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NMEA 2000

Notes about this standard. Buying it costs 4000 or maybe 8000 USD, if they feel like selling it to you. NMEA standard order form


PGNs are what they call message types, or what defines the meaning of the message body. They form part of the 29 bit CAN ID. NMEA200 can carry PGNs from the SAE J1939 standard, used for road vehicles. These messages may come from engines on a boat. Looks like NMEA2000 is actually an extension of J1939, or rather close to it.

PGN Binary encoding / CAN address format

List of some PGNs from NMEA

Wireshark, told to decode as J1939, will show the PGNs.


See also: CAN Interfaces.

Physical layer is based on DeviceNet - notably the Micro-C connectors.


Grey Shield
Red NET-S Power
Black NET-C Ground
White NET-H
Blue NET-L

Micro size cables should be Power: 22 AWG, Data: 24 AWG.



120 Ohms on each end.

Devices are supposedly required by the standard to NOT contain terminators.

nmea2000.txt · Last modified: 2024/04/19 13:22 by river

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