How to interface the GPS160 to your navigation system?

Find out how to connect the GPS160 to your navigation system (chart plotter, fish finder, etc.).

The GPS160 is a high performance positioning sensor using GPS, Galileo and Glonass satellite systems for exceptional positioning accuracies and redundancies.

GPS160 is a perfect drop in replacements for any of the marine GPS antennas that are currently being used on boats. Whatever the make or model, the chances are that the GPS160 will be suitable.

Search the brand or/and part number of your system and you will find wiring diagrams which explain how to connect the GPS160 to your system.


B&G Zeus

The B&G Zeus range of MFDs have just one NMEA0183 Port to connect the GPS160.

The port must output and input data at the same baud rate. Here is the wiring diagram:

Interfacing a GPS160 to a B&G Zeus

 

Furuno FCV

The Furuno FCV range of salt water Fish Finders all have an NMEA0183 output that can drive our GPS160.

The FCV585, FCV587, FCV620 and FCV627 all share the same wiring details for the Power/Data cable and the wiring diagram can be seen below.

It is important that you check that the Depth and GPS sentences are turned ON in the Installation>NMEA menu.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Furuno FCV fish finders

Furuno GP1650 & GP1850

The GP1650F and GP1850F were popular salt water echo sounders, particularly in the US and have subsequently been superseded by the GP1670F and GP1870F units that only have an NMEA2000 interface (needs NMEA 2000 to WiFi server NavLink2 for those units).

Both the GP1650F and GP1850F have an NMEA0183 output that our GPS160 can be connected to as shown by this wiring diagram:

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Furuno GP1650 or GP1850

Garmin 40S & 90S

The Garmin 40S & 90S only have one NMEA 0183 port. Here’s the wiring diagram to connect a GPS160 to a Garmin 40S or 90S:

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Garmin 40S

Garmin 50S & 70S

The Garmin 50s and 70s have two NMEA 0183 ports and you can connect the GPS160 to either input.

Here’s the wiring diagram to connect our GPS160 to a 50S or 70S:

Interfacing GPS160 to Garmin 50 & 70S series

Garmin 400 & 500

The Garmin 400 and 500 series plotters are some of the most popular small boat chart plotters on the market and it is not surprising that we get many enquiries about how to connect our products to them.

The Garmin 400 & 500 Series have two NMEA 0183 ports.

Interfacing our GPS160 to a Garmin 400 or 500 Series

Garmin 1000, 7400 & 7600 Series

The Garmin 1000, 7400 and 7600 series only have one NMEA 0183 port.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Garmin 7400

Garmin 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 & 7000 Series

Interface WLN10/WLN30 to a Garmin multi function display

All Garmin MFDs have at least one NMEA0183 Output for connecting to our GPS160.

 

For the 2000 & 3000 seriesInterfacing GPS160 to Garmin 2000 & 3000 series

For the 4000, 5000, 6000 & 7000 series

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Garmin MFD

 

Humminbird

Interface WLN10 with Humminbird

To connect our GPS160 to your Humminbird unit, you will need the optional AS-HHGPS Cable Kit  (P/No. 700030-1) that connects to the rear of the unit.

Make sure that the NMEA Output is set to ON in the Advanced Setup menu of the Humminbird unit.

Here is a wiring diagram showing how to connect our GPS160 to the AS-HHGPS cable.

Interfacing GPS160 to Humminbird

iKonvert NMEA 2000 converter

Most of the major marine electronics manufacturers now produce NMEA2000 GPS sensors but with the NMEA 2000’s 6m length limitation on drop cables, plus the relatively large NMEA 2000 connectors that these cables have, installation of NMEA 2000 GPS sensors can be quite difficult.

Where longer cable runs are required or space to fit cables is tight, we recommend using our GPS160 with one of our popular iKonvert NMEA 0183 to NMEA 2000 gateways. The GPS160’s slim 10m cable can be easily extended up to 45m and with no connector to worry about, can be easily run through existing conduits and tight spaces. Once you arrive at the NMEA 2000 network “backbone”, simply wire the GPS160 to Digital Yacht’s iKonvert ISO gateway (as shown below) and the GPS160 data will immediately be available on the NMEA 2000 network.

