Comar AIS-2-2000 receiver, & N2K firmware updates

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

6 Responses

  1. Bob S says:

    So this is plug & play with a Lowrance HDS-10? Cool!

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Yes, though there’s one possible glitch. Because there was no standard NMEA 2000 Class B static data message when Navico designed its two N2K Class B transponders, they created a proprietary PGN to do the job. The HDS definitely works with that PGN, but I’m not sure if it will now also work with the new standard PGN. Worse case is that you will not see Class B vessel names, types, and sizes until this is resolved, but you will see Class B targets and all Class A info.

  3. goboatingnow says:

    Talking about dreams, maybe NMEA could mandate that all N2K sensors can be set up from a free supplied PC setup program and using a PC to N2K gateway we could actually build multi vendor networks that could be set up,, ghee imagine that a N2K multivendor network…..agh dreams…

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Aw, Dave…I’ve been using all sorts of multi-vendor N2K networks for years, with virtually no major issues.

  5. goboatingnow says:

    Ben.. tried setting up Maretron sensors from a raymarine N2k, or Raymarines stuff from a Garmin N2k or Airmarf stuff from anyones etc etc. its a nightmare, usually needing the same firms MFD or display device to set it up.
    Its all right for you with every device under the sun..

  6. Bob S says:

    Thanks Ben, so are you saying that some future software update for the HDS units will cause the MFD to recognize what are now industry standard messages?

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