Actisense NGT-1 NMEA 2000 PC Interface required for calibrating the EMU-1 with boat's engine

Article HD25020, July 21, 2015

The Actisense EMU-1 initally needs configuration and that can only be done with a Windows computer using an Actisense NGT-1 connected to the NMEA 2000 network.


As the EMU Configuration Tool software program runs on a Windows Vista / 7 / 8.1 PC it requires an interface to the NMEA 2000 network for configuring and updating the firmware of an Actisense EMU-1. That interface is managed by an Actisense NGT-1 which plugs into the PC’s USB port on one end and plugs into the NMEA 2000 network on the other end. Thus, the NGT-1 is a necessary requirement when installing or reconfiguring an EMU-1. Start by making the NGT-1, on its own, receive data from the NMEA 2000 backbone and use the free NMEA Reader software to confirm that the NGT-1 is seeing good data. With that accomplished, get the EMU-1 connected to the NMEA 2000 network and then use the EMU-1 Configuration Tool.

It is not necessary to keep the Actisense NGT-1 connected to the NMEA 2000 network permanently; once the EMU-1 is configured it can be removed. However, having an Actisense NGT-1 always available to help diagnose issues with any NMEA 2000 device (from any manufacturer) will prove very helpful in the long turn. You will likely find it beneficial to keep the NGT-1 aboard full-time for timely diagnostics.