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Old 25-06-2022, 08:29   #1
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PredictWind DataHub - Reviews?

Hello! Anyone have any experience with the PredictWind DataHub? I know it's fairly new, so just wondering if anyone out there has purchased it and care to share their experiences.

It looks like exactly what I need, but I don't want to be the first one... LOL.

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Re: PredictWind DataHub - Reviews?

I believe this is what ArmySailor used in his first solo off shore trip from the Chesapeake around Bermuda and back. You can read the thread by searching for Test#1 by ArmySailor
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I believe this is what ArmySailor used in his first solo off shore trip from the Chesapeake around Bermuda and back. You can read the thread by searching for Test#1 by ArmySailor
Thanks... but no, that thread is talking about PredictWind the weather routing service. Not the Datahub hardware I'm referring to.
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Re: PredictWind DataHub - Reviews?

I have a DataHub and just finished a two week trip with it. So far it works as advertised.

I just purchased a boat with very limited electronics so I wanted it for the following:
  • WiFi Router
  • Broadcast GPS position so I can use Navioinics on my tablet.
  • GPS Tracking

I used it as a WiFi router using a Hotspot plugged in via usb and ethernet from Starlink. I only plugged in one source at a time and has no issues.

On a 40 foot boat the wifi signal seemed a little weak. I had it mounted in the aft stateroom and it wouldn't broadcast a signal to the bow of the boat. I'll move it to a more central location in the future.

The admin UI is fairly basic but it had the functionality I needed.

Worked great for broadcasting GPS position to the tablet.

No issues with GPS tracking. It can save a log of GPS position and NMEA data that can be downloaded. I don't have mine connected to NMEA2k yet.
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Old 06-08-2022, 22:30   #5
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Re: PredictWind DataHub - Reviews?

We've had one for about 2 months now while sailing around NZ & Fiji and it works well. It means we don't need to keep the IridiumGo running for our GPS tracker page, which saves us $$$.

The wifi hub works well and beats some of the network controls that limit which devices can connect and allows devices to download data, where a direct connection prevents stops that.

The wifi sharing of boat data and AIS saved us on the trip from NZ to Fiji when our B&G plotter died and we had no display for the AIS or NMEA 2000 data. We manage to setup Open CPN to give us that data.
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PredictWind DataHub - Reviews?

I’ve been using for awhile now.

I use it as a WiFi router for all of my onboard devices that need internet - Victron cerbo, B&G mfds, smart TV, iPads, etc. nice to have these all set to connect to the datahub for WiFi. Nice to have these WiFi setting ‘fixed’.

I then have a dedicated iPhone tethered to the datahub that provides internet service (or I can connect the datahub to local WiFi if available).

I use it for tracking online to share with family/friends through PredictWind tracking page - note it stores and sends tracking updates from nmea data (or built in gps) but it only sends updates when it has an internet connection. So if you are offshore without internet and want to give real time updates to tracking, need to use iridium go or other satellite tracker.

It transmits ais for use by WiFi - eg Navionics app can use.

It has a function to gather boat data (wind, speed, etc) and develop boat polar data but I haven’t played with this yet.

So far I like it for ‘relatively’ low ish cost.
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