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HUMMINBIRD Announces NMEA-2000 is Coming
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posted 07-16-2011 12:22 PM ET (US)
According to this publicly viewable video posted to youtube, HUMMINBIRD in their 2012-model-year plans to introduce NMEA-2000 capability. See
and listen about one-minute into the presentation, where the presenter says:
"In addition to ethernet, we're also coming out with NMEA-2000 capability. We're going to have a box available that will plug into an existing NMEA-2000 network, run through ethernet, and allow it to give you NMEA-2000 capability on your HUMMINBIRD device."
This sounds like a gateway device which will bridge the NMEA-2000 network onto a HUMMINBIRD ethernet network. If that is the case, then older HUMMINBIRD units would probably be able to become useful on NMEA-2000 networks by use of such a gateway device.
posted 08-25-2011 05:39 PM ET (US)
CABELA'S is having a sale on certain HUMMINBIRD SONAR units, such as this $150-reduction on the model 597, a combination SONAR, GPS receiver, and chart plotter:
A drop to $420 from $570 is quite a reduction, a 26-percent discount from normal price. Perhaps this is a portent of a replacement model with the rumored NMEA-2000 enhancement.
posted 08-25-2011 10:11 PM ET (US)
Its amazing to me how long it takes these companies to adopt NMEA 2000 protocols. Even though its been around for years, these companies (Humminbird in this case) sound so proud.
I understand the business decision as to why companies would make their own networks. Its simple: load a boat with tons of wiring, sounders, sounder amplifiers, transducers (wind,fuel flow, fuel level, depth, temperature etc) that are not compaible with other manufacturers and the cusomer will be forced to stay with your brand. Garmin has Garmin Marine Network. Raymarine has SeaTalk. Furuno has NavNet. Simrad (Lowrance) had a network as well but atleast it was NMEA certified and all someone needed was a plug adapter.
Just trying to hold the consumer ransom. It is for this reason that Lorance is catching up and will soon surpass Garmin in the consumer marine electronics catagory. Raymarine is synonymous with the big leagues as well as Furuno.
Humminbird marine accessories will never get out of the desalinated kiddy pool and into the big leagues, but they arent trying to. I think it is safe to say that Garmin is losing its prestige and its about time.
posted 08-26-2011 09:20 AM ET (US)
Looks like that sale was a one day event. The price is now $50 below their regular price at $499.99 which is $70 off their "Compare At" price which I assume is MSRP.
posted 08-26-2011 09:24 AM ET (US)
That SALE was fast! And, yes, I think there is some irony that a company announces that their 2012 products will now feature for the first time NMEA-2000. Twelve years is a long time to be developing that feature.
posted 11-06-2011 03:21 PM ET (US)
HUMMINBIRD has announced a new product, their AS-ETH-NMEA-2k, a digital network gateway which can bridge between a HUMMINBIRD Ethernet network and a NMEA-2000 network. The product has an MSRP of $200 and should sell for about $180.
The AS-ETH-NMEA-2k is compatible with the following HUMMINBIRD models:
--1100 Series153;: 1198c SI, 1197c SI
--900 Series153;: 998c SI, 958c, 958c DI
--800 Series153;: 898c SI, 858c, 958c DI
--700 Series153;: 798ci HD SI Combo, 788ci HD, 788ci HD DI Combo, 778c HD
The gateway is described as a waterproof black box which connects to HUMMINBIRD devices via their Ethernet network, and also connects to NMEA-2000 networks using the standard DeviceNET connectors. The device is said to present an intuitive user interface on the HUMMINBIRD device display, which can then be used to configure the device and design data displays.
HUMMINBIRD says there are "numerous NMEA 2000 devices that are made by other companies" that can be utilized with the gateway, including devices for "fuel flow, fuel level, pressure, engine interface cables, water temperature, water speed, etc."
The device is expected to be available in January 2012.
posted 01-29-2012 04:29 PM ET (US)
The screen capture below appears to show the display of some engine data on a Humminbird multi-function display which we perhaps can infer was transported from NMEA-2000 to the Humminbird via their new gateway device:
posted 03-05-2012 07:07 AM ET (US)
There's information now on Humminbird's website about their NMEA-2000 gateway:
[This link has gone dead.--jimh]
posted 01-31-2013 10:58 PM ET (US)
At this moment, HUMMINBIRD has information about their AS-ETH-NMEA-2k NMEA-2000 gateway available at this location on their website:
[Link has gone dead]
HUMMINBIRD also now have added the instruction manual for their AS-ETH-NMEA-2k NMEA-200 gateway product:
[Link has gone dead.]
[Nota bene: I see all the links to information about the Humminbird NMEA-2000 gateway are now dead links. I am afraid I cannot keep up with the webmasters at Humminbird who keep moving their information around their website. If you need help with NMEA-2000 and Humminbird, look for it somewhere on their website. I don't think that technical support documents ought to change their location every few months, but the people who design websites nowadays seem to value the look or presentation of the data more than the data itself. Good hunting for the information on Humminbird's NMEA-2000. I have given up.--jimh]
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