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NMEA 0183 Multiplexer Users Manual             Brookhouse wwwbrookhouseonlinecom UJ4UJ4PJxMU30TK mtJGL9dmxveZZjBev3QGnnTRmmzrf LAtKZfNc1Jmhxm uwvj5dtY9rwAHnGRq2CtR7Et0Yt58DG Vmgr88m7t  22 Preface  Thank you for purchasing a Brookhouse NMEA 0183 Multiplexer This manual describes the installation configuration and operation of the standard model Throughout the manual the multiplexer is ofter referred to as mux Although there are many applications where the multiplexer can be used without a computer in the majority of installations a computer is part of the integrated system In the installation description the presence of a laptop computer is assumed      Installation  Please follow the installation instructions for errorfree reliable operation for many years   1 Choose a location where you will install your NMEA Multiplexer The NMEA multiplexer with or without repeater display is usually placed in the vicinity of the boats navstation close to the computer Please note that both the multiplexer itself and the display are not waterproof they should not be installed in the boats cockpit but inside the cabin at a dry protected location  Avoid connecting sensitive electronics to the same batterybank as electric winches startmotors etc    332 Determine where your mux will receive its 12V power from The power should be switched and fused The NMEA Mux could share the 12V circuit for other instruments or the computer In case you have purchased the Seatalk option and you will be hooking your mux up to Seatalk you dont need a separate power connection Connect the 3 Seatalk wires as described below 3 Make sure there is no power on the multiplexer and the instruments to be connected 4 Connect the wires for NMEA 1 NMEA 2 NMEA 3 and NMEA 4 to the screw terminals The connections are clearly indicated It does not matter which instrument is connected to which NMEA input They are all equal unless you use data pacing or automatic GPS backup switching If you have a mux with Seatalk support and the Seatalk bus is connected the NMEA CH1 terminal should be left empty Consult the instrument documentation of the manufacturer to determine the polarity of the NMEA output wires The Brookhouse mux inputs are optoisolated and accept single ended and differential signals It is often unknown which kind of signal is output by the instrument to be connected If the NMEA Out connection on the instrument is marked with A and B it is likely to be differential Connect to A to A and B to B If the instrument output is marked NMEA  and NMEA  connect  to A and  to B If the instrument has a single wire or connector pin labelled NMEA out or data out the signal is singleended and the common ground  is used for signal return In this case connect the signal out wire to the A terminal of the mux input port and run a separate ground wire from the instrument to the mux  Bterminal Do not simply connect the ground terminal on the mux to the Bterminal   If a computer serial output is connected to a mux input connect pin 3 to A and pin 5 to B assuming a 9pin COM port connector If polarity is accidently reversed A to B and B to A no signal is received but no harm is done  5 In installations without Seatalk make the 12V DC power connection The red wire is  the black wire  6 For Seatalk The Seatalk bus has 3 wires Signal Ground and 12V Connect  the 12V wire red to the 12V terminal Connect the Seatalk signal wire yellow to  the special terminal and Seatalk shield blank wire to  If port 1 is used for NMEA the Seatalk signal terminal should be empty Please note that if Seatalk is connected you also have to configure the mux for Seatalk see below 7 Prepare the RS232 cable for the laptop computer connection If the mux has the integral USB adapter please read the chapter about USB further in this manual 8 Plug the 9pin Dtype connector of the RS232 cable into the COMport of the computer If you use USB follow the instructions for USB   449 Connect any NMEA listeners you have such as repeater instrument or radar to the differential output of the mux Usually a maximum of 3 listeners can be connected to the single talker port 10 Double check all connections 11 The NMEA multiplexerrepeater is now ready for operation Apply power to switch it on Do not switch it on immediately after switching off Always wait for a few seconds 12 It is recommended that you first run the setup procedure to select the required features If eg you wish to use the Seatalk option make sure it is enabled  Connection of an autopilot  Autopilot control by a GPS In most integrated computerinstrument systems  autopilotcontrol is a function of the navigation software Chart plotters also provide this function If autopilot control is not supported by the nav software or if this function should also be available when the computer is switched off in many cases a GPS can also be used directly to send NMEA  