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Old 12 February 2015, 14:03   #11
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I have a lowrance hds 12 touch. Great and easy to use, have had lowrance for a few years now, also if they ever go wrong within 5years they offer a warranty exchange or upgrade. I once had a hds8 gen2 and upgraded to a hds10 for 300.
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I think the radars and such are all generally made by one company and just branded according to head unit manufacturer.

Doesn't airmar make most or all of the depth transducers? Same for radar I'm pretty sure.

The plugs on them vary by brand

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Yeah, they have a few radar systems, and most of their MFDs have the radar software to plot the information too. Just Google "Lowrance radar" and you'll get lots of hits.

I think I'm right in saying that any (main player) manufacturer of the radar antenna will work with any (main player) plotter as long as they are all N2K compliant.
The modern radar scanners are usually Ethernet not N2k, the Ethernet connectors vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
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The modern radar scanners are usually Ethernet not N2k, the Ethernet connectors vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Ah right, I didn't know as I don't have one and don't really plan on getting one at the mo. Thanks for the clarification though.
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Ah right, I didn't know as I don't have one and don't really plan on getting one at the mo. Thanks for the clarification though.
No worries The bandwidth of n2k isn't wide enough for graphics & video, which is basically what the radar is. Similarly, if you have multiple plotters & want to share data between them like charts, sonar, radar etc. This is done over Ethernet.
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