We have introduced two new products since the last Quick Reference chart was posted – QK-A031 Multiplexer, which has proved very popular and the newly released QK-A027 SeaTalk Converting AIS Receiver with GPS and WiFi.
Another easy comparison chart, this time for WiFi remote controllers.
The base unit, or Gateway, communicates with up to 5 QK-S001 Sensor Units. These can monitor temperature, humidity or both and respond to preset limits by switching connected electronic devices on or off. It must be paired with at least one S001 and can’t be used as a stand-alone-device.
Upper and lower limits can be set independently for temperature and humidity so that the connected relay can operate the relevant electronic device when the parameters reach a set point.
Android or iOS handheld devices such as phones or tablets can operate and monitor the W017 through an existing wireless access point (router)making it accessible over the internet from anywhere in the world (with a signal). It also works locally in Ad Hoc or p2p mode.
After a simple, rapid set-up you can be receiving data and controlling electronic devices within minutes, in up to five discrete zones. The data can be logged and easily downloaded to the phone or tablet and opened for further analysis using the File Explorer. (It cannot as yet be directly exported to PC).
Each zone can be re-named with a unique label to instantly identify it, such as ‘garage’ or ‘fridge 1’ and can be changed whenever needed. Individual zones may be instantly monitored in real-time by clicking on their zone name on the Terminal Check page.
Relay trigger points can be manually overridden at any point for instant operation of attached devices. So if the temperature trigger is set for 17C to turn a heater on but it could do with a quick boost, just click and it’s done.
Detailed operating instructions are available at: http://www.quark-elec.com/manuals
Answers to frequently asked questions may be found on our forum at:
The multiplexer is of quality and its price is incomparable! Commissioning is easy without having to load the interface for PC or Mac operation. The wifi works very well and especially, it allows several addresses at the same time on all platforms, PC, Mac, IIOS, Andro, Linux …. The must is the possibility to adjust the flow rate on all Inputs and outputs so as to be in phase with the AIS at 38500 Baud and the NMEA at 4800 Baud for seaTalk for example. Ultimately, the most would be to have NMEA 2000 … but to date the QK-A031 is of the best in NMEA183!
Le multiplexeur est de qualité et son prix est incomparable! La mise en service s’effectue sans difficulté à condition d’avoir chargé l’interface pour le piloter en PC ou en Mac. Le wifi marche très bien et surtout, il autorise plusieurs adresse en même temps sur toutes les plateformes, PC, Mac, IIos, Andro, Linux…. Le must c’est la possibilité d’ajuster au mieux le débit sur toutes les entrées et sorties de façon à être en phase avec l’AIS à 38500Bauds et du NMEA à 4800Bauds pour le seaTalk par exemple. A terme, le plus serait d’avoir du NMEA 2000… mais à ce jour le QK-A031 est de ce qui se fait de mieux en NMEA183!
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One of the big bugbears of this brave new world of technological marvels is cross-compatibility. Many customers have said to us, ‘If only it would connect with my Raymarine’
No longer! We have solved this long-standing annoyance. Our solution:
QK-A031 NMEA 0183 Multiplexer with SeaTalk Converter
Able to receive input in NMEA and SeaTalk formats this unit can interface between your existing Raymarine instruments by converting SeaTalk to NMEA and combining the four channels of data for output via the NMEA wired output port, WiFi and USB simultaneously.
As the SeaTalk system operates on a single cable ‘daisy chain’ only one input port is required to give an effective interface into the NMEA network.
This allows all of your Raymarine telemetry to be utilised by plotters and AIS units that would normally be incompatible. It can also feed directly to a plotter program on PC or tablet via WiFi from anywhere on the vessel. Finally you can navigate from your berth! (Though we absolutely do not suggest that you do that!).
The new version A031 (available from July 2017) offers both AdHoc and Station operating modes for even more flexibility, so you can connect peer-to-peer or through a router.
This enables remote access in addition to better range for larger vessels. SSID names and passwords are able to be easily changed at any time for security. Initial configuration is through the USB port which can also be used for NMEA output.
The QK-A031 is currently a receive only solution, but we’re working on that………
Find more details on the QK-A031 at: http://www.quark-elec.com/products/marine/148-qk-a031
Jim Ferguson aboard the Mischief Managed recently purchased a QK-A026.
He made a YouTube Video Guide to setting it up and had some really nice things to say about it:
After I bought this I had really high hopes for it. As it turns out my hopes have been mostly realized. I can connect iNavX on my iPad and MacENC on my Macintosh computer wirelessly and receive GPS and AIS data while the A026 is happily providing AIS target data to my Garmin GPSMap 3206 chart plotter. Anyway, I am ecstatic with the way this has worked out.
You can see it here:
This new video gives a guided tour of the Quark-elec QK-W016 Remote Control Temperature Data Logger and runs through resetting the module and setting up in Station Mode. The new video goes through the processes step-by-step and includes a software view with a hardware view so that you can see exactly how the unit responds to setting up and use. For those that are interested, the music is Orlando Gibbon’s Fantasia and is played by Jon Sayles.