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Raymarine S3G to NMEA 2000
I have Raymarine S3G course computer connected to a i60 wind which then connects to a P70 controller. Seperately I have a NMEA 2000 network for my Garmin Chartplotter. How can I connect these two networks together? The S3G does not have the option of NMEA 2000, and as I understand is communicating with the controllers via SeaTalk.
I believe you've got at least a couple of choices. One choice would be Raymarine's Seatalk to SeatalkNG converter (E22158)
The manual for Ray's converter can be found here: https://raymarine.app.box.com/s/p6alhxp7tter95anbgqa/file/31974304017 . I've also attached a snippet from the manual that discusses the converter's abilities with regards to converting both autopilot course computer and control head functions.
The one downside to the Raymarine converter is that it will get you from Seatalk 1 to SeatalkNG. SeatalkNG and NMEA 2000 are electrically identical but Raymarine used their connectors. This means you will then need to adapt from SeatalkNG to NMEA 2000's DeviceNet cabling to get everything working together.
The other option I know of is a Yacht Devices NMEA 2000 router, which includes a Seatalk 1 input. This will allow the router to do your protocol conversions and make that data available directly on the NMEA 2000 network. ( https://yachtdevicesus.com/collections/wifi-gateways-and-routers/products/nmea-2000-router-ydnr-02-w-nmea-0183-seatalk )
Ben. I have purchased a few of the seatalk to devicenet cables already. Do you have a preference on the two methods you gave?
In addition to being the publisher of Panbo I own the US reseller of Yacht Devices, so with that in mind I do have a little bit of a preference towards the Yacht Devices solution. But, I'll explain why as well. The Yacht Devices solution won't require changing cable types to make a connection to a NMEA 2000 backbone. Plus, the Yacht Devices router will also provide you WiFi access to your NMEA 2000 network as well as things like web gauges, and access for apps running on cell phones and tablets. Plus, the protocol converter built into the YDNR will give you the option to only convert some traffic between the disparate networks, which can be quite handy if you don't any everything converted from ST1 to N2K. Lastly, the YDNR also has two NMEA 0183 interfaces giving you the option to convert data to or from a NMEA 0183 device like a VHF radio.
Excellent. Wifi was also on my list of things to add to the network when I got it all set up so that sounds like my direction to take. Thanks for all the advice!