I just stumbled on this info http://www.milltechmarine.com/Wireless-AIS-Solutions-for-Tablets_b_13.html
I have a Windows 8.1 Tablet with Rose Point Navigation
Systems Coastal Explorer, and it's set up to receive GPS
over USB at the chart table. I also have an iPad
where I'd like to receive and display AIS
data overlaid on other charting software
. I'm going to try setting this up, but would prefer to use Bluetooth because I use a Mi-Fi with both devices to connect to Internet
. If I use the ad-hoc Wi-Fi between the two devices it means I can't connect to the internet
at the same time (using my Mi-Fi).
Ad-hoc connections are basically like putting a string between two cans, however another option not mentioned in the article would use the Mi-Fi as a DHCP server to establish a peer-to-peer LAN within my boat. I haven't tried that with an iPad
and windows PC don't even know if the iPad can do it (so that will need to be researched). If so, that would allow both the iPad and PC to talk to each other and
use the internet at the same time.
So I have two research
projects: PC to iPad using Bluetooth, or PC to iPad using peer-to-peer LAN.
If anyone has done this please let me know.