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Hydromagic NMEA0183 output plugin

The Hydromagic NMEA0183 output plugin allows you to send NMEA0183 formatted data to a third party application using a serial port, TCP or UDP connection. Position, depth, heading, speed and time will be included in the outgoing messages.


Loading the NMEA0183 output plugin

To load this plugin, open the preferences window by selecting "Preferences..." from the "Options" menu.
In the window that appears, select the "Devices" tab. Next click the "Add..." button.

the devices tab in the preferences dialog

A list of available plugins will be displayed. From this list, select the "NMEA0183 OUT Plugin for Hydromagic" and click "OK" to load and display the plugin's configuration window.

select the Hydromagic NMEA0183 output plugin


Configuring the communication settings

This plugin can send out data over a serial port or an Ethernet or WiFi connection using TCP or UDP. Please note that when sending data over a serial port to another computer, you will need a so called null-modem cable (crossed rxd/txd wire pairs). For TCP and UDP you can use a WiFi access point or an Ethernet switch.

When the data has to be send to another computer using TCP or UDP, make sure you enter the host IP address of the target computer. Use the 'connection type' drop down box to switch between serial port and TCP/IP communication.

Configuring the communication settings


Testing the configuration

To test the configuration as well as the resulting output data, go back to the list of plugins and select the "NMEA0183 Output Plugin for Hydromagic" plugin. Next, click the "Monitor" button to have a look at the outgoing data. When there is no output data, or when there is a red exclamation icon in front of the plugin name, please consult the real-time activity view for more information on the problem.

Start the communications monitor to check the output format

In the real-time communications monitor you can see at which interval the data is send as well as the content of the output data:

The outgoing data in the real-time communications monitor


Unloading the Hydromagic NMEA0183 output plugin

To unload the generic echo sounder plugin, open the preferences window by selecting "Preferences..." from the "Options" menu.
In the window that appears, select the "Devices" tab. Next select the "NMEA0183 OUT Plugin for Hydromagic" and click the "Remove..." button.

Unload the NMEA0183 Output plugin