If you want a radar, wireless is ok.
If you NEED a radar then wireless is not ok.
App writers have to play catch up when manufacturers release new operating software. I have heard of recent stories where the Furuno operating app was disabled because it was unable to integrate updates (mainly for security) on the IOS platform.
I guess I am partial to Garmin, as you all know, but I am a pure fan of software updates. It adds longevity to hardware and expands capabilities. being able to add the GXM54 weather antenna is exciting stuff. There was a big integration add on written for that. the 30M depth water temperatures are exciting features. Charting sea surface height showing where water is welling up is good stuff.
Having two engineers local is good stuff too. Calling up one of the guys from Woodinville or Mukilteo to come out to a boat when something is wonky is nice. Getting a file a week later emailed with a fix is nice. Software updates aren't a bad thing.
So let me get this straight-
Garmin Radar or Furuno wireless- If the iPad becomes unreliable then you would buy a Furuno plotter...You don't like Garmin because of the updates.
Are you shopping for price only, reliability, or features..
Furuno 1815 standalone radar- Reliable, not too expensive, and has some great features. Less than an iPad and the Furuno wireless radar.
Agree that iPad isn’t a great solution but in sketchy radar necessitating situation there shouldnt be much glare.Not a radar specific comment, but I used an Ipad as a networked device to my MFD so it could serve as sonar, chartpotter or radar... and the Ipad screen is hard to see & washes out if there is glare of any kind on the screen. not something I'd personally want to rely on if I was needing to see my screen well in a sketchy radar needed situation. my $.02
A couple of things...The Furuno can be used without an ipad, All it takes is buying one of their head units. The wireless works similar to the raymarine radar so I have options and zero concerns.
The life proof case with an Ipad handles the salt water with zero issues. Rock solid reliability.
I feel like you’re holding back.... tell us how you really feel!A couple of things...
You are an idiot for relying on a fucking iPad and a wireless connection to read and use a critical piece of navigational equipment in conditions that truly require it, meaning a foggy bar crossing, a late night return, or an early morning foggy/dark summer Puget sound departure with a 100 other equally stupid people.
2. I install this stuff for a living, and use it. I don’t care if it’s Garmin, Furuno, Raymarine or Navico. Wireless sucks. It will cut out. Especially on top of an aluminum boat. I tested this theory with a Quantum dome on top of my own boat by un-hooking the data cable and testing it. Lost connection multiple times. Not a knock on Raymarine, just facts. Cuts out through an aluminum top. The Furuno will be the same.
I’m not sure why some of you idiots think you can re-invent the wheel to save a buck. By the wired radar for what ever MFD you have and hook it up. Don’t be that guy that I or somebody else has to swerve around because you are digging around for your iPad charging cord or trying to re-pair your radar in reduced visibility conditions.
I update my MFD and all associated peripherals from my phone when new releases come out or i add new stuff to the system. It is the Active Captain app. I also have chips with the same data. when i update costumers plotters i don't want to use my phone for that as it can create havoc. If the customer is there, and usually as part of the post install delivery, i will show them how to set up their phone, register their devices and do updates properly.I was referencing the update process for the garmin gps/ff itself.