Digital Yacht’s new WLN10 Smart NMEA to WiFi gateway takes iPad and tablet integration afloat even further with the ability to connect to existing on board GPS, AIS and instrument systems and transfer data wirelessly to an iPad or tablet – allowing compatible apps to display and compute with real time information. The WLN10 creates a secure, password protected wifi network on board to footprint the boat with data.
When connected to, for example, an AIS system, real time AIS target positions and identity data will be displayed on detailed electronic charting through compatible apps including Weather4D, TimeZero, iAIS, iSailor, Seapilot and hundreds more. The tablet becomes a full function navigation display.
This new version of the WLN10 can now be programmed through its simple browser interface for NMEA 0183 data at 4800 or 38400 baud and for initial programming: Just logon to the IP address and you can set baud rate, SSID and password. No complicated programming! Through the web interface, you can also view NMEA data received for easy fault finding of issues.
The WLN10 Smart supports both UDP (for multiple connections) and TCP/IP interfaces for maximum compatibility with apps so you can be using a PC at the chart table with an iPad on deck. It’s also bidirectional so apps can control an autopilot if this function is enabled.
The Smart WLN10 has one NMEA0183 input which can be configured through the web interface. You can also utilise our SeaTalk to NMEA adaptor to allow SeaTalk instrument data to be interfaced directly to the WLN10 Smart.
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Do I need an internet connection to use the WLN10 Smart?
No internet connection is required. Many consumers get confused and automatically associate wifi with internet. The WLN10 Smart creates a wifi network and the local iPad or tablet users searches for this in the same way they search for a wifi hotspot. Once connected, NMEA data is sent over the local link created on board the boat.
How many devices can connect?
Up to 7 devices can connect using UDP. TCP/IP is a one to one connection format. PCs, MACs, Android and iOS are all compatible.
Where can I find compatible apps?
We keep up to date reviews on our news blog at www.digitalyacht.net– search on iOS or Android. Popular apps include iRegatta, iNavX, NMEA Remote, iAIS, NavLink, iSailor, SeaPilot, Weather 4D, MaxSea TimeZero, AIS View and literally 100s more.
What is the difference between the WLN10 Smart and the old WLN10?
It’s a complete new chipset with improved performance, fully opto-isolated input and outputs, web interface for programming SSID, passwords and baud rate to make stocking and installing easier. It is also super competitively priced.
Are there other models in the series?
The new WLN30 will be available shortly with 3 inputs for more complex systems. Our SeaTalk to NMEA interface can also be used to offer SeaTalk 1 connectivity and we will shortly release a NMEA 2000 adaptor.
I already have a wifi router on board – can I connect the WLN10 Smart to an existing network?
Yes! You can program this through the web interface so you just have one wifi network on board with the WLN10 Smart linked directly to that as a client. This works well with Furuno WiFi radar installations
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