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NEMA 2000 Network - does anyone have one
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posted 07-25-2007 11:53 AM ET (US)
I am seriously considering moving my existing combo FF/GPS from my 22 to my 15, and adding separate Lowrance FF & GPS units to my 22, along with a couple of extra gauges and the fuel flow sensor, and hooking it all up with Lowrance's NEMA 2000 network.
I'm curious if anyone has done this and how it has worked, were there any snags or pitfalls you ran into, or its this stuff really plug and play?
posted 07-25-2007 12:14 PM ET (US)
I did it and am pleased with the outcome.
That being said, I did run into two setup problems that early-adopters may face:
- Compatibility of connectors: It seems like the major suppliers are settling in on a single connector. That being said, there's a lot of product in the supply chain that still has no standard connectors, and it isn't clear that everyone is going to jump on the standard bandwagon. In my case I had to create custom connector to adapt a BRP tri-ducer with a Deutsch connector to the standard NMEA connector.
- Availability of connectors and adapters: At least in the case of Lowrance, some of the critical parts (esp. blue T-connectors) appear to be in short-supply. I suspect that once most suppliers get onto a single standard things will become far simpler.
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