Simrad NX, the only True Malfunction is the N2K

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.

7 Responses

  1. Microship says:

    This reminds me of the trade-journal ad back in the ’70s for an Intel CPU designed for multi-processor applications. Obviously written by the ad agency instead of the engineers, the headline shouted: “Unparalleled Performance!”
    Cheers from Nomadness, currently in Port Ludlow. An MFD12 is waiting for me instead of the other way around, which is a novel feeling.

  2. Anonymous says:

    More interesting is if you open up one of these (well my M84) is that the ‘unused’ Comms port says ‘CAN BUS’ on the PCB and has a couple of MCP2551 type driver IC’s adjacent. So is ready to go with a firmware upgrade.

  3. norse says:

    From the gossip I’ve heard, Simrad’s malfunction is in their North American distribution system.
    Multifunction displays should not be a big deal these days. If you have a decent screen (big or tiny) and the computing power to drive the graphics on it, then all you need is NMEA 2000 and you have a multifunction display. Any company could easily do this. The software is not hard. The hard part is the proprietary stuff: the radar interface (not the radar display itself), the chart reader (not the chart display itself), and so on.

  4. series 13 says:

    I have one of these units and the only data I cannot get out of it when hooked up to a B&G H3000 system is speed through water. Otherwise all other data is displayed. You need to set these up in the menus to make them display correctly though and it did take a little time.

  5. Benoit (fr) says:

    After 5 months of talk with NAVICO France, no way for AT-40/NX40 to send XTE on NMEA2K network, so no NAV mode on the SPX-30 Raymarine autopilot via Seatalk NG, only NMEA0183.
    I just wanted to complain 😉

  6. TED says:

    AT-40 is supposed to send the NMEA2000 standard PGN 129283 for xte information. Can the Raymarine SPX-30 read this information?

  7. Benoit (fr) says:

    Yes… it’s what they said. But it’s not true. AT-40 don’t send XTE at all.
    Raymarine receive the same PGN for XTE 129283.

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