My Garmin GPSMap 740 plotter uses a SD Card to update firmware after 
downloading the file to the SD card from a computer which in turn gets the file 
from the internet.

Halifax, NS

From: CnC-List [] On Behalf Of Dave S via 
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 11:06 PM
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Cc: Dave S
Subject: Re: Stus-List Raymarine exits the instrument, vhf and autopilot 

LOL, OK, should not have implied ALL other vendors, but my cursory search found 
this this N2K to USB cable for your (?) B&G triton/navico/simrad.  Looks like 
its used in conjunction with a laptop and free dowloadable software.  You can 
also use a MFD,but are not forced to.
The Windows 8 software tool

I also checked ICOM, Furuno...
It did appear that Airmar required one of their weather stations as an 
interface to update their sensors,but I did not explore this,nor how other 
manufacturers update their Airmar-made sensors.

I'm sure there are situations where manufacturers attempt to promote a 
proprietary, closed-shop approach to updating but most of those i found did not.
From: G Collins <<>>
To: "<>" 
Subject: Re: Stus-List Raymarine exits the instrument, vhf and
        autopilot business!

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Other vendors don't take this approach?  Sure they do.  I've got B&G Triton 
displays - can't do any updating on them without a B&G MFD.  Same is true with 
all that I'm aware of.  And I'd love to buy a Maretron ultrasonic tank level 
sender, it is N2K - but to calibrate it I also have to buy one of their 
displays, which I have no other use for.

Graham Collins
Secret Plans
C&C 35-III #11

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