messages to steer the boat to a waypoint or along a route depending on the features supported by the GPS Connect GPS NMEA out  to one of the multiplexer input ports and connect the  multiplexer RS422 NMEA output to the autopilot input The autopilot will receive the combined output of GPS and all other instruments and can also be used in windvane mode if this mode is supported and if windinstruments are connected Note that the mux output baud rate has to be set to a value that is supported by the autopilot This is usually 4800 bps  Autopilot control by navigation software If the navigation software supports autopilot control auto pilot track mode the following applies Provided that the  mux is connected to the computer as shown in the diagram on page 2  auto pilot sentences APA APB etc are received in the mux via the RS232 RxD terminal If the mux has the integral USB option there is a blue wire brought out the mux enclosure under the large green connector It carries the data sent by the computer via USB This wire has to be connected to the RxD terminal to receive computer data via USB  Data received by the mux on the RS232 RxD port is combined  with the data received via the standard input ports CH1  CH4 The RS232 RxD port is effectively a fifth input so the standard NMEA multiplexer actually combines 5 input data streams   The 5th input can also be used for other purposes such as connection of an AIS receiver Refer to the chapter on AIS elsewhere in this manual    55In the above described setup the auto pilot control sentences such as APA APB XTE are included in the combined multiplexer data output stream The auto pilot is connected to the multiplexer RS422 output and receives all combined sentences but it only uses the ones that are required for steering Some auto pilots have the ability to display other NMEA data as a repeater function The same combined data stream is output via RS232 and USB if installed This means that the computer also receives back the auto pilot sentences it has generated but these are ignored  An advantage of this wiring method is that the auto pilot can receive the NMEA steering sentences from either the GPS directly or from the navigation software on the computer without the need of physical switching between the two  Alternative auto pilot connection method There is an alternative method of connecting the auto pilot If the multiplexers RS232 RxD port has to be used for a different purpose the auto pilot can be wired directly to the computer output via the same muxcomputer cable but bypassing the multiplexer The auto pilot input feed cable has to linked to the computermux cable as follows If the computer connection is via RS232 the computer TxD wire has to be removed from the mux RxD terminal and connected to the auto pilot input cable NMEA in  In case of USB the blue USB wire has to be disconnected from RxD and connected to the AP feed cable NMEA In  In both cases the wire for NMEA  of the auto pilot has to be inserted in the mux RS232 Gnd terminal     Although the multiplexer is bypassed in this way only the single computer port is used for in and output and the mux USB interface is used to convert the computer USB output to RS232 for input by the AP The NMEA standard recommends a differential signal RS422 NMEA out for the connection to the auto pilot Whilst RS422 is the preferred signal as used in the standard mux wiring method described  on page 4 the RS232 signal is acceptable for auto pilot input in most cases     Note If the Autopilot only accepts a baudrate of 4800 BPS  this will dictate the baudratesetting of the multiplexer output and computer port The computer port baudrate setting applies to both directions transmit and receive If you need to have a  mux output data rate of higher than 4800 due to  high NMEA traffic intensity and if the autopilot accepts 4800 bps only there are several options to satisfy these conflicting requirements Also refer to baud rate selection on page 9   66    Uploading waypoints from the computer to a GPS via the multiplexer  In many integrated systems waypoints are only kept in the computer and the GPS s only function is to provide latlon of the current position Navigation tasks are all performed by the computer However a number of skippersnavigators prefer to copy waypoints to the GPS so that the GPS can take over the navigation task if necessary as a backup Waypoints generated and managed in software running on the computer can be uploaded to the GPS If standard NMEA sentences are used for waypoint definition the GPS NMEA input port can be connected to the mux RS422 ouput port in parallel with the auto pilot if present and other NMEA listeners  If a special interactive protocol is used for communication between the computer and the GPS it is recommended not to wire the computerGPS link via the multiplexer NMEA messages generated by other instruments are combined with GPS data