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Yakker NMEA to WiFi Bridge

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Created by Seebreasy73 5 months ago, 11 Oct 2018
Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
11 Oct 2018 3:57AM
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Would love to know if anyone had any experience with this unit and how well it works especially hooked up with an older plotter (6-7 years and over). Does it pick up all the data? How reliable is the wifi link? I assume you would use it with a Navionics app on mobile or a tablet, is that right?

wongaga
246 posts
11 Oct 2018 7:16AM
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Hi Seebreasy;

I have the Twin Yakker, which has 4800 and 38400 baud NMEA inputs. The 4800 receives data from my very old and basic Navman plotter, and the 38400 gets data from a dAISy AIS receiver. I run OpenCPN on an Asus netbook, and it all works very well.

I'm very happy with the Yakker. It's easy to install and set up and does what it says. My only minor criticisms are its fairly flimsy housing, and the limited signal range. It's fine on my 28 footer, but I wouldn't use it on a much larger boat. But then again it is very inexpensive and you gets what you pays for, so for a budget solution on a small boat I would recommend it. It has an AP mode which simultaneously allows the netbook to also receive internet data over Wifi via the iPhone.

Cheers, Graeme

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
11 Oct 2018 1:45PM
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Thanks Wongaga, does it come with good installation instructions? Their website is not too informative.

wongaga
246 posts
11 Oct 2018 3:49PM
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The configuration is very easy, and is described on the website. The physical installation is super-simple - 12V to the + and - terminals, and the NMEA wires to their terminals.

Cheers, Graeme

Seebreasy73
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11 Oct 2018 7:21PM
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wongaga said..
The configuration is very easy, and is described on the website. The physical installation is super-simple - 12V to the + and - terminals, and the NMEA wires to their terminals.

Cheers, Graeme


cheers, might give that a go

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
2 Jan 2019 4:13PM
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wongaga said..
Hi Seebreasy;

I have the Twin Yakker, which has 4800 and 38400 baud NMEA inputs. The 4800 receives data from my very old and basic Navman plotter, and the 38400 gets data from a dAISy AIS receiver. I run OpenCPN on an Asus netbook, and it all works very well.

I'm very happy with the Yakker. It's easy to install and set up and does what it says. My only minor criticisms are its fairly flimsy housing, and the limited signal range. It's fine on my 28 footer, but I wouldn't use it on a much larger boat. But then again it is very inexpensive and you gets what you pays for, so for a budget solution on a small boat I would recommend it. It has an AP mode which simultaneously allows the netbook to also receive internet data over Wifi via the iPhone.

Cheers, Graeme


Hi Graeme,

My Yakker has arrived for Christms and finally had a chance to hoo it up. However...
my Navionics ap would not recognise the Yakker under the "connect to Plotter" function. I am using the Yakker in AP mode.
What are your settings, if I may ask? The default factory settings are in UPD Mode: 2000. ports at 4800 and 38000 bauds
I have only added filtering for DBT and DPT nothing else.

wongaga
246 posts
2 Jan 2019 2:40PM
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I run Open CPN on a netbook, so it's a bit different to you having Navionics on a phone or tablet. The plotter is an ancient Navman, but it all works fine, and I also have a dAISy AIS receiver connected to the 38,400 port.

If I connect the netbook to the Yakker via "Create Access Point", it works fine but I can't access my phone (for internet).

But if I select "Connect to Router A/P", the Yakker reboots and connects to the phone, which then routes it to the netbook. That allows simultaneous access to NMEA and internet.

The timing of initiating the Yakker mode and phone personal hotspot is important: I find selecting Router A/P first then starting the personal hotspot a few seconds later works best.

Also, if you have a Twin, note that the latest URL has changed from 192.168.4.1 to 192.168.5.1. Having the old URL still up on the website is pretty unhelpful.

Hope I have helped,

Graeme

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
2 Jan 2019 5:23PM
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wongaga said..
I run Open CPN on a netbook, so it's a bit different to you having Navionics on a phone or tablet. The plotter is an ancient Navman, but it all works fine, and I also have a dAISy AIS receiver connected to the 38,400 port.

If I connect the netbook to the Yakker via "Create Access Point", it works fine but I can't access my phone (for internet).

But if I select "Connect to Router A/P", the Yakker reboots and connects to the phone, which then routes it to the netbook. That allows simultaneous access to NMEA and internet.

The timing of initiating the Yakker mode and phone personal hotspot is important: I find selecting Router A/P first then starting the personal hotspot a few seconds later works best.

Also, if you have a Twin, note that the latest URL has changed from 192.168.4.1 to 192.168.5.1. Having the old URL still up on the website is pretty unhelpful.

Hope I have helped,

Graeme


hmm.. i will have to send an email to the developer, perhaps navionics has changed things around. indeed, I have discovered the change in the IP address. the yakker now adds a well needed wifi capabilitit to the Lowrence Hook 5, but dtill, it won't auto route, hence I use the navionics app as a navigational aid and as a back up plotter.

May I ask what maps do you use with the Open CPN? Since it does not come with maps. While USA and NZ has free maps accessible, but here in Oz, yeah, nah...

wongaga
246 posts
2 Jan 2019 6:54PM
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Check your pm's

Seebreasy73
QLD, 315 posts
9 Jan 2019 10:51PM
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Check your pm's


The unit works great, resurrected the old chartplotter (at least the data from it)
However, interestingly, for me the direct connection works best. In this mode the navionics app updates the data from the plotter every 2-3 seconds. If I connect it to the wifi as a device, the unit still gets picked up, but keeps dropping the connection and the Navionics app does not update the data at a frequency that would be useful for careful navigation especially in narrows.
Also, the tablet draws a lot of battery discharging at a higher rate than charger can supply. Something I hoped would not happen



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