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

$226.33 ($188.61 excl. VAT)

Combines up to 3 NMEA inputs with a SeaTalk bus…
Advanced filtering and routing functions for input NMEA sentences
Bi-directional USB/WiFi enables connection between navigation devices and Autopilot

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Description

Description

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The A033 gives you complete freedom to monitor, navigate and control from anywhere on board.

Simple yet sophisticated, the QK-A033 NMEA multiplexer gives you:

  • Effortless combined data from multiple NMEA, SeaTalk, WiFi and USB devices.
  • Convenient viewing of your combined marine data wirelessly anywhere on your boat to your chart plotter or mobile phones, tablet and laptop.
  • Seamless communication with Autopilots and other NMEA devices through 2 way WiFi and USB connectivity.
  • Flexible routing and filtering options.

The internal SeaTalk converter allows the A033 to listen on the SeaTalk bus and convert SeaTalk data to NMEA messages.

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Typical System Configuration


Through advanced filtering and routing, the A033 NMEA enables controlled routing of data to specific outputs, blocking of excess data and overflow reduction.

Without Configuration: The multiplexer converts and combines data received on the listener ports and sends this data to all talker ports, WiFi and USB simultaneously.

Routing options: The powerful routing feature allows the NMEA, SeaTalk and WiFi input data to be routed from any input to specific outputs.

Filtering options: Each input also has a flexible filter that can be configured to pass or block specific sentences. This frees up bandwidth, significantly reducing the possibility of data overflow and resulting loss of data.

Bi-directional WiFi: 2 way WiFi and USB connectivity, the A033 allows for wireless connection to autopilots and other NMEA devices, giving you the freedom to navigate, monitor and control from your iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and other WiFi enabled devices.

Up to 4 devices can connect directly to the A033 wirelessly with no need for an access point.

3 Marine Bi-directional WiFi to NMEA 2000 options diagram. Direct WiFi connection, Connecting NMEA 2000 though to a router or access point, or dissabling WiFi function if needed.

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WiFi Connection

The WiFi module is set for direct Ad-hoc WiFi connection as default, with no need for a router. The SSID and password can be changed through QK-A033 configuration software, increasing security and memorability. Up to 4 wireless devices can connect directly to the A033 in Ad-hoc mode.

QK-A033 can also be connected via Station mode using the Configuration software. This allows for greater range and remote access, as well as additional multi-device access.

The WiFi can be placed on standby if desired.

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Features

  • Simple, yet sophisticated NMEA 0183 multiplexer
  • Converts Seatalk to NMEA 0183
  • Multiplexer: Combines  up to 3x NMEA 0183 , 1x Seatalk, WiFi and USB data
  • Combined data stream can be accessed wirelessly (WiFi) or through the USB or NMEA ports
  • Bi-directional USB/WiFi allows for communication with autopilots and other NMEA devices
  • LED lights provide status information

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More technical info

  • Configurable baud rates: (4.8, 9.6, 38.4k input and output)
  • Wide power supply voltage range: DC 12-35 Volts
  • Compatible with Chart plotters, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux systems (Full functionality, though configuration is through a Windows application)
  • Compatible with Android and iOS (All functionality excluding USB connection and Configuration)
  • Galvanically isolated NMEA and SeaTalk input ports. (also called opto-isolation. Galvanically isolation prevents unwanted currents between devices, preventing equipment damage and interference with radio signals)
  • Differential NMEA output with galvanically isolated protection
  • Connectable to older RS232 products through optional Protocol Bridge (AS03). For more information, read below

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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 A033 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 A033 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-A033
  • 1 x USB-B cable (1m)
  • 1 x CD containing Manuals, Configuration Software and drivers
  • 1 x Setup Guidebook

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Available to add to your order:

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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.

 

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Technical Info

Technical Info

Internal Function Diagram

Here’s what’s happening inside the A033.

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Connections

QK-A033 has the following electrical connections/indicators:

  • 3x NMEA input
  • 1x SeaTalk input
  • 2x NMEA 0183 output
  • WiFi module, WiFi antenna included
  • USB connector
  • LED lights: indicating NMEA In, NMEA Out, Output overflow and Power

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INPUTS (listener ports)OUTPUTS (talker ports)
3 x NMEA 01832 x NMEA 0183
1 x SeaTalk1
WiFiWiFi
USBUSB
Manual / Drivers

Manual / Drivers

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Setup Guide

QK-A033 Basic Setup Overview.

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Manual

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

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Drivers

The QK-A033 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

Check the setup guide for more information.

 

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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