- Firmware Miniplex-3 V.1.17
- Firmware Wireless V.1.4
Two update files, featured with a procedure (in English), are packaged in a single folder WiFi V188.8.131.52. Download. The implementation can be done with the configuration utility MPX-Config V.2.1.0 minimum, available in PC and Mac versions.
Necessary to operate the new Wi-Fi V.1.4 firmware, adds the following functions :
- NKE Support : support of some NKE proprietary NMEA sentences used by the manufacturer to add ASCII characters not supported by the NMEA0183 standard. The new firmware provides compatibility with these specific sentences.
- NMEA 2000 – AIS targets class B : the Miniplex-3 converts the PGNs (¹) NMEA2000 V.2.0 in sentences NMEA0183. New firmware provides support for converting standard NMEA2000 V3.0 PGNs for AIS Class B targets to NMEA0183. This last standard is still used by many AIS transponders (²) including Raymarine.
Support of TCP and UDP modes of TCP/IP protocol (³). The TCP mode allows only one device (client mode) to receive data from a transmitter (server), the UDP mode allows multiple connections. The new Wi-Fi firmware allows you to connect up to 4 devices simultaneously to the Miniplex-3 in UDP, one of the devices can also connect at the same time one application in UDP and a second one in TCP.
You should use the utility MPX-Config (latest version) from a Mac or a PC. These must be connected both with the supplied USB cable AND Wi-Fi to the multiplexer powered 12V. It will be available in USB only if a suitable driver was previously installed (download from Downloads ShipModul's website, not from the CD-ROM).
Follow step-to-step procedure provided with the firmware files, first update firmware, and then Wi-Fi. The operation only takes a few minutes. Updates run in a few tens of seconds.
(¹) PGN = acronym for NMEA2000 sentences Parameter Group Numbers
(²) See https/navigation-mac.fr/category/materiel/ais/
(³) TCP/IP means "Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol" and is pronounced "T-C-P-I-P". TCP/IP is a communication protocol, client-server, consisting of a set of standardized rules of communication on the internet and is based on a technique to provide an IP address that is unique to each computer on the network in order to route data packets.