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Old 25 March 2011, 08:11   #1
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nmea 2000 red or blue

Need to replace my nmea 2000 cable. Using old Y formate (blue plugs) at present and would like to go to a back bone system, at present i have all blue plugs but wondering if i should be using red or blue for backbone. thoughts please.
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Old 25 March 2011, 08:29   #2
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Hi, Red & the older Blue both run as a backbone, to run red on the older Blue system you will need adaptors, seems a waste of cash to me.
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Old 25 March 2011, 08:55   #3
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I think so to just wondered if there was any advantage to the red over the blue in the long term

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As far as I know, there's no advantage to one over the other aside from connector size. Both use the same 5-wire cable, and they're just connectors, so they do the same thing. You could argue that the reduced size means less sealing area for leaks, but I don't really buy that for something that's not often disconnected and reconnected.

I think the deciding factor should be what you've already got. If your system is currently blue, go with blue. If it's red, go red.

If it's a new installation, I'd tend towards red as it is newer and more likely to become "standard", but that's about the only reason, unless you are really tight on space whereever the connectors end up falling.


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Thanks, not really tight for space so can go either way. points taken thou. Any ideals on best places to purchase parts required?
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The new red connectors are more universal. For example they will interface with Garmin and most other modern units. They are also, reputedly, more waterproof than the older blue type.
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Thanks Irwin, just about to get parts one way or the other then its the fun time of doing the install.
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Thanks Irwin. Just off to get parts one way or another. Then its fun time doing the installation.
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