Is App XY compatible with AIS Share

Lot of users asking if chart App XY is compatible with AIS Share.
Basically any third party app supporting AIS messages via UDP or TCP should compatible.

To simply test such a connection there is a Debug/Test mode implemented in AIS Share. In this mode you can test the communication at home without need to connect the USB Dongle.

In this post i want to show you how you can configure to popular charting apps.

Offline Test

In AIS Share there is an offline test implemented. Means no USB dongle needs to be connected and the App is generating 10 fake ship positions and send this AIS messages out. So you can easily test your favorite chart plotting APP before you enter the sea.

01. Activate Offline Test

02. Config connection – AIS SHARE

Configure in AIS Share / Settings / AIS Output the communication settings

Simulation AIS Share output settings

In this example i want to share AIS date to an App which is running on the same device.
Therefore I enter as IP address 127.0.0.1 and as Port 10112
Note: The port number can be in theory any number: both app’s need to be configured on the same port. In practice port number 2000 or 10112 is good example

03. Start the Simulation

With the pink play button

04. Configure Partner

Basically it is with every app the same.

In the partner app choose UDP or TCP connection. (in above example that would be UDP)
UDP

  • In the partner app enter the IP Address.
    If the partner app is running on the same device enter 127.0.0.1
    If the partner app is running on a different device enter the IP Address of the device where AIS Share runs.
  • In the partner app enter the port number. (in above example that would be 10112)

TCP

  • In the partner app enter the IP Address.
    If the partner app is running on the same device enter 127.0.0.1
    If the partner app is running on a different device enter the IP Address of the device where AIS Share runs.
  • In the partner app enter the port number.

04-01 Navionics

Please note: If your map subscription in Navionics do not cover the position of the 9 fake ships (Berlin, Paris, Moscow, North Sea, Argentina, Washington DC, Australia, Sud Africa) – you won’t see any ships on the Navionics map.
Therefore since AisShare V1.2.0 you can define a “Custom Simulated Position”, where users can define a individual position by there own.

ATTENTION: There was a bug in V1.2.0 – so custom position was not displayed in Navionics. With version V1.2.1 release date 25.03.2020 – this should be solved

Don’t forget to activate AIS targets in your map settings. AIS in the Boating app (navionics.com)

04-02 OpenCPN

Local on your Android device

With the free app available in Google Play store.

  • opencpn from the app store
with OpenCPN on a PC

and AIS Share on your Android device

with OpenCPN on a PC – GPS Share

04-03 Boat Beacon

ATTENTION: There was a bug in V1.2.0 of AIS SHARE – so custom position was not displayed in Boat Beacon. With version V1.2.1 release date 25.03.2020 – this should be solved

04-03 SeaWi Marine

05. Pro Tipp – Broadcast

Pro Tipp
If you have an local Wifi Router on your boat ( still no internet connection needed ) you can share with a trick AIS data to every device which are connected to this router.
Enter as IP Address : 255.255.255.255 in AIS SHARE and then the router will automatically forward data streams to all device which are in the same network. So you could have for example one device as AIS Receiver and then multiple devices where you have for example some Chart software like Open CPN, Boat Beacon or Navionics running.
GPS position sharing works the same way.

  • Share AIS or GPS data via Broadcast
  • AIS Share Broadcast settings

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