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    Benefits of linking units via Ethernet

    What are some of the benefits when you link two units via Ethernet? Is it worth it or not?
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    You get to share waypoints between the two units. Is it worth it? Most definetly.

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    You can share transducers and gps pucks too just incase of a failure of one of those devices.
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    For the price of the ethernet cord...absolutely!

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    If you are running an HB unit with transducer on both bow and console, you can use the transducer sharing capability of ethernet. This feature allows the use of one transducer (e.g. on the bow) for both units thereby eliminating any sonar interference (crosstalk) that may have been occurring between these two units prior to the installation of the ethernet cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti Guy View Post
    You can share transducers and gps pucks too just in case of a failure of one of those devices.
    +1 This is huge if you drive by GPS and maps. I have found GPS to be flaky at times so I have different brands of GPS antenna. Having more than one is just an extra measure of safety.
    With Ethernet you only need one Dual Beam transducer that you can share. I share my transom SI with my front unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rickmb View Post
    I share my transom SI with my front unit.
    So when you're fishing from the bow you have an up to the second picture of what's 20 feet behind you. Why not have an SI transducer on the TM too?
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    Although I have a SI unit in the front of my boat and transducer mounted to the trolling motor, I think it is a waste of money. It is nearly impossible to get a decent picture, as you need to keep the trolling motor headed straight in one direction and at a steady speed. I do love my DI however, my next unit will be a simple sonar/DI unit in the front of my boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swgillen View Post
    Although I have a SI unit in the front of my boat and transducer mounted to the trolling motor, I think it is a waste of money. It is nearly impossible to get a decent picture, as you need to keep the trolling motor headed straight in one direction and at a steady speed. I do love my DI however, my next unit will be a simple sonar/DI unit in the front of my boat.
    Keep trying settings. I run my chart speed at 1 or 2 on my 1198 and get good enough images to catch fish. I also found that each color pallet makes a difference. My average so far is 5+ fish per trip that I either see the cover or the fish. There is no way I would have even cast to those places without the SI on the bow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swgillen View Post
    It is nearly impossible to get a decent picture, as you need to keep the trolling motor headed straight in one direction and at a steady speed.
    Not really. But it does take some time to get used to how things appear from the SI on the bow. I learned by finding a few spots where I knew what was under the water and spent more than a few hours working the area with the TM to see what it looked like using the SI on the TM.
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    I'm still debating of whether or not Ethernet would be useful for me, especially considering I will probably need a buy and power the hub to connect them (need about 34' of cable and the longest cable is 30'). I certainly see the benefits of having built-in backup 'ducer and GPS but I'm still not sure I really care about waypoint sharing. I regularly save my nav data onto SD cards, use Humminbird PC to organize stuff and then load it all back onto the units.
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    34 feet? Isn't your boat 20 feet long? Sounds like an interesting cable run. They do make a 30 foor extension cable if you really need that much 140c Fishin' Buddy :: Humminbird Fishfinder :: Depth Finder :: GPS Chartplotters :: Side Imaging Sonar Technology

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryanmc57 View Post
    34 feet? Isn't your boat 20 feet long? Sounds like an interesting cable run. They do make a 30 foor extension cable if you really need that much 140c Fishin' Buddy :: Humminbird Fishfinder :: Depth Finder :: GPS Chartplotters :: Side Imaging Sonar Technology
    Yes the boat is 20 ft long but I have to run everything down the passenger's side to the back of the boat, then across to the driver's side and back up to the console. I calculated 34' in order to have a bit of slack in the cables. I could probably get away with 32' feet but it doesn't really matter as the 30' cable just won't do it.

    I didn't know about the extension cable. That and a 10 ft regular cable would give me more than enough. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoatBuggy View Post
    Not really. But it does take some time to get used to how things appear from the SI on the bow. I learned by finding a few spots where I knew what was under the water and spent more than a few hours working the area with the TM to see what it looked like using the SI on the TM.
    And that folks is the key to using these units
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swgillen View Post
    Although I have a SI unit in the front of my boat and transducer mounted to the trolling motor, I think it is a waste of money. It is nearly impossible to get a decent picture, as you need to keep the trolling motor headed straight in one direction and at a steady speed. I do love my DI however, my next unit will be a simple sonar/DI unit in the front of my boat.
    Here some tips on how I use SI on the Trolling Motor. Hopefully they will help you gain the confidence to allow it to help you too.

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    absolutely for all the reasons listed!
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