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Old 07-06-2017, 08:05 PM
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I just purchased a boat with a 7608 Garmin and would like to control my stereo with this unit. What do I need purchase to make this happen?

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All you need is a Fusion head unit that is NMEA-2000 compatible. A lot of us use the Fusion MS-UD750. You then run a NMEA-2000 cable from the 7608 to the Fusion head unit and when you turn the 7608 on, it will find the head unit. Pretty simple.

I could be wrong, but I don't believe that there are any other brands of head units that are compatible, nor are there any adapters that would make another brand compatible.
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I installed Garmin 7607 and Fusion RA70N with the NRX200 remote You'll need a powered backbone and related NMEA2000 cables and T's. I didn't fully understand the backbone necessity, so had to order after I discovered that there was no connectivity.

I also would probably not buy the NMEA backbone and cables from Garmin (if I had to do it all over again). They are high compared to Amazon, etc. But at the time, I knew nothing about NMEA 2000.

Works good - but we actually don't use the onscreen controls very often. But it is a "cool" factor. I'm trying to figure out the best way to play video to the 7607 (it won't from SD card, only images/jpegs) - probably should have gotten a Fusion with more features, but again, didn't realize it until I had the equipment.
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Rockford sells an adapater they developed with raymarine. Problem is the adapter is another $200 on top of the stereo where you just buy a fusion ready to go.
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I installed Garmin 7607 and Fusion RA70N with the NRX200 remote You'll need a powered backbone and related NMEA2000 cables and T's. I didn't fully understand the backbone necessity, so had to order after I discovered that there was no connectivity.

I also would probably not buy the NMEA backbone and cables from Garmin (if I had to do it all over again). They are high compared to Amazon, etc. But at the time, I knew nothing about NMEA 2000.

Works good - but we actually don't use the onscreen controls very often. But it is a "cool" factor. I'm trying to figure out the best way to play video to the 7607 (it won't from SD card, only images/jpegs) - probably should have gotten a Fusion with more features, but again, didn't realize it until I had the equipment.
Your going to have to get me up to speed on all this NMEA Tractor Talk when we see you at Cumberland. I want to replace the factory Smartcraft with a unit that I can see/toggle engine functions and also use it as a GPS.
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I haven't gotten into Smartcraft yet. I looked up underneath my dash when I was doing all this work and couldn't see the J-Boxes - so I $hitcanned the idea of displaying Smartcraft on the Garmin (my Garmin is on passenger side).

[tried to insert a pic here, but it's not working]

However, I was in the head the other day and noticed that there is a fresh air door on the back wall - open that up and there is the backside of the dash / gauge cluster. So I might be able to find the J-Box now. Once I find that, it's just a matter of getting the Gateway and plugging in some cables.

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Your going to have to get me up to speed on all this NMEA Tractor Talk when we see you at Cumberland. I want to replace the factory Smartcraft with a unit that I can see/toggle engine functions and also use it as a GPS.
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Figured out my picture problem - obvious user error!

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