Locate and download the required ActiPatch from the Actisense website. For example, if you have an NGW-1-STNG and you wish to enable AIS conversions, you will need "NGW-1-STNG-AIS v2.420 ActiPatch Setup.exe"
To connect your NGW-1 (ISO Variants) to a PC (to update its firmware) you have the following options:
- Wire a D-type 9-pin connector to your NGW-1’s NMEA 0183 port (you can connect that directly to the NGW-1 terminals inside the case if that is more convenient), and then connect to a standard “USB to Serial” adapter cable if your computer does not have an RS232 port on it. Please refer to the NGW-1 User Manual for wiring instructions.
- 'D-type 9-pin' connectors are available from an Actisense dealer. USB to serial converters can be purchased from Amazon
- For a quick and easy connection, use our Actisense USG-2 product for direct wiring to the NGW-1’s terminals whilst keeping your PC safe with 1500 volts of isolation.
You can use the USG-2 as a safe way to connect any NMEA 0183 signal to your PC so it is great as an NMEA 0183 diagnostic tool when used with our freely available NMEA Reader software
Note that with the ISO variants of the NGW-1, power needs to be present on the NMEA 2000/SeaTalkNG side of the NGW-1 for the PC connection to be powered and active. The USB variants are powered once the latest USB drivers have been successfully downloaded and installed.
With the NGW-1 connected to your PC, select the correct COM port for your NGW-1 from the drop down menu in the Actipatch you just downloaded.
Click on the ‘Program’ button when it goes green and you will see the progress bar indicating the installation of the firmware to your NGW-1.
When the installation is completed successfully, the ‘Patch ID’ box and ‘Device ID’ box will contain identical information.