NMEAremote supports a wide range of different message types and messages.
On this page you’ll find an overview of all supported messages.
NMEA 0183 is a standard for communication between marine electronics.
It uses a simple ASCII based serial communication protocol that defines how the data is transmitted in “sentences” from a talker to multiple listeners.
In short a sentences starts with either “$” or “!” as a start delimiter and ends with “CR/LF” (Carriage Return / Line Feed).
The first two letters in a sentence are the Talker ID, specifying the source of the sentence.
To define the semantic of a sentence it contains the sentence ID followed by comma separated values.
To extend the standard set of sentences there are also proprietary sentences starting with with a “P” instead of the Talker ID. (see table)
Following NMEA 0183 sentences are supported by NMEAremote:
|DBT||Depth below transducer|
|DPT||Depth of Water|
|GGA||Global Positioning System Fix Data|
|GLL||Geographic Position – Latitude/Longitude|
|GSA||GPS DOP and active satellites|
|GSV||Satellites in view|
|HDG||Heading – Deviation & Variation|
|HDM||Heading – Magnetic|
|HDT||Heading – True|
|MTA||Mean Temperature of Air|
|MTW||Mean Temperature of Water|
|MWD||Wind Direction & Speed|
|MWV||Wind Speed and Angle|
|PBGTTB||B&G – Polar Speed knots & Performance %|
|PBGTVMG||B&G – Polar: VMG Upwind Angle AWA, Upwind & Downwind Heading|
|PCDIN||SeaSmart.Net – N2k Container|
|PDGY||Digital Yachts: NavLink 2 Protocol|
|PGN||NMEA 2000 PGN Data|
|PMAROUT||Maretron Proprietary Output Sentence|
|PSILTBS||Silva/Nexus – TBS (target Boat Speed)|
|RMB||Recommended Minimum Navigation Information|
|RMC||Recommended Minimum Navigation Information|
|ROT||Rate Of Turn|
|RSA||Rudder Sensor Angle|
|VBW||Dual Ground/Water Speed|
|VDR||Set and Drift|
|VHW||Water speed and heading|
|VLW||Distance Traveled through Water / Dual Ground/Water Distance|
|VPW||Speed – Measured Parallel to Wind|
|VTG||Track made good and Ground speed|
|VWR||Relative (Apparent) Wind Speed and Angle|
|VWT||True Wind Speed and Angle|
|XTE||Cross-Track Error, Measured|
|ZDA||Time & Date – UTC, day, month, year and local time zone|
NMEA 2000 (sometimes called N2k) is the newer standard by the NMEA organisation.
Extending the CAN bus (used on road vehicles and fuel engines) it is a binary protocol providing a higher transfer rate or plug and play.
A N2k message is indicated by its PGN (parameter group number) to determine how the data bytes should be interpreted.
As N2k messages are binary they couldn’t be transferred easily into an ASCII based data stream as the NMEA 0183 sentences
and there is no standard to transmit N2k messages via a Wifi network.
Some manufacturers of NMEA-Wifi devices defined their own way for N2k transmission. Mostly they convert the binary data into an ASCII form and use proprietary NMEA 0138 container sentences like “PCDIN“, “PDGY” or “PGN” (to be exact PGN is mentioned to become a standard sentence).
Following N2k messages are supported by NMEAremote:
|127251||Rate of Turn|
|127488||Engine Parameters, Rapid Update|
|127489||Engine Parameters, Dynamic Update|
|127493||Transmission Parameters, Dynamic Update|
|127497||Engine Trip Parameters|
|127501||Binary Switch Bank Status|
|127505||Fluid Data – Dynamic Update|
|127513||Battery Configuration Status|
|128006||Thruster Control Status|
|128008||Thruster Motor Status|
|129025||Position, Rapid Update|
|129026||COG & SOG, Rapid Update|
|129283||Cross Track Error|
|129291||Set & Drift, Rapid Update|
|129540||GNSS Sats in View|
NMEAremote is also able to work with Signal K servers.
Signal K is an open source universal marine data exchange format built on standard web technologies including JSON, WebSockets and HTTP.
With the Expedition add-on NMEAremote is also able to handle EXP messages.