kevin.dolan on 05 Dec, 2014 11:26 PM
I'm sorry this has taken me so long to answer your questions.
Giving you a solid answer took some research and testing.
To send Expedition data back into the B&G FFD currently
requires that you wire the computer to the FFD. If your computer
has only USB connections then this requires a USB to serial
adapter. Someday I hope Expeditions messages will be written back
to wired displays through our DMK 11A but it doesn't to that
The way I set up Ventus and my laptop running Expedition using a
DMK box was by wiring the box to my instruments and then setting
the box up in
Infrastructure Mode with another router. The DMK Box broadcast
the instrument data through the router on port 1703. I set up a
second network connecting using the Expedition and Ventus Settings
that broadcast on port 5010. My laptop and iPhone were connected to
the router. The iPhone would get data generated from the PC on 5010
and the start line and waypoint ping commands where sent back from
the phone on 5010. At the same time the PC was listening to 1703 to
get the feed from the boat's instruments.
Your GPS issue could be handled in a few different ways. Most
require that Expedition be receiving its data from two different
feeds. One way would be to ad another GPS sensor and configure
Expedition to ignore the GPS data from the multiplexor's stream.
The second would have our DMK 11A in Infrastructure Mode and a
wired USB connection from the Noland. I would then configure
Expedition to listen to the wind, depth and speed data from the USB
and the GPS data from WiFi. If you wanted to display AIS it would
also be routed over WiFi. In this case I would just wire our box
directly to the charplotter so the data was fast going to the PC.
The only way I can think of to have one connection would be to only
take the NMEA feed from the B&G and not the GPS. As you said
this makes the GPS update slower, so I wouldn't go this way. It is
too bad that the GPS sentences can't be turned off by the B&G.
Other electronics let you do this but after reading the manual I
don't think it is possible with the H2000.
Describing exactly how you would wire everything is more clearly
done with a diagram. I will create one and post it shortly.