QK-A031 NMEA 0183 Multiplexer with SeaTalk Converter

£100.80 (£84.00 excl. VAT)

Need to consolidate all your marine data?

The A031 combines up to 3 NMEA inputs with a Seatalk bus…

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Description

Description

NMEA 0183 Multiplexer with SeaTalk Converter

Need to consolidate all your marine data?

The A031 combines up to 3 NMEA inputs with a Seatalk bus…

An effective way to view all your marine data combined wirelessly anywhere on your boat to your mobile phones, tablet and laptop (with the added option to connect to a NMEA chart plotter).

QK-A031 NMEA 0183 multiplexer enables the connection of multiple NMEA 0183 devices and host devices such as phones, chart plotters, PCs, laptops and tablets.

QK-A031 multiplexer has three NMEA 0183 inputs (listener-ports), one SeaTalk1 input, one NMEA 0813 output (talker-port), a WiFi interface and a USB port to connect to host devices.

The multiplexer combines NMEA data that is received on the listener ports and sends this data to a talker port, the WiFi interface and the USB port simultaneously. The USB port can also be used for configuration of specific WiFi and NMEA port settings.

The built-in SeaTalk™ to NMEA converter translates SeaTalk data into NMEA sentences. This data is then combined with NMEA data received on the other inputs. SeaTalk is converted into NMEA sentences but not vice-versa. The SeaTalk bus is a single-cable system and connects all instruments serially. Only one SeaTalk input is needed.

Every NMEA input on the QK-A031 is galvanically isolated, also called opto-isolation. Galvanically isolated input prevents unwanted currents flowing between the instruments and the multiplexer (This prevents equipment damage and interference with radio signals).

  • Very sophisticated NMEA 0183 and Seatalk multiplexer
  • No router needed.
  • Multiplexer: Combines  up to 3 NMEA 0183  inputs with Seatalk.
  • Converts Seatalk to NMEA 0183
  • Combined data stream can be accessed wirelessly (WiFi) or through the USB or NMEA ports
  • Compatible with Chart plotters, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux systems, Android and iOS

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Combines 1 SeaTalk* and 3 NMEA inputs into 1 wired NMEA or wirelessly output.

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Features

  • Multiplex up to three NMEA 0183 input devices.
  • Galvanically isolated NMEA and SeaTalk input ports.
  • Configurable baud rates: (4.8, 9.6, 38.4k input and output).
  • Differential NMEA output with galvanically isolated protection
  • Simultaneous wireless and USB output.
  • The internal WiFi access point connects up to 4 devices simultaneously.
  • SeaTalk to NMEA 0183 protocol converter
  • Wide power supply voltage: DC 12-35 Volts.
  • Compatible with Windows 7,8,10,Mac OS X, Linux systems, Android and iOS
  • Can connect to older RS232 products through optional Protocol Bridge (AS03). For more information, read below

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Connections

QK-A031 has the following electrical connections/indicators:

  • SeaTalk input connector.
  • NMEA input.
  • NMEA 0183 output.
  • WiFi Interface. The wireless connection can always be checked with TCP/IP port monitoring software as shown in the application notes and the SSID and password can be changed through QK-A031 configuration APP, increasing security and memorability. QK-A031 can connect in Ad Hoc (peer-peer mode) or Station Mode (through the ‘Cloud’ via a router) by selecting the mode and specifying the SSID and Password. This allows for greater range and remote access, as well as multi-device access so your telemetry can be monitored from wherever you are as long as the instruments are powered.
  • LED lights. Which indicate power (8), NMEA In (2,3,4) NMEA out (5) and SeaTalk (1) status respectively.
  • USB connector.

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Function diagram


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FAQ – How to connect NMEA0183 RS422 to older RS232 devices.

This product uses the NMEA 0183-RS422 protocol (differential signal), however some older chart plotters or instruments may use the older NMEA-RS232 protocol (Single-ended signal).

To ensure A031 compatibility with any older NMEA0183 device, check if your device uses NMEA0183 RS422 or RS232

  • NMEA0183 RS422 devices’ wiring is compatible ‘out of the box’
  • NMEA0183 RS232 will require a Protocol Bridge (AS03) to connect your wiring

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Connecting the A031 to an older (RS232) instrument or chartplotter is not a problem, simply order the QK-AS03 Protocol Bridge. Our QK-AS03 Protocol Bridge connects NMEA-RS232 wiring to MNEA0183-RS422 and vice versa, using a simple ‘Plug ‘n’ Play’ connection, with no setup or configuration needed.

