Best boating wireless devices, part 3
11/8/2021

Over the past two weeks, The Mic has described nearly a dozen wireless devices designed to make your boating time better, safer or maybe more fun. On the list were creative apps, remote controllers, electronic gateways and Wi-Fi signal enhancers, to name a few. Below, we finish up with five products, including one that arms sailors with performance and situational data and another that connects portable devices to the onboard NMEA 2000 network so you can monitor and control various equipment.

Rolling out these products is an exercise Marine Electronics Journal does every year as part of our Buyers’ Guide. It works like this: We ask the top manufacturers to identify the one model they produce in a particular category (17 in all) that they consider to be their Best & Brightest—not necessarily the most technically advanced or newest but rather the one they rate highest in the product line for one reason or another. Could be the functions and features it offers, or maybe it breaks new ground in maximizing effectiveness or utility, or maybe it’s the most popular as measured by sales to boaters. Last week we rolled out several wireless products that manufacturers told us about.


Aigean LD-7000ac

Five years ago, Aigean Networks introduced the industry's first high-power dual-band Wi-Fi bridge. The LD-7000ac is the most capable addition to the Aigean Wi-Fi line. Boasting six internal high-efficiency antennas in a single package, it equips any size or type of vessel with unparalleled ship-to-shore Wi-Fi capability. The 7-inch, low-profile and weatherproof fiberglass dome is secured to a hard-anodized aluminum base which screws onto a standard 1-inch-14 antenna mount. With six antennas, the LD-7000ac is capable of 3x3 multi-in multi-out and supports 802.11ac for maximum speed. A gigabit power-over-Ethernet connection provides both power to the device and data to your network, making installation a snap. Running the latest AigeanOS, configuration and operation are easier than ever before.

Airmar DST810

Airmar’s new, breakthrough DST810 Smart Multisensor combines advanced sailing data capabilities with a simple, reliable way to calibrate accurate speed via Bluetooth-enabled smart devices. In addition to delivering water depth, temperature and an upgraded 5-Hz (5X per second) speed through water output, the new DST810 features an integrated attitude sensor for heel and trim data. That data, together with Airmar’s simple calibration tool, the CAST app, makes heel-compensated speed calibration fast, intuitive, and independent of onboard instruments. CAST connects directly to DST810 via Bluetooth, making configuration simple with intuitive menus and guided calibration. Those data configurations and calibrations are then stored in the DST810, delivered to the NMEA 2000 network, and can be accessed wirelessly as well.

GOSTSpecter.com

Specter allows boat owners complete control of a GOST Nav-Tracker IDP device. Once users log in, Specter displays a global map with icons showing locations of all vessels in the user’s fleet. When a vessel is selected, the date and time of the last report received is displayed, which can be adjusted to the user’s preference. It also shows the most recent latitude and longitude, boat speed, heading, status of whether security system is armed or disarmed, nearby points-of-interest, as well as antenna input voltage and signal strength. From this screen the vessel can be polled for its current location and the geofence or full system can be remotely armed/disarmed, depending on which version of the IDP GOST system is installed.

Maretron IPG100

The Maretron IPG100 gateway lets you connect PCs, Macs, tablets, or smartphones to an NMEA 2000 network so you can monitor and control your vessel onboard or remotely using Maretron’s N2KView V3 software or the N2KView Mobile App. The IPG100 includes an NMEA 2000 and an Ethernet data port for exchanging information between the onboard NMEA 2000 network and Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled devices using conventional technology such as routers, switches, and wireless modems. Once enabled, the IPG100 will automatically connect to Maretron’s Real Time Cloud Service, which allows you to remotely connect to your vessel via the internet. This allows you to keep an eye on your vessel from anywhere in the world.

Scanstrut ROKK Nest

Safely houses and wirelessly charges your phone at the same time. Keep your phone in a safe place onboard, tucked away, charged and ready to go. The most convenient way to store and wirelessly charge your phone onboard indoors or out. Ideal for integration into consoles, seating and cabinetry. Slide your phone into the pocket and start charging wirelessly. The grippy mat stops your phone from sliding around inside. The front lip with an easy access thumb bevel acts as a safety barrier, making sure your phone stays in the Nest. One cut into your chosen mounting location, four screws supplied and a front fascia to leave the finished result clean and uncluttered.

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