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  • Commented on USB charging on a 12v boat, fie on Apple?
    I was just about to post about my Wagan power hubs, but Redline beat me to it. I have two of these on the boat, mounted and wired in permanently. The one issue I had is that with the first...
  • Commented on Argonaut's giant A615 Android tablet, and a Panbo reader survey
    I'm kind of confused by this product. It's not really a tablet, not really a monitor. It's basically an all-in-one marine computer except that it runs a mobile OS which has limited application and hardware support. With a touchscreen or...
  • Commented on Fingers on Raymarine a65, and hello a68, a75, a77 & a78!
    These small plotters are a really interesting development which may change at least my thinking on my entire electronics layout. My first though is, with the footprint of these units and the new Sailing" screens that Raymarine is developing, is...
  • Commented on Furuno TZT chart plotting, feeling the love
    I agree with Kasper that Labozza probably got a little out of his realm of knowledge when he went into processors. There are very few companies that make processors and it takes big investment. Even "custom" processors like what Apple...
  • Commented on Raymarine e7, a major refresh!
    I'll come right out and admit that I never been a fan of Raymarine products. I have had their instruments for years and have 2 long passages with a recent dual helm, dual display G Series setup that left me...
  • Commented on Raymarine ST70 Plus, like music to my ears
    Good writeup Dan, I really like the direction that Raymarine is taking this and think they should take it one step father. Why does there need to be so much differentiation between a "Plotter" and an "Instrument"? They are just...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 not "Open Standard" in UK
    Whoa Ben, easy there. I don't think I am turning anything into a general condemnation of the NMEA, and I don't think I'm being silly. I was just drawing parallels between the announcement by the UK government to many people's...
  • Commented on NMEA 2000 not "Open Standard" in UK
    Ben, I have to question your assertion that the NMEA meets these criteria. For someone looking to develop an N2K device or software package, they are looking at spending: NMEA 2000 Standard $2,100 (One time fee) Manufacturer Registration $2,200 (One...
  • Posted NMEA 2000 not "Open Standard" in UK to Panbo Forum
    Ben, I know that this horse has been beaten plenty, but I just wanted to highlight a new resolution from the UK gov that concurs with my belief and many others that NMEA 2000 is not an Open Standard. It...
  • Commented on Chetco SeaSmart.Net modules, wide open N2K-to-Ethernet?
    I have recently been able to work on the idea that I came up with to solve this problem on my boat. If you are going to use WiFi to provide NMEA data to multiple devices, you have to have...
  • Commented on Bad Elf GPS, & the not-so-bad Verizon iPad deal
    After talking to Brookhouse about the iMux, it seems like there is issue for some users. It will not connect to an existing network, it creates it's own Ad-Hoc network. So, you have to specifically tell your iPhone, iPad, or...
  • Commented on Furuno WS200 detail; you'll laugh, you'll cry...
    The only issue that I see with the older style terminator pin that Furuno chose is that it makes it even harder to install at the top of a 65' mast. What happens the first time you disconnect it and...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    I agree kees, I like that direction....
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Andrew, Great to hear what you have been working on. I was originally planning on doing something similar, I wanted to build a configurable dashboard for N2K instrument data. I will take a look and try to run it under...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Hey Tim, i was just referring to getting the N2K data onto the IP network. I just bought a Seagate Dockstar that I have hacked and is running OpenWRT. It's got a 1.2Mhz ARM CPU w/128MB of RAM, 512MB flash,...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Dan, I have to agree with Ben, I have no idea where Bluetooth fits into this. It has it's place, but it has inherent issues for this type of solution. WiFi, Ethernet, and CANBus will easily accomplish everything we need...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Ben, That module looks like it could provide what we need as do some of the others that are mentioned. The question that maybe you could answer is why are DY, Furuno and others producing new products with NMEA 0183?...
  • Commented on NMEA Open Source Project
    Some great stuff so far. I meant to add my comments on the questions last night, but did not get to it. 1) Obviously, the need for Multicasting N2K data on an IP network is there which is the perfect...
  • Commented on Digital Yacht iAIS, hello apps developers
    LOL! I just posted it under NMEA https://www.panbo.com/forum/2010/09/nmea-open-source-project.html Ben, can you move it? Thanks, Kenyon...
  • Posted NMEA Open Source Project to Panbo Forum
    So, there is some interest in starting an open source project. I am starting this topic to gauge interest and throw ideas around. It could also turn into kind of a home brew cookbook for marine applications and networks. The...
  • Commented on Digital Yacht iAIS, hello apps developers
    Hi All, I think that the protocol depends on what you want to do, I would say a mix would be good. For apps that just consume and display instrument data, UDP multicast makes sense since it is much faster...
  • Commented on Digital Yacht iAIS, hello apps developers
    Hey Noel, My thought was to choose a supported router with a USB port and use the Actisense NGT-1 USB N2K gateway. The data from the NGT-1 would just need to be sent over the network using a simple UDP...
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