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Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by peter, Jan 30, 2005.

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  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Have a Toshiba (bluetooth) with Fugawi Marine Navigation Software and am
    buying a Garmin GPS 10 (bluetooth, just announced).

    Now I need depth data for the software BUT no-one makes a bluetooth equipped
    simple depth sounder. My marine software will handle shallow water alerts,
    etc. if I can just get depth data into it.

    What can I hook up to a depth sounder in order to send data to my laptop?
    "Socket Communications" make a serial port bluetooth adapter if I can find a
    simple depth sounder with an extra serial port output ???? Might work!

    Many thanks guys from a very frustrated boater!

  2. Sounds like a case for a wireless multiplexer.
    Remove "nospam" from return address.
  3. Jack Erbes

    Jack Erbes Guest

    Those multiplexers are nice units, they'll sure solve a lot of problems
    with NMEA data sharing.

    Do you know, if you had two serial to BT adapters (on two different NMEA
    data sources for example) set up as slave units on a piconet with a BT
    master (on the OP's Toshiba for example), will the BT master output both
    of the NMEA inputs to same serial port?

    I don't know much about BT piconets but if the master could take the
    data from the slaves and sequence the outputs to the serial port used by
    the application, it might work for the situation here too.

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