Wireless data appliances: Comar NMEA-2-WiFi & DY AIS LifeGuard

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. GPSNavX says:

    I can imagine the “AIS” naming is only because one of the input ports is 38,400 which is typical of AIS receivers. It will be interesting to see if the Comar WiFi mix supports infrastructure mode in addition to the typical Ad Hoc mode.
    The Comar WiFi should work fine with iNavX and MacENC. In the case of MacENC one could have a wired connection using the NMEA out to the Mac and then a WiFi connection to iNavX on iPad/iPhone.
    I think Chetco SeaSmart have done things the best because they support both Ad Hoc and Infrastructure mode and an easy to use web interface for configuration. This is something all the other WiFi mux seem to lack. Also SeaSmart have been very receptive to feature suggestions.

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Understanding what it does the “Name” is IMHO totally misleading. I recently installed the Brookhouse iMux (nothing to do with SART) so I would have WiFi of most of the data on board sent to iPad2 with iNavx. Dock side testing showes all works well and will be giving this and some other new equipmenet on board such as the B&G Triton T41 with serial number “1” a real workout next week during the Lauderdale to Key West race…Will post findings following that 160 mile race plus the trip up to Fort Lauderdale from home port in Coconut Grove, (Miami) Florida.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    The big “AIS” in a circle on the Comar seems to be their trademark, hence my “Comar is all about AIS” link:

  4. sv Haven says:

    Is there any hope for my E80 (not wide) ever displaying AIS SART messages and setting off an alarm?

  5. Ben, you might consider including the Brookhouse iMux in your lab test as well – although it lacks infrastructure mode, it is otherwise a pretty full-featured Wi-Fi multiplexer… and the email support from the fellow at Brookhouse is nothing short of outstanding.

  6. Vaibhao Deo says:

    Dear Sir,
    Good Day,
    Dear sir i want to configure comar wifi multiflexer with
    wifi furuno Radar DRS4W with nobeltec time zero software
    how should i connect it. please tell me in detail.

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