Garmin DriveSmart 51 — DriveAssist 51 Traffic question

 

Hey there users of the 51 series, noticed on the Garmin web site for product description of these models that a Smart Phone is required for Traffic Notifications.

Will these units pick up the “normal Garmin Traffic” with the supplied as is boxes unit or the HD Traffic with the GMT 60 cable.......without a smartphone?

I don’t have a smart phone but I do have the GMT 60 HD digital traffic cable and was wondering if this cable work with these units, without having to go through all that smart phone stuff. I’m too old for all that smart phone stuff.

Thanks.

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It should work

The Drivesmart 51 Garmin page:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/552072#accessories

lists both the GTM 60 and 36 as being compatible with the Drivesmart 51. Give your GTM 60 a try in an area offering HD traffic.

Traffic

NASAstronut wrote:

Hey there users of the 51 series, noticed on the Garmin web site for product description of these models that a Smart Phone is required for Traffic Notifications.

Will these units pick up the “normal Garmin Traffic” with the supplied as is boxes unit or the HD Traffic with the GMT 60 cable.......without a smartphone?

I don’t have a smart phone but I do have the GMT 60 HD digital traffic cable and was wondering if this cable work with these units, without having to go through all that smart phone stuff. I’m too old for all that smart phone stuff.

Thanks.

I know that the DriveSmart 61 required a "smart phone". I bought one and when it would not receive traffic I took it back.

I don't do apple or google.

Should

It was my understanding that if you use the traffic receiver, it will in fact work but you'd lose the ability to have any online features such as Tripadvisor, Foursquare, etc. You can't have both. Only way to retain that is to use the traffic via the smartphone. For me, I hate connected services so I'd forfeit those features due to privacy issues anyway (data mining). Not sure if there are any settings needed to be changed to use the traffic receiver. I doubt it but I wouldn't know. I'm still using an older 3490LMT myself.

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Garmin: GPSIII / StreetPilot / StreetPilot Color Map / StreetPilot III / StreetPilot 2610 / GPSMAP60CSx / Nuvi 770 / Nuvi 765T / Nuvi 3490LMT * Pioneer: AVIC-80 / N3 / X950BH

Traffic

I tried two DriveSmart 61. Nether one would receive traffic on the cable supplied with the unit.

Drive x1 series.

@jjen ... AFAIK, none of the 2017 Drive x1 series sold in North America come with a built-in traffic receiver or a GTM style receiver integrated into the power adapter. You can add a GTM traffic receiver as a separate purchase to most of the higher end models.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Solution

I bought a DriveSmart 60 instead.

Wise choice.

jjen wrote:

I bought a DriveSmart 60 instead.

Wise choice. If you want a conventional traffic receiver, it makes good sense to stick with the 2016 x0 models and avoid the 2017 X1 models. About the only thing extra you get on the x1 is WiFi ... not worth it IMO.

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Alan - Android Auto, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Tested w/2017 Models?

So has anyone successfully tested a traffic receiver cable with the latest series? I wanted to go this route since it was supposedly possible but I'm now second guessing this.

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Garmin: GPSIII / StreetPilot / StreetPilot Color Map / StreetPilot III / StreetPilot 2610 / GPSMAP60CSx / Nuvi 770 / Nuvi 765T / Nuvi 3490LMT * Pioneer: AVIC-80 / N3 / X950BH

same

jjen wrote:

I tried two DriveSmart 61. Nether one would receive traffic on the cable supplied with the unit.

I have the same Garmin. Evidently we're victims of Garmin's desire to keep their costs low. So will have to look for a cheap HD traffic cable. Frustrating.

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Garmin Drive Smart 61 NA LMT-S

3597 Traffic cable works with DriveLuxe 51

Preroll wrote:

So has anyone successfully tested a traffic receiver cable with the latest series? I wanted to go this route since it was supposedly possible but I'm now second guessing this.

I got a DriveLuxe 51 but have been using the traffic cable that came with the 3597. It is listed on Garmin as being the compatible traffic cable for the 51. It seems to work fine but I also usually have the Smart Link software connected to the 51. The phone gets the traffic faster than the cable but both work together seamlessly.

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Brent - DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S