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    Default How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    I was looking at the new Lowrance HDS fishfinders and noticed you can connect multiple units via ethernet connection. That's super but could a person connect a seperate LCD monitor to the main fishfinder to display what's on the screen? Here's a link to the HDS-5 specs: http://www.lowrance.us/Products/Mari...pecifications/
    If not possible with the Lowrance, is there another type, Humminbird maybe, that it can be done with?
    Ideally, what i'd like is to have a single, good quality GPS/Fishfinder mounted at the console with a much cheaper ($25-$50), small LCD screen mounted up on the front deck instead of having to buy two seperate $600 units. Make sense?

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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    It makes sense -- to a point. You cannot simply parallel two head units off one transducer. It simply is not designed to work that way. However, you can buy a switch box that lets you switch one transducer between two head units. You CANNOT operate both of them at the same time. If you can find a PinPoint 75xx series locator, they can be networked but I don't see them anymore. Since basic locators are so cheap anyway, why not just by another and use the transducer that comes with it.

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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    I'm by no means an expert in this area, but I believe you can in fact connect another NMEA 2000-compliant display. But I don't you're going to find a cheap fishfinder that will be NMEA 2000 compliant.
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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    It makes sense... But they want you to buy 2 heads. Now if they only had an app for that..... It's already IP data... hmmm

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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    I have the hds-10 and the hds-5x. I have the structure scan module and the 83/200 transducer connected to the hds-10 unit. Both units are connected to a nmea 2000 network and both units are networked together. Both head units can and will view the sonar data even thou i only have one transducer. The hds units have a feature called network sonar. Which means any hds head unit can view the sonar data in real time. In other words it will share the sonar among many hds units
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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    Yea the problem is he doesnt want to buy two heads. He's wanting a video output from his existing head to pipe to a remote cheepo video screen.

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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    There is no video out option on the hds unit
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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by NYBo View Post
    I'm by no means an expert in this area, but I believe you can in fact connect another NMEA 2000-compliant display.
    While not an expert, either, I do not think that NMEA-2000 protocols are able to transport video display information. Whether or not a device supported NMEA-2000 likely has very little influence on its remote display capabilities.

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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhebert View Post
    While not an expert, either, I do not think that NMEA-2000 protocols are able to transport video display information. Whether or not a device supported NMEA-2000 likely has very little influence on its remote display capabilities.
    I was thinking of the chartplotter/fishfinder data, not video per se. But any other unit would need the ability to process the data, even if such data transfer is supported.
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    Default Re: How could I hook up a remote LCD display for my Fishfinder/GPS?

    So somebody should make an adapter with a video-out jack and make a boatload of money (look at all the HDS systems out there)! It's a crock that the manufacturers can't give you that ability after spending $600+ on a unit and require that buy another one to have this "luxury".

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