This week, we were asked to help configure a special “Hybrid” wireless router for use on “Lush” a new Oyster 885 down at Ocean Village in Southampton. Gavin and Nick from IT@C a Digital Yacht Dealer, who specialise in large and complex installations, needed a wireless router that would provide wireless internet, wireless NMEA0183 data and also allow Waypoints and Routes to be wirelessly transferred to the Raymarine Navigation System from the very popular Navionics App for the iPad/iPhone.
Normally our iNavConnect would be used for customers that had a Raymarine Network and the Navionics App, whilst our new iNavHub would take care of customers that wanted wireless internet and NMEA0183. However, Gavin and Nick were very clear that they wanted one wireless router to do everything, so after a bit of head scratching, we proposed a new “hybrid” solution that took the iNavHub hardware and combined it with the iNavConnect firmware.
As this was the first installation of this type, we sent Paul Sumpner down to Ocean Village to help with the commissioning and after a couple of hours everything was installed, tested and working. We would like to thank Gavin and Nick for “pushing the envelope” and encouraging us to merge two of our units in to a new and interesting product and hope that this will be the first of many such installations.
IT@C are one of the leading specialist installation companies in the UK and do all of the Oyster installations, which are really cutting edge and produced to an extremely high standard – as you can see from this amazing picture of the Nav Station wiring loom.