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 ====== NMEA 2000 & MFD integration guide ====== ====== NMEA 2000 & MFD integration guide ======
  
-The NMEA 2000 protocol is a plug-and-play communications standard used for connecting marine sensors and display units within ships and boats.+===== 1Introduction =====
  
-Many Victron Energy products can be integrated into an NMEA 2000 network. On this pageyou will find an overviewas well as links to all the detailed information.+This technical document explains how to integrate a Victron system onto a Marine MFDsuch as those from GarminRaymarine Navico and other brands.
  
-Victron Energy is a member of the NMEA 2000 organisationand we have several of our products certified by NMEA 2000.+There are multiple ways to integrateso make sure to closely read the complete introductory chapter to find the best method for your type of system.
  
-For brevity, this document will refer to NMEA 2000 as N2K.+=== Systems with a GX Device ===
  
-===== 1How to connect to a NMEA 2000 network =====+For most installations and integrations, it will be best to use one of our [[venus-os:start|GX Products]]It acts as a hub, collecting information from connected equipment, such as Inverters, Battery Monitors and Chargers; and then making them available to the MFD. There are two ways to connect GX Device to an MFD:
  
-==== 1.1 Multis, MultiPlusses and Quattros ==== +- the (simpler) plug and play like method uses an Ethernet connection, which enables the MFD App. Available for [[https://www.victronenergy.nl/panel-systems-remote-monitoring/marine%20mfd%20gx%20integration%20-%20raymarine|Raymarine]], [[https://www.victronenergy.nl/panel-systems-remote-monitoring/marine%20mfd%20gx%20integration%20-%20garmin|Garmin]], as well as the [[https://www.victronenergy.nl/panel-systems-remote-monitoring/marine%20mfd%20gx%20integration|Navico brands B&G, Lowrance and Simrad]]. Click those links to go straight to all information, videos and manuals. 
-Use the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-bus-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Bus to NMEA 2000 interface]] to connect these devices to an N2K network.+- in an the NMEA2000 network. See the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:start#marine_mfd_integration_by_nmea_2000|NMEA 2000 chapter in the CCGX manual]] for details.
  
-Monitoring and controlling these products from both to a N2K network and a Color Control GX is possibleIn that case, do not connect the Color Control GX to the VE.Bus network. Insteadconnect it also to the N2K network. Use our [[https://nocache.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-can-to-nmea2000-micro-c-male|VE.Can to NMEA2000 cable]] for that. The CCGX will read the MultiPlus or Quattro information from the via the N2K network.+Both connections can be made and used at the same time, and each has its advantages and disadvantagesThe MFD App is by far the simplest and plug and play-like method. It presents an easy to use system overview without requiring any configuration. The NMEA 2000 integration on the other handwhilst being more complex, allows more customisation on the MFDthe data will show up in the data-tree of the MFD, and most MFDs then allow the user to configure various pages and combinations of informationThis is not so with the MFD App, as the only available settings are to show or hide battery parameters (Voltage, SOC, Current) as well as naming the batteries.
  
-Schematic diagram of combining CCGX with NMEA 2000: +Note that, besides making information available on NMEA 2000, GX Device can also read tank level data from NMEA 2000. More information in [[https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:start#connecting_nmea-2000_tank_senders|the NMEA 2000 tank sender section in the CCGX Manual]].
-{{ :ve.can:nmea-2000:schema_nmea2000-vebus-vecan_nov_2016.png?nolink&700 |}}+
  
-In above example, there needs to be fuse in the [[https://nocache.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-can-to-nmea2000-micro-c-male|VE.Can to NMEA2000 cable]]. Without it, the VE.Can port in the CCGX will be left without power and therefore does not work.+=== Direct connection - products with a VE.Can port only ===
  
-==== 1.2 BMV Battery Monitors ==== +Some of our products feature a VE.Can port; and can thus be directly connected to the NMEA 2000 network. No electronic converter necessary; only a plug conversion cable, the [[https://nocache.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-can-to-nmea2000-micro-c-male|VE.Can to NMEA2000 cable]].
-Use the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-direct-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Direct to NMEA 2000 interface]] to connect a BMV to a N2K network.+
  
-Combining this with a CCGX on the same network is possible. Connect the CCGX to the N2K network as well, use our [[https://nocache.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-can-to-nmea2000-micro-c-male|VE.Can to NMEA2000 cable]] for that. The CCGX will then read the BMV information via the N2K network. +=== Using our converter interfaces (DEPRECATED!) ===
-{{ :ve.can:nmea-2000:schema_nmea2000-vedirect_nov_2016.png?nolink&700 |}}+
  
 +  * [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-bus-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Bus to NMEA 2000 interface]] 
 +  * [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-direct-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Direct to NMEA 2000 interface]], for BMV Battery Monitors (only).
  
-==== 1.VE.Can products (Skylla-i, Skylla-IP44, Lynx Shunt, Lynx Ion+Shunt and more) ====+Note that the use of both those interfaces is deprecated. Use a GX Device instead. 
 + 
 +=== What is NMEA 2000? === 
 + 
 +NMEA 2000 is a plug-and-play communications standard used for connecting marine sensors and display units within ships and boats. 
 + 
 +Victron Energy is a member of the NMEA 2000 organisation, and we have several of our products certified by NMEA 2000. 
 + 
 +For brevity, this document will refer to NMEA 2000 as N2K. 
 + 
 +=== Modbus-TCP Integration === 
 + 
 +For larger vessels, using custom designed SCADA systems, the recommended protocol to use is ModbusTCP. See our [[ccgx:modbustcp_faq|]]. 
 + 
 +===== 2. Varia ===== 
 + 
 + 
 +==== 2.1 VE.Can products (Skylla-i, Skylla-IP44, Lynx Shunt, Lynx Ion+Shunt and more) ====
  
 Since the Victron VE.Can communication protocol is based on N2K, the following products can all be connected directly to a N2K network. The only thing necessary is a plug converter: the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/cables/ve-can-to-nmea2000-cable|VE.Can to NMEA 2000 cable]]. Since the Victron VE.Can communication protocol is based on N2K, the following products can all be connected directly to a N2K network. The only thing necessary is a plug converter: the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/cables/ve-can-to-nmea2000-cable|VE.Can to NMEA 2000 cable]].
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   * Lynx Shunt Battery Monitors   * Lynx Shunt Battery Monitors
   * Lynx Ion + Shunt all models   * Lynx Ion + Shunt all models
-  * BlueSolar MPPT Solar Chargers with VE.Can communications port+  * SmartSolar MPPT Solar Chargers with VE.Can communications port
 {{ :ve.can:nmea-2000:schema_nmea2000-vecan_mppt-skylla_nov_2016.png?nolink&700 |}} {{ :ve.can:nmea-2000:schema_nmea2000-vecan_mppt-skylla_nov_2016.png?nolink&700 |}}
  
-===== 2. MFD integration ===== 
  
-Using the NMEA 2000 protocol, Victron equipment can be integrated in many multi function displays. Such as the ones from Maretron, Raymarine, Garmin and many other brands 
- 
-Note: working on a very large yacht featuring custom Scada and PLC networks? Consider integrating the Victron system with [[ccgx:modbustcp_faq|ModbusTCP]] instead of NMEA 2000. 
  
 ==== 2.1 Raymarine & EmpirBus ==== ==== 2.1 Raymarine & EmpirBus ====
  
-Integration onto Raymarine MFDs is always done with an [[http://www.trigentic.com/#nxt-mcu|Empirbus NXT MCU ]]. Though both connected to the same N2K network, the NXT MCU translates the N2K PGNs originating from the Victron equipment into Raymarine proprietary messages.+Besides using NMEA 2000 and/or the Lighthouse App, integration onto Raymarine MFDs can also be done with an [[http://www.trigentic.com/#nxt-mcu|Empirbus NXT MCU ]]. Though both are connected to the same N2K network, the NXT MCU translates the N2K PGNs originating from the Victron equipment into Raymarine proprietary messages.
  
 In the [[http://www.empirbus.com/clickOnce/EmpirBusStudio-Demo/|EmpirBus Studio software]] you will find dedicated Victron building blocks than can be drawn onto the diagram. In the [[http://www.empirbus.com/clickOnce/EmpirBusStudio-Demo/|EmpirBus Studio software]] you will find dedicated Victron building blocks than can be drawn onto the diagram.
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 The EmpirBus system requires the data instance of battery status and dc detailed status to be unique when using multiple sources. ([[ve.can:changing_nmea2000_instances#changing_a_data_instance|how to change data instances]]) The EmpirBus system requires the data instance of battery status and dc detailed status to be unique when using multiple sources. ([[ve.can:changing_nmea2000_instances#changing_a_data_instance|how to change data instances]])
-{{ :ve.can:nmea-2000:schema_nmea2000-raymarine_ccgx_nov_2016.png?nolink&900 |}}+ 
 ==== 2.2 Maretron ==== ==== 2.2 Maretron ====
  
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 Refer to our [[https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/Whitepaper-Data-communication-with-Victron-Energy-products_EN.pdf|Datacommunication whitepaper]], page 8 and beyond, for a list of Victron products and their supported PGNs. Refer to our [[https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/Whitepaper-Data-communication-with-Victron-Energy-products_EN.pdf|Datacommunication whitepaper]], page 8 and beyond, for a list of Victron products and their supported PGNs.
  
-===== 4. Color Control GX & NMEA 2000 =====+===== 4. FAQ =====
  
-  * The VE.Can port on the CCGX only reads information from the N2K networkIt does not (yet!) send any data out on the N2K network.+Note that there are many more generic frequently asked questions answered in the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/Whitepaper-Data-communication-with-Victron-Energy-products_EN.pdf|Data communication white paper]].
  
- +==== Q1: What about instances? Device instances, data instances? ====
-===== 5. FAQ ===== +
- +
-=== What about instances? Device instances, data instances? ===+
  
 See [[ve.can:changing_nmea2000_instances|]] for details on that. See [[ve.can:changing_nmea2000_instances|]] for details on that.
  
-=== Can MPPT Solar Chargers with a VE.Direct port also be connected? ===+==== Q2: Can MPPT Solar Chargers with a VE.Direct port also be connected? ====
  
-No, they cannot be connected. Even though the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-direct-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Direct to NMEA 2000 interface]] can be physically connected to these solar chargers, it will not work. Use our [[https://www.victronenergy.com/solar-charge-controllers/mppt-150-70|Solar Chargers with a VE.Can port]] instead.+No, they cannot be connected. Even though the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-direct-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Direct to NMEA 2000 interface]] can be physically connected to these solar chargers, it will not work. Use our [[https://www.victronenergy.com/solar-charge-controllers/smartsolar%20mppt%20ve.can|Solar Chargers with a VE.Can port]] instead.
  
-Note that there are many more generic frequently asked questions answered in the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/upload/documents/Whitepaper-Data-communication-with-Victron-Energy-products_EN.pdf|Data communication white paper]].+Similarly, also a GX Device does not (yet) transmit data from connected Solar Chargers on its NMEA2000-out port.
  
-=== What about terminators and network layout? ===+==== Q3: What about terminators and network layout? ====
  
-A N2K canbus network needs to be laid out as in backbone configuration, using drop cables to connect to each device. Also there should be only two terminators in the network. Therefore:+A N2K CAN bus network needs to be laid out as in backbone configuration, using drop cables to connect to each device. Alsothere should be only two terminators in the network. Therefore:
  
-  * Use the NMEA2000 cable as the back bone.+  * Use the NMEA 2000 cable as the backbone.
   * Run a separate drop cable separately to each Victron device. The drop cable will be one of these three products:   * Run a separate drop cable separately to each Victron device. The drop cable will be one of these three products:
     * [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-bus-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Bus to NMEA 2000 interface]]     * [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-bus-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Bus to NMEA 2000 interface]]
     * [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-direct-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Direct to NMEA 2000 interface]]     * [[https://www.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-direct-to-nmea2000-interface|VE.Direct to NMEA 2000 interface]]
-    * [[https://nocache.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-can-to-nmea2000-micro-c-male|VE.Can to NMEA2000 cable]]+    * [[https://nocache.victronenergy.com/accessories/ve-can-to-nmea2000-micro-c-male|VE.Can to NMEA 2000 cable]]
   * Only terminate the NMEA 2000 backbone, do not terminate on the VE.Can side.   * Only terminate the NMEA 2000 backbone, do not terminate on the VE.Can side.
  
 +==== Q4: What PGNs does a GX Device transmit on N2K? ====
 +
 +See the [[https://www.victronenergy.com/live/ccgx:start#marine_mfd_integration_by_nmea2000|NMEA 2000 chapter in the CCGX manual]] for details.
 +
 +==== Q5: Can integration onto Raymarine displays also be done without Empirbus NXT? ====
 +
 +Yes, see [[https://www.victronenergy.com/panel-systems-remote-monitoring/marine%20mfd%20gx%20integration%20-%20raymarine|the Raymarine integration page on our website]].
 +
 +==== Q6: What about Maretron and other brand tank sensors on the Ccgx? ====
 +
 +See chapter 1.4.7 in the [[ccgx:start|]].
  
-===== DISQUS ===== 
-~~DISQUS~~ 
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