flying GS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United Kingdom
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    It’s all about geekiness! Indeed a 320*240 image on your wrist may not be all that useful but you never know, you may need that treasure map! More interesting is the fact that most people only need a tablet or phone day to day and that there is a way to update/interact with your dive computer without a big old PC.
     
  5. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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    They also need a dive computer that mounts as an external drive. Mine instead streams its logs over serial port at a press of a button, so that thing looks pretty useless to me. I wonder what other dive computers work as external drives: G2 and?
     
  6. Flying GS

    Flying GS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: United Kingdom
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    Well, not the Suunto Eon Core either. Is mounting as an external drive via USB exclusive to Scubapro Galileo G2?
     
  7. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lexington, SC
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    No. The (now defunct) Seabear H3 also works that way. There must be others. It is not exclusive to ScubaPro.
     

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