30/07/2020

Captain CatNav inspects the route on Navionics (iPad) using Quark-elec AIS/GPS

A massive thank you to human Peter and his owner Captain CatNav for sending in this picture.

Here we see Captain Catnav checking out the routes on Navionics Boating App on an iPad.

The iPad is just connected by cable as it is currently charging.

All the data is transmitted wirelessly, direct from the Quark-elec A026.

We knew that designing an all in one AIS/GPS/NMEA/USB solution that outputs data to your WiFi tablet, would provide convenience and portable real-time data.

But we didn’t realize it was literally the Pawfect Pawtable Meowbile device solution. ( I know… I couldn’t help myself 🙂 )

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Of course, depending on what data you want to view/control from your mobile device, there are several  WiFi products available.

The right device will depend on if you want to view just AIS and GPS, or also other NMEA 0183/NMEA 2000 or SeaTalk1 (Raymarine) sensor data).

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Browse our WiFi products here or find out more about our WiFi products below:

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WiFi transmitting, GPS and AIS receivers and AIS transponders

WiFi-transmitting, multiplexers and data converters 

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All Quark-elec WiFi products include both Ad-hoc WiFi and Station mode WiFi. What does this mean?

Without a Router (Ad-hoc mode):

This is the default setting.

4 connections can be active at one time, in the default (TCP) setting.

The WiFi range will be about 10 meters (line of sight).

No configuration required. Simply scan for nearby WiFi networks/SSIDs, select your device WiFi SSID and enter the default password.

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With an Access Point / Router (Station mode):

By connecting your quark-elec device to your network access point or router, your marine data will be available across your whole network.

Many more connections will likely be possible, depending on the range of your access point.

The WiFi range will be extended to the range of  WiFi network.

WiFi data will be accessible at the same time as other network data, without switching between networks.

Setup through Configuration software (Windows software via USB to PC. Or if using a Mac, a Windows simulation software such as Parallels or Boot Camp can be used)

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Or if you specifically need Bi-directional (2-way) WiFi:

With 2 way WiFi, you can both,

  1. view your Marine data on your phone/tablets boating Apps, and
  2. send messages/commands via WiFi from your tablet/device to all devices connected to the Quark-elec WiFi product.

This includes sending waypoints and other commands/alerts, in line with your Apps functionality.

Check out our top two multiplexers for  2-way WiFi :

QK-A033 Bi-directional NMEA 0183 Multiplexer with SeaTalk Converter

QK-A034 Bi-directional WiFi to NMEA 2000 Gateway Multiplexer with NMEA 0183 and SeaTalk input options

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If you’re not sure which WiFi device you need, feel free to contact us with details of your wishlist or setup and we’ll be happy to help.

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