Wireless AIS Configuration App for Android

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Our proAIS2 software for configuring and checking our latest generation of AIS transponders is a useful tool, but only being Windows and Mac compatible, it does have its limitations.

With this in mind, we have developed an Android App that allows you to do pretty much everything that proAIS2 does, but wirelessly from your Android Smart Phone or Tablet. AISConfig is a free app, available on the Google Play Store, that works with our AIT1500 (NMEA0183 version), AIT2000 and AIT3000.

Being wireless, you will need a WLN10HS or AIS WiFi Server if using our AIT1500 or AIT2000, but this is a popular combination, so there should be many customers out there that will benefit from this new App and of course our “top of the range” AIT3000 has WiFi built-in so AISConfig is the perfect app for it.

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Using AISConfig you can do all of the initial configuration, including programming of the MMSI number and then once setup, you can use AISConfig to monitor the status of the transponder, repeat the LED status (useful if the transponder is behind a panel) and to turn OFF/ON the Silent Mode, avoiding the need for a physical switch.

If AISConfig proves popular, then we will certainly consider producing an Apple iOS version, but for now AISConfig is only available for Android.

Support for AIT250 and AIT1000

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Usually our posts are about the latest and greatest, but with thoughts turning to the new season, I thought I would give some advice on two of our older but very popular products; the AIT250 and AIT1000 Class B Transponders. Both of these two products are based on the same Transponder PCB, which can still be repaired/serviced although PCB failures are fairly rare and faults can usually be traced to antennas or external wiring.

If you are the proud owner of one of these units, then you can be confident that should you have any problems, we are here to help you sort them out. We have produced a fault finding guide that covers the most common installation problems and also explains how to use the proAIS software to diagnose and fix problems. Click here for a copy of the Class B Transponder Fault finding Guide which is applicable to both of these units but not the latest AIT2000.

If you have lost the manuals for either of these two products click on the relevant link below to download a PDF copy or if you want the latest proAIS software for your PC or the USB drivers for the AIT1000.

 AIT250 Manual

–  AIT1000 Manual

–  proAIS Software

–  Windows USB Drivers for AIT1000

 

The latest firmware is also available V10.11.14.0, but we would only recommend installing this if you are experiencing interfacing or TX time out problems.

Finally the only known issue with either of these products is intermittent “Phantom” Silent Switch operation on the AIT1000. If you see the occasional flashing of the blue Silent LED or the yellow TX time out keeps coming on, then it is worth either switching the Silent Switch setting in proAIS to “Switch has no function” if you do not have a Silent Switch fitted or alternatively connect the Blue wire in the Power/Data cable to the Black wire. This fault is due to spurious electrical noise “spikes” in some installations triggering the Silent Mode and shorting these two wires together or turning off the Silent Switch function fixes the problem.

proAIS 2 DRIVER ISSUE

ISSUE: Problems installing proAIS2 drivers on Windows Vista and 7
The supplied proAIS2 software that is used to configure your AIT2000 prior to installation, includes the necessary USB drivers which are installed as part of the proAIS2 installation package.
It has been reported that on some Windows Vista and Windows 7 PCs, that the proAIS2 software will install but that Windows does not install the USB drivers. No error message or warning is given but when you come to try and run the proAIS2 software and connect to the AIT2000, it is not listed as being available and if you check in the Device Manager you will see that the drivers are not installed and no COM port has been allocated to the AIT2000.
Cause and Solution
Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a feature called “User Account Control” (UAC) that is designed to stop viruses and malware programs from taking control of your PC and causing problems. This feature is very useful but it can cause problems when installing programs that install new drivers.
If you have a problem installing proAIS2 and the USB drivers correctly, please follow the procedure below;
1) Uninstall proAIS2 using the “Programs and Features” option in the Windows Control Panel.
2) Right click on the proAIS2 “setup.exe” program and select “Run as Administrator” which will allow the program to run with the UAC temporarily turned off.
3) This should install the proAIS2 software and the USB drivers correctly.

Alternatively, you can turn the UAC feature off, install proAIS2 and then turn it back on again.

Once the drivers are correctly installed, when you run the proAIS2 software you should see your AIT2000 listed as being available and when you click the “Connect” button you should be able to configure and program the AIT2000.