I bought a regular Simrad
unit, for $200 from a nice family marine electronics
shop in Portland
, and I'm glad I did. I realize I could have used a standard wifi
router, but the perhaps $150 premium for the Simrad
unit was well worth it, in my opinion. For one thing, the expensive Ethernet cable with the special connectors is included. To use a regular wifi router, you will need to buy this cable, hack off one end, then somehow crimp an RJ45 plug
to it. Which I don't think is going to be very easy, because the Simrad Ethernet cables
are not made like regular Ethernet cables
, and the color coding is different.
OK, and then you've got to somehow rig up a power supply. More cost and hours of hassle.
Then you've got to set up the router.
You save all this with the Simrad router, and plus it is a waterproof, marinized unit which is going to be much less susceptible to condensation
air damage. Well worth it, in my opinion!
The only problem is that GoFree doesn't seem to be working properly. The almost total lack of documentation
reminds me of my adventures with the B&G Tritons. I have downloaded the app to my Android phone
, connect with no problem, select the Zeus T8, and get a nice mirror of the Zeus screen
. But I can't control anything -- the touchscreen doesn't do anything, and there is no menu and no other kind of control which I have been able to find.
Anyone else encounter this?