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Old 08-07-2017, 04:40 PM
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Hey.

I inshore fished with a guy the other day who had 2 12" units. Thought that was a bit overkill till I was schooled in their use--and I've been using electronics on boats for decades. In the days of plotting, multiple frequency ff, structure scan and down scan (along with my eyes not getting any younger), it's clear to me you can't have enough screen real estate.

I know some manufacturers can mirror their screens to a mobile device via wifi or Bluetooth, but is there one or more that will allow you to view something different on the mobile device? For example, I'd like my main device to show plotter/ff, while the iPad would be showing structure scan or vice versa. Possible?

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Only the very expensive black box Simrad NSO Evo2 can show a different setup at a tablet than what's shown at the screen. The way the mirroring is done is that the data going to the screen is mpeg encoded and transmitted to the tablet. To show something different on the screen an additional processor system is required to process the data going to the tablet. NSO Evo2 has two processor systems and can support two screens or one screen and one tablet.
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The main issue you're going to run into on a mobile device is daylight visibility (or lack thereof). Take your device out on your boat on a bright day, before you spend a bunch of money on an extendable MFD.
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Originally Posted by bobeast View Post
The main issue you're going to run into on a mobile device is daylight visibility (or lack thereof). Take your device out on your boat on a bright day, before you spend a bunch of money on an extendable MFD.
I want to second what he said. I thought the same as you and tried exactly what he said. I couldn't read/see crap on the ipad or android tablet. Just wasnt bright enough. Now it would work great for in-cabin, which is where I originally saw this idea put to use. Clearly, inside is much better.
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Ok, If the Simrad EVO2 system can display a 2nd screen on the IPAD, I assume the EVO3 system should as well.

But, what about the Garmin GPSMAP units that support wifi and IPad/IPhone apps? Can they display 2 separate screens - one on the GPSMAP and a different screen on the IPad?

I have been using a IPad mounted on electronics box under my T-Top for Navionics and music for a while. It is visible in the shade. I was wondering if the IPad could be 2nd display for an NSS9 or GPSMAP 7610xsv MFDs.

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Nope and NSO evo2 is totally different fhan NSS evo2. Nss evo3 (typically just referred to as evo3) won’t do what you want either.

And there is no iPad that is daylight viewable anyway.
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Thanks Chainsaw.

In the shade, the IPAD is fine. Navionics App is ok but lacks some significant features such as, a MOB button and the ability to import/export waypoints. I think the marine electronics industry to trying to maintain a lock on the hardware used as long as they can.
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Originally Posted by bobeast View Post
The main issue you're going to run into on a mobile device is daylight visibility (or lack thereof). Take your device out on your boat on a bright day, before you spend a bunch of money on an extendable MFD.
Hi all, since I have faced exactly the same issue, inadequate visibility of normal tablet screens under direct sunlight, I developed a free android app, called SonarInk, that let's you watch your GPS/Fishfinder screen on an e-ink screen tablet, like the popular e-readers that their screen is perfectly visible under direct sunlight.

Of course one has to live with the shortcoming of a black & white screen with shades of gray to substitute for colour, on the other hand however the low visibility issue of the screen under direct sunlight is resolved.

SonarInk app is compatible with Simrad/Lowrance GPS/Fishfinders with a built in wifi repeater, and runs correctly only on android tablets with a b&w e-ink type of screen.

You can find the free app and read more information on compatible devices in the google playstore under the link:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...stems.sonarink

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