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Rpi Neo-6M / Neo-8M GPS Module Setup / Fix / Update Problems

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Hi i’m tryng to change the update rate of my gps tracker(neo 6m ublok) i know the byte that i need to send are 0xB5,0x62,0x06,0x08,0x06,0x00,0xC8,0x00,0x01,0x00,0x01,0x00,0xDE,0x6A

i’ve tried echo -e "\xB5\x62\x06\x08\x06\x00\xC8\x00\x01\x00\x01\x00\xDE\x6A" > /dev/ttyAMA0

and with the service stopped i also tryed with a program in c

        #include <stdio.h>
        #include <fcntl.h>   /* File Control Definitions           */
        #include <termios.h> /* POSIX Terminal Control Definitions */
        #include <unistd.h>  /* UNIX Standard Definitions          */ 
        #include <errno.h>   /* ERROR Number Definitions           */

        void main(void)
                int fd;/*File Descriptor*/

                printf("\n +----------------------------------+");
                printf("\n |        Serial Port Write         |");
                printf("\n +----------------------------------+");

                /*------------------------------- Opening the Serial Port -------------------------------*/

                /* Change /dev/ttyUSB0 to the one corresponding to your system */

                fd = open("/dev/ttyAMA0",O_RDWR | O_NOCTTY | O_NDELAY); /* ttyUSB0 is the FT232 based USB2SERIAL Converter   */
                                                                        /* O_RDWR Read/Write access to serial port           */
                                                                        /* O_NOCTTY - No terminal will control the process   */
                                                                        /* O_NDELAY -Non Blocking Mode,Does not care about-  */
                                                                        /* -the status of DCD line,Open() returns immediatly */                                        

                if(fd == -1)                                            /* Error Checking */
                   printf("\n  Error! in Opening ttyUSB0  ");
                   printf("\n  ttyUSB0 Opened Successfully ");

                /*---------- Setting the Attributes of the serial port using termios structure --------- */

                struct termios SerialPortSettings;      /* Create the structure                          */

                tcgetattr(fd, &SerialPortSettings);     /* Get the current attributes of the Serial port */

                cfsetispeed(&SerialPortSettings,B9600); /* Set Read  Speed as 9600                       */
                cfsetospeed(&SerialPortSettings,B9600); /* Set Write Speed as 9600                       */

                SerialPortSettings.c_cflag &= ~PARENB;   /* Disables the Parity Enable bit(PARENB),So No Parity   */
                SerialPortSettings.c_cflag &= ~CSTOPB;   /* CSTOPB = 2 Stop bits,here it is cleared so 1 Stop bit */
                SerialPortSettings.c_cflag &= ~CSIZE;    /* Clears the mask for setting the data size             */
                SerialPortSettings.c_cflag |=  CS8;      /* Set the data bits = 8                                 */

                SerialPortSettings.c_cflag &= ~CRTSCTS;       /* No Hardware flow Control                         */
                SerialPortSettings.c_cflag |= CREAD | CLOCAL; /* Enable receiver,Ignore Modem Control lines       */ 

                SerialPortSettings.c_iflag &= ~(IXON | IXOFF | IXANY);          /* Disable XON/XOFF flow control both i/p and o/p */
                SerialPortSettings.c_iflag &= ~(ICANON | ECHO | ECHOE | ISIG);  /* Non Cannonical mode                            */

                SerialPortSettings.c_oflag &= ~OPOST;/*No Output Processing*/

                if((tcsetattr(fd,TCSANOW,&SerialPortSettings)) != 0) /* Set the attributes to the termios structure*/
                    printf("\n  ERROR ! in Setting attributes");
                    printf("\n  BaudRate = 9600 \n  StopBits = 1 \n  Parity   = none");

                /*------------------------------- Write data to serial port -----------------------------*/

                char write_buffer[] = "A";      /* Buffer containing characters to write into port           */
                unsigned char packet[] = { 0xB5,  0x62, 

