Can I connect NMEA 2000 devices directly to my Chart plotter?

To connect NMEA 2000 to a chart plotter you are required to have a basic NMEA 2000 network first, this requires a backbone (1), power source injector (5) and termination resistors (3) as a minimum. You then connect your Yacht Device or other NMEA 2000 hardware to a T-piece directly or via a drop cable (4).

Basic NMEA 2000 Network diagram
Typical NMEA 2000 Network

We can supply an NMEA 2000 Starter Kit which includes an additional T-piece to allow two devices to connect to the backbone. If you require more than two we have a 4 way joiner available. If this is combined with our starter kit you will have a total of 6 available slots.

Most starter kits only support a single NMEA 2000 device to connect and you must purchase additional T pieces or larger 4-5 port hardware to connect into the backbone. This leads to disappointment when you discover you need additional hardware just to get started.

If you already have a NMEA 2000 network onboard you simply need to add an additional T piece or 4-5 joiner to expand your network. This will then allow you to easily add devices like the Wi-Fi Gateway to bring all your onboard data to your tablet or phone for display.

Contact us for help with connecting NMEA 2000 to a chart plotter or any other questions you have.