and can disturb the proper interaction between GPS and computer  In this case it is recommended to install a DPDT switch double pole double throw that switches the GPS NMEA in and out ports between multiplexer and computer directly          77 LCD repeater display installation  The NMEA Multiplexer model with LCD also works without the LCD connected Do not plug the LCD in the multiplexer while the power  the multiplexer power is on  If required drill a hole for the cable If you want to keep the hole as small as possible remove the shell of the plug and carefully bend the wires sideways A hole of 18mm will now be sufficient to feed the cable and plug through Bend the wires back afterwards make sure you have not broken any and replace the shell   Note Although the plug used for the LCDMultiplexer connection is the same as used for VGA monitors never plug a VGA monitor into the multiplexer and never plug the LCD into a VGA connector of a PC The pinouts are not compatible and you will damage the LCD or multiplexer    88Configuration  The setup menu  The setup menu is used for setting options and uploading of filteringediting and LCD  directives The multiplexer has to be connected to the computer via the RS232 port or USB No special software is required Use standard Windows program Hyperterminal or any other terminal program Configure the terminal program Hyperterminal is assumed in this description for direct communication via COMx the port the mux is connected to Select the following settings   Baudrate 4800 for standard model multiplexer or current mux baudrate if changed previously  8 bits no parity  No flow control  To list filterediting or LCD directives one per line during uploading In the file menu select properties Under settings select Ansi terminal under ASCII setup tick Send line ends with line feeds  To enter setup mode press the keyboard ESC key or  slash key in Hyperterminal   Hyperterminal has to be the active foreground application  while you switch the mux on The mux recognises the ESC or  key only during the three startup flashes of the green status led The following menu should appear   Select option by entering single digit or letter  1  Set baudrate to 4800 2  Set baudrate to 9600 3  Set baudrate to 19200 4  Set baudrate to 38400 5  Enable  5th input port 6  Disable 5th input port I  Set port 1 Seatalk NMEA ID II S  Set port 1 Seatalk NMEA ID ST N  Set port 1 NMEA Seatalk disabled F  Upload filteringediting definitions L  Upload LCD screen definitions A  GPS backup priority port 1 backup port 2 B  GPS backup priority port 2 backup port 3 C  GPS backup priority port 3 backup port 4 D  Disable GPS backup feature P  NMEA Data Pacing port 2 1 sec Q  NMEA Data Pacing port 3 2 sec R  Disable NMEA Data Pacing X  Exit setup    Select the options you require by pressing a single letter or number and follow the instructions from the mux Use uppercase for letters    99Note 1  Detailed instructions with screenshots for Hyperterminal can also be found on the following page on the Brookhouse website wwwbrookhouseonlinecomHyperterminalhtm  Baudrate selection  The baud rate of the multiplexers RS232 USB and RS422 ports can be set to  4800 9600 19200 or 38400bps  If no auto pilot has to be connected set the baudrate to one of the higher values to ensure sufficient bandwidth   The  internal buffers of the multiplexer allow for larger amounts of data to be received than can be transmitted at the same time via the output port However it will be clear that this is only for short periods It is not possible to have a sustained total datainflow that is larger than the capacity of the output port even with very large buffer lengths As all NMEA instruments send data NMEA sentences in bursts every 1 or 2 seconds the time gaps reduce the average input rate and the risk that an overflow situation will occur is small even with the output port set to 4800  If an auto pilot  is part of the system the baudrate usually has to be 4800 Depending on the amount of data produced by the connected instruments 4800 bps may provide insufficient bandwidth for the combined data This may result is occasional bufferoverflow If such a situation arises there are 3 options to resolve this  1 Use filtering to remove redundant data to reduce NMEA traffic density In most cases there are many unused NMEA sentences that can be filtered out   2 Activate Data Pacing in the setup menu to increase the timegap between NMEA sentences 3 Set the baud rate to a higher value and connect the auto pilot to the computer independently     In the configuration setup of your computers navigationchart plotting software set the baudrate of the COM port to the same value as the mux  The baudrate of the standard model multiplexers NMEA input ports is  fixed  4800 baud Set the baudrate of the NMEA outputs of the instruments to match this 4800 is the standard NMEA transmission rate and most instruments will