I'm talking about the Rose Point Nemo
and the Shipmodul MiniPlex-3E-N2K
They're pretty close if you go by listed features. But that's not always the same as real-world experiences. I'd be connecting both of using wired Ethernet. There will be a Wi-Fi access point on the same network, but that should have no impact on either one of these. I've learned in the to always use a wired connection whenever possible, if only to avoid the hassles of things powering up when Wi-Fi is down and having to re-join later.
Any observations on which one is more versatile all around? I have seen Peter's review of just about all other 0183 bridges
I don't plan on using Coastal Explorer, at least not in the near future. I actually bought it some years ago and never really made use of it. The old laptop wasn't very fast, the helm didn't have space and the old E-80 wasn't exactly the most versatile when it came to interop.
The current helm layout doesn't lend itself to mounting a PC or screen. And I'm not displeased with what I get out of the Furuno MFD12 displays I have now.
I do plan on using some Maretron DSM410 displays to monitor a number of things, if that has any impact on the equation. I've heard they're sometimes finicky about what they'll talk through.
I have some Android tablets and phones and would probably like to try to make use of data over Wi-Fi.
I've got an existing Icom M602 radio that's supposedly capable of listening for DSC/DSE sentences (MMSI calling) and sending them out over 0183. But it's also known to be a problematic talker on 0183. It's not connected at all now, so I don't know if that's true or not, but it was mentioned on Furuno's forum
as a potential issue.
Thus I'm thinking it might be useful to convert whatever it does send via 0183 into N2K messages, and filter out anything I don't want from it.
Otherwise I start sliding down another slippery slope of changing out the radio. The one I have now isn't dysfunctional and I did purchase a replacement handset for the flybridge remote mic (HM-157 works with an M602 should anyone come searching for those part numbers).
I mean, at some point, yeah, it becomes pointless to keep trying to make old gear work in new ways. Been there, don't necessarily want to repeat that. But for now I do have the fixed element of four MFD12 displays, those are not going away any time soon. Too many other winter upgrades demanding my $$$ right now to pitch that
proposal to the wife.
I mistakenly ordered an Actisense NGW-1 (meant to get an NGT-1) but that'd only give me one 0183 in and out. The Nemo and Shipmodul would both give 4 in/2 out.
Obviously the Nemo's going to work well with Coastal Explorer, but how well does it work with other systems using Ethernet? Likewise, does CE support getting data from a Shipmodul? And does N2KView from Mareton work with either of them?
So which one's the better choice?