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Quick: TimeZero course sent to Zeus3 over ethernet
Have a TimeZero nav computer connected to three Zeus3 chart plotters over ethernet reading 0183 data off of them. All works well, just trying to figure out how to plot on the Timezero and have it sent to the Zeus? An Actisense was tried yet having a NMEA issue on the network that won't let the Actisense communicate.
I'm wondering if you could provide a little more information about how these connections are being made. I'm not sure how you're connecting your nav computer and the Zeus units via ethernet to share NMEA-0183 data, so I'm hoping you can tell us more about that.
Also, you mentioned an issue on the network preventing the Actisense from communicating. Can you tell us which Actisense product you tried and give any more information you might have on the issue you encountered?
The Zeus3 has its own network to communicate with the other Zeus displays and connect to the WiFi1 units (not the N2K). By connecting the computer to the B&G hub via Ethernet, you can pull all the normal 0183 data. This can also by done with the built in Wifi.
the actisense NGT-1 was having an issue with the network due to an unresolved problem. Possibly due to the sheer number of devices on the backbone! If the N2K conflict gets resolved I will put the NGT-1 back into the system at a later date.
Thanks, if I understand your topology correctly you are outputting NMEA-2000 data using the NMEA-0183 formatting over TCP or UDP. That's a fairly common configuration and shouldn't present a problem.
What I haven't been able to find is any confirmation that the Zeus3's TCP stream is bidirectional so that it will both send and receive NMEA-0183 sentences via TCP. The fact I can't find any confirmation of this causes me to suspect it may not be possible.
So, you might need that Actisense NGT-1 or similar device in the mix. If you think the trouble with the NGT-1 is peculiar to the NGT-1 there are other ways to accomplish the same.