How do I connect my ISO-Drive variant NGW-1 to a PC?
When connecting an NGW-1 with an ISO-Drive to a PC there are three options:
Wire a D-type 9-pin connector and cable to your NGW-1’s NMEA 0183 (ISO-Drive) port – you can connect that directly to the NGW-1 cable terminals inside the case if that is more convenient. Plug that cable in to a standard RS232 port, or a “USB to Serial” adapter cable if your computer does not have an RS232 port. Please refer to “Figure 2” on page 7 of the NGW-1 User Manual.
You might want to consider the Actisense DB9-F and USB-1 products if do not have cables already.
For a quick and easy connection, use the Actisense USG-2 for direct wiring to the NGW-1’s cable terminals whilst keeping your PC safe with 1500 volts of isolation. You can use the USG-2 as a safe way to connect any NMEA 0183 signal to your PC so it is ideal as an “NMEA 0183 diagnostic tool” when used with our freely available NMEA Reader software.
If the NGW-1 is not connected to an NMEA 2000 network, an alternative NGW-1 power source is required: 12/24 volt power can be connected directly to the “Net S” and “Net C” terminals inside the NGW-1-ISO case.