        0x06, // 

        0x08, // 

        0x06, // length

        0x00, // 

        0x64, // measRate, hex 64 = dec 100 ms

        0x00, // 

        0x01, // navRate, always =1

        0x00, // 

        0x01, // timeRef, stick to GPS time (=1)

        0x00, // 

        0x7A, // CK_A

        0x12, // CK_B

                int  bytes_written  = 0;        /* Value for storing the number of bytes written to the port */ 
                //for(int i=0;i<14;i=i+1){
                //      printf(packet[i]);
                bytes_written = write(fd,packet,sizeof(packet));/* use write() to send data to port                                            */
                                                                             /* "fd"                   - file descriptor pointing to the opened serial port */
                                                                             /* "write_buffer"         - address of the buffer containing data              */
                                                                             /* "sizeof(write_buffer)" - No of bytes to write                               */
                char buf [100];
int n = read (fd, buf, sizeof buf);
                printf("\n  %s written to ttyUSB0",write_buffer);
                printf("\n  %d Bytes written to ttyUSB0", bytes_written);
                printf("\n +----------------------------------+\n\n");

                close(fd);/* Close the Serial port */


and with python

import serial
#from serial import Serial

import time

import string

import pynmea2

ser=serial.Serial(port, baudrate=9600 ,   parity=serial.PARITY_NONE,



#serdata= bytearray([0xB5,0x62,0x06,0x08,0x06,0x00,0xC8,0x00,0x01,0x00,0x01,0x00,0xDE,0x6A,0xB5,0x62,0x06,0x01,0x08,0x00,0xF0,0x01,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x01,0x01,0x2B]) #0x06"0x00"0xC8"0x00"0x01"0x00"0x01"0x00"0xDE"0x6A"

#serdata= bytearray([0xB5,0x62,0x06,0x08,0x06,0x00,0xC8,0x00,0x01,0x00,0x01,0x00,0xDE,0x6A])
#ser.write(bytes([181,98,6,8,6,0,100,0,1,0,1,0,122,18])) # 5hz
#ser.write(bytearray([181, 98, 6, 1, 8, 0, 240, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 43])) #GxGLL off
while True:


        #ser=serial.Serial(port, baudrate=9600, timeout=0.5)

        dataout = pynmea2.NMEAStreamReader()

        #print(newdata[0:6] == "$GPRMC")
        if (newdata[0:6] == b"$GPRMC"):


                gps = "Latitude=" + str(lat) + "and Longitude=" + str(lng)


but nothig change the navigation update rate of the device

all of the byte code came from the manual of the device

and this

and this


EDIT: i’ve tryed both of the response but none of them worked  what i have to do if i want to connect with usb instread of uart

EDIT2: i have tryed both usb to the raspberry and the pc with the u center but none of this changed the rate of the gps!! edit 3: no luck i’ve tryed eaven an update of the firmware but nothing it’s like it dose not like changing configuration

Setup pipes

Firmware update tool launched

 -p STDIO -b 9600:9600:9600 -F "C:\Program Files (x86)\u-blox\u-center_v20.01\flash.xml" -s 1 -t 1 -v 1 "D:\dowload\EXT_G60_LEA-6H.fd1146bafac24b1347701312d42bb698.bin"

----------CMD line arguments-----------

Image file:        D:\dowload\EXT_G60_LEA-6H.fd1146bafac24b1347701312d42bb698.bin
Flash:             <compiled-in>
Fis:               C:\Program Files (x86)\u-blox\u-center_v20.01\flash.xml
Port:              STDIO
Baudrates:         9600/9600/9600
Safeboot:          1
Reset:             1
AutoBaud:          0
Verbose:           1
Erase all:         1
Erase only:        0
Training sequence: 1
Chip erase:        0
Merging FIS:       0
Update RAM:        0
Use USB alt:       0

