I was helping a friend set up a new navigation
system. He wanted a PC based system, so he bought a MS Surface Pro. We originally tried to connect his 0183 instruments to the surface with lots of serial->USB converters. Unfortunately, this was just too fragile with the numerous virtual com ports
So we punted and he ordered a NMEA 2000
power supply, cables
, and a few Actisense NGT and NGW converters. This was much more stable since there was only one com port connecting the Surface to the N2K bus. But when we opened Coastal Explorer to test the autopilot
, we found that the NGT talker check box was grayed out! WTF? Digging through the CE support FAQs, we finally found a post that matched our problem and it said specifically that CE doesn't currently support talking on a N2K bus. They could have written something to that effect on all the pages about connecting the PC to N2K, but noooo.
We had to disconnect the autopilot
from the N2K bus and connect it to the Surface with a second USB port to be able to talk to it from CE. Annoying.
Just wanted to get that info out there for anybody who might want to know.