Digital Yacht recently introduced the new rugged NS5 ethernet switch for on board networking.
As more and more on board devices rely internet connectivity and utilise standard ethernet protocols for communication, the NS5 allows plug ‘n play expansion for up to 5 devices.
Here’s a great application.
Fusion have a superb new range of on board audio products which can be networked using WiFi as well as a wired connection. A common issue is drop out over WiFi especially when using AirPlay from iPhones or iPads for playback – and of course, every audio user wants to stream music too from internet sources such as Spotify so an internet connection on board is essential. A wired solution is always the best for media playback offering significantly faster speeds and not suffering from bandwidth and interference issues
The NS5 interconnects the Fusion stereo units. It’s a DC powered, rugged network switch. Just use CAT5/6 patch cables to connect devices together. It can also connect to our 4G Connect or 4G Xtream LTE on-board internet solutions providing connectivity for the whole boat and access to online music and entertainment. In this scenario, the 4G product becomes the main router on board and the Fusion head units become clients which is a much more stable solution. Fusion head units can also update their software via the connectivity provided by the 4G modems.
LanLINK allows on board NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 networks to interface with the system too – that means all the boats NMEA data is available for apps on connected iPads and tablets – great for popular apps requiring GPS, instrument and AIS data such as Navionics, iNavX, AquaMaps, NV Charts, Weather 4D etc. The 4G Xtream product features a NMEA 2000 interface as standard so LanLINK isn’t required.
This is a great solution for the connected boat – and expandable too. Easily add smart TVs or CCTV cameras for remote monitoring and use your mobile devices for playback and control, browsing and charting and navigation.
More details on the NS5 HERE