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Old 30-10-2015, 06:04   #31
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Re: How can I connect AIS to my Laptop?

dont upgrade to windowa 10
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Old 30-10-2015, 06:21   #32
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Re: How can I connect AIS to my Laptop?

Windows 10 is ok. You may need a new GPS puck.
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Old 30-10-2015, 06:25   #33
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Re: How can I connect AIS to my Laptop?

Some Prolific serial-usb chip sets are no longer supported in Windows10. Can be embedded in the GPS mouse case. Some USB GPS mouses have a cable with the serial-usb adapter (Navilock) in the cable. Then you can replace the cable with a newer supported one.

In Linux this no problem and also the older type of Prolific works.

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Re: How can I connect AIS to my Laptop?

yea guess I could use it for practice shots if I ever go up north on the ice but Id have to get permission from microsoft and download a specail app
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Re: How can I connect AIS to my Laptop?

From the reproduced manual page (#5), it appears that the OP's AIS output is RS-422 (4-wire).

To connect RS-422 to a laptop, you need a 422-to-USB converter.

I have used p/n XS890 from U.S. Converters (Serial Data Communication by U.S. Converters LLC) (about $40) with no issues. Converter has four screw terminals on the 422 end (we only use two) and USB cable on the other end.

Once the converter and driver have been installed, you have to use Hardware Manager to verify that Windows sees it, and then use "Connections" in OpenCPN to define the same port.

What I have observed is that there is no apparent convention between "A" and "B" and "+" and "-". So try it both ways and see which works.

Disclaimer: all of the installs I've done involved either XP SP3 or Win 7, on the computer end; I've never tried it with Win 8 or 10. I don't recall the various AISs on the AIS end, except for ICOM (which sends both AIS and GPS, so don't need second input for GPS).
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Re: How can I connect AIS to my Laptop?

SAAB R4 AIS transponder(local pilot boat) and MCMURDO M2 AIS transponder(my office):AIS output port is RS422,i have test it.

Recommand to use FTDI CHIP TO USB RS422 converter,FTDI Hardware driver support window/mac/linux system.so no need to worry about Hardware driver.

pilot plug: pin 1 & pin 4 transmit ais data to laptop,so if you test it ,only pin 1 & pin 4,

Another method:Polarity Auto Corrector.it can auto correct polarity reversed issue(RX+/RX-).
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