Sonar Server Knowledge Base

In this section you will find a wealth of information about operating and installing our Sonar Server unit. Posts related to installation/wiring are categorised by manufacturer and all posts are fully searchable using the search box provided.

Interfacing to B&G Zeus Multi-Function Displays

The B&G Zeus range of MFDs have just one NMEA0183 Port to connect the Sonar Server to – click here for wiring details. The port must output and input data at the same baud rate, so if you already have an AIS connected to this port then you will need …

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Interfacing to Garmin Multi-Function Displays

All Garmin MFDs have at least one NMEA0183 Output for connecting to our Sonar Server. The 3000 series has two NMEA0183 Outputs – click here for the wiring diagram. The 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 Series all share a common Power/Data Cable that has two NMEA0183 Outputs – click here …

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Interfacing to Raymarine a, c and e Series

Most of the latest Raymarine a, c and e Series Multi-Function Displays have an NMEA0183 Output that can drive our Sonar Server. The smaller a6 and a7 models (a65, a67, a78, etc.) do not have an NMEA0183 Output and you would need to use our NavLink NMEA2000 Wireless Server with …

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Interfacing to Humminbird 700, 800, 900 and 1100 Series

Not all Humminbird products have an NMEA0183 Output suitable for connecting our Sonar Server to, but the 700, 800, 900 and 1100 series all have an NMEA0183 output that transmits Depth and GPS data. Also some of the other Fish Finders with an internal GPS also have an NMEA0183 Output …

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Interfacing to B&G Instruments

B&G instruments have been produced for many years and there are too many different ranges and models to cover every possible system in this post. Most B&G systems since the 1980s will have an NMEA0183 Output somewhere in the instrument network. Click here to see a wiring diagram for the …

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Interfacing to old Autohelm/Raymarine SeaTalk Systems

Autohelm, the UK autopilot and instrument manufacturer who were bought by Raytheon in the 1990s and then evolved in to what is now Raymarine, developed their own instrument interface called SeaTalk. After NMEA0183, this is probably the most common network found on boats and there are still tens, possibly hundreds …

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Interfacing to Furuno GP1650F and 1850F

The GP1650F and GP1850 were popular salt water echo sounders, particularly in the US and have subsequently been superseded by the GP1670F and GP1870F units that only have an NMEA2000 interface. Both the GP1650F and GP1850F have an NMEA0183 output that our Sonar Server can be connected to – click …

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Interfacing to Humminbird Matrix Units

The Humminbird Matrix family of Fish Finders all feature an NMEA0183 Output but you need to have the AS-HHGPS cable kit (P/No. 700030-1) that connects to the rear of the unit. This cable kit is available as an optional accessory. A wiring diagram that shows how to connect the AS-HHGPS cable …

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