Victron Venus GX MFD integration, nice Simrad & Garmin surprises so far

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.

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  1. Piotr says:

    In what way you connected victron with boat NMEA system ?
    I have both Garmin’s NMEA 2000 network and Victron’s charger gadge etc, but what I need to connect it together?

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi Piotr, This is all happening over Ethernet, not NMEA 2000, and the source is Victron’s GX monitoring/hub software, in my case the Venus GX. Also the MFD integration is in a beta version of GX, and it will only work on Garmin MFDs that support OneHelm when it is released. (My screen is from Garmin’s AC app, not MFD.)

      However, Victron says that GX will eventually support NMEA 2000 well, i.e. without the various dongles needed now.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Few technologies have pleased me as much as the Victron Venus system I installed last winter, and it keeps getting better as illustrated in this video about the latest VRM app:

    https://youtu.be/Mi5a4_rzR1c

    What I can see now about Gizmo’s power situation looks a lot like what you see in the video, on or off the boat, and it’s a quantum leap beyond the battery, load, and solar panel monitoring I’ve had in the past.

    Also the MFD integration I wrote about in this entry is now out of Beta testing and available to all.

  3. Jason Rybak says:

    I am looking to install the Skylla ip44 to go with my Garmin 8616; will I need anything other than the skylla to get it to show the app on the Garmin?

  4. Christopher says:

    I used Skylla ip44 with N2K and Garmin, all you need is a Ve.Can to NMEA2000 Micro-C male ASS030520200 cable.
    Since the last update on June 13, 2019, the Garmina 8400 series has been working with OneHelm.

  5. Christopher says:

    Ben gives the link, on page 8 are PGN which Skylla IP44 supports .
    But not all PGNs work but I did it at the beginning of the year.

    https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/Whitepaper-Data-communication-with-Victron-Energy-products_EN.pdf

    In the previous information I did not write that OneHelm supports Victron.

  6. Christopher says:

    Victron has added new features after the v2.40-34 update:
    Add NMEA2000 out function: transmit battery monitor out on the VE.Can/NMEA2000 network so it can be picked up by Marine MFDs. Currently it only transmits battery monitor data. Inverter/charger data will follow soon. This is by default disabled, see Settings -> Services -> CAN-bus to enable it: (screenshot).

    I checked the data transfer to the N2K network by CCGX works very well with Garmin, Furuno and Maretron

    https://community.victronenergy.com/questions/31299/venus-os-v24034-available-for-testing.html

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thanks, Christopher! I just remotely updated my Venus to v2.40-34 — so slick — and may get to see the NMEA 2000 output when I get out to the boat later today. The N2K is getting out later than they had hoped last fall, but the Venus system has been hugely useful to me anyway.

      • Nina says:

        Hi Ben (et al)

        Has anyone been able to connect a raspberry pi (running latest Venus OS) directly to the MFD’s wifi hotspot?

        In my case that would be a Simrad NSS EVO3S.

        Might spare me some lengthy and uncomfortable cabling 😉

  7. Peter Buijs Peter Buijs says:

    Lately we connected an Axiom Plus 12″ (Lighthouse 3.13 with a Victron Cerbo the HTML5 App works over the Axiom Ethernet connection as expected. The Victron Cerbo is also connected with it’s VECan port (spurcable) to NMEA2000 and thus communicating Volt Amp SOC of all batterybanks etc.

  8. Peter Buijs Peter Buijs says:

    Next is to connect a Victron GX Tank 140 to supply NMEA2000 Tank data

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