LAN network on dual helm trawler

Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by peter, Aug 15, 2004.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    I have a dual helm trawler, 40', and plan to add electronic charting with a
    good GPS with an external arial. I want to view this on a lap top
    independent of input wiring so I can go to either helm whenever so ....... I
    want to install a Local Area Network (all new to me but sounds reasonable).

    Has anyone tried to do this? Sounds so practical. I have yet to buy
    anything yet so any advice would be a help! Guess I need a GPS, laptop
    with plotting software and LAN module, and the where-with-all to get the
    data out to the LAN from the GPS.

    Thanks all!

     
    peter, Aug 15, 2004
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  2. thin

    On Sun, 15 Aug 2004 16:22:07 -0400, "peter" <>
    wrote:

    >I have a dual helm trawler, 40', and plan to add electronic charting with a
    >good GPS with an external arial. I want to view this on a lap top
    >independent of input wiring so I can go to either helm whenever so ....... I
    >want to install a Local Area Network (all new to me but sounds reasonable).
    >
    >Has anyone tried to do this? Sounds so practical. I have yet to buy
    >anything yet so any advice would be a help! Guess I need a GPS, laptop
    >with plotting software and LAN module, and the where-with-all to get the
    >data out to the LAN from the GPS.
    >
    >Thanks all!
    >
    >
    >



    I don't think you need to deal with a LAN for this - see
    http://vancouver-webpages.com/peter/seaspray_nmea.pdf for the
    GPS/NMEA/autpoilot/computer wiring on my boat. I actually have two
    connection points for the computer - one at the lower helm, and one on
    the flybridge.

    I have to make some changes to what is shown on that drawing, I think
    - I bought Garmin Mapsource, and a 240 Blue sounder this year - I
    think I'll use the 168 with MapSource as a plotter at the upper helm,
    and leave the computer below, with the 240 sounder, but getting NMEA
    data from the 168 at all times (therefore, retiring the 12XL or saving
    it for backup.) At present, I have to take the 168 to the lower helm
    to update the Mapsource maps in it.


    --
    Peter Bennett, VE7CEI
    peterbb4 (at) interchange.ubc.ca
    new newsgroup users info : http://vancouver-webpages.com/nnq
    GPS and NMEA info: http://vancouver-webpages.com/peter
    Vancouver Power Squadron: http://vancouver.powersquadron.ca
     
    Peter Bennett, Aug 16, 2004
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  3. In article <>,
    "Glen \"Wiley\" Wilson" <> wrote:

    > Since no charting software that I
    > am aware of accepts network data,you have to convert back to RS232 for
    > the PC.


    Most of the charting software that I use accepts my Garmin/Garmin
    Protocol connected GPS that feeds a serial port on my laptop which then
    serves it out on the LAN foar any other LAN connected CPU to use as
    input. I have GPSy, MaxSea, MacGPS, Street Atlas, Topo, and a few others
    that all take data from the network connected Garmin GPS3+. No big
    deal, here, been running this stuff this way for 5 years.

    Bruce in alaska
    --
    add a <2> before @
     
    Bruce in Alaska, Aug 16, 2004
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  4. peter

    David Moore Guest

    Peter,

    Set up system number one with all of your nav and charting software adding
    your GPS and/or radar and/or autopilot to that system. Get that system
    totally debugged and running as it should.

    Install a wired 10/100 base-t or wireless 802.11b/g Ethernet so the two
    systems can communicate over your newly created network.

    Now install PCAnywhere or Timbuktu for Windows
    http://www.netopia.com/software/products/tb2/ on both systems.

    From your FB (or any where else if you go wireless) you will be able to view
    and control your other pc as if you were sitting at the system it is
    installed in.


    Hope this helps,
    David Moore

    "peter" <> wrote in message
    news:OBPTc.3125$...
    > I have a dual helm trawler, 40', and plan to add electronic charting with

    a
    > good GPS with an external arial. I want to view this on a lap top
    > independent of input wiring so I can go to either helm whenever so .......

    I
    > want to install a Local Area Network (all new to me but sounds

    reasonable).
    >
    > Has anyone tried to do this? Sounds so practical. I have yet to buy
    > anything yet so any advice would be a help! Guess I need a GPS, laptop
    > with plotting software and LAN module, and the where-with-all to get the
    > data out to the LAN from the GPS.
    >
    > Thanks all!
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    David Moore, Sep 27, 2004
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