Actisense NGW-1

Enable your NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 devices to communicate with each other.

The Actisense NGW-1 gateway ($170, www.actisense.com) allows NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 devices to chat with each other (it should be so easy between spouses). Be aware that some AIS receivers and transponders and autopilot commands will not communicate, although Actisense is working on a new release that addresses this. For best results, talk to an electronics specialist, since his grasp of compatible 0183/2000 sentences will make the communication connections clear and easy.