By Ben Ellison
ShipModul NMEA multiplexers
ShipModul’s little (5.4"x2.5"x1.2") multiplexer boxes don’t look like much but they can prevent significant hair loss for boaters or their installers who are trying to get multiple NMEA 0183 electronics—plotters, radars, autopilots, instruments, etc.—to talk peacefully among themselves and also with PC programs. The company’s latest MiniPlex-42USB high-end model not only solves the added issue presented by computers without standard serial ports (see “Q&A”), but also offers sophisticated data buffering, overflow management, sentence filtering, and support for fast-talking compasses. (And all this mumbo jumbo is evidence of why NMEA 2000 will be most welcome at mix-and-match navigation stations.) The Wired Boat, ShipModul’s North American distributor, sells this unit for $455.
The Wired Boat Phone: (604) 341-2196. www.wiredboat.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.