use this as the default setting The transmission speed of modern GPSs is usually selectable       1010 For NMEA Multiplexer units with LCD display The Setup menu is available for all models including the mux with LCD but for the model with LCD an additional method for selecting some of the options is available using the LCD and selection pushbutton  1 Turn the power off and wait for a few seconds 2 Depress the selection push button and keep it depressed while power is applied 3 The words Select Option are displayed on the LCD Release the pushbutton 4 Pressrelease the selection push button until the required baudrate is displayed Only 4800 and 9600 bps can be selected this way Use the setup menu if baudrate 19200 or 38400 is required 5 Press the selection button and wait until the word Set appears 6 Turn the unit off and wait for  a few seconds before switching it on again 7 Next time the NMEA mux is switched on the selected baudrate will be effective    Setting NMEA or Seatalk support for port 1  All Brookhouse Multiplexer models  If you have purchased the Seatalk option port 1 has been preset to Seatalk mode and you dont need to do anything unless you want to change the Seatalk ID see below  The NMEA Seatalk ID is the 2 letter code preceeded by  dollar sign that the mux uses as the prefix for all NMEA messages that are the result of the Seatalk to NMEA conversion The factory setting for the NMEA  Seatalk ID is II Integrated Instruments  Sometimes it is advantageous to distinguish the mux generated sentences from other sentences starting with II  For this reason  ST is  offered as a menuselectable alternative to II Most software and instruments just look for the  and ignore the ID code but  if ST is not accepted use the Setup menu to change it to II Alternatively load an editing directive Substitute to change the ID on the fly to any required code Also use the setup menu to disable the Seatalk conversion if required With Seatalk conversion disabled port 1 accepts standard NMEA data      For NMEA Multiplexers with LCD For multiplexers with the optional LCD an alternative way of enabingdisabling the Seatalk option and selecting the Seatalk NMEA ID is offered    1111 1 Turn the power off 2 Depress the selection push button and keep it depressed while power is applied 3 The words Select Option are displayed on the LCD Release the pushbutton 4 Pressrelease the selection push button until Port 1 NMEA appears if you require NMEA for port 1 or until Port 1 Seatalk appears if Seatalk support is required 5 Press the selection button and wait until the word Set appears 6 Turn the unit off and wait for a few seconds before switching it on again 7 Next time the NMEA mux is switched on the selected protocol for port 1 will be effective  Follow the same procedure for selecting the NMEA sentence ID II or ST for Seatalk data   Note You can select baudrate Port 1 protocol and Seatalk NMEA sentence ID  without switching the unit on and off each time   USB    The integral USB adapter allows connection of the Multiplexer to a computer USB port USB V11 is supported A Brookhouse supplied driver has to be installed in the computer This creates a virtual COMport for communication of navigation software with the multiplexer The integral USB interface converts USB to RS232 and vice versa This has the advantage that data sent from the computer via USB is also available at the multiplexerend as a RS232 signal  If the computer has a serial RS232 port plus a USB connection the mux output can be connected via both paths This makes it possible to run 2 applications in the laptop computer that both use the output of the NMEA multiplexer      Driver Installation  Connect the NMEA mux to the computer USB port with the supplied cable Leave the power of the mux off at this stage Windows will usually recognize the USB device as soon as it is connected or as soon as the computer is switched on with the cable already plugged in Follow the Windows instructions for installing new drivers If the mux has not been connected before Windows all versions will   1212ask for the driver diskette or CD supplied  with the USB device If the USB device NMEA Mux is not automatically detected go to My ComputerAdd new hardware Although there are differences between Windows versions in the way new drivers are installed the principle is the same Specify the location where the new driver can be found When asked which location should be included in the search click on Browse and find the drive and directory where the driver is stored  After the installation of the driver is complete go to My ComputerControl PanelSystemDevice Manager Click on Ports and check which port number has been assigned to the virtual USB COM port Use this COM port number in the configuration section of your Navigation software or other application that will read the NMEA mux output  Make sure that the baud rate of the NMEA Mux and the