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Old 18-08-2022, 15:59   #1
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Simrad GoFree Wifi1

Does anyone have any troubleshooting suggestions for this?

My Simrad GoFree Wifi1 module is powering up, but not displaying flashing green net comm light on unit, and no Wifi1 network broadcasting ( canít see it on iPad, or iPhone). The connected network port on the NEP2 hub is flashing green.
So I think comms are sending to wifi1, but not being seen, or accepted by unit.

I know itís outdated, but unfortunately so are the rest of my electronics,

Thanks
Doug
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Old 18-08-2022, 18:11   #2
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Re: Simrad GoFree Wifi1

There is a known problem (search in this forum) with GoFree units getting bricked from a software update. Happened to me. Some newer units were replaced by Simrad as far as I know, but many were not.

You can run an Ethernet cable from the NEP to an regular Ethernet switch of your choice (adapters are available), and in this way use a wired connection instead of wireless. Thatís what I am doing now.
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Old 19-08-2022, 05:25   #3
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Re: Simrad GoFree Wifi1

Thanks for the reply.
To make sue I understand what you did, you uses a Simrad Ethernet cable into the NEP then found an adapter that mates up the Sim Ethernet connector( other end) to standard ( which is a connection that fits a laptop?) then plug it in too laptop?
So it would not work on an apple ipad, or phone, correct?
I’m a novice in this department, sorry.
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Old 21-08-2022, 17:52   #4
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Re: Simrad GoFree Wifi1

I am using an adapter like this:

https://www.simrad-yachting.com/simr...m-to-yellow-f/

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 and depth 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:

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ee-214583.html
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Old 28-08-2022, 16:45   #5
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Re: Simrad GoFree Wifi1

Thanks very much,
Adapter cable ordered.
Iíll give it a go.

Doug
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