Wireless Ais- IPad - Navionics??

Discussion in 'Electronics Q&A' started by Capt Sandbar, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Capt Sandbar

    Capt Sandbar Member

    Sep 10, 2018
    Prescott, Wisc
    1993 Formula 31PC - looking for a 48 MY
    7.4 Merc -Bravo II
    I want connect a marine radio based Ais to a IPad running Navionics?

    Is that even possible?

    Thanks Steve
  2. yobub

    yobub Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 29, 2016
    1998 400 Sundancer
    Cat 3116's
  3. Jaybeaux

    Jaybeaux Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 3, 2016
    Upper Potomac River
    420 Sundancer 2004
    Naught On Call
    Cummins 6CTA-8.3's with V-Drives
    9KW Onan Genset
    Ok, this is a thought-thru answer, not an actual experience answer. I just put a Vesper XB-8000 AIS Transponder on my boat this winter. Also added a splitter, so that the AIS and the VHF could "share" the same antenna. Knowing that the AIS data is transmitted over VHF frequency makes me think that an iPad with WiFi ain't gonna cut it. I know that we can all visit www.marinetraffic.com and see all the ships and boats equipped with AIS, but their data has to be "retransmitted" to the internet. You will observe that the data is a bit old, or even non-existant. My marina is not located near an AIS transmitter, so I have yet to see my boat on the Marine Traffic website, if you follow what I'm trying to say.

    Bottom line: This is not a duplicate for real AIS capabilities in my opinion. Again, this is a thougt-thru answer.

  4. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    2808670-R1-015-6.jpg My experience with WiFi and my iPad is that it is not all that reliable. Sometimes I will allow a friend to run our boat offshore with me relaxing in the lower cockpit watching the wake. I keep my iPad in my lap so I can keep an eye on the chart plotter with a radar image on the split screen. It works ok but crashes with some regularity. I would not consider it as an alternative to the MFD image which has never failed underway.

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