Maretron & Carling, more N2K happiness, mostly

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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