Until this year I was running OpenCPN
on a win7 laptop
at the chart table and a splashproof Panasonic CF-08 wireless touchscreen display at the helm. The two were connected using WiFi and Windows Remote Desktop
. (No router) I prefer to have one "master" nav computer so as not to duplicate routes and waypoints on multiple devices, so having the cockpit
display simply repeat the screen
, keyboard and mouse downstairs was perfect. It worked just fine but was a little power hungry.
FWIW - I am now an enthusiastic convert to OpenCPN
on Raspberry Pi using the OpenPlotter open source project
. I have replaced the laptop
with a dedicated Pi nav computer running Linux
(at a fraction of the current
draw) and have kept my cockpit
repeater display using WRD or VNC. Openplotter not only runs OpenCPN just great but also acts as a WiFi access point for the cockpit display, has a built-in NMEA
data multiplexer and monitors basic engine
temperatures/alarms for me as well.
Oh, and I can lie in my bunk and monitor
the nav computer using VNC for Android on my smartphone or tablet.
Openplotter has lots more features and its OpenSource like OCPN so its developing daily - see OpenMarine
or OpenPlotter project