  0.0 u-blox Firmware Update Tool version 19.03

  0.0 Updating Firmware 'D:\dowload\EXT_G60_LEA-6H.fd1146bafac24b1347701312d42bb698.bin' of receiver over 'STDIO'
  0.0   - Opening and buffering image file

  0.0   - Verifying image

  0.0 Image (file size 395996) for u-blox6 accepted

  0.0 Image Ver '7.03 (45970) Mar 17 2011 16:26:24'
  0.0   - CRC= 0x10F85FE1 0xF912EA5A
  0.0   - Trying to open port STDIO

  0.0   - Setting baudrate to 9600

  0.2   - Sending training sequence

  1.2   - Retry poll

  2.2   - Retry poll

  3.2   - Retry poll

  3.2 ERROR: Version poll failed.

  3.2 Firmware Update FAILED

Firmware Update Utility has unexpectedly terminated

Exit code (2)

these are the connector and the multimeter sat between the first and the last 3.2-3.3 pythonserialcgpsShareEditFollowCloseFlagedited Sep 3 ’20 at 4:38tlfong013,75233 gold badges88 silver badges2222 bronze badgesasked Jun 18 ’20 at 12:12awaska2377 bronze badges

  • Hi @awaska, Welcome and nice to meet you. Ah, let me see. (1) Can I assume that you have setup your Neo6 and that cgps and xgps run OK? If yes, then your serial setup should be default 9600, 8N1, (2) Can I assume that you know you are using ttySerial0 or ttyUSB by setting the gps config file? (2) Suppose you are using ttyUSB0, and using python to send the bytes to change nav rate for 1Hz to 5Hz. (3) One troubleshooting trcik you might use is to do the serial loopback test, with (a) Neo6 removed from serial port. (b) short TxD to RxD and see if Rx loopback Tx. / to continue, … – tlfong01 Jun 18 ’20 at 13:24   
  • 1hi thanks for the responi connected my gps trough uart, i can read the message of the gps with no problem using cat or the python program, i’ve tryed the serial loopback and it works i’ve shorted the 2 pin and if i do echo "test" > /dev/serial0 and cat -v < /dev/serial0 i can see test so the serial is working, i’ve tryed trougth the u-center with network serial for controlling the gps but still the gps won’t change i’ve retryed with bash ans the hex directly given from the u-center but still the update rate won’t change, is wrong how i wrote the code in python for writing the hex? – awaska Jun 18 ’20 at 15:18 
  • 1What you send to/dev/ttyAMA0 with echo is not a byte. – Ingo Jun 18 ’20 at 17:40
  • 1when i tryed to send byte the serial gose crazy and start to repeat the message and after some time i can’t write anything and when i read the serial is just brakeline, i have the jumper, and after reboot when i send echo -e -n "\xB5\x62\x06\x01\x08\x00\xF0\x01\x01\x00\x00\x01\x01\x00\x03\x35" > /dev/serial0 echo -e -n "\xB5\x62" > /dev/serial0 i read nothing from the serial cat -v < /dev/serial0 but if i send echo "test" > /dev/serial0 strange stuff append, the word test is repited multiple time with incrising space – awaska Jun 18 ’20 at 19:48 
  • 1this is the resul of cat -v < /dev/serial0 test test test test test test test – awaska Jun 18 ’20 at 19:52 

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2 Answers



How can Rpi change Neo-6M / 8M GPS measurement/navigation update rates?


Update 2020jul01hkt1345

The OP uses a python program to change the update rate but has no luck. His python program imports pynmea2 to handle the RMC sentence.

Now I am trying to repeat the python program and see if the program works. I am using Knio’s pynmea2 (Ref 37)

Short Answer


Part A - Using ublox u-centre

Part B - Using Rpi CuteCom

Part C - Using Thonny python

Part A – Using u-center to do the frequency setting

u-center screen below shows if measurement frequency is set to 0.25Hz, then the test measurements repeats every 4 seconds.