baud rate in the COM port configuration of the navigation software are the same Other required settings are  8 bits no parity no flow control   If for some reason the USB connection does not seem to be working or the application reports errors when attempting to open the port terminate the application switch off the multiplexer remove the USB cable from the multiplexer wait a few seconds and plug the USB cable back into the mux Then restart the software and switch on the NMEA mux     Crazy Mouse Problem  Under certain circumstances if the USB device is connected and already sending data to the computer when Windows is started up Windows will think that the connected device is a pointing device Microsoft Ballpoint device or other This is a general problem with USB serial devices and can also occur when a GPS or multiplexer is connected via USB Here follows a remedy Switch the multiplexer off to stop sending data to the computer but leave the USB connection intact This will stop the uncontrolled cursor moving over the screen Go to My Computer  Control Panel  System Click on Hardware tab Device Manager and click on Mice and other pointing devices Find the device that was incorrectly identified as a mouse Ballpoint device and double click on it for the properties Under Device Usage select Disable From now on the USB device will no longer be recognized as a mouse   1313 NMEA Control functions  GPS backup switching Many navigators decide to install a second GPS for backup to take over from the primary GPS when it fails for whatever reason However it is not always immediately known if the primary GPS stops sending data to the navigation software If the navigation computer has been unattended for some time the position in the electronic chart may not have been updated for a while because no GPS NMEA sentences were received Typically the boats position is checked if there is a potential navigational hazard when an upto date position is most needed To discover at that time that the GPS has stopped could not be more inconvenient and dangerous Preparing a backup GPS to replace the primary can take valuable minutes The solution lies in using a NMEA multiplexer and have the primary and a backup GPS permanently connected If one GPS stops the other will still send GPS sentences with latlon Chances that both GPS units fail at the same time are low However permanent connection of 2 GPS units can be undesirable because the frequency at which latlon is sent to the navigation software is doubled and sentences may be sent through the multiplexer with a very short timeinterval as the 2 GPSs are independent The navigation software may not be able to handle the data from 2 GPSs andor may slow down or even fail All Brookhouse multiplexers now have a feature that resolves this problem in an elegant way One multiplexer port can be designated the primary GPS port and a second port the GPS backup port in the setup menu As long as  NMEA sentences are being received via the primary GPS port data from the backup port is blocked If no data is received for  10 seconds the backup port is unblocked and the backup GPS takes over from the primary When the primary GPS starts sending NMEA data again data from the backup port is no longer sent to the computer If GPS backup switching is used with channel 1 as the primary input channel port activity or the lack thereof is not used to determine if the GPS is active or not Instead the data stream is analyzed for the presenceabsence of a certain NMEA sentence This way if the data stream received via channel 1 also contains other than GPS data GPS nonactivity can be sensed while other instruments continue sending data This feature has been designed to sense GPS activity in systems with Seatalk If the Seatalk option is active the SeatalkNMEA conversion in the mux results in a mixture of NMEA sentences including GPS sentences so if the GPS stops sending this cannot be detected by looking at port activity only To enable selective sensing of the sentence type on channel 1  two steps are required   1414 1 Select GPS backing switching option A in the mux setup menu primary port is 1 backup is 2 2 Upload the following script with option F C1IIRMC0200 E      NMEA Data Pacing The NMEA standard recommends that NMEA sentences produced by individual instruments are sent at a frequency not higher than once per second Some instruments especially some electronic compasses and engine function sensors send their NMEA sentences at much higher frequencies This can cause serious congestion in integrated instrumentcomputer systems especially if these sentences are combined with data from other NMEA talker sources The amount of data to be processed by the computer software can be so large that it slows down significantly and some programs stall  Many of the values contained in sentences sent at these high frequencies change very little from one sentence to the next