How to Configure an AIS Transponder

Software & app to configure an AIS transponder

This article explains how to configure an AIS transponder, either using our proAIS2 software for PC/MAC or with a free Android app called AISConfig. This article is for AIT1500, AIT1500N2K, AIT2000, AIT2500, AIT3000 and Nomad.

Our other transponders can only be configured through a computer by connecting the USB and downloading a specific software (ProAIS2).

If you have an iAITX, iAISTX Plus or AIT5000, then please click here as you must configure your unit with a built-in web interface.

1- proAIS2 (available on PC & Mac)

The proAIS2 software is included on the CD-ROM-rom supplied with all of our AIS transponders. If you do not have the CD-ROM or your laptop cannot read a CD-ROM, then you can download the software for Windows by clicking here or for Mac by clicking here. The functionality of the proAIS2 software is the same on Windows or Mac.

Installation of the proAIS2 software, also installs the USB drivers and we recommend not plugging the transponders USB cable in to the PC/Mac until after you have installed proAIS2. Once the installation is complete, plug the USB cable in to the computer to complete the USB driver installation. The transponder receives enough power from the USB connection to power the processor and ancillory circuitry required to configure the transponder, however the GPS will not get a fix, the NMEA interfaces will not be working and the transponder will not transmit while on USB power.

For more information on installing proAIS2 on a Mac, please refer to a previous article by clicking here. 

Digital Yacht are not the only company that supply proAIS2 with transponders, but to our knowledge, we are the only company to produce a video showing how to configure and diagnose Class B transponders with it. So we hope that not only Digital Yacht users but owners of other brands will benefit from this video. To find out how to use the proAIS2 software to configure an AIS transponder, please watch the video below. :

2- AISConfig (available on Google Play Store)

The AISConfig app is a free application that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. You can download it by clicking here. The AIS transponder must have a built-in WiFi interface (such as Nomad, AIT3000, AIT5000, etc.) or must have a NMEA WiFi server (such as WLN10, WLN30, NavLink2) to be configured with the app.

Initial programming of the unit with your boat’s MMSI, vessel details, etc. plus monitoring of the LEDs, key performance criteria and switching Silent mode ON/OFF can all be done from the App.

To find out how to use the AISConfig app to configure an AIS transponder, please watch the video below:

Please note that the MMSI number cannot be changed once the product has been configured. To change the MMSI number, you must reset the product and for that, please contact us.

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    1. Hi,
      I am afraid that the original proAIS software for configuring our older AIT250 and AIT1000 transponders was never released for Mac – only for Windows XP/7/8/10. I have had reports of customers running Parallels who managed to get proAIS to run and I also found this article on other ways to run Windows Apps on a Mac. The Crossover Mac program sounds interesting and you get a 14 day free trial, so you could check that proAIS worked, even configure the AIT1000, before buying a license…

      Failing that, I am afraid you will need to beg/steal/borrow a Windows laptop.

      Best regards

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