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Old 24-07-2012, 02:14   #1
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Simnet Cables

Does anyone know where I can buy a Simnet connector and what is the connection pin outs?
The original Simrad ones seem very expensive.

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Old 24-07-2012, 03:00   #2
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Re: Simnet cables

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Does anyone know where I can buy a Simnet connector and what is the connection pin outs?
The original Simrad ones seem very expensive.

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Well, if anyone has it it would be digikey or mouser. But I kind of doubt it, usually that stuff is proprietary, so they can you know.... charge a lot for it
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Are you looking for the plug on the end of a cable, or the socket on a device? For plugs, I've bought simnet cables, used the proprietary end on the cable, then cut the plug off the other end and wired it to a device or real N2K plug.
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Re: Simnet cables

Forgive my ignorance but is the "real"N2K plug available from Digikeyor such? Is there a specific part number? I looked at their site and am seriously ill-equipped for the job! I do have a couple spare simnet cables and would like to make an adapter to standard n2k. I have access to skilled techs for the dirty work! Thanks.
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Re: Simnet cables

The standard connector is the canbus Micro-C connector. They are sold by Maretron, Digikey, Mouser and others and are made by Molex, Amphenol, and some other manufacturers, I think.

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Re: Simnet cables

Thanks Mark! I took some of your earlier advice and installed a Simrad AP. I think it is some of the best money I ever spent on the boat. I appreciate your help.
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Re: Simnet cables

Thanks for the info. What I have is a NSE8 and a depth transducer that needs connection. The depth transducer has a micro C and must connect to the simnet bus. My thinking is to make up a cable and if I can get a simnet plug, then I can make up the rest.

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Thanks for the info. What I have is a NSE8 and a depth transducer that needs connection. The depth transducer has a micro C and must connect to the simnet bus. My thinking is to make up a cable and if I can get a simnet plug, then I can make up the rest.

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Start with a simnet cable and cut off one end. Or cut it in half or elsewhere if you want to make two cables. Then attach. Field installable N2K plug on the cut end of the cable(s) and you nownhave one or two simnet to N2K cables. The field installable plug ends are available from Defender. Just search for Maretron and scroll through the parts. There may be alternate suppliers and manufacturers, but the Maretron/Defender route will definitely work. The plug ends are expensive - $10 or $20 each, but then you are done and can get back to boating.
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Re: Simnet cables

Thanks for the replies. I just need to find a simnet connector that I con wire up to the micro c connector or even joint to a simnet cable. But local suppliers are pretty expensive so an alternative would be great.
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I'm not aware of a source for field installable simnet plugs, so you are left with two choices.

1) buy a simnet to N2K cable for about $40

2) buy a simnet to simnet cable for about $30 and swap out one end as previously described.
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