A compact and lightweight Bluetooth wireless unit (can be carried in a jacket pocket) , to connect using a Bluetooth wireless transmission to the pilot plug provided on Class A AIS units fitted onboard ships. The cable converts the AIS data output from the pilot plug into the correct protocol and then transmits it using the Bluetooth wireless transmission to the Bluetooth wireless card built into most portable computers, (low cost Bluetooth USB dongles are also available if your computer does not have inbuilt Bluetooth). The Bluetooth wireless unit is a Class 1 Bluetooth unit, with a potential range of 100 metres if your computer is also fitted with a Class 1 unit. The Bluetooth wireless unit is powered by a rechargable battery which has a typical life of some 20 hours before it needs recharging again, full charging accessories are included for recharging the unit from your computer or from mains power. The unit can also be powered directly from your computer if battery power is not available.
Standard cable length is 0.3 metres (other lengths available to order). The unit is supplied complete with a USB cable for recharging the battery from your computer, a mains adaptor (110-240 volts AC) for recharging the battery from mains power, a zipped clear carry case and a user manual. No software drivers are needed. Unit weight 80 grams. Spare batteries are available.