The NMEA Data Collector software listens on a number of different types of network interfaces and captures information from various NMEA 0183 data sources:
- COM Interface – probably the simplest and most reliable solution using a cable plugged directly into either the PC’s COM or USB port with USB-COM converter cable attached.
- TCP/IP Interface – the standard network protocol which listens to a port on a server type device such as the Digital Yacht WLN10 wireless NMEA 0183 data transmitter.
- UDP Interface – a less commonly used network protocol more suitable for collecting NMEA 0183 data generated by another software package
- JDBC Database Access – the program will also load data from a database source making it possible to load and re-process data collected elsewhere or at another time.