Part B – Using cuteCom to send UBX message to change update rate to 4 seconds

(1) Try end measurement/navigation frequency command with the two check sum bytes. See Appendix E for an example to calculate the check sum for a update rate to 4000mS command.

(2) Try end UBX message with CR, LF. (update – CR, LF is not necessary for hex input, only necessary for text input)

Note – it is much more newbie friendly to use GUI Rpi terminal emulator cuteCom than CLI bash echo and cat.

I have compiled a command message to set the measurement rate to 4 seconds. Then I used cuteCom to input the 14 byte command string to Neo-8M serial. Neo-8M accepted the command and measurement rate became 4 seconds.

set update rate

Part C – Using Rpi4B Thonny Python to set Neo-8M/7M update rate


(1) pySerial Short Introduction

(2) pySerial API

Now I am thinking of using thonny python 3.7.3 to set the Neo-8M/7M measurement update rates. To make things simple, I will only handle the RMC and ZDA sentences, as shown below:

update 4000mS

neo-7m test


(1) NEO-M6 Receiver Description Including Protocol Specification – ublox

(2) NEO-M6 GPS NMEA message parsing in python (with checksum calculation) – tomazas/nmea_ublox.py 2015

(3) NEO-M6 How to update system Date & Time from GPS in python (with checksum calculation) – 2016dec15

(4) NEO-M8 Receiver description Including protocol specification R19 – 2020may14

(5) NEO-M8 concurrent GNSS modules Product sheet R07 – 2020apr30

(6) NEO-M8 GNSS modules Hardware integration manual R07 – 2020may20

(7) Fletcher’s Checksum – Wikipedia

(8) Fletcher’s Checksum – TutorialsPoint

(9) Endianness (Big and Little Endian) -Wikipedia

(10) Enabling/disabling NMEA sentences on u-Blox gps receiver? – GIS SE Q&A Asked 2016jun17 Viewed 13k times

(11) Getting Started with U-Center for u-blox – SparkFun

(12) SparkFun GPS-RTK Board – NEO-M8P-2 – US$200

(13) GPS-RTK Hookup Guide – SparkFun

(14) What is GPS RTK? – SparkFun

(15) Enable or disable NMEA datasets in u-blox GPS module – HandHeldGroup 2018apr18

(16) Enabling/disabling NMEA sentences on u-Blox gps receiver? – Asked 4 years ago, Viewed 13k times

(17) GIS StackExchange

(18) NMEA 0183 – Wikipedia

(19) NMEA (National Marines Electronics Association) Official Web Site

(20) NMEA 0183 V4.10 Standard – NMEA

(21) NMEA v3.01 data – gpsInfo.org

(22) Global Positioning System, Principle and Practices – Satheesh Gopi, McGraw-Hill 2005

(23) BeiDou – Wikipedia

(24) NEO-M9N module product summary – u-blox

(25) Multiple UART/serial loopback program v0.00 tlfong01 2019jun03

(26) NEO-6M NEO-7M Double sided GPS Mini Module NEO-M8N Satellite positioning microcontroller SCM MCU development board for Arduino US$6

(27) AliExpress USB to TTL adapter USB to serial converter with real FTDI USB UART IC FT232RL – US$2.4

(28) AliExpress TZT FT232 FT232BL FT232RL USB 2.0 to TTL level download cable to serial card adapter Module 5V 3.3V – US$1.6

(29) UbloxRAW – UBX messages providing raw measurements – OpenStreetMap

(30) AllStar GNSS Receiver Protocol Specification V2.3 – AllStar, China Electronics

(31) NEO-6M GPS Module (5V Vcc, with schematic) – SunFounder

(32) NEO-6M u-blox 6 GPS Modules Data Sheet

(33) NEO-7M u-blox 7 Receiver Description Including Protocol Specification V14 – 2018jun15

