Maretron & Carling, more N2K happiness, mostly

Maretron NK2View 2 c Panbo lr

The screens above, bigger here , show Maretron’s prototype for N2KView, an engine (and more) monitoring program. Of course it handles most any raw NMEA 2000 data in a boat’s backbone, including J1939 engines via Maretron’s gateway. But an extra neat feature is that N2KView is actually a server, able to deliver the goods to all sorts of Flash clients, including that WiFi enabled phone.
  Perhaps even happier N2K–wise is the news that Carling Technologies—the substantial old line manufacturer of switches, breakers, etc (and owner of Moritz Aerospace, i.e. Octoplex)—has just invested in Maretron. And soon I’ll be able to tell you about another big brand that is adopting NMEA 2000. Could we be reaching a tipping point? Heck, even some of the habitues of Google Groups are having an intelligent conversation about its costs (for a change).
  But I also just finished up an N2K feature for Sail, and this morning took this plug picture below. Left to right they are NMEA 2000 standard Micro size, SeaTalk2, LowranceNet, and SimNet. They all do the same thing with those 5 pins, and all could have the same name! (I also heard that Lowrance may not change plugs to the standard as promised {a rumor later shot down, thankfully}). Patch cables work but this confusing nonsense has really set a good multi-manufacturer data standard back. If you too want to see the tipping sooner than later, complain!

NK2plugs c Panbo

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.

5 Responses

  1. Butch Davis says:

    If Lowrance switches connectors after selling lots of units with the current connectors it may pose problems for add-on buyers later. For example, if I want to add an EP-10 to my LCX-111 next year I’ll want the current connector to add to my existing back bone. Perhaps Maretron or ??? will produce a male and a female adapter for just this issue?

  2. Kees says:

    Any reason you’re using NK2 as an acronym for NMEA 2000 instead of N2K? I’d think the K stands for Kilo?

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Ummm, because I’m an idiot sometimes? Thanks, Kees, I will fix here and in future!

  4. robert says:

    The “same-5-pins-different-plugs” strategy makers are going with makes absolutely no sense.
    I know NMEA2000 compliant cables are expensive, but why not develop a cable/plug that will fit standard NMEA2000 sockets that are cheaper to build (like with less shielding and plastic threaded collars instead of metal).
    Proprietary cables will create more headaches for installers who deal with multi-brand installations.
    I understand what NMEA is trying to do on the cable hardware, but it is obvious not everyone wants to pay for such high quality. NMEA should release a third cable spec that is “low cost” but “connector compatible”.

  5. CP says:

    adapt between the red and blue conectors

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