Here's a tricky question:
Unlike the Z8 Zeus MFD I'm putting in my cockpit
, the T8 touchscreen version (Simrad NSS clone) I'm putting at the nav table only has one Ethernet port.
I have to connect by Ethernet: 1. radar
; 2. interconnect between the two MFD's; and 3. a Wifi
router for GoFree.
It is impractical to run all the Ethernet cabling to connect to the Z8 in the cockpit
(which has 3 Ethernet ports).
I can buy the Navico
Lowrance NEP-2 Network Expansion Port
As far as I know, it's just an Ethernet router/switch with the wacky 5-pin connectors instead of RJ45. Navico
sell adaptors to RJ45 from their proprietary connector.
I need an Ethernet router/switch for other purposes (distributing Internet
connection from my Ubiquiti Bullet).
I read on one forum that someone just whacked his Simrad radar
cable (the Ethernet cable between the radar interface box and the MFD), crimped on two RJ45 connectors, plugged these into a Wifi
router, and was good to go -- everything got its IP addresses automatically and worked perfectly.
Maybe I could combine all this routing into one box? A regular Ethernet switch for all functions? It would be cheaper and simpler.
Anyone know whether it is likely to work? Having proprietary Simrad
radar data stream and so forth running over a regular Ethernet network and sharing with other uses, like Internet
and file sharing?