For example it is unlikely that the vessels heading changes much in half a second time The same heading value is likely to be sent repeatedly over and over again The Data Pacing mechanism in Brookhouse NMEA Multiplexers if activated blocks data received from a selected port  for short periods to insert time gaps in the data stream and give the computer or other NMEA listener some breathing space For example one second interruptions can make a considerable difference and alleviate the system load whilst it is unlikely that the sentences suppressed during that single second will contain significant changes After a block period sentences are allowed through again for a short period of time The block period always starts after a complete sentence has been received and when after the timeout data is sent through again it will always start with the beginning of a new sentence   Together with the filtering feature datapacing allows the user to finetune and optimize the integrated instrumentscomputer system to the maximum Datapacing is activated from the mux setup menu but if only the standard mux functionality is required nothing has to be done as with other advanced  multiplexer features    1515 Filtering and on the fly editing  A separate description is available from Brookhouse   Creating and uploading LCD screen directives  A separate description is available from Brookhouse      Common problems with using Setup and uploading directives using Hyperterminal  1 The setup menu does not appear in the Hyperterminal window when mux is switched on while ESC is depressed  Cause 1 Hyperterminal is not the active foreground application The Hyperterminal window may be on the screen but if Hyperterminal is not the application that has control over the keyboard the ESC key is not sent to the mux Check if the Hyperterminal title bar is greyed and if so click on it to resolve Cause 2 Wrong baudrate The first time Setup is used set the baudrate to 4800 If the mux baudrate is changed and setup is used again later with the Hyperterminal baudrate still set at 4800 the ESC code wont be recognised due to baudrate mismatch Always set Hyperterminal to the current mux baudrate before attempting Setup 2 When starting a directives upload the error Message format error appears Cause Another file transfer method than Transfer Text  file was selected Always use the Transfer Text File option in Hyperterminal   AIS receiver connection  Introduction The standard Brookhouse NMEA multiplexer supports the connection of an AIS receiver via the configurable RS232 input port This port provides a fifth input channel for high speed NMEA data NMEA 0183 HS The other 4 ports remain available for NMEA and optional Seatalk The 5th input is enabled by default but can be disabled in the setup menu if required For the connection of an AIS receiver the multiplexer baudrate has to be set to 38400 bps in the setup menu The high speed AIS data is combined with the lower baudrate data from the 4   1616standard NMEA ports and transmitted  as a single data stream to computer or chartplotter at 38400 bps The high baudrate which also applies to the mux output port means that standard NMEA listeners at 4800bps such as auto pilots cannot be connected to the mux output port   There are many applications where this is not a problem For example in systems where the auto pilot is connected to a chart plotter via Seatalk and computer AP control is not required the lack of NMEA output at 4800bps is not a disadvantage  For those configurations where both 38400 in and output for AIS plus 4800 bps NMEA output is required Brookhouse has 2 different models of NMEA multiplexers with baudrate conversion models AIS and AISC   The four standard multiplexer input ports are optoisolated  The RS232 port used for connection of an AIS receiver standard mux  is not optoisolated The popular AIS receivers have been designed for direct connection to a  non optoisolated RS232  computer port and connection via the mux RS232 port presents no problems for any of the popular AIS receivers available   Use of the RxD port The 5th input port RxD terminal on the multiplexer is also used for bidirectional communication with a computer during configurationsetup of the multiplexer Multiple devices cannot be connected to an input port at the same time Therefore the AIS receiver or other NMEA talker HS or standard should only be connected after the setup procedure has been completed and the port is free for other use After setup the computer Tx D wire has to be disconnected  from the mux RxD screw terminal and the AIS receiver or other NMEA talker can now be connected If setup is regularly required for uploading filterediting data or LCD screen definitions installation of  an external  singlepole changeover switch may be considered for convenience   If the communication with the computer is via USB the integral USBRS232  converter has to be