You will probably need an AS03 if you are connecting to an older Garmin, Raymarine or Standard Horizon device. The easiest way to check, is to look at the input/output connections on the device that you will connect the multiplexer to. If the input/output connections on your device (Chart plotter, depth reader, etc.) have a TX, RX or GND connection, use a protocol bridge.

If in doubt contact us for advice.

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What’s included?

  • 1 x QK-A031
  • 1 x USB-B cable
  • 1 x CD containing Manuals, Configuration Software and drivers
  • 1 x Setup Guidebook

Available to add to your order:

 

Help and Support

For any technical questions regarding this product, you can visit the forum at https://www.quark-elec.com/forum/ and ask us your question,  it’s regularly checked by our technical team and your question may already have been answered there.

Alternatively, contact us directly, with details of your set up and we will be happy to help.

A031 (above) is a very popular multiplexing solution.

However, if you are looking for a more comprehensive multiplexer with 2-way WiFi, 2-way USB and full data filtering and routing functionality, check out the next step up:

 

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Manual / Drivers

Manual / Drivers

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Setup Guide

QK-A031 Basic Setup Overview.

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Manual

Detailed technical specifications. (The ‘Technical Application Note’)

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Drivers

The QK-A031 comes preloaded with drivers.

The device driver is a file that lets the computer know the configurations and specification of the AIS receiver. In case you’ve had software issues, the driver can be downloaded below.

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Configuration Software

This is a generic configuration GUI, which can be used to set up any Quark-elec MUX or WiFi product.

How to use configuration software ?

Below is our ‘step by step’ guide

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Multiplexer comparison guide

Multiplexer comparison guide

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DescriptionFunctionBi-directional Multiplexer with SeatalkTM converter

Combines up to 3 NMEA 0183 inputs with SeatalkTM, WiFi and USB input

Outputs NMEA 0183, WiFi and USB
NMEA 0183 x 3 to 2000 Gateway with SeaTalkTM converter

Combines up to 3 MNEA 0183 inputs with
SeaTalkTM

Outputs WiFi, USB and
MNEA 2000
NMEA 2000/0183

Bi-directional Gateway

Combines NMEA 2000/0183

Outputs WiFi, USB and NMEA 2000/0183

(AIS and non AIS versions)
NMEA 0183 and SeaTalkTM multiplexer

Combines up to 3 MNEA 0183 inputs with SeaTalkTM

Outputs WiFi, USB and
MNEA 0183
Dual channel AIS receiver, multiplexer, SeaTalkTM to NMEA converter

Combines AIS, GPS and SeaTalkTM

Outputs WiFi, USB and
NMEA 0183
Dual channel AIS
receiver, multiplexer

Combines AIS, and
NMEA 0183

Outputs WiFi, USB and NMEA
0183
INPUT
connections
NMEA 0183 input✓x3✓x3✓x3✓x1
NMEA 2000 input
SeaTalkTM bus input (SeaTalk
converting)
AIS receiver integrated
(requires GPS antenna)
✓ Dual channel

BNC connection
✓ Dual channel

BNC connection
GPS module integrated
(requires GPS antenna)

SMA

SMA (A026 only)
OUTPUT
connections
USB (NMEA 0183 format) output✓2 way ✓2 way
NMEA 0183 output (RS422)✓x2
NMEA 2000 network
Power source Powered through12V - 35VN2K bus (12V)N2K bus (12V)12V - 35VSeaTalkTM bus (12V)USB
MultiplexingMultiplexing
AIS+GPS+SeaTalkTM
✓(A024) AIS+NMEA
(A026)AIS+GPS+NMEA
Routing
Filtering
WiFiAd-hoc and Station modes✓2 way ✓2 way
Option to disable WiFi
Configuration
Configuration through USB
port. Configuration requires
Windows PC
Compatible
devices and
software
Windows/Mac/Linux
through USB
Chart Plotters
Android/iOSWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFi
* SeaTalk™ is a registered trademark of Raymarine.

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