The release of the NDC-5 has posed an important question from customers who know, and are used to, the older NDC-4; “What’s the difference with the old one (NDC-4)”.
The main design objective up front was to create a more powerful and flexible NMEA 0183 multiplexer which is maintainable in the future. The most important improvements can be seen in the table illustrated below.
|NDC-4 Vs NDC-5|
|Inputs (inc. serial port)||5||6|
|Outputs (inc. serial port)||2||3|
|Dedicated serial port||–|
|Config tool||Windows only||Any popular web browser on any OS|
|Basic data filtering|
|Advanced data routing||–|
|Safe USB connection while powered via a battery||–|
|Data overload LED indication||–|
|Pluggable connectors (quicker and easier installation)||–|
|DIN rail mount||–|
|Weather sealed||IP66 (when installation instructions carefully followed)||IP66|