disconnected from the RxD terminal for the same reason as explained above before the AIS receiver can be connected For this purpose the blue wire in the RxD terminal for models with USB option  should be removed and insulated after configuration before the AIS receiver or other NMEA talker is connected  If no AIS receiver or other external NMEA talker is installed the RxD port can stay connected  to the computer all the time After mux configuration NMEA data  sent back to the mux by the computer will  be combined with the other inputs to a single data stream  For example autopilot control sentences generated by the computer nav software can be input by the mux in this way  to be combined with   1717other input data  In case of USB communication the blue wire can stay in place Also refer to the chapter in this manual dealing with autopilot connections        Baud rate considerations If a highspeed NMEA talker is connected a consequence is that the output baudrate of the multiplexer has to be set to the same rate The risk of dataloss would be too high if the output baudrate would be lower  Therefore the baudrate of the 5th input  port and the  mux  output data rate are coupled and automatically set to the same value during the mux setup procedure As standard NMEA listeners such as auto pilots and repeater instruments usually accept only 4800bps  these cannot be directly connected to the mux output if the selected baudrate is higher than 4800 However in most navigation software packages a separate output port can be configured at 4800bps for autopilot control  There are also Brookhouse multiplexer models available with baudrate conversion to allow connection of lowspeed NMEA listeners      Multiplexer operation   The multiplexer is fully automatic Once power is applied it starts looking for input data on all 4 input ports and outputs NMEA sentences on the RS232 output port  LEDs Light Emitting Diodes  The two leds have the following function  Red led pwr This is on when power is supplied to the multiplexer Green led stat  When the multiplexer is switched on three short flashes indicate that the processor is running and no faults have been detected  After initialisation the green led is on when a NMEA sentence from one of the input ports  is being transferred to the output port      LCD only for Multiplexer model with LCD    The LCD  is used for displaying selected NMEA data found in the datastream of any of the four connected instruments The multiplexer is supplied with a number of screen definitions for often displayed data The user can change these definitions andor add more to display additional data or datacombinations The   1818display function is independent from the multiplexerfunction All data is transferred to the output port as it has been received from the inputs but the multiplexer filteringediting feature allows the user to program the multiplexer to suppress certain sentences andor make modifications  Data from NMEA sentences that are filtered out or modified can still be displayed on the LCD  Separate documents are available that describe how to program the multiplexer for filteringediting on the fly and for programming the screen definitions for the LCD  Datascreens can be displayed sequentially by pressing the pushbutton After an item is selected it may take a few seconds before the data is displayed because the multiplexer has to wait for the next NMEA sentence containing the data to come along The latest data received is displayed If a screen is selected but no value is displayed that dataitem is not available in the NMEA sentences received from the connected instruments  After no data has been received for the current LCD screen for a period of 10 seconds the first character of the screen starts blinking This indicates that if any data is currently still displayed this data is not up to date and cannot be relied on The curser stops blinking after fresh data becomes available   Changing the default powerup screen  When the NMEA Multiplexer is powered on the default  datascreen is displayed This default can be changed by the user in a very simple way Step through the screens by pressing the pushbutton until you find the one you wish to select as the power up default Press the selection button and keep it depressed until the word Set appears You dont have to wait until the actual data is displayed just select the sentence type and description When Set appears the powerup screen number has been set in the muxs eeprom memory Next time you switch the NMEA multiplexerrepeater on the selected screen will be displayed first Turn the power off wait for a few seconds and turn power on The selected default screen will now appear  Turning the LCD backlighting on and off  On sailboats power preservation is important while under sail The mux uses very little approx 50 mAmps but the LCD backlighting uses another 100mAmps This is still not much but every