(34) NEO-7M u-blox 7 GNSS modules Data Sheet R07 – ublox 2014nov11

(35) NEO-7M series Product Info (7M has no programmable flash, No BeiDou)

(36) NEO-7M UART GPS NEO-7M-C User Manual – WaveShare

(37) Knio/pynmea2 a python library for the NMEA 0183 protocol (Python 2.7, 3.4+ compatible) – Knio, GitHub 2020mar22

(38) NMEA0183 pynmea2/NMEA0183.pdf

(39) AT100 GPS-GPRS Vehicle Tracking Device – Astra Telematics

(40) AT100 GPS-GPRS Telematics Module NMEA Command Reference R3.0 – Astra Telematics 2009Oct


Appendix A – Set rates

set rates

Appendix B – UBX Checksum

ubx checksum

Appendix C – NEO-8M Set Measurement and Navigation Update Rates

neo8m set rate

Appendix D – UBX Checksum Program

checksum 1

Appendix E – Python program to calculate checksum

# fletcher_chksum02.py Fletcher 8-bit checksum - tlfong01  2020jun22hkt2147

# *** NEO-6M/8M IBX Message Examples ***
# --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# synC1 synC2 class id    length      measRate    navRate     timeRef     checkSum   measurement update rate
# --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# 0xb5, 0x62, 0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0x64, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0x7A, 0x12 measRate 0x64  = 100ms  = 0.1 sec
# 0xB5, 0x62, 0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xC8, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0xDE, 0x6A measRate 0xc8  = 212ms  = 0.2 sec
# 0xB5, 0x62, 0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xa0, 0x0f, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0xC5, 0xC5 measRate 0xfa0 = 4000ms = 4.0 sec
# --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

dataByteList01 = [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0x64, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]
dataByteList02 = [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xC8, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]
dataByteList03 = [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xa0, 0x0f, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00] # measRate = 0xa0 0x0f = 0xfa0 = d4000

def calcCheckSum(dataByteList):
    ckA = 0
    ckB = 0
    for dataByte in dataByteList:
        ckA = ckA + dataByte
        ckB = ckB + ckA
    ckA = ckA & 0xff
    ckB = ckB & 0xff
    print(hex(ckA), hex(ckB))


# *** End of program ***

Appendix F – NMEA v3.01 data – gpsInfo.org

NMEA v3.01 data – gpsInfo.org

nmea sen 1a1

nmea sen 2b1

Appendix G – RMC, DZA Sentences Screen Capture

u-centre rmc zda msg

Appendix H – Dual Neo-8M Setup

dual neo 8m setup

Appendix I – Python Calculate Checksums for UBX Commands to Set Update Rates to 1, 2, and 4 Seconds

# Program:
#   neo8m_test08.py  tlfong01  2020jun29hk1617

# *** Neo8M GPS Module Test Functions ***

# [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xe8, 0x03, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]],
# ['Two   Seconds Update Rate', [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xd0, 0x07, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]],
# ['Four  Seconds Update Rate', [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xa0, 0x0f, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]

ubxNameCommandList = [ ['One   Second  Update Rate', [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xe8, 0x03, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]],
                       ['Two   Seconds Update Rate', [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xd0, 0x07, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]],
                       ['Four  Seconds Update Rate', [0x06, 0x08, 0x06, 0x00, 0xa0, 0x0f, 0x01, 0x00, 0x01, 0x00]]

def calcFletcher8BitCheckSum(dataByteListName, dataByteList):
    ckA = 0
    ckB = 0
    for dataByte in dataByteList:
        ckA = ckA + dataByte
        ckB = ckB + ckA
    ckA = ckA & 0xff
    ckB = ckB & 0xff
    print('  ', dataByteListName, ' ', convertOneByteNumToFourCharStr(ckA), convertOneByteNumToFourCharStr(ckB))

