Why do I need an Actisense NMEA 2000 PC gateway on the network with my EMU-1?
As Actisense Toolkit software program runs on a Windows PC it requires an interface to the NMEA 2000 network in order to configure and update the firmware of an EMU-1. This NMEA 2000 PC Interface is created by either an Actisense NGT-1 or an Actisense NGX-1, making it a necessary requirement when installing or reconfiguring an EMU-1.
It is not necessary to keep the NGT/NGX-1 connected to the NMEA 2000 network permanently; once the EMU-1 is configured it can be removed. However, having an Actisense NGT/NGX-1 always available to help diagnose issues with any NMEA 2000 device (from any manufacturer) will prove very helpful, and is a solid reason for keeping it on-board full-time.
For more information on NMEA 2000 and how it works, please download our free guide to NMEA 2000 networking here: https://actisense.com/complete-guide-to-building-an-nmea-2000-network/