Clever little box
Comar has come up with a new wireless NMEA-2-WiFi unit that provides a low cost method of setting up a wireless network on board and to use available Apps on your iPhone, iPad or PC to display all electronic data including position, AIS data, depth, wind and compass information.
Simple to set up, the NMEA-2-WIFI unit transmits NMEA 0183 data over WiFi for viewing on a smart phone or tablet using suitable Apps or on a PC Navigation program.
“With a chartplotter at the nav station, and using the Comar NMEA-2-WiFi, the helmsman can view all the navigation data on deck via an iPad or iPhone,” commented Peter Cotton at Comar. “For boats with the chartplotter at the helm, you can check all the critical navigation data down below. Basically, your boat's data is now fully portable."
A key benefit is the NMEA-2-WIFI unit has two NMEA inputs which are multiplexed to a single output over WiFi. This enables it to accept a 4800 baud input from any GPS or Chartplotter plus a 38400 baud input from any AIS receiver or transponder, so you only need one unit to collect and transmit all the navigation data to your portable device over WiFi. The 38,400 baud NMEA 0183 output provides a 2 way communication between the WIFI device and any suitable NMEA devices.
The unit retails at £185.00 ex VAT.