In the continuing saga of my electronics install, my attention turns to wiring. If you haven’t read the previous posts in “What’s connected on Summer Dreams?”, here is Part 1 and Part 2. While I had all the access holes opened up and my main panel disassembled, I began to install all the wiring and other electronics. The first piece, which was the very first I purchased even before the radar is the Ericsson W35 router with cellular antenna. Here’s the list of all the components that had to be connected:
- Ericsson W35 Fixed Wireless Terminal with 12/24V Power Lead, a marine antenna 746 (CDMA/GSM/3G) with 5187 HD Shakespeare stainless steel ratchet mount, antenna lead for W30/W35 (RG174NMCX), and a LMR-400 type cable.
- Sony SiriusConnect Interface (SNYSC1C), SiriusConnect universal vehicle tuner (SCC1C), and a Shakespeare Galaxy SRA-40 Sirius satellite radio antenna.
- RayMarine RD218
- RayMarine 33STV satdome with ACU, Xantrex XPower 450 inverter, Bell ExpressVu receiver, Buffalo IR repeater, and a Hisense HDTV/DVD combo with a compact wall mount (with a secure lock feature).
Of course, I had to run various Cat-3, Cat-5, RG6, and a special cable for component video known as a Rapid Run cable (sort of an all-in-one cable). This was to facilitate the TV connections from the satdome to the ACU, ACU to Bell TV receiver, and the receiver to the two flat panel TVs. The first TV is the Magnavox LED HDTV in the cabin. The second is the cockpit TV which is the Hisense LCD panel. Both TVs are 12V and are wired into the 12V systems, no inverter required.
The below is a picture of the family when I finally completed the install, buttoned up all the access holes (well some of them; still had the 3G cellular antenna to install), and reassembled the MDP cabinet.
More to come on fleshing out my NMEA 0183 network, SeaTalk network, and the introduction to NMEA2000. NMEA2000 is now the standard among OEMs like RayMarine, Garmin, etc. but not standard at the same time. Go figure. Coming up in future parts… Redoing my 12V fuse panel, adding a bow thruster with charging/ACR panel & remote control , and upgrading to Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) batteries.