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ajtheone

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I am a new and first time e-tec owner, Thank you very much for all the help provided on this forum, I have done a lot of reading, which helped me to do the rigging by my own (since there is a waiting list on local shops).

I have purchased a 2013 e-tec 250 HO gen 1 : (Model : E250HSLAAD, Serial : 5375549) and also all rigging I though necessary : Binnacle remote control and respective cables, key switch, tachometer (analog but with systemcheck lights integrated). I also purchased the Diagnostic cable and software, Repair book and installation guide book.

DONE so far:
I mounted the engine on my boat, installed and connected all cables and harnesses, started the motor and primed the oil per instructions in the installation guide, I got codes 11, 58 y 59. I am upgrading the Throttle Lever per bulletin with the new "C" version (currently in transit) to resolve code 11 since I noticed the leveler was getting stuck, not worry about 58 y 59 codes so far.

Pending and need help:
The engine came with the I-command harness also (I was not expecting), so now I am considering adding an I-command LCD gauge, but Lowrance LMF-400 seems to be out of stock. BRP I-command gauges are rarely available or very expensive (+$700 each).

So it seems like my current not so expensive options are : 

- Simrad IS35 ($345) :https://www.simrad-yachting.com/simrad/type/instruments/

- Yacht Devices YDWG-02 ($189) : https://yachtdevicesus.com/products/nmea-2000-wi-fi-gateway-ydwg-02

So the question is, are these devices plug and play, considering the I-command harness suppose to be nmea-2000 compatible? if they do, I prefer yacht device and wifi capability ,( I understand I will need a phone or tablet and application),  Not trying to build a whole network, just plug the harness to one of these devices and get additional basic engine information in the console.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


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Icommand gauges have been obsolete for a few years now. Recommendation is use Simrad or Garmin displays for everything. Each brand will display EV information. 

JimH is the expert here. So a search on this site and you will find many links to his posts and recommendations.

You also posted your question in the G2 category. Suggest you move it to the appropriate section for continuity.

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The I-Command harness has no effect on NMEA-2000 use. It just has a 47-Ohm resistor included so the TRIM sensor can be supplied with current that would have otherwise been provided by a separate analogue-type TRIM gauge.

To connect two NMEA-2000 devices you must construct a network. To learn the basics you can read my primer on the topic:

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/NMEA2000.html

If there were buyers willing to pay $700 for one I-Command gauge then I would sell mine.

To get advice about YACHT DEVICES products I recommend contacting the manufacturer. This forum supports the E-TEC and Evinrude gauges.

Using a smartphone as the only way to display and monitor engine data sounds like a bad idea to me.

As far as I know there is NO APP for a smartphone that can receive or send the proprietary NMEA-2000 parameters groups used by Evinrude E-TEC engines that isn’t an Evinrude product. Evinrude had a WiFi gateway and smartphone app at one time, but I am not certain it is still available and still supported.

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ajtheone

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Thank you very much! Very valuable information, I may stay with the analog tachometer and systemcheck lights for now.
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A basic NMEA network would need an Evinrude engine interface cable $68 and a Lowrance network starter kit $100. A Simrad GO5, Lowrance TI2-7, or many Garmin units would give you an engine data display as well as GPS and depth/fish finder functions.
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A benefit of the Garmin units is not requiring an additional Fuel Data Manager to create a virtual tank. They have it built in.
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Many devices provide their FUEL MANAGER function without relying on an external memory device.

The OP has declared he is no longer considering NMEA-2000, Wi-Fi, and smartphones at the moment, so to elaborate further about the possibilities that could be had with NMEA-2000 seem to be a moot point now.

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