Originally Posted by goboatingnow
Good idea, given my interest in networks, I want to focus on NEMA 2k. Ie what can you add to these networks bedsides the usual GPS/AP/MFD stuff. ( and can you add usual cheap
The randomness is kinda the starting point to see whats interesting. But given the title, Ill end up with networks one way or the other
I am not nearly there yet but I am fantasizing about my wish list for the next evolution of comms on my boat. I have been thinking about how networking can help.
The holy grail of equipment
for a small boat guy like me is integrated (one box) DSC VHF AIS
Class B Transceiver. I cant figure out why someone hasn't got this done yet.
I also want eventually (probably not for this boat)
- Sat phone
So I can get the AIS
transceiver in the Vesper 8000 and an NMEA 2000 network capability and a WiFi
router. So far so good.
For Satphone I am curious about the Iridium
Go! - I get another WiFi
network on the boat but this one makes all my smart phone satellite
phones! I recognize I can't take this in the ditch bag - that's an issue.
But if I can figure out how to make these pieces happy with each other - I now can "dumb" down the VHF
to a relatively cheap DSC
My instruments are all "dumber" NMEA 0183
(Raymarine ST series) and I don't have wind
, but the next piece of the puzzle is the iPad
as a plotter bit - The Vesper advertises iPad
Now of course the big "risk" here is putting all my comm eggs in a WiFi network solution and we all know how bulletproof WiFi networks are.
So I guess from a "small boat" guy perspective - I'd like to figure out what individual pieces I can piece together that makes sense. I mean I can see a couple grand investment - they are toys in many respects after all - if the communication functionality is there. But I am not a $10-15k guy. I wouldn't know where to put a chartplotter
if I had one!
So I am at the beginning of the networking journey, I have more thoughts than research
done at this point.
There is a Singapore
twist to this. All boats have to report position in Singapore
. The first generation system is called "HARTS" - It is a VHF tranponder, just like an airplane - It is interrogated by shore stations and reports position and identification. We pay (I forget the number) something like a $200 a year to subsidize the system in our boat registration
You can forego that expense if you have AIS position reporting. Now for an $800 box that's 4 years. But the functionality of knowing where all the ships are is an added real benefit.
Anyway - sorry for the brain dump all over your thread - LOL (I think it is partially on topic?)