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Old 09-01-2013, 14:32   #1
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OpenCPN / AIS interface

I'm setting up a Garmin GPS 17 and a Garmin AIS 600 to run with OpenCPN on a Dell laptop using Windows 7. Does anyone know how to get Open CPN to recognize the input from the GPS and the 600. Status on the laptop says that the com ports are working properly, but nothing shows up on the chartplotter.
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Re: OpenCPN / AIS interface

Try using xport XPort to identify the correct ports. You also have to configure OpenCNP ot the correct port(s).
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Re: OpenCPN / AIS interface

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Thanks for the reply. XPort for Windows 7, apparently, is 32 bit, only. My system is running 64 bit, I beleive. Also, OpenCPN tells me during launch that it cannot open any of the com ports, so even though I select the appropriate port in the GPS and AIS windows, it won't recognize them.
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Re: OpenCPN / AIS interface

How are you connecting the '17 to your computer? It seems to me that the GPS has bare wires for the output and you have to install an RS232 connector to them then use a serial to USB adapter to connect to your computer. The adapter should appear in your computer's device manager along with the com port number assigned to it. In OpenCPN set the GPS to the same port number and you should be good to go. I think the AIS is the same thing.

There is separate forum for OpenCPN.
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How are you connecting the '17 to your computer? It seems to me that the GPS has bare wires for the output and you have to install an RS232 connector to them then use a serial to USB adapter to connect to your computer. The adapter should appear in your computer's device manager along with the com port number assigned to it. In OpenCPN set the GPS to the same port number and you should be good to go. I think the AIS is the same thing.

There is separate forum for OpenCPN.
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The 17 and the AIS are connected using UBS - RS 232 convertors wired to 9 pin NEMA plugs designated pin-out charts. Both adapters appear in the laptop's device manager and they, as well as the comports are described as functioning properly. I can get the GPS to work with OpenCPN if I'm careful at start-up, but not the AIS.
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Re: OpenCPN / AIS interface

Rainbow

It sounds like everything should be working. I suggest you post your problem on the OpenCPN forum. In the Navigation forum there is link near the top left that will take you to this forum. The OpenCPN forum is very active and people there know the program inside and out. I think you will find your answer over there. Sorry I couldn't help.

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Never mind I see you have already posted in the other forum.
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