I am using an adapter like this:
to connect the NEP-2 to a generic ethernet switch which connects various non-Simrad devices on the boat
. Our ethernet network also has a wireless access point and a router to the outside world. In this way I can use the Simrad Link app to access the Simrad chart plotter, but more importantly the Navionics
and Aquamaps chart apps on my iPad can access the GPS
data broadcast by the chartplotter
via NMEA1983 protocol.
I think, but I have never tried it, that you could connect the NEP-2 directly to a computer ethernet port. But you still wouldn't have data accessible on a wireless network.
If you rely on the GoFree device to set up a wireless access point, and don't want to get into setting up a more complex boat
network, you will have to have the GoFree either repaired, or get a new one.
And to be clear, you may have a problem which doesn't even require a repair
of the GoFree unit, but with the information I have I can't tell. I just wanted to make sure that you know that there are known problems with the GoFree, see for example here: