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NSO-II Marine Processor
Installation Manual
ENGLISH
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Preface
As Navico is continuously improving this product, we retain the right to make changes to the
product at any time which may not be reflected in this version of the manual. Please contact
your nearest distributor if you require any further assistance.
It is the owner’s sole responsibility to install and use the instrument and transducers in a
manner that will not cause accidents, personal injury or property damage. The user of this
product is solely responsible for observing safe boating practices.
NAVICO HOLDING AS AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES, BRANCHES AND AFFILIATES DISCLAIM ALL
LIABILITY FOR ANY USE OF THIS PRODUCT IN A WAY THAT MAY CAUSE ACCIDENTS, DAMAGE
OR THAT MAY VIOLATE THE LAW.
Governing Language: This statement, any instruction manuals, user guides and other
information relating to the product (Documentation) may be translated to, or has been
translated from, another language (Translation). In the event of any conflict between any
Translation of the Documentation, the English language version of the Documentation will be
the official version of the Documentation.
This manual represents the product as at the time of printing. Navico Holding AS and its
subsidiaries, branches and affiliates reserve the right to make changes to specifications
without notice.
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Navico Holding AS.
Warranty
The warranty card is supplied as a separate document.
In case of any queries, refer to the brand web site of your display or system:
www.simrad-yachting.com
Declarations and conformance
This equipment is intended for use in international waters as well as coastal sea areas
administered by countries of the E.U. and E.E.A.
Compliance Statements
The Simrad NSO-II;
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meets the technical standards in accordance with Part 15.103 of the FCC rules
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complies with CE under EMC directive 2004/108/EC
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complies with the requirements of level 2 devices of the Radio-communications
(Electromagnetic Compatibility) standard 2008
For more information please refer to our website:
www.simrad-yachting.com
Warning
The user is cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved by
the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the
equipment.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that the interference will not occur in
a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
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user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that of the receiver
• Consult the dealer or an experienced technician for help
Trademarks
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NMEA 2000 is a registered trademark of the National Marine Electronics Association
Navionics is a registered trademark of Navionics SpA
Simrad is a trademark of Kongsberg Maritime AS Company registered in the US and other
countries and is being used under license
B&G, StructureScan, Navico, SonicHub, SimNet, Skimmer, InsightHD, Broadband Radar
and Broadband Sonar are trademarks of Navico, registered in the US and other countries
About this manual
This manual is a reference guide for installing the Simrad NSO-II Marine Processor.
The manual does not cover basic background information about how equipment such as
radars, echosounders and AIS work. Such information is available from our web site:
http://support.simrad-yachting.com
Important text that requires special attention from the reader is emphasized as follows:
¼ Note: Used to draw the reader’s attention to a comment or some important information.
! Warning: Used when it is necessary to warn personnel
that they should proceed carefully to prevent risk of injury
and/or damage to equipment/personnel.
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Contents
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NSO-II Overview
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5
6
Included Items
NSO-II Marine Processor Box
OP40 Controller (not included)
7
Hardware Installation
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Mounting location
Marine Processor Installation
OP40 Installation
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Wiring
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Guidelines
Power Connection
Power Control Connection (yellow wire)
External alarm
Connecting displays
Connecting control devices
NMEA 2000 / SimNet
NMEA 0183 device connection
Ethernet device connection
Video In
CZone connection to NMEA 2000
17
Software setup
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Power Control setup
External Alarm Setup
Echosounder setup
Radar setup
Video In configuration
Serial port setup
NMEA 2000 / SimNet setup
Ethernet setup
Wifi setup
Autopilot setup
CZone setup
Software Updates and Screen Calibration
36
Accessory cables
36
36
NMEA 2000 compliant data cables
Ethernet cables
37
Supported data
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40
NMEA 2000 compliant PGN List
NMEA 0183 supported sentences
41
Specifications
42
Dimensioned drawings
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NSO-II Overview
The NSO-II Marine Processor features a fast quad core processor, and dual monitor outputs to
drive two displays with independant information.
Connectivity options for data are broad, with an internal ethernet switch with three ports,
NMEA 0183 transmit and receive ports, and a connection point for a NMEA 2000 compliant
data bus.
Insight charting is embedded for the US market, where other markets include a basemap
bundled with C-MAP BDS or Navionics SD download cards. Optional use of Navionics
Platinum, C-MAP wide, Insight Genesis, and NV Digital charts is also possible.
Networking capability exists with other NSO-II processors, as well as NSS, NSE, and NSO, and
B&G Zeus multifunction displays.
Expansion options include: Integration with AC12N/AC42N autopilot computers, external
BSM-1, BSM-2, and LSS StructureScan echosounders, Broadband 3G/4G, and HD Digital radar,
SonicHub, SiriusXM™ Weather and Audio Support (USA only), NMEA 2000/SimNet, camera/
video signal input, and BEP CZone integration.
Included Items
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Item Description
1 NSO-II Marine Processor
2 NSO-II MPU Installation Kit Cable retainer
Cable ties, 102 mm x 2.5 mm, black
Pan head screws 3.5 x 19, A4 DIN7981B
3 Quick Start Guide
4 Operation manual
5 Installation manual
6 Simrad Advantage Warranty card
7 NSO-II Power cable (4 wire)
8 Micro-C 1.8 m (6’) drop cable. male-female plugs
9 Micro-C power cable
10 NMEA 0183 serial cable, 2m (8 wire)
11 Ethernet adaptor - 5pin female to RJ45 male
12 Micro-C T-Connector
13 Micro-C terminator -120 ohm, male
14 Micro-C terminator -120 ohm, female
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Quantity
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NSO-II Marine Processor Box
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Key
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Description
1 Ethernet Network ports with PoE (2x)
2 Ethernet Network port (1x)
3 Video Input BNC sockets (2x)
4 NMEA 2000 data port
5 NMEA 0183 & RS422 (2x)
6 Power connector
7 USB ports (2x)
8 HDMI sockets (2x)
9 SD Card slot
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OP40 Controller (not included)
2 3
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4 5 6
DISPLAY
MOB
PLOT
MARK
GO TO
VESSEL
2 ABC
3 DEF
4 GHI
5 JKL
6 MNO
CHART
RADAR
7
PQRS
8
9
ECHO
NAV
STBY
AUTO
0
INFO
PAGES
15
WXYZ
PWR
14
9
OUT
IN
1
TUV
8
7
13
10
MENU
12
WIN
11
1 MOB (Man Overboard): A long press will position a Man Over Board (MOB) waypoint
at the vessel’s current position
2 Display Under Command LEDs: Indicate which display the OP40 is controlling
3 DISPLAY: Short press: Change which display the OP40 is controlling.
Long 5 second press: enter OP40 configuration and system startup
4 PLOT/MARK key: A short press activates the Plot menu, a long press positions a
waypoint at the vessel position
5 Zoom IN zoom OUT: Mainly to adjust ranges on radar, echosounder and chart pages
6 GOTO/VESSEL: A short press activates the Goto menu, a long press centers the chart
to vessel position
7  key: Activates/confirms current selection
8 Rotary knob: The function of the knob is dependent on active context
9 x key: Cancels changes and returns to previous menu level
10 Cursor keypad: Used to move the cursor on the display, and to maneuver in the
menu system
11 WIN: Used on multiple panels pages. A short press toggles between the panels, a
long press expands active panel to a full page panel and back again
12 MENU: Used to display the context menu for the active panel/overlay, and for
selecting options in edit mode. . 2 x MENU for system settings menu
13 Direct Access Keys (DAK): Provide direct access to a page. Repeated presses of each
DAK cycles through several different pages that relate to the DAK
14 PWR : Short press used to turn on the active processor and will turn on the DI15
displays, if connected (MO15-L, MO17-L, MO19-L or third party monitors will need
to be powered on via their own power button). Note: There will be a five second
delay before anything appears on the screen. Short press during operation used to
bring up the active displays power control and brightness options. (and Radar STBY
if applicable)
15 STBY AUTO : Autopilot Auto steer / Stand-By
16 Alphanumeric keypad: Used for entering numbers and text in dialog boxes
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Hardware Installation
Mounting location
Choose the mounting locations carefully before you drill or cut. Be sure to leave a direct path
for all of the cables.
Ensure that any holes cut are in a safe position and will not weaken the boat’s structure. If in
doubt, consult a qualified boat builder.
Before cutting a hole in a panel, make sure that there are no hidden electrical wires or other
parts behind the panel.
Do not mount any part where it can be used as a hand hold, where it might be submerged, or
where it will interfere with the operation, launching or retrieving of the boat.
Choose an area where the unit will not be subjected to excessive vibration, or heat.
Choose a location that will not expose the unit to conditions that exceed the IP rating.
Leave sufficient clearance to connect all relevant cables.
For overall width and height requirements, please see “Dimensioned drawings” on page 42.
! Warning: When installing, ensure appropriate safety equipment is used, e.g. ear muffs,
protective glasses, gloves and a dust mask.
Power tools may exceed safe noise levels, and can cast off dangerous protectiles.
The dust from many materials commonly used in boat construction may cause irritation or
damage to eyes, skin, and lungs.
Marine Processor Installation
Hold the processor up to the desired location on the mounting surface, and with a pencil or
marker, trace the keyhole at each of the four mounting tabs. Remove the processor and mark
the centre of the narrow end (top) of each keyhole.
The supplied fasteners can be used when installing the processor to a wooden or fibreglass
bulkhead. For steel or aluminium it may be preferable to use machine screws with lock nuts.
For supplied fasteners, pre-drill the holes at the marked points with no larger than a 2.7 mm
drill bit. When drilling in to fibreglass covered in gelcoat, it is recommended to carefully
remove the gelcoat layer with a small countersink bit after the hole has been drilled. This will
prevent the gelcoat from cracking as the fastener is tightened.
= PHILLIPS #2 (PH2)
OP40 Installation
Refer to the mounting template supplied with the OP40. Installation location should be
planned keeping in mind space required for the selected monitor. Ensure the OP40 is
conveniently located within easy reach of helm seating or standing position.
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Wiring
For easier access to connectors, undo the two philips screws visible on the bottom front of
the NSO-II case, and remove the lower shroud.
Guidelines
Don’t do this:
Do this:
Don’t make sharp bends in the cables
Do make drip and service loops
Don’t run cables in a way that allows water to Do cable tie all cables to keep them secure
flow down into the connectors
Don’t route the data cables in areas adjacent Do solder/crimp and insulate all wiring
to radar, transmitter, or large current carrying connections, if extending or shortening
cables
power or NMEA 0183 cables
Do leave room at the back to install and
remove cables
! Warning: Before starting the installation, be sure to turn electrical power off. If power is
left on or turned on during the installation, fire, electrical shock, or other serious injury may
occur. Be sure that the voltage of the power supply is compatible with the NSO-II Marine
Processor.
! Warning: The positive supply wire (red) should always be connected to (+) DC with
the supplied fuse or a circuit breaker (closest available to fuse rating).
Power Connection
The NSO-II can be powered by either 12 V or 24 V
DC. Displays are protected against reverse polarity,
under voltage and over voltage (for a limited
duration).
The supplied power cable has four cores used for:
• power into the system (Red and Black wires)
• controlling power state of the display or power
state of other displays and devices (Yellow wire)
• connecting to an external alarm (Blue wire)
Connect Red to (+) DC using a 3 amp fuse.
Connect Black to (-) DC. The processor can be
powered on and off using the power button on
the front of the case.
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Power Control Connection (yellow wire)
Planning is required how you want to be able to turn on and off the NSO-II and connected
compatible devices.
The yellow Power Control wire on the NSO-II power cable can either be an input that will turn
on the processor when power is applied, or an output that turns on other devices when the
processor is powered on. It can be configured at the installation stage to control the power
state of displays and compatible devices. When commissioning the system, the NSO-II can be
set to be a Power Control Slave or Power Control Master.
Power Control configuration options of the NSO-II are:• use the Power button on case or OP40 to turn on the NSO-II only: Yellow wire not connected
• NSO-II to turn on when power is applied to the processor: Common red and yellow wires
• use the Power button on case or OP40 to turn on the processor and other NSO-IIs and or
compatible devices such as Broadband Radar: Yellow wire connected to a Power Control Bus.
(Set one or more displays to be a Power Control Master)
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Power Control unconnected
Device will turn on and off when the power button on the front
of the unit is pressed.
Leave yellow Power Control wire disconnected. Tape or heatshrink end to prevent shorting.
+ _
Power Control to supply positive (auto on)
Device will turn on immediately when power is applied.
Common the yellow wire with the red wire after the fuse.
¼ Note: The unit can not be powered down by power button, but
can be put in to standby mode. (screen backlight also turns off ).
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Power Control master/slave bus
Turning on the ‘master’ device turns on connected ‘slave’ devices.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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1 NSO-II Processors
2 Power cable
3 Radar Interface box
4 Sonic Hub
5 ground wire
6 positive wire
7 power control wire
In the diagram above, if the left NSO-II turns on using the power button and is set as the
Power Control Master, it will output voltage on the Power Control bus to power on the other
NSO-II, the Radar Interface, and the SonicHub.
If the right NSO-II is set to Power Control Slave, it cannot be powered down using its own
power button, but can be set to standby.
If the left NSO-II (Power Control Master) is off, the right NSO-II can be turned on using its own
power button, but won’t turn on any other devices.
To turn on all network devices from either NSO-II, both devices can be configured as Power
Control Masters.
¼ Note: If an NSO-II has its power state controlled by another device (or ignition switch), it can’t
be totally powered down. It can however enter a standby state to save power. If the power
button is pressed and Power Off selected, a message will appear “Preparing to standby…”
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External alarm
Blue wire on power cable:
An external alarm can be connected to one or more NSO-II Processors on the network. The
external alarm can be a small peizo buzzer connected directly, or a horn siren connected via a
relay.
Alarms are configured globally in the system i.e they can be configured on any one
networked multifunction device or IS40 instrument, and be seen, heard, and acknowledged
from all devices. Individual devices can also be configured to not to sound their internal
buzzer, but still display the alarm information. For information on configuring alarms, refer to
the Alarms section in the Operation manual.
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For sirens that draw more than 1 Amp, use a relay
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Connecting displays
Upto two displays may be connected to the NSO-II via the HDMI ports.
Currently supported monitors, are the Simrad DI-15, MO-L 15/17/19, MO-16/19/24, legacy
MO-19, and KEPMGB-15T.
It is possible to use third party monitors, however these should conform to the supported
resolution and refresh rates defined in “Specifications” on page 41.
¼ Note: LCD monitors intended for home/office use are not designed to operate in areas
exposed to direct sunlight, and will appear dark and difficult to read. Also, unless carefully
ventilated and protected from moisture, their service life will be greatly compromised in the
marine environment.
Monitors with a HDMI input may be directly connected to. Where monitors have DVI inputs
only, an HDMI-DVI adaptor cable or regular HDMI cable and DVI adaptor plug should be used.
Adaption will not degrade video quality, both formats use a digital signal.
DVI IN
HDMI IN
¼ Note: While the HDMI standard does not state maximum cable length, signal may be compromised on very long runs (typically >49 foot), to minimise the chances of this use only high
quality HDMI certified cables. Where length will be close to or exceed this distance, it may be
required to add an HDMI amplifier or use HDMI-CAT6 adaptors.
Connecting control devices
The NSO-II can be controlled via the OP40 keypad, or by 1 or 2 Touch screens. If a mixed
system is run, with one touch and one non-touch screen, an OP40 will also be required
to control the display without touch. The OP40 can control either screen by pressing the
DISPLAY key.
OP40 control
1
DISPLAY
MOB
IN
OUT
1
2 ABC
3 DEF
PLOT
MARK
GO TO
VESSEL
4 GHI
5 JKL
6 MNO
CHART
RADAR
7
PQRS
8
9
ECHO
NAV
STBY
AUTO
0
INFO
PAGES
TUV
WXYZ
PWR
MENU
WIN
2
3
1 OP40 Controller
2 Micro-C drop cable (≤6m (15’))
3 Micro-C backbone for NMEA 2000 data
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Touch screen control
The NSO-II may be controlled solely by touchscreen displays. Support is included to
interface with the MO-16, MO-19, and MO-24, and KEPMGB-15T but other screens may
also work, though no official support can be offered. The MO series monitors require RS422
communications protocol, however the ports can also be configured to output RS232 for
monitors requiring this protocol. The KEP monitor control is connected via USB. Each USB port
relates to one of two screens on the NSO-II. Naturally USB 1 relates to HDMI 1 OUT, and USB 2
relates to HDMI 2 OUT.
Connection to MOL series displays
Refer to the documentation supplied with
the MOL series display to identify correct
termination of the RS422 interface.
1 RS422_RX+ (blue)
x2
1
2
3
4
2 RS422_RX- (RS232_RX) (blue/white)
3 RS422_TX+ (RS232_GND) (orange/white)
4 RS422_TX- (RS232_TX) (orange)
NMEA 2000 / SimNet
Device connection
The NSO-II Marine Processors are equiped with an NMEA 2000 data port, which allows the
receiving and sharing of a multitude of data from various sources.
Essential network information
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•
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The standardised physical cables/connectors for NMEA 2000 are ‘Micro-C’ and ‘Mini-C’,
directly derived from the automation industies ‘DeviceNET’ - ‘Micro-C’ being the more
commonly used size.
While most Simrad products use ‘Micro-C’ cabling and connectors, some products still use
proprietary ‘SimNet’ connectors, which are easily made compatible via adaptor cables.
A network consists of a linear ‘backbone’ from which ‘drop cables’ connect to NMEA 2000
compliant devices
A single drop cable has a maximum length of 6 m (20 ft). The total length of all drop cables
combined should not exceed 78m (256 ft)
A NMEA 2000 network, using Micro-C cabling, has a maximum cable length of 100 m (328 ft),
between any two points
A NMEA 2000 network needs to have a terminator at each
end of the backbone. A terminator can be one of the
following:
• a terminator blank plug
• a wind transducer (where the mast cable is one end
of the backbone)
Planning and installing a network backbone
The Micro-C backbone needs to run between the locations of all products to be installed typically in a bow to stern layout - and be no further than 6 m from a device to be connected.
Choose from the following components to make up the backbone:
• Micro-C cables: 0.4 m (1.3 ft), 2 m (6,6 ft), 5 m (16.6 ft), and 9 m (29.5 ft) cables
• T-connector. Used to connect a drop cable to the backbone
• Micro-C power cables. Connected to backbone via a T-connector
¼ Note: When using a wind sensor, the mast cable should be connected as the final length of
cable in one end of the backbone, as the sensor is fitted with a termination resistor.
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¼ Note: Most NMEA 2000 devices can be connected directly to a Simrad SimNet backbone and
SimNet devices can be connected to a NMEA 2000 network by using adapter cables.
¼ Note: Simrad devices with Micro-C NMEA 2000 connectors are fully compatible with a SimNet network by using a Micro-C to SimNet adapter cable.
¼ Note: IS40 displays have two Micro-C connectors, and can either be connected inline with
the backbone, or wired individually off a drop cable. Connecting from device to device is
known as ‘daisy chaining’ This network topology is not officially NMEA 2000 compliant.
Power the network
The network requires its own 12 V DC power supply protected by a 5 amp fuse or breaker. For
vessels fitted with 24 V systems, use a DC-DC converter to supply 12 V.
Connect power at any location in the backbone for smaller systems.
For larger systems introduce power at central point in the backbone to “balance” the voltage
drop of the network.
¼ Note: If joining to an existing NMEA 2000 network that already has its own power supply, do
not make another power connection elsewhere in the network, and ensure existing network
is not powered by 24 V DC.
¼ Note: Do not connect the NMEA 2000 power cable to the same terminals as the engine start
batteries, autopilot computer, radar, bow thruster or other high current devices.
The following drawing demonstrates a typical small network. The backbone is made up of
direcly interconnected T-piece joiners and an extension cable, which is terminated at each
end.
1
4
3
2
5
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+
12 V DC
T
6
9
T
7
8
9
1 GPS antenna
2 NSO-II Marine Processor
3 Broadband radar interface
4 SonicHub
5 ‘Drop’ cables (should not exceed 6m (20’) each)
6 Power cable
7 Micro-C T junctions
8 Backbone
9 Micro-C terminator (one male, one female)
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NMEA 0183 device connection
The NSO-II has four serial ports, which are connected to via two discrete cables. Each cable
has one set of connections for NMEA 0183 Receive and Transmit. Both the baud rate (up to
38,400 baud) and sentences output by the NSO-II, can be configured. Refer to “NMEA 0183
supported sentences” on page 40 for a complete list of sentences.
1 NMEA0 183 RX_A (balanced) (brown)
2 NMEA0 183 RX_B (balanced) (brown/white)
1
2
3
4
3 NMEA0 183 TX_A (balanced) (green)
x2
4 NMEA0 183 TX_B (balanced) (green/white)
¼ Note: The majority of NMEA 0183
devices communicate at 4,800 baud. AIS is a
common exception, and normally transmits
at 38,400 baud.
Talkers and Listeners
Do not connect multiple devices outputing data (Talkers) on to any serial input (Rx) of the
unit. The NMEA 0183/RS422 standard is not intended for this type of connection, and data
will be corrupted if multiple devices transmit simultaneously. The output however may drive
multiple receivers (Listeners). The number of receivers is finite, and depends largely on the
receiving hardware. Typically driving three devices is possible.
Ethernet device connection
Ethernet is used to interconnect high bandwidth devices such as radar, sonar, and other
Marine Processors. The NSO-II Marine Processor has three ethernet ports, which are
interconneted via an internal ethernet switch.
Connecting directly to three devices
Due to the internal switch, the NSO-II can connect to network devices directly, without the
use of a cross-over cable or external switch.
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Connecting to more than three devices
If connecting more than three devices to an NSO-II , a network expansion Port (NEP-2) must
be used. If the connected device has its own additional ports, (eg LSS-2) these ports may be
used instead.
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If the number of ethernet devices exceeds the number of available ports on the NEP-2, it is
possible to link two or more NEP-2 modules together to provide the required ports. The NEP-2
modules are fitted with 5 ethernet ports.
¼ Note: When designing a system, take in to account the ports ‘lost’ when used for linking
multiple NEP-2 modules together.
Video In
Each NSO-II can be connected to two composite video cameras, and display video images on
its displays. Both NTSC and PAL formats are supported.
¼ Note: The video images will not be shared with another unit via the network. It is only possible to view video on the unit connected to the video source.
Connecting video sources
1 BNC male plugs
1
2 Composite video cameras
3 Camera power feed
3
+2
3
+-
¼ Note camera cables are not supplied, and will need to be selected to suit termination - BNC
at the NSO-II, and typically BNC or RCA plug at the camera end.
¼ Note camera power is externally supplied, see camera installation instructions for requirements.
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CZone connection to NMEA 2000
When interfacing to C-ZONE network it is recommended to use a BEP Network interface
bridge to join the two network backbones together.
The CZONE / NMEA 2000 Network interface bridge isolates the
power of the two networks, but allows data to be freely shared
between both sides.
C-ZONE
Simrad
The Network Interface has built in terminators so needs to be
placed at the extremity of each network backbone.
The Interface Bridge can also be used for expansion of the NMEA 2000 network, when the
maximum node limit (node = any device connected to network) for the network has been
reached or the maximum cable length of 150m will be exceeded. Once an Interface Bridge
has been fitted, a further 40 nodes and additional cable length can be added.
The Network Interface is available from your BEP dealer. For more information please refer to
the BEP web site www.bepmarine.com.
Below is the correct method to interface to a C-ZONE network. In this example,
power is injected twice but connecting the two networks together via the BEP
Network interface bridge provides power isolation and correct termination.
NETWORK
67$786
5HG1HWZRUN
*UHHQ1HWZRUN
Network 1
Network 2
NETWORK INTERFACE
CZONE
C-ZONE
5
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T
+
12- 24 V DC
NETWORK
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5HG1HWZRUN
*UHHQ1HWZRUN
1
Network 1
Network 2
NETWORK INTERFACE
CZONE
2
_
+
12 V DC
4
T
1 Network interface bridge
2 Simrad network power
3 Czone network power
4 Simrad network termination
5 CZone network termination
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Software setup
Power Control setup
To configure a display as a Power Control ‘Slave’ or ‘Master’, select ‘Power Control’ from the
‘Settings’ menu.
The following Simrad products can be activated by a device set
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to master: NEP-2, BSM-1, BSM-2, LSS-1, LSS-2, WM-2, SonicHub,
BR24/3G/4G Broadband radar, , as well as all current Simrad
MFDs.
Devices not controlled via a master, will need their yellow wire
switched to supply positive in order to activate.
¼ Note: Slave devices will not activate network modules, so a physical overide switch may be
desired where network modules occassionaly need to be turned on.
External Alarm Setup
The ‘Siren Enabled’ option must be set in order for the unit to drive the buzzer when an alarm
condition arises. Its setting also determines the operation of the external alarm output.
Echosounder setup
Select echosounder source
If only one sonar source is present in the network, selection is not required as it should be
picked up automatically. However when more than one source exists (eg a BSM-2 and an
NSS8), select the desired source in the Echo Settings.
Depth offset
This is a value that can be entered on the Echo Installation page to make depth readings
relate to any point from the water surface, to the deepest point of the vessel.
Below are some typical ways in which the offset is used:
A) For Depth below Keel: Set the distance from transducer to the bottom of the keel - this
should be set as a negative value.
B) For Depth Below Transducer: no offset required.
C) For Depth Below Surface (waterline): Set the distance from transducer to the surface - this
should be set as a positive value.
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Echosounder software version
For external sounder modules, the software version is displayed under Sonar installation. To
upgrade Sonar software, see “Software Updates and Screen Calibration” on page 35
Water speed calibration (echosounder transducer)
Water speed calibration is used to adjust the speed value from the paddle wheel to match the
actual boat speed through the water. Actual speed can be determined from GPS speed over
ground (SOG) or by timing the boat over a known distance. Water speed calibration should be
performed in calm conditions, with minimal wind and current movement.
Select Auto correct to match water speed to ground speed (SOG).
Manual calculation. Increase this value above 100 % if the paddle wheel is under reading,
and decrease this value if it is overreading, e.g. if the average water speed reads 8.5 knots and
SOG records 10 knots the calibration value needs to be increased to 117 %. To calculate the
adjustment, divide the SOG by the paddlewheel speed, and multiply the product by 100.
Calibration range: 50-100 %. Default is 100 %.
Water speed averaging (echosounder transducer)
Averages water speed by measuring your speed at a selected interval of time. Water speed
intervals range from one to thirty seconds, e.g. if you select five seconds, your displayed water
speed will be based on averaging over 5 seconds of sampling.
Calibration range: 1-30 seconds. Default is 1 second.
Water temperature calibration (echosounder transducer)
Temperature calibration is used to adjust the water temperature value from the echosounder
transducer to match the data from another temperature sensor. It may be required to correct
for localised influences to the measured temperature.
Calibration range: -9.9° - +9.9°. Default is 0°.
¼ Note: Water temperature calibration only appears if the transducer is temperature capable.
Check transducer type selection if this option should be available.
Transducer type
Transducer type is used for selecting the transducer model connected to the echosounder
module. In some transducers with built-in temperature sensors, the temperature reading may
be inaccurate if the wrong transducer is selected from the transducer type menu.
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Radar setup
Setup and configuration of the Broadband
radar has been simplified compared to
traditional pulse radars. There is no zero range
(time delay), no warm up time, and no burn-in
required..
Radar status
Scanner type
Identifies the model of scanner connected to the network.
Software version
Check to make sure you have the latest software. check website for the latest version.
Serial Number
This number should be recorded for support and insurance purposes.
MARPA status
The MARPA status can identify if a heading sensor is on the network and that the radar is
receiving heading information essential for MARPA calculations.
Reset device ID
NSO-II only support one radar on the network. Should a radar be connected, that has been
connected to a dual radar network in the past, it may not be detected by the display because
it has an incorrect Device ID. With the radar connected and power up, select the Reset Device
ID button to resolve this problem.
¼ Note: This procedure must be performed with only one radar on the network.
Adjust bearing alignment
This is to align with the heading marker on the screen with the center line of the vessel, this
will compensate for any slight misalignment of the scanner during installation. Any inaccuracy
will be evident when using MARPA or chart overlay.
Point the boat to be perpendicular to the very end of a breakwater or peninsula. Adjust the
bearing alignment setting, so that the heading marker and land mass intersect.
Adjust antenna height
Set the radar scanner height. The Radar uses this value to calculate the correct STC settings.
Adjust local interference reject
Interference from some onboard sources can interfere with the Broadband radar. One
symptom of this could be a large target on the screen that remains in the same relative
bearing even if the vessel changes direction. Choose from Local interference rejection LOW,
MED or HIGH. Default is LOW
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Sidelobe suppression
Occasionally false target returns can occur adjacent to strong target returns such as large
ships or container ports. This occurs because not all of the transmitted radar energy can be
focused into a single beam by the radar antenna, a small amount energy is transmitted in
other directions. This energy is referred to as sidelobe energy and occurs in all radar systems.
The returns caused by sidelobes tend to appear as arcs.
¼ Note: This control should only be adjusted by experienced radar users. Target loss in harbour
environments may occur if this control is not adjusted correctly.
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When the radar is mounted where there are metallic objects near the radar, sidelobe energy
increases because the beam focus is degraded. The increased sidelobe returns can be
eliminated using the Sidelobe Suppression control in the Radar installation menu.
By default this control is set to Auto and normally should not need to be adjusted. However
if there is significant metallic clutter around the radar, sidelobe suppression may need to be
increased. The control should be adjusted as follows:
Set Radar range to between 1/2 nm to 1 nm and Sidelobe Suppression to Auto.
Take the vessel to a location where sidelobe returns are likely to be seen. Typically this would
be near a large ship, container port, or metal bridge
Traverse the area until the strongest sidelobe returns are seen.
Change Auto sidelobe suppression to OFF then select and adjust the sidelobe suppression
control until the sidelobe returns are just eliminated. You may need to monitor 5-10 radar
sweeps to be sure they have been eliminated.
Traverse the area again and readjust if sidelobes returns still occur.
Exit the installation menu.
Restore radar to Factory Default
This can be used to revert all user adjustments.
Video In configuration
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Press the menu key when on the video page or panel to open
the setup dialogue.
Enable PAL or NTSC depending on the video ouput standard
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You can optimize the video display by adjusting the video
image settings (brightness, saturation, etc.). The settings aree
applied individually for each video source.
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Serial port setup
NMEA 0183 setup is done from the Network Settings page.
Receive waypoint
Select this option to allow device capable of creating and exporting waypoints via NMEA
0183 to transfer directly to the NS0-2.
Serial Ports
This should be set according to correspond with devices
connected to the NMEA 0183 input and output. Each
Coomunication Port input and output (Tx, Rx) always use
the same standard.
• Protocol: Set to RS232 or NMEA 0183
• Communication Port 1: 4800 through to 38400 baud
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Communication Port 2: 4800 through to 115200 baud
¼ Note: AIS transponders typically operate at NMEA 0183HS (high speed), and will require the baud rate to be set
to 38,400.
Serial Output
Selection will determine the whether data is output via Tx lines.
Serial Output Sentences
To enable data output, first enable the ‘Serial output’ option, and then select which sentences
the NSO-II needs to transmit to other devices from the ‘Serial output sentences’ list.
Only a select list of the most commonly used sentences are enabled by default.
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NMEA 2000 / SimNet setup
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Setup is required on initial start up of the system, or if any part of the network has been
changed or replaced.
From ‘Network’ in the main system settings menu you can:
select NMEA 2000 data sources - either automatically or manually
configure instance numbers for NMEA 2000 devices (where multiple sources of same data
exist)
control how device parameters backlighting, units, damping, and alarms are grouped on the
network
select to share waypoints via the network
monitor network bus state and reliability
control data damping
calibrate water speed derived from a NMEA 2000 data source
Auto Select (Source Selection)
The Auto Select option will look for all sources connected to the
NS0-2 system. If more than one source is available for each data
type, the NS0-2 will automatically select from an internal priority
list.
Make sure all devices are connected and are turned on before
selecting the Auto Select option.
Manual source selection
Manual selection is generally only required where there is more than one source for the same
data, and the automatically selected source is not the one desired.
Group source selection
Simrad products such as NSO-II, NSS, NSE, NSO and IS40, have the ability to;
use data sources (eg position, wind direction, etc) that all other products on the network use,
or alternatively use a data source independently from other units.
• globally change all displays over to a different source from any display. (This will only include
products set to a Group mode.)
In order to enable group selection, the display must be set to ‘Default’ group.
In some cases it may be desired that an NSO-II on a network receives the same type of data,
but from different sources to that of the rest of the network devices. To do this set the data
Group setting to None, and select a source for the data
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Advanced source selection
This allows the most flexible and precise manual control over which devices provide data to
the NSO-II.
Some data sources, such as those for fuel level, or engine RPM, can only be changed via the
Advanced menu. Occassionally Auto Select may assign sources incorrectly, which may be
corrected using the Advanced Source Selection. An example of this is where twin installations
with NMEA 2000 compliant engines are not programmed with unique instance numbers.
This means that the auto select feature can’t determine which engine is fitted on the port and
which is fitted on the starboard side.
Network Groups
It is also possible to group certain settings so they are duplicated across the network on
multiple displays. Display (ie backlighting), units, damping, and alarms can be grouped either
in ‘Default’ group, or groups ‘1’ through to ‘6’. If any of the settings require discrete control, set
it to ‘none’.
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Diagnostics
The NMEA 2000 tab on the diagnostics page can provide information useful for identifying an
issue with the network.
Bus state simply indicates whether the bus is powered, but not necessarily connected to any
data sources. However if bus shows as ‘off ’, but power is present along with an increasing error
count, it is possible that termination or cable topology is incorrect.
Rx Overflows: The CAN driver got too many messages for its buffer before the application
could read them.
Rx Overruns: The CAN hardware got too many messages for its buffer before the CAN driver
could read them.
Rx/Tx Errors: These two numbers increase when there are error messages, and decrease
when messages are received successfully. These (unlike the other numbers) are not a
cumulative count. Under normal operation these should be at 0. Values around 96 upwards
indicate a heavily error prone network. If these numbers go too high for a given device, it will
automatically drop off the bus.
Fast Packet Errors: Cumulative counter of any fast packet error. This could be missed frame, or
frame out of sequence etc. NMEA 2000 PGNs are made of up to 32 frames. The entire message
will be discarded when a frame is missed.
¼ Note: The above information may not always indicate an issue that can be simply resolved
with minor adjustment to network topology or connected devices and their activity on the
network. However Rx and Tx errors are most likely indicating issues with the physical network,
which may be resolved by correcting termination, reducing backbone or drop lengths, or
reducing the number of network nodes (devices).
Ethernet setup
No special setup is required for establishing an ethernet network, it is all ‘plug and play’ .
An NEP-2 connected between an NSO-II and another network module (e.g. BSM-1) will
automatically start working, and relay data between the two devices.
Diagnostics
The UDB (User Data Base) tab on the diagnostics page, provides information on Ethernet
activity, which is presented in two tables as shown below.
Databases
The upper table gives an account of the various automatically synchronised databases that
ensure Simrad display units (NSO-II, NSS, NSE plus B&G Zeus, and Zeus Touch) are all using
the same user settings and data. Each unit stores the database locally, so that all information
is available if the device is run in standalone. Databases can become unsynchronised when
one or more displays in a multi display network are not powered up while other displays are
being operated. Creation of waypoints, routes, tracks, and altering global settings all affect
databases. When the tick box ‘Dirty’ is ticked, the unit has identified that its database is older
than that of another device on the network. The tickbox should clear within seconds of
both devices being powered up, and the databases synchronising. If it does not clear, it is
recommended that all devices have the power cycled.
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IP addresses
The lower table shows the IP address of the display being viewed (top of list), the Master
display (with a tick next to it), and any other displays in a multi display network. The function
of the Master is invisible to the end user - It manages database synchronisation, however this
task automatically shifts to another display if the current master is shut down. The IP address
list only refreshes after all devices on the network have been powered down - a single device
that is shutdown on the network will not be removed from the table shown on other devices.
When powering up a system that has been completely shutdown, a network connectivity
issue can be identified if a display does not show any other IP addresses than its own.
The ‘UDB version’ is dependant on the software version installed on the display. It will never
change on its own, unlike the ‘Version’ of the Databases on the upper table. It is preferable to
have all UDB versions the same. This can usually be acheived by loading the latest software on
to your display - refer to “Software Updates and Screen Calibration” on page 35.
Module network light
The network LED on modules such as NEP-2, BSM-1, and RI10, can be useful for determining if
the network is fundamentally operational. No light indicates no connection. A rapidly blinking
green LED means the network module is communicating with another device.
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Wifi setup
To connect to a GoFree device a suitable wifi Android tablet or Apple ipad is required.
Navigate to the wifi network connection page on the tablet, and find the ‘GoFree Wifi xxxx’
network. Connect to the network using the eight character password printed on the silver
label of the GoFree module. If the module is installed out of easy access, see the following
section ‘Access Points’ on how to identify the ‘Network Key’ (password) from the NSO-II.
The above dialogue will appear on the NSO-II display when connection is attempted. Select
‘Yes’ for one-time connection, or ‘Always’ if device is to be remembered for regular connection.
Devices
When a wifi device is connected, it should appear in the wifi devices list. Selecting ‘Always
allow’ will mean the device can automatically connect without needing a password each
time. This menu also allows disconnection of devices that no longer require access.
Access Points
This page shows connected GoFree devices and their IP address.
Mode
When more than one device is connected, only one may operate as ‘Primary’. Primary mode
determines that the device is acting as DHCP server - only one DHCP server may exist on a
network at a time.
To set a device as secondary, the NSO-II must initially be connected
to only one GoFree module. Pressing ‘menu’ with the device
highlighted, opens the dialogue that allows setting to secondary.
Once completed, a second module may be plugged in, and will
automatically default to primary.
¼ Note: Use of multiple devices is solely for range extension purposes, and is usually only
required on larger vessels.
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Channel
Channel setting is available in order to overcome potential
interference to the GoFree device by another RF device transmitting
in the same frequency band.
Advanced
Tools are available within the NSO-II software to assist in fault-finding
and setting up the wifi network.
Iperf
Iperf is a commonly used network performance tool. It’s provided for
testing Wifi network performance around the vessel so weak spots or problem areas can be
identified. The application must be installed on and run from the tablet device. The NSO-II
must be running Iperf server before initiating the test from the tablet.
Once completed results similar to the following should appear;
On exiting the page, Iperf will automatically stop running.
DHCP Probe
The GoFree Wifi module contains a DHCP server that will allocate IP addresses for all the
MFDs, radars and sonars in a network. If integrating with other devices, such as a 3G modem
or satellite phone, other devices in the network may also be acting as DHCP servers.
To make it easy to find DHCP servers on a network, dhcp_probe may be run from the NSO-II,
which will show results similar to the following when another dhcp server is found;
Only one DHCP device may be operational on the same network at a time. If a second device
is found, turn off it’s DHCP feature if possible. Refer to the device’s own instructions for further
assistance.
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Autopilot setup
Verifying the autopilot connection
When an AC12N, AC42N, or SG05 is connected to the NSO-II system, the NSO-II will
automatically detect the autopilot and an Autopilot menu icon will be included in the
‘Settings’ menu.
If no ‘Autopilot’ icon is available in the menu, establish the connection by running the auto
select process.
The auto select process may also be used if the list of data sources needs to be updated when
a unit has been physically replaced.
If the AC12N, AC42N or SG05 is later disconnected, the ‘Autopilot’ menu icon will remain
available, but only a few of the menu items will be available.
Commissioning the autopilot
When the autopilot installation is completed, the commissioning procedures must be
performed. Failure in setting up the autopilot correctly may prohibit the autopilot from
functioning properly.
The setup of the autopilot computers (AC12N/42N) can be done in full from either an NSOII, NSS, NSE unit, IS40 Display, or from an AP24/AP28 control head. The following sections
describe how you configure the autopilot from the NSO-II unit.
If you connect the NSO-II to an already commissioned autopilot system, you only have to do
an automatic source selection as described above before the autopilot is ready to be used.
Dockside setup
Initiating the required dockside setup is done from within the Commissioning dialog.
Completed procedures are labelled with a tick.
When the autopilot computer is delivered from factory AND ANY TIME AFTER AN AUTOPILOT
RESET HAS BEEN PERFORMED, you will have to run a complete setup again.
All steps in all commissioning procedures are clearly described on-screen, and you will be
guided step by step through the process.
1. Press the ‘STBY/AUTO’ key to ensure that the autopilot is in standby mode
2. Activate the autopilot commissioning dialog as shown above
3. Select boat type
• The boat type setting is used by the system to select appropriate preset steering parameters.
It will also affect available autopilot features.
4. Perform the rudder calibration
• Used if you have a rudder feedback unit installed. This calibration is used to ensure that the
physical rudder movement corresponds to the rudder angle displayed on the NSO-II unit.
VRF (Virtual Rudder Feedback) calibration
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The Virtual Feedback option enables your autopilot to steer without a conventional rudder
feedback unit. This function is designed for vessels up to 40 ft. powered by outboard or stern
drives only.
The Virtual Feedback option will only be available when there is no feedback unit connected
at first time turn on, or at turn on after an autopilot reset.
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¼ Note: Installing a feedback unit will enhance the performance of the autopilot and provide an
accurate rudder angle indicator on the autopilot display. Unless impractical or impossible, a
rudder feedback unit should be installed.
5. Set the drive voltage
• Refer to the drive unit table in the AC12N/AC42N Installation manual or to your drive unit
documentation for information.
6. Run the rudder test as described in the on-screen instructions
¼ Note: If the boat uses power assisted steering, it is important that the engine or electric motor used to enable the power assist steering is turned on prior to this test.
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Stand CLEAR of the wheel and do not attempt to take manual control of the wheel during this test!
When this test is started the autopilot computer will issue a series of PORT and STBD rudder
commands and automatically verify correct rudder direction. It detects minimum power
to drive the rudder and reduces the rudder speed if it exceeds the maximum preferred
speed (8°/sec.) for autopilot operation. The system will also detect whether the drive unit is a
reversible motor or if a solenoid valve is operated.
Rudder drive setup
The rudder drive setup controls how the autopilot computer controls the steering system.
Drive voltage
Voltage specified for your drive unit.
The Drive unit voltage setting does not apply when the system
operates solenoids on a continuous running pump/steering gear.
Hence, the output voltage to the solenoids will be the same as the
input voltage.
Refer to the drive unit table in the AC12N/AC42N Installation manual
or to your drive unit documentation for information.
! Warning: Selection of improper voltage level for your drive unit may damage both the
drive unit and the AC12N/AC42N even if the protection circuits are activated.
Drive engage
Clutch
Auto
This is the default setting and it allows you to steer the boat with the helm or
wheel when in STBY mode (FU and NFU modes) as well as in all auto steering
modes
This option is typically used to switch between two rudder speeds on a
continuous running pump, used when different rudder speeds are required for
automatic and Follow-up/Non-Follow-up steering
Motor output
Shows the amount of power needed to achieve the correct rudder speed. The reading is
obtained from the Rudder test.
The automatically set value may be increased or decreased.
Rudder deadband
This parameter is used to prevent the rudder from hunting. The reading is obtained from the
Rudder test which optimizes the deadband to the speed of the boat and the pressure on the
rudder.
If the auto-setting does not perform properly due to high inertia from the wheel or a loose
steering gear, it can be adjusted manually. Find the lowest possible value that will prevent the
rudder from continuous hunting. A wide deadband will cause inaccurate steering.
¼ Note: The rudder deadband setting is not available when the autopilot is configured for
Virtual Rudder Feedback.
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Seatrials
A seatrial can only be performed if the dockside settings are completed and confirmed.
The seatrial must always be performed in open waters at a safe distance from other traffic.
¼ Note: You can switch the autopilot to standby mode and take manual control of the boat at
any time during the seatrial by pressing the ‘STBY/AUTO’ key.
The following seatrial calibration should be done:
• Compass calibration; used to automatically compensate for on-board magnetic interference
• Compass offset adjustment, used to compensate for a fixed offset in the final heading
readout
• Wind vane offset to compensate for a wind vane that is not mounted facing in exactly the
same direction as the bow of the vessel (dead ahead)
• Boat speed calibration
• Transition HI/LO speed setting (the speed at which you want to change the set of steering
parameters)
• Automatic tuning of the steering parameters
• Setting the seastate filter
• ‘Saiboat Setup’ menu items
Compass calibration
Before the compass calibration is started, make sure that there is enough open water around
the vessel to make a full turn.
The calibration should be done in calm sea conditions and with minimal wind to obtain good
results. Follow the on-screen instruction, and use about 60-90 seconds to make a full circle.
During the calibration, the compass will measure the magnitude and direction of the local
magnetic field.
• If the local magnetic field is stronger than the earth’s magnetic field (the local field is reading
more than 100 %), the compass calibration will fail
• If the local field is reading more than 30 %, you should look for any interfering magnetic
objects and remove them, or you should move the compass to a different location. The
(local) field angle will guide you to the local interfering magnetic object.
¼ Note: Calibration must be made on the compass that is active for the autopilot. If the
compass is not possible to initiate calibration from the device list on the NSO-II, refer to the
compass’ own instructions regarding calibration.
¼ Note: In certain areas and at high latitudes the local magnetic interference becomes more
significant and heading errors exceeding ±3° may have to be accepted.
Compass mounting offset
After compass calibration, the difference between the compass lubber line and the boat’s
center line should be compensated for.
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LUBBER LINE
Magnitude of local field in
% of earth’s magnetic field.
Direction of local field with
respect to lubber line. It can
also be on the reciprocal.
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Find the bearing from the boat position to a visible object. Use a chart or a chart plotter
Steer the boat so that the center line of the boat is aligned with the bearing line pointing
towards the object
Change the offset parameter so that the bearing to the object and the compass readout
becomes equal. Refer graphic above
¼ Note: Make sure that both the compass heading and the bearing to the object have the same
unit (°M or °T).
Setting the Transition speed (HI/LO)
This is the speed at which the system automatically changes from
LO to HI steering parameters.
On power boats it is recommended that you set a value that
represents the speed where the hull begins to plane or the speed
where you change from slow to cruising speed.
On sailboats the transition speed should be set to around 3-4
knots to give the best response in a tack.
A deadband of 2 knots is incorporated to prevent oscillation of
HI/LO settings when vessel is travelling at the transition speed.
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Transition speed set to 9kn
Transition to HI parameters with
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Active response parameter set is shown in the autopilot popup, and the following
abbreviations are used:
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HI-A
High response parameters set automatically
LO-A
Low response parameters set automatically
HI-M
High response parameters set manually
LO-M
Low response parameter set manually
Autotuning
The autotune feature will run the boat through several tests and then automatically set the
most important steering parameters.
Autotune is not required for the autopilot to function, as it is preset with steering parameters
that should steer most boats in the 30-50 foot range.
You can manually adjust all parameters that are set during autotuning.
Seastate filter
The Seastate filter is used to reduce rudder activity and autopilot sensitivity in rough weather.
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AUTO
Seastate filter is disabled. This is default
Reduces rudder activity and autopilot sensitivity in rough weather by an
adaptive process. The AUTO setting is recommended if you want to use the
seastate filter
Linked to the steering response control settings described previously. It may be
used to manually find the optimum combination of course keeping and low
rudder activity in rough but steady sea conditions
MANUAL
Setting sailing parameters
¼ Note: Sailing parameter settings are only available if the
boat type is set to Sail.
Tack time
When performing a tack in WIND mode, the rate of turn
(tack time) can be adjusted. This will give single-handed
sailors time to handle the boat and the sails during a
tack.
A turn performed without shifting wind side, will also
be made at a controlled turn rate.
Range
Change per step
2 - 50
Default
1
Units
12
seconds
Tack angle
This value is used to preset the course change used when tacking in AUTO mode. By pressing
the left/right arrow keys the course will change as much as this value.
Range
50 - 150
Change per step
1
Default
Units
100
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Wind function
With wind function set to Auto, the autopilot will automatically select between apparent and
true wind steering. Auto is default and recommended for cruising.
When the boat is running or on a broad reach, there is a heightened chance it will surf on the
waves. This may lead to significant changes in boat speed, and thereby changes in apparent
wind angle. True wind steering is therefore used to prevent undesired corrections by the
autopilot when heading downwind (or close to), while steering to apparent wind is used
when beating or reaching.
Apparent wind steering is preferred when you want to maintain maximum boat speed
without continuous trimming of the sails.
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VMG optimizing
You can optimize the VMG to wind. When selected the function will be active for 5–10
minutes after a new wind angle has been set and only when beating.
Layline steering
Layline steering is useful when navigating. Cross Track Error (XTE) from the navigator will keep
the boat on the track line. If the XTE from the navigator exceeds 0.15 nm, the autopilot will
calculate the layline and track towards the waypoint.
Manually adjusting steering parameters
The autotune function in the autopilot is so refined that the majority of boats will need no
further adjustments of the steering parameters. On some boats however, or in particular
sea conditions, fine tuning of the steering parameters may improve the performance of the
autopilot.
Transition speed
Refer previous description.
Rudder
This parameter determines the ratio between commanded rudder and the heading error. The
higher rudder value the more rudder is applied.
If the value is too small it will take a long time to compensate for a heading error, and the
autopilot will fail to keep a steady course.
If the value is set too high the overshoot will increase and the steering will be unstable.
Counter rudder
Counter rudder is the amount of rudder used to try to prevent the boat from yawing around
the set course. Higher counter rudder settings result in more rudder being applied.
The best way of checking the value of the Counter rudder setting is when making turns.
The figures illustrate the effects of various Counter Rudder settings;
A: Counter rudder too low; overshoot response
B: Counter rudder too high; sluggish and creeping response
C: Correct setting or counter rudder; ideal response
A
B
C
Auto trim
This parameter defines how fast the autopilot shall correspond after having registered a
heading error.
The standard value is 40 seconds which should work well on most boats. Rule of thumb: Set
to same value (seconds) as the boat’s length in feet. On boats operating on VRF the value
should be set to 20 seconds.
Rate limit
Sets the maximum allowed rate of turn.
The value should be kept at 6.0°/second unless there is a need for more rapid response in
turns.
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Minimum rudder
This parameter filters small rudder commands to prevent high rudder activity.
Some boats may have a tendency to not respond to small rudder commands around the
“course keeping” position because of a small rudder, a rudder deadband, whirls/disturbance of
the water-stream passing the rudder or it is a single nozzle water jet boat.
By increasing the Minimum rudder parameter you may improve the course keeping
performance on some boats. This will however increase the rudder activity.
Minimum wind angle to port and starboard
These parameters should be set identical to the minimum apparent wind angle that will keep
the sails from stalling and maintain boat speed. The parameters will vary from boat to boat.
The settings are used for the tack-prevent function. They also apply when the autopilot is
operating in WindNAV mode.
You can select different minimum wind angles for port and starboard. The difference between
port and starboard will be taken into account when calculating the Distance To Turn (DTT).
Navigation change limit
This parameter defines the maximum course change that the autopilot is allowed to make
when the NSO-II is following a route (NAV steering).
If the required course change to the next waypoint in a route is more than the set limit, you
are prompted and must acknowledge the course change before the autopilot will turn the
vessel.
CZone setup
In order to communicate with the CZone modules connected to the network, the NSO-II
must be assigned a unique CZone Display Dipswitch setting.
The functionality of the CZone system is determined by the CZone Config File (.zcf ), which
is stored on all CZone modules and supported Simrad displays, such as the NSO-II. The file is
created using the CZone Configuration Tool, a specialised PC application available from BEP
Marine Ltd, and associated CZone distributors.
The NSO-II system provides a means to load the Config file, as well as apply updates to
module firmware, removing the need to take a laptop computer aboard the vessel.
Enabling CZone functionality
If the Czone device(s) are not automatically detected, it is possible to manually enable CZone.
Once CZone is enabled, an addtional CZone menu appears at the bottom of the Settings
page.
Assigning the dipswitch setting
Every Simrad product capable of controlling and viewing CZone devices must be assigned
a virtual dipswitch setting. This setting is unique for each device. Typically it is set after the
config file already exists on the CZone system, but it may also be set in advance. To do so,
access the CZone menu on the Settings page.
When the config is already available on the network, it will immediately commence
uploading to the NSO-II once the dipswitch is set. Allow this to complete, without
interruption.
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Setting CZone to display at startup
With this option selected, the CZone control page will be shown first, every time the NSO-II is
powered up.
CZone backlight control
Enabling this will cause the NSO-II to synchronize its backlight setting with that of any CZone
Display Interfaces set up to share backlight settings.
Import and backup a config file
The files page may be used to import CZone config files, or export a copy to a Micro SD card.
Importing will overwrite the existing file on the NSO-II and all connected CZone devices.
For further information see “Backing up and Importing user data” on page 35
Upgrading module firmware
The files page also allows the loading of CZone module firmware updates. For further
information refer to “NMEA 2000 and Ethernet device updates” on page 35
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Software Updates and Screen Calibration
From time to time Simrad releases software updates to its existing products. Updates are
created for a variety of reasons; to add or improve features, to add support for new external
devices, or to fix software bugs.
Updates can be found on the Simrad website: http://www.simrad-yachting.com/Downloads/
Software-Updates/
The NSO-II may be used to apply software updates to itself, and to supported NMEA 2000 and
CZone devices, with files read off an SD card.
Before initiating an update to the NSO-II itself, be sure to back up any potentially valuable user
data.
Backing up and Importing user data
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There are two files that can be backed up that relate to user changes made to the system:
‘Waypoints, Routes, and Tracks database’
‘Settings database’ (includes preferences such as unit settings, custom new pages, and Czone
configuration files)
The backup procedure is similar for both - simply select which you want to backup and select
the destination to save to, e.g. on the unit, or to an SD card.
The user has the option of exporting all waypoints, or exporting only waypoints contained
within a specific region.
Waypoint backup offers different file formats to save as:
User data file version 5: Use with current Navico MFDs (NSO-II, NSE, Zeus, Zeus Touch, HDS
Gen2, HDS Gen2 Touch). Offers most detail
User data file version 4: Use with current Navico MFDs (NSO-II, NSE, Zeus, Zeus Touch, HDS
Gen2, HDS Gen2 Touch).
User data file version 3 (with depth): Use with legacy Lowrance GPS chartplotters
User data file version 2 (no depth): Use with legacy Lowrance GPS chartplotters
GPX (GPS Exchange): Use with some other manufacturers’ GPS products, and PC applications
Northstar .dat (no Tracks): Use with legacy Northstar chartplotters
The ‘Serial port’ option outputs the waypoints over NMEA 0183. The receiving GPS/PC will
typically need to be set to allow import of waypoints.
Later, if the NSO-II is defaulted or user data is accidentally deleted, simply return to the files
page, highlight the backed up file, and select ‘Import’. View file details for creation date.
NS0-2 software updates
The update file must be loaded to the root directory of the SD card.
In the files menu, locate the update file on the SD card and select ‘Upgrade’. Accept the
prompt to reboot the unit, and wait a few moments as the unit restarts. Do not remove the
SD card or repower the NS0-II until the process is completed (this will typically take no more
than a couple of minutes).
NMEA 2000 and Ethernet device updates
To update SimNet and ethernet devices select the ‘upgrade’ option presented when the file
is highlighted, followed by confirmation of the device you wish to upgrade. Do not interrupt
the upgrade process.
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5
Accessory cables
NMEA 2000 compliant data cables
Part Number Description
000-0124-69
Micro-C starter kit:
120 ohm female terminator cap
120 ohm male terminator cap
Micro-C T-piece connector
Micro-C 2’ (0.61M) extension cable
Micro-C 15’ (4.55M) extension cable
Mirco-C power cable
000-10996-001 Micro-C 4-way T-piece connector
000-0127-52
Micro-C Terminator kit (male and female caps)
000-0119-79
Micro-C T-piece connector
000-0119-75
Mirco-C power cable
000-0119-88
Micro-C 2’ (0.61M) extension cable
000-0127-53
Micro-C 6’ (1.82M) extension cable
000-0119-86
Micro-C 15’ (4.55M) extension cable
000-0119-83
Micro-C 25’ (7.58M) extension cable
000-0127-45
SimNet - Micro-C adaptor kit:
Simnet cable joiner
SimNet to Micro–C male plug, 0.5m (cable for connection of a SimNet
device to a Micro-C backbone)
Micro-C T-piece connector
24005729
SimNet to Micro–C male plug, 0.5m (cable for connection of a SimNet
device to a Micro-C backbone)
24006199
SimNet to Micro-C female plug, 1m (cable for connection of a NMEA
2000 data device to SimNet backbone)
24006413
SimNet to Micro-C female, 4m (13 ft) (cable for connection of a NMEA
2000 data device to SimNet backbone)
Ethernet cables
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Part Number
Description
000-0127-51
000-0127-29
000-0127-30
000-0127-37
Ethernet cable yellow 5 Pin 2 m (6.5 ft)
Ethernet cable yellow 5 Pin 4.5 m (15 ft)
Ethernet cable yellow 5 Pin 7.7 m (25 ft)
Ethernet cable yellow 5 Pin 15.2 m (50 ft)
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Supported data
NMEA 2000 compliant PGN List
NMEA 2000 PGN (receive)
59392
59904
60928
61184
65285
65289
65291
65292
65293
65323
65325
65341
65480
126208
126992
126996
127237
127245
127250
127251
127257
127258
127488
127489
127493
127503
127504
127505
127506
127507
127508
127509
128259
128267
128275
129025
129026
129029
129033
129038
129039
129040
129283
129284
129539
ISO Acknowledgement
ISO Request
ISO Address Claim
Parameter Request/Command
Temperature with Instance
Trim Tab Insect Configuration
Backlight Control
Clear Fluid Level Warnings
LGC-2000 Configuration
Data User Group Request
Reprogram Status
Autopilot Mode
Autopilot Mode
ISO Command Group Function
System Time
Product Info
Heading/Track Control
Rudder
Vessel Heading
Rate of Turn
Attitude
Magnetic Variation
Engine Parameters, Rapid Update
Engine Parameters, Dynamic
Transmission Parameters, Dynamic
AC input status
AC Output Status
Fluid Level
DC Detailed Status
Charger Status
Battery Status
Inverter Status
Speed, Water referenced
Water Depth
DistanceLog
Position, Rapid Update
COG & SOG, Rapid Update
GNSS Position Data
Time & Date
AIS Class A Position Report
AIS Class B Position Report
AIS Class B Extended Position Report
Cross Track Error
Navigation Data
GNSS DOPs
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129540
129794
129801
129802
129808
129809
129810
130074
130306
130310
130311
130312
130313
130314
130576
130577
130840
130842
130845
130850
130851
130817
130820
130831
130832
130834
130835
130838
130839
130843
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GNSS Sats in View
AIS Class A Static and Voyage Related Data
AIS Addressed Safety Related Message
AIS Safety Related Broadcast Message
DSC Call Information
AIS Class B “CS” Static Data Report, Part A
AIS Class B “CS” Static Data Report, Part B
Route and WP Service - WP List - WP Name & Position
Wind Data
Environmental Parameters
Environmental Parameters
Temperature
Humidity
Actual Pressure
Small Craft Status
Direction Data
Data User Group Configuration
SimNet DSC Message
Parameter Handle
Event Command
Event Reply
Product Info
Reprogram Status
Suzuki Engine and Storage Device Config
Fuel Used - High Reolution
Engine and Tank Configuration
SetEngineAndTankConfiguration
Fluid Level Warning
Pressure Insect Configuration
Sonar Status, Frequency and DSP Voltage
Supported data | NSO-II Installation Manual
NMEA 2000 PGN (transmit)
61184
65287
65289
65290
65291
65292
65293
126208
126992
126996
127237
127250
127258
128259
128267
128275
129025
129026
129029
129283
129284
129285
129539
129540
130074
130306
130310
130311
130312
130577
130840
130845
130850
130818
130819
130828
130831
130835
130836
130837
130839
130845
130850
Parameter Request/Command
Configure Temperature INSOcts
Trim Tab Insect Calibration
Paddle Wheel Speed Configuration
Backlight Control
Clear Fluid Level Warnings
LGC-2000 Configuration
ISO Command Group Function
System Time
Product Info
Heading/Track Control
Vessel Heading
Magnetic Variation
Speed, Water referenced
Water Depth
DistanceLog
Position, Rapid Update
COG & SOG, Rapid Update
GNSS Position Data
Cross Track Error
Navigation Data
Route/Waypoint Data
GNSS DOPs
GNSS Sats in View
Route and WP Service - WP List - WP Name & Position
Wind Data
Environmental Parameters
Environmental Parameters
Temperature
Direction Data
Data User Group Configuration
Parameter Handle
Event Command
Reprogram Data
Request Reprogram
Set Serial Number
Suzuki Engine and Storage Device Config
SetEngineAndTankConfiguration
Fluid Level Insect Configuration
Fuel Flow Turbine Configuration
Pressure Insect Configuration
Weather and Fish Prediction and Barometric Pressure History
Evinrude Engine Warnings
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NMEA 0183 supported sentences
TX / RX
GPS
Receive
GGA
GLL
GSA
GSV
VTG
ZDA
Transmit
GGA
GLL
GSA
GSV
VTG
ZDA
APB
BOD
BWC
BWR
RMC
Navigation
Receive
RMC
Transmit
AAM
RMB
XTE
Echo
Receive
DBT
DPT
MTW
VLW
VHW
Transmit
DBT
DPT
MTW
VLW
VHW
HDT
HDM
Compass
Receive
HDG
Transmit
HDG
Wind
Receive
MWV
MWD
Transmit
MWV
MWD
AIS / DSC
Receive
DSC
DSE
VDM
AIS sentences are not bridged to or from
NMEA 2000.
MARPA
Transmit
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TLL
TTM
Supported data | NSO-II Installation Manual
These are only output sentences
XDR
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Specifications
Mechanical/Environmental
Casing
Operating temp
Water ingress
Weight - processor unit only
Dimensions (overall)
Electrical
Operating voltage
Power consumption
Low power standby mode
Protection
Alarm output current
Processor
RAM
Storage
Conformity
Interfaces
Ethernet
NMEA 2000 (compliant)
Video input
Video output (60Hz nominal)
USB
SD
NMEA 0183 port baud rate
RS422 port baud rate
Charting support
ABS plastic
-15°C to +55°C
IPx2
1060 grams
281 mm (W) x 232 mm (H) x 65.5 mm (D)
9 - 31.2 V DC
45W
yes
reverse polarity and temporary over-voltage to 36V
1A
iMX61 quad core
DDR3 1GB
4 - 8GB Flash
CE, C-Tick, HDMI
3 ports total - 1 & 2 are PoE (RJ45 socket)
1 port on rear (Micro-C male)
2 ports on rear (BNC female. NTCS or PAL format)
800x600 (SVGA 4:3)
1024x768 (XGA 4:3)
1280x720 (HD 16:9)
1366x768 (WXGA)
1920x1080 (Full HD 16:9)
1920x1200 (WUXGA 16:10)
1280x800 (16:10)
1280x1024 (SXGA 5:4)
mass storage (Type A socket)
32GB (Full size SD card socket)
4800, 9600, 19200, & 38400 (via proprietary cable)
1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200
Navionics and CMap on SD card
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281 mm (11.05”)
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66 mm (2.58”)
265 mm (10.42”)
Dimensioned drawings | NSO-II Installation Manual
130 mm (5.13”)
232 mm (9.14”)
R=
2.5
(0. mm
1”)
8.0 mm
R4
(0 .2 m
.17 m (0.31”)
”)
8
Dimensioned drawings
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