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Old 02-18-2012, 11:48 PM
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Can FCV585 work together with Garmin 5212 and if yes what kind of information can be exchanged?

Can FCV585 receive GPS coordinates from the 5212?

How can I make this connection (what parts/configuration do I need)?

I have the 5212 and need a good fishfinder but I dont know if these can work together.
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:33 AM
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Yes, they can share some information using NMEA0183

But it is cheaper to use the new GSD24 with the 5212....The GSD24 is an excellent sonar.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
Yes, they can share some information using NMEA0183 But it is cheaper to use the new GSD24 with the 5212....The GSD24 is an excellent sonar.


Not what he asked.

You need the data cable for the 5212 (should have been in the box). Use the furnished power cable from the 585.

The Black (Power Ground), Black (Data Ground) and Orange/White of the 5212 Power and Data cables must be connected together. Then Gray of the 5212 to White (TDA) of the 585. Then White of the 5212 to Yellow (RDA) of the 585.
Then on BOTH units, go into the Port Settings menus and setuo for NM0183.

BTW, I think you're going the right way. From my personal experience with Garmin sounders - they have a long way to go for quality and reliability. I have no experience with the 24, but they are too new to the market for anyone to brag on them. I heard the same hype on the GSD22 and prev models and they're all POS as far as I'm concerned. Don't get me wrong, I have numerous Garmin other products that I brag on every day.....but they have yet to earn any bragging on their black box sounders.
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Thanks!
So what kind of information can be exchanged. Can I find anywhere the list of information that will be exchanged by the two units?

I am thinking between buying an Lowrance HDS 10 to be used separated to the 5212 or to buy the FCV585 to be used in combination withe 5212. The Lowrance HDS 10 provides storing of logs (you can go home and see whatever your finder displayed) and also it provides you with the ability to scroll back on the screen and see the GPS coordinates of something displayed. Would I be able to do these if I combine the Garmin 5212 with the Furuno FCV585?

I am afraid to go with the Garmin GSD 24 because I read many complaints about its predecessor GSD 22. On the other hand GSD 24 solution will cost dramatically less than FCV585 or HDS10 solution.
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I'm on my third GSD22 and second transducer with those units and I'm done with Garmin bottom stuff. People can praise the 24 all they want, but they haven't been out there long enough to really know. My next move is back to Furuno for depth sounder. Garmin had the GPS figured out, but even in that area, I think they have been lapped by Furuno. Furuno's refresh time (and I'm talkimg about their older units) was pitiful - but their new units are spot on!
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I would not discount the GSD 24 as many other members here have also not had positive experience with the GSD22.
But many have opted for the GSD 24 and the feed back is very good.
In fact , more than good.

It only takes about 15 minutes using the GSD 24 to see the tremendous advancement Garmin has made here over the GSD 22.
But the GSD-24 should not be discounted out of hand because Garmin has such a poor predecessor.

The GSD-22 came from a vastly different design and manufacturing base that Garmin has now left.
They had no choice... their sonars were luke warm.

I have been a Furuno dealer for 40 years plus and this is the first Garmin sonar circuit that can give Furuno competition.

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The manual for both (all) those devices are available online and I suggest you read/study them as they contain all of the information you're asking. When you ask about recording "logs", are you talking about the path that you've travelled? If so, yes they are available on both GPS devices - Lowrance refers to them as "trails", Garmin refers to them as "tracks".
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Originally Posted by airbrush View Post
The manual for both (all) those devices are available online and I suggest you read/study them as they contain all of the information you're asking. When you ask about recording "logs", are you talking about the path that you've travelled? If so, yes they are available on both GPS devices - Lowrance refers to them as "trails", Garmin refers to them as "tracks".
So my question now is if I connect the 5212 with the FCV585 which is well accepted finder will I be able to keep tracks/trails logging that will include both location and depth information and store them on an SD. If I can not do that I may go with the lowrance hds 10 (but this is much more expensive than the FCV585 and also I need to buy the international version - the non-geofenced - which is even more expensive).
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:31 AM
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OK I found a way to send the location from Garmin 5212 to the FCV585 and then be able to send WPL back to 5212 when the mark button is pressed on the FV585 in order to store the marked location on the Garmin 5212.
http://www.fishnet.com.au/forums/vie...c&start=30&f=0

My other question was if the 585 has something like "Lowrance log chart feature" to generate logs to be accepted by programs like DrDepth?
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