 

Interfacing a GPS160 to a iKonvert

Lowrance Elite 4

The Lowrance Elite 4 Fish Finder can be configured to have one differential NMEA0183 Port (RS422 mode) or two common ground NMEA0183 Ports (RS232 Mode). You can connect the GPS160 in either mode .

The port must output and input data at the same baud rate.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Lowrance Elite 4

Lowrance Elite 5

The Lowrance Elite 5 Fish Finder can be configured to have one differential NMEA0183 Port (RS422 mode) or two common ground NMEA0183 Ports (RS232 Mode). You can connect the GPS160 in either mode .

The port must output and input data at the same baud rate.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Lowrance Elite 5

Lowrance HDS Gen 2 & 3

The Lowrance HDS range of Multifunction displays is on its third generation and all units feature a single NMEA0183 Port that our GPS160 can connect to.

The port must output and input data at the same baud rate.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Lowrance HDS

Navicom RT450, RT550 & RT650

Navicom RT VHF Radio

Navicom’s RT450, RT550 & RT650 VHF radios all have NMEA0183 input and output. You can use the NMEA output to connect the radio’s AIS to a plotter or NMEA to WiFi server.

On the NMEA input, you can connect the GPS160 antenna:

Interfacing GPS160 to a VHF radio Navicom RT

Raymarine A50 & A70

All A50 and A70 Raymarine have two NMEA0183 ports, either of which can be connected to our GPS160.

Here is our wiring diagram:

Raymarine A60 and A65

Not to be confused with the latest touch screen a65 MFD, the original A60 and A65 units both had an NMEA0183 output that can be connected to our GPS160 antenna.

The wiring is the same for both units and a diagram can be found below.

The port must output and input data at the same baud rate

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Raymarine A60 or A65

Raymarine C + E Classic Series

The Classic C + E Series plotters had just one NMEA0183 Port to connect the GPS160.

The port must output and input data at the same baud rate.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Raymarine Series Classic

Raymarine C + E Series Widescreen

The C + E Series Widescreen Multifunction Displays had three NMEA0183 Ports, although only two of the ports were bi-directional (input and output), the third port only having an input.

It should also be noted that only one of the two bi-directional ports could be set to the high speed 38400 baud rate for AIS, so it is best not to connect the GPS160 to this port, if you intend to fit an AIS unit at a later date.

We recommend fitting the GPS160 to Port 1 as shown in the wiring diagram here.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Raymarine Widescreen serie

Raymarine new C + E series

Connect a WLN10 to a Raymarine

Most of the latest Raymarine C and E Series Multi-Function Displays have an NMEA0183 Output that can connect to our GPS160.

Seatalk converter

Many of our GPS sensors are sold to replace failed Raymarine GPS sensors Raystar 112, 120 and 125, which used the proprietary Raymarine SeaTalk™ interface. In most situations, you can find a spare NMEA 0183 input in the Raymarine system, to connect our GPS160 to, but if the only option is to connect it via SeaTalk™ then you can use a Digital Yacht ST-NMEA converter connected as follows.

Interfacing a GPS160 to a Seatalk converter

Simrad NSE

The high end Simrad NSE systems have a single NMEA0183 port that can be connected to our GPS160.

Simrad NSO

The high end Simrad NSO systems have a single NMEA0183 port that can be connected to our GPS160.

Interfacing a GPS160 with a Simrad NSO

Simrad NSS

The Simrad NSS has just one NMEA0183 Port to connect the GPS160 to.

 

Interfacing GPS160 with Simrad NSS

WLN10 & WLN30

The new WLN10 interface

The GPS160 can be used wirelessly to send GPS data to an iPad/iPhone or Android device by using one of Digital
Yacht’s WLN10SM Wireless NMEA Servers. The GPS160 should be connected to the WLN10SM as shown in the
diagram below.

Interfacing GPS160 and a WLN10