def convertOneByteNumToFourCharStr(oneByteNum):
    tempStr = ((hex(oneByteNum))[2:])
    if (len(tempStr) != 2):
        tempStr = '0' + tempStr
    fourCharStr = '0x' + tempStr
    return fourCharStr

def testCalcChecksum():
    testTitle = 'Calculate UBX Command Checksum'
    print('\nBegin Test', testTitle)
    print('   -------------------------------------')
    print('   Command Name                Check sum')
    print('   -------------------------------------')
    for ubxNameCommand in ubxNameCommandList:
      ubxCommandName = ubxNameCommand[0]
      ubxCommand = ubxNameCommand[1]
      calcFletcher8BitCheckSum(ubxCommandName, ubxCommand)
    print('   -------------------------------------')
    print('End Test.')
# *** Sample output  tlfong01  2020jun29hkt1623 ***    

Python 3.7.3 (/usr/bin/python3)
>>> %Run neo8m_test08.py

Begin Test Calculate UBX Command Checksum
   Command Name                Check sum
   One   Second  Update Rate   0x01 0x39
   Two   Seconds Update Rate   0xed 0xbd
   Four  Seconds Update Rate   0xc5 0xc5
End Test.

Appendix J – CuteCom Screen Shots Showing Neo8M Config Command Acknowledgement Messages

ack msgs

Appendix K – Neo-7M Changing Update Rate to 4 seconds, Enable RMC and ZDA Only

neo-7m change update rate test

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You can send a string to your Neo with the following sentence (I didn’t check the validity of your bytes):

echo -en '\xB5\x62\x06\x08\x06\x00\xC8\x00\x01\x00\x01\x00\xDE\x6A' > /dev/ttyAMA0

But you need to be under the root user for both side of the “>” character : if you do only

sudo echo [...] > /dev/ttyAMA0

the echo command is executed as root, but opening device ttyAMA0 for writing is not.

So you’ll have to make a “sudo su” before all that.

As for your program, it’ll have to be executed as root to be able to open /dev/ttyAMA0 for writing.ShareEditFollowFlaganswered Jun 21 ’20 at 22:12tqhien11122 bronze badges

  • Many thanks for your advice and clarification. I found “/dev/ttyAMA0” and “/dev/Serial0″ problematic. And ”sudo su” seems to solve the problem. On the other hand, “/dev/ttyS0” and “/dev/ttyUSB0” seems problem free. – tlfong01 Jun 23 ’20 at 9:30   
  • 1Raspberry Pi has 2 uart : PL011 (/dev/ttyAMA0) and miniUart (/dev/ttyS0). Then, depending of the Pi, primary and secondary order is not the same. For example, ZeroW, Pi3 and Pi4 define Primary (/dev/serial0) on the miniuart and the secondary (/dev/serial1) is used by bluetooth. On PiZero, Pi1 and Pi2, primary is on PL011 and secondary on miniuart ! issue a ls -l /dev to know what is the configuration. Note that in config.txt, device tree overlay may be used to change those settings. See link for details – tqhien Jun 25 ’20 at 9:41 
  • 1On your photos, you connected your (serial, not USB) GPS on the PL011 (ttyAMA0). You need to disable BT to get access to AMA0, with a dtoverlay=pi3-disable-bt in config.txt (boot partition) and remove any mention to ttyAMA0 in cmdline.txt (also on boot partition). – tqhien Jun 25 ’20 at 9:59
  • 1i have already done it but still nothing eaven with direct connection between ucenter and the module! – awaska Jun 25 ’20 at 12:39
  • 1U-Center is a Windows program. For Rpi, I do only console. Also, Neo-GPS is 9600 bauds, so you may need to add sudo stty -F /dev/ttyAMA0 speed 9600 to set that before any other thing. For example, gpsd is by default set to 4800 and without that instruction, communication can’t be established. With all that, I can set and get GPS data from my PiZero and Pi3. – tqhien Jun 25 ’20 at 17:04

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