Connecting Wireless and Wired Devices
If you have a wired anemometer and want to connect to mobile apps and the cloud -- or you want to connect your SailTimer Wind Instrument to wired devices -- the SailTimer Mini-Server™ connects wired NMEA devices to wifi and Bluetooth.
This is the only device that can receive Bluetooth transmissions from the wireless, solar-powered SailTimer Wind Instrument™ and connect on wires to your GPS chartplotter or autopilot. It is also the only device that lets you crowdsource your wind data on live wind maps. As shown in the screenshot below right, you can display your tacking route and wind conditions from a day's sail or a race at SailTimerMaps.com, for live viewing in any web browser or in replays for performance analysis.
The Mini-Server can transmit all incoming NMEA 0183 data on wifi to mobile apps. You can share water depths from a wired depthsounder this way, as hydrographic agencies progress on crowdsourcing marine charts.
But you don't need a special app to use the Mini-Server; you can even just open the browser on your mobile device to see a wind gauge, as in the screenshot above left. The SailTimer Mini-Server lets you view wind conditions in any device that has wifi and a web brower -- even
e-readers, which are viewable in direct sunlight and have amazingly long battery life.
The Mini-Server dimensions are only 7 x 15 cm (2.75 x 6 inches) -- more the size of a bar of soap than a wifi router or cable modem. It can also join the main wifi network on your boat, or in your marina. If the Mini-Server is connected to your marina wifi, with any web browser you can go to SailTimerMaps.com from home or office to check live wind conditions at your boat.
The Mini-Server is on sale now for $299.99 US until 2017 Wind Instruments are in stock. If ordered together, we can hold the Mini-Server to ship with the Wind Instrument. But if ordering the Mini-Server alone, it ships without delay.
There are also some factory seconds available, where there was a minor cosmetic blemish when molding the Mini-Server. If available, those have a $30 discount and are listed in the online shopping cart on the Accessories page with the above optional power plugs.