little bit helps To switch the backlighting off go through all the displays by pressing the selection pushbutton The last screen is fixed and shows END the firmware revision number and  backlighting onoff Keep the button depressed until the backlighting switches on or off    1919 NMEA sentence monitoring   If you wish to check if  all NMEA data sentences that you are expecting are included in the output of your instruments and the NMEA multiplexer you can easily verify this by running Windows program Hyperterminal under Accessories This will display all raw NMEA data sentence by sentence Dont forget to set the correct baud rate Also after changing the baud rate Hyperterminal has to be terminated and restarted You can also use your computer to simulate NMEA instruments on the input ports of the NMEA multiplexerrepeater Do not use Hyperterminal for this purpose because the multiplexer will lock on the  input port until a LF Line Feed character is encountered There is an NMEA Instrument simulation program available free trial version on wwwsailsoftnl     Support   The software for our products is regularly updated and new functions added If in future you require a new features which are not included in the version of the product you own we are happy to install the latest software in your unit for a small service fee    Questions or Comments  Please feel free to send us an email to supportbrookhouseonlinecom in case you have questions requests or comments On the website  httpwwwbrookhouseonlinecom you can find more technical info     2020 Specifications    4 optoisolated Listener Input ports for the connection of NMEA talkers GPS Windinstr etc  RS232 input Computer or AIS for fifth input  1 Output RS232 port typically for connection to computer  1 Output RS422 port differential NMEA talker port  Data speed  4 Input ports 4800 bps standard NMEA baud rate RS232 Input  Output 480096001920038400 bps selectable in setup mode default 4800 bps  Indicators red LED for power green LED for datatransmission  Supply Voltage DC 935 Volts  Reversed polarity protection  Power Consumption 45 mAmps  12V with all ports active  Physical size 110x65x37mm hxwxd  Weight 120 grams  Mounting bulkhead mounting with screws  NMEA  management and control o NMEA Sentence Filtering o NMEA Sentence editing on the fly o Automatic port switching mainly for GPS backup o Data pacing for fast talking sensors and electronic compasses  Options o  Raymarine Seatalk to NMEA conversion o  USB for computer connection o  User programmable LCD compact repeater   Disclaimer Although we do our best to make our products highly reliable we cannot accept any responsibility for personal injury loss of life or material damage as a result of  malfunctioning of our products   URWURWGNU General Public LicenseURWURWGNU General Public LicenseBURWURWGNU General Public LicenseURWURWURWURWGNU General Public LicenseURWURWWouter1242007 2114131242007 211413PScript5dll Version 52D201405300652000400GNU Ghostscript 706Microsoft Word  MuxMk2manualdoc

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The information on this web site has not been checked for accuracy. It is for entertainment purposes only and should be independently verified before using for any other reason. There are five sources. 1) Documents and manuals from a variety of sources. These have not been checked for accuracy and in many cases have not even been read by anyone associated with L-36.com. I have no idea of they are useful or accurate, I leave that to the reader. 2) Articles others have written and submitted. If you have questions on these, please contact the author. 3) Articles that represent my personal opinions. These are intended to promote thought and for entertainment. These are not intended to be fact, they are my opinions. 4) Small programs that generate result presented on a web page. Like any computer program, these may and in some cases do have errors. Almost all of these also make simplifying assumptions so they are not totally accurate even if there are no errors. Please verify all results. 5) Weather information is from numerious of sources and is presented automatically. It is not checked for accuracy either by anyone at L-36.com or by the source which is typically the US Government. See the NOAA web site for their disclaimer. Finally, tide and current data on this site is from 2007 and 2008 data bases, which may contain even older data. Changes in harbors due to building or dredging change tides and currents and for that reason many of the locations presented are no longer supported by newer data bases. For example, there is very little tidal current data in newer data bases so current data is likely wrong to some extent. This data is NOT FOR NAVIGATION. See the XTide disclaimer for details. In addition, tide and current are influenced by storms, river flow, and other factors beyond the ability of any predictive program.