Raymarine LightHouse R17 part 1: hands-on new weather viewer, WiFi & more

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    So R17 is a 994Mb download, quite similar in size to R16. It went smooth on my home Internet connection, but might be hard over some marina WiFi systems. Still it’s cool that Raymarine MFDs can now check for updates and install them automatically.
    http://www.raymarine.com/view/?id=16881

  2. I just upgraded my eS78 but it also offered a few additional upgrades for my Evolution Autopilot and associated bits.
    So far in my cursory searches, I can’t find out what these new versions give me on the Evolution side, other than some cryptic notes such as:
    p70 v2.17 to v3.05: Support for p70s and Evolution R4 release.
    The other devices that got upgraded are:
    p70 Display – from v2.17 to v3.05
    EV-1 course computer – from v1.11 to v2.17
    ACU100 Actuator Unit – from v1.13 to v2.17
    Already have accounts setup for GRIB and can’t wait to test that out!

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    If anyone has success registering a new account at GRIB.US please post a comment.
    As mentioned in my entry, email attempts to [email protected] have all bounced and account activation codes are not arriving.

  4. Interesting! I’ll have to wait until ATSA is unloaded in FL to do the update. Probably a good thing we’re not in Mexico, as that size of download would likely kill the mule that delivers Internet to most marinas.
    It WOULD be useful to be able to feed the Saildocs GRIBs into the MFD for those times when all you have is HF connectivity. Not every cove has high-speed Internet, even in 2016!

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The R17 New Feature PDF and updated manual are not as obvious as usual, at least to me, but they are behind the “Documents” tab 😉
    This link may go direct to New Features PDF:
    https://raymarine.app.box.com/s/lm2j3r9ckrmvdnmod7jwxge4alqxdwi1/1/5406830377/29762052705/1

  6. Hi Ben, that link worked for me – I have downloaded V17, but I won’t get it in until we’re reunited with Atsa in a couple weeks.. 🙂

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    A couple of corrections to the article pointed out by Mark at Raymarine:
    1) Raymarine does not offer the $13 Inland SiriusXM package, only Coastal and Offshore.
    2) Nexrad data is 1 hour (10 min increments) if using the icons or 2 hours (10 min increments) if using the download feature.

  8. Rob Y says:

    Thanks for the stellar write up – loaded the release today, (gribs direct to mfd is an awesome development). Wifi network connection seems not be able to connect via iPhone hotspot (cannot connect error) is anyone else having this issue – keen to sign up for the Grib forecasts, but this puts a kink in things.

  9. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi Rob, I saw a Raymarine MFD getting Theyr data via an iPhone in Florida and that’s also how Adam did it. Maybe it’s something about how you’ve set up the hotspot on your phone?
    PS For context, Furuno TZ and TZT2 MFDs have been able to fetch and display GRIB weather data for some time, though it is limited to their own free data source and is not high resolution:
    http://www.panbo.com/archives/2012/10/furuno_navnet_tztouch_best_use_of_mfd_wifi_yet.html

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