The Oyster provides a number of settings to control the minimum requirements for an acceptable GPS fix.


Each of the settings mentioned in this article are more comprehensively described here.


Devices are shipped with relatively loose requirements for a fix - shown below. This generally speeds up fixes and allows fixes in adverse conditions. Simply put, the device will minimise the time spent with the GPS on. This means that even in good signal conditions, a poor fix may be accepted.

  • PDOP Mask: Position Dilution of Precision values better (lower) than 10.0 are accepted.
  • Pos Acc Mask:  Position Accuracy (in meters) better (lower) than 75m are accepted.
  • Speed Acc Mask: Speed Accuracy (in km/h) better (lower) than 9.7km/h are accepted.
  • Require 3D Fix: False. A 2D Fix is acceptable.
  • Discard First N: discard the first 3 fixes once the minimum accuracy is met.


These loose requirements may not be acceptable. An example of tighter requirements are shown below. Be aware that this could use more battery power and could prevent the GPS from ever obtaining a fix. Please test in the specific conditions.

  • PDOP Mask: Position Dilution of Precision values better (lower) than 5.0 are accepted.
  • Pos Acc Mask:  Position Accuracy (in meters) better (lower) than 50m are accepted.
  • Speed Acc Mask: Speed Accuracy (in km/h) better (lower) than 9.7km/h are accepted.
  • Require 3D Fix: True. A 2D Fix is NOT acceptable.
  • Discard First N: discard the first 3 fixes once the minimum accuracy is met.


There are some additional GPS settings worth noting. Please refer to this guide for more information.

  • GPS Fix Timeout: requiring a tighter fix may take longer. Take care not to prevent fixes by setting this timeout too low.
  • GPS Acc Timeout and GPS Acc Target: this feature provides a useful compromise between a loose minimum requirement and an optimistic target. Once the minimum requirements are met, the GPS will stay on for a maximum of GPS Acc Timeout seconds trying to improve the fix to an accuracy of Gps Acc Target meters. For example, the minimum position accuracy requirement may be 75m. These settings could allow the GPS to stay on for an additional 5 seconds with the aim of achieving a 20m accuracy. The defaults for these settings are 5 seconds and 20 m.
  • GPS Detect Time: these settings allow fix attempts to be cut short if satellite signal strength is too low to give a fix. If the

    n'th satellite is not being tracked with sufficient signal strength before X seconds, end the attempt.