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    Can GPS info be "useable" by laptop computer on wifi or maybe by tagging into the NEMA network . . ??

    Yeah, it's winter time and I'm dreaming of boating stuff . . so what else is new? I was considering my new laptop bargain that I made during "THAT" weekend a bit back and started wondering how to better use the info that is now becoming available over all the different networks. My NEMA backbone (2000K) network has all that nice info flowing around but the computer and wifi can't use it - right? and I suppose the same can be said for the laptop sitting there with nothing to do either. So, how do I handle that conundrum most effectively and efficiently? (I realize those two words are NOT the same in meaning or spelling . . . . and maybe not in intent either!) When it comes to this IT stuff, I know enough to get myself in big trouble if ever asked pertinent questions . . .. . oh, I can plug in cables and access hot spots and set up things but I need a pretty good schematic to follow to do it right and not foul it up! I know that Active Captain needs a GPS fix to work right too so that would sure help there (think the Garmin chartplotter would take care of that though).
    Just for info: I have a new Garmin GPSMap 1042xsv, a new Vesper 8000xb (AIS unit) with splitter and new GPS antenna and I've just started a NEMA2000K network to allow all this stuff to interface. Eventually, there will be an autopilot and maybe (c'mon Santa) even a FLIR unit (a few years down the road). Not into radar . . . in fact, think I'll sell my unit this Winter. Anyway, what are your thoughts? Go easy, I'm not a network specialist or IT guru . . . keep it in layman's terms. Thanks in advance.
    1998 Avanti 3685 - "Dad's Dream" w 454 Mercs - for sale - Dredge Harbor, NJ
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    #2
    Your Garmin has a built in GPS, it should also have an Ethernet port as well as your computer, you should be able to connect the 2, contact Garmin.
    You can buy a chart for your area from Garmin or on ebay or online.
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      #3
      You could pickup one of these
      GPS for laptop
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        #4
        from what you wrote, my understanding is that you want to know if there is a way to interface your laptop to your boats

        n2k network.... I would think a usb to nmea cable would be all you need to be up and running ..


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          #5
          Garmin Helm™ allows you to view and control your compatible Garmin chartplotter from an iPhone® or iPad® or phone, or phone or tablet using Android .
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            #6
            Originally posted by Ruffryder View Post
            Garmin Helm™ allows you to view and control your compatible Garmin chartplotter from an iPhone® or iPad® or phone, or phone or tablet using Android .
            hmmm, Garmin Helm is discontinued

            Centerline2 - that sounds right but didn't know they made such a thing . . where to buy and does it work? Lots of questions. . . .

            BoatworkFL - yeah, that's along the lines of what I was thinking but I'm assuming some software is involved somewhere along the line, yes? If so, what program translates the NEMA signals to "understandable-redneck-logic" type of stuff?

            Morecoffee - I've got plenty of GPS signals from either the Vesper AIS unit or the Garmin chartplotter . . . just need to be able to translate that info into computer lingo . . . I think
            1998 Avanti 3685 - "Dad's Dream" w 454 Mercs - for sale - Dredge Harbor, NJ
            Former - "Home Aweigh" 2003 - 2452 Bayliner Cierra Classic Hardtop Cruiser
            WQQM835 MMSI: 338147209
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              #7
              I hadn't realized that Garmin Helm is discontinued. I have it on my iphone, and I like it. I suppose I should be careful not to lose it.
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                #8
                Originally posted by Dadrock33 View Post


                Centerline2 - that sounds right but didn't know they made such a thing . . where to buy and does it work? Lots of questions. . . .
                check this... http://www.yachtd.com/products/usb_gateway.html ..this may answer some of your questions, and I know the cable can be bought cheaper than is listed in the link.. and there are 3 or 4 other brands to choose from..


                NU LIBERTE'
                Salem, OR

                1989 Bayliner 2556 Convertible
                5.7 OMC Cobra - 15.5x11 prop
                N2K equipped throughout..
                2014 Ram 3500 crew cab, 6.7 Cummins
                2007 M-3705 SLC weekend warrior, 5th wheel
                '04 Polaris Sportsman 700 -- '05 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO
                Heavy Equipment Repair and Specialty Welding

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by MonteVista View Post
                  I hadn't realized that Garmin Helm is discontinued. I have it on my iphone, and I like it. I suppose I should be careful not to lose it.
                  Yup that is too bad! Garmin helm wifi app would've let you view & control your main plotter ...
                  looks like they want you to buy one more MFD or their Navionics chart.
                  ​​​​​​I've been a Garmin fan all these years, this is enough to steer me away from them.
                  Joon, Kathy, Jaden & Tristan
                  Uniflite 42 AC, DD 671N
                  93 3058 sold
                  92 2855 (day boat)
                  91 Fourwinns 205 (lake boat)
                  Longbranch WA
                  Life is Good

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Centerline2 View Post

                    check this... http://www.yachtd.com/products/usb_gateway.html ..this may answer some of your questions, and I know the cable can be bought cheaper than is listed in the link.. and there are 3 or 4 other brands to choose from..
                    . . . .. yeah, centerline2 . . that's the stuff . . I knew one of you would know where to find this stuff. I can't believe it is just a simple cable but it makes sense when you think about it. Now to get some sensors to adapt to the Merc engine so I can get some more readouts . . . wonder if they have an item to help avert detonation issues . . . .
                    1998 Avanti 3685 - "Dad's Dream" w 454 Mercs - for sale - Dredge Harbor, NJ
                    Former - "Home Aweigh" 2003 - 2452 Bayliner Cierra Classic Hardtop Cruiser
                    WQQM835 MMSI: 338147209
                    James H. Stradling

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                      #11
                      Assuming you mean NMEA, not to be picky. Yes options exist cable/gateway wise, but I'm inclined to ask why and what you are really after. Then you would need appropriate PC based software. I've fooled around with all sorts of ideas on this topic and ended up deciding it was a pain with limited value. Plus I'm on a lake so if I get lost I drive in one direction

                      https://www.maretron.com/products/usb100.php

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by iceclimber View Post
                        Assuming you mean NMEA, not to be picky. Yes options exist cable/gateway wise, but I'm inclined to ask why and what you are really after. Then you would need appropriate PC based software. I've fooled around with all sorts of ideas on this topic and ended up deciding it was a pain with limited value. Plus I'm on a lake so if I get lost I drive in one direction

                        https://www.maretron.com/products/usb100.php
                        Hey, Iceclimber! Merry Christmas!! Yeah, your route on the lake is cheating, at best.

                        Yep, going for stuff to put on the NMEA network. That comment was a kinda "tongue-in-cheek" comment as I lost an engine last June to a detonation issue. It didn't cost me anything (thank the Lord) as the marina covered it all . . well, I did lose quite a bit of the summer boating season but . . stuff happens. Looking forward to the new season . . . a new canvas top and some electronic marvels that will probably ground me once or twice!
                        1998 Avanti 3685 - "Dad's Dream" w 454 Mercs - for sale - Dredge Harbor, NJ
                        Former - "Home Aweigh" 2003 - 2452 Bayliner Cierra Classic Hardtop Cruiser
                        WQQM835 MMSI: 338147209
                        James H. Stradling

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                          #13
                          I often wonder why boat electronics are not heading towards ethernet, or more wireless friendly but anyway.

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