An NMEA 2000 Network is easily created by connecting NMEA 2000 devices which communicate using basic plug-and-play connectivity.
Garmin uses NMEA micro connectors on units, sensors, and T-connectors. These follow NMEA 2000 standards, and are compatible with other NMEA 2000 micro connectors, cables, and NMEA 2000 devices.
Garmin sensors are commonly packaged with a drop (connector) cable, a T-connector, and two terminators.
Garmin display units may also include additional NMEA 2000 components (such as a power cable). The NMEA components included with a Garmin sensor or display are listed in the product documentation. A diagram on the product box shows which NMEA 2000 components are included.
• The main communication channel of a network is called a "backbone"
• Each device connects to the backbone with a T-Connector
• The backbone must have a source of power, and terminators must be installed at each end of the backbone for it to function properly
• The NMEA 2000 components below can be used in building, or adding to, your NMEA 2000 compatible network