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Garmin adding "Wireless" Capabilities to Chartplotters

Old 02-14-2012, 11:40 AM
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Default Garmin adding "Wireless" Capabilities to Chartplotters

Just recently there was a thread talking about would Garmin add wireless networking to their chartplotters. Well, it seems like they are "kind of" starting in that direction. It doesnt appear that it is Internet wireless yet, but maybe it is not that far away...

From a Miami Boat Show release where they announced new Thermal cameras that can automatically track and follow items, they announced the new BlueChart Mobile app for iPads and iPhones.

The last paragraph is interesting...it says you can take the route you plan at home on your iPad and wirelessly transfer it to your chartplotter on board and also during the trip, the chartplotter can wirelessly send back to the iPad the GPS position so you can track progress on your iPad. So there must be a hardware device coming that plugs into the networking port to create some type of AdHoc wireless network. Here is the paraghaph.

"When you get on board, you can wirelessly transfer your routes, waypoints and tracks to your networked Garmin chartplotter. Once underway, the iPad can be used to “follow the boat” along its route by wirelessly sharing the GPS location from the Garmin marine network. This is the most accurate way for passengers to see the boat’s progress and position from anywhere on the boat when the iPad’s assisted-GPS is unavailable. "

Maybe true internet wireless networking, when at the dock, etc, is not far away for firmware/software updates and more.
Old 02-14-2012, 11:55 AM
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Some cool features! Hope they start a NEMA 2000 integration with the new head units hitting the market like the Fusion 700 series! The 700 allows you to hook up of the head unit to a wireless router!

Over the NEMA 2000 network the Garmins could share this access point with a software upgrade to leverage their wireless capabilities directly through the 700's router.

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