NMEA Connection

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Masbama
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NMEA Connection

Postby Masbama » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:13 pm

Is [a NMEA connection] an easy do-it-yourself project?

Is [a NMEA connection] a matter of running cables and plugging in?

Or, is [a NMEA connection] something left for trained service personnel?

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Re: NMEA Connection

Postby jimh » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:39 am

Are you asking about NMEA-0183 serial data connections?

Or, are you asking about NMEA-2000 network data construction?

The two are quite different approaches to exchanging data between marine electronic devices.

If you are asking about NMEA-0183 serial data connections, please read my several articles about them:

The following are listed in the REFERENCE section index, under the sub-heading of NMEA-0183:

Guide to NMEA-0183 Interconnections
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/guideNMEA0183.html

Universal NMEA-0183 Interface
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/UniversalNMEA0183.html

and to help you interconnect various products, see my collection of information at

NMEA-0183 Interface Data Collection
http://continuouswave.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=816

Note the above article is pinned to the listing of articles in this forum's index.

If you are asking about NMEA-2000 network construction, read my extensive primer about NMEA-2000 networks which has been written for readers who have no prior knowledge of them. It has been available in the REFERENCE section listing. You can find it at

NMEA-2000 Networks and Modern Outboard Engines
http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/NMEA2000.html

The primer also links to more than a dozen follow-on articles containing more information. Reading those additional articles will also be informative.

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Re: NMEA Connection

Postby Masbama » Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:29 pm

Thanks. I have some homework to do.

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Re: NMEA Connection

Postby jimh » Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:26 am

Which connection protocol are you interested in? NMEA-0183? Or NMEA-2000?

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Re: NMEA Connection

Postby Masbama » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:25 am

It would be NMEA-2000.