The StarNavPilot dongle
The optional StarNavPilot dongle interface:
StarNavPilot with a dongle interface:
Since version 7.1 StarNavPilot can be supplied with a special
dongle interface which can be connected to a serial RS232 port or
a USB port.
This interface provides the following functions:
Dongle of automatic activation: any computer on which the
software is installed is automatically activated when connected to
an the interface StarNavPilot. It is possible to change of
computer instantly and to use StarNavPilot on multiple computers.
Real NMEA input perfectly adapted to NMEA stream without loss of
data with opto-coupled input.
NMEA output with optimization of output sentences for any device
requiring NMEA information from the software. The interface and
the computer thus become the center of the NMEA stream. NMEA
output is used by advanced autopilot function. Any autopilot
compatible with the standard GPAPB phrase and connected to the
NMEA output of the interface can be controlled by StarNavPilot for
accurate tracking on a route. See section
Bypass of the NMEA output allowing to connect directly the NMEA
output to the NMEA input. In this case the input data stream is
directly send to the output. The by-pass is closed in the
• Interface is not powered.
• Computer is off or StarNavPilot software is not runing on the
• Bypass voluntarily closed by configuration in the software.
Second NMEA input with multiplexer: allows to integrate NMEA data
from another device to the GPS data stream. An NMEA electronic
compass connected to this input allows to display the boat with
its real orientation in addition to his route on the ground and
have a direct display of the drift (current, wind). By using a
multiplexer connected to this input, data from multiple devices
can be added to the main data stream provided by the GPS. For
example sounder, wind anemometer.
StarNavPilot without dongle:
StarnavPilot can be used with a direct connection to a NMEA 183
GPS on a serial RS232 port. Under these conditions the software
must be activated on the computer with an unlock key.