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Garmin NMEA 2000 Starter Kit

Complete kit includes drop, backbone, and power cables

Item # 150NMEASK

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About the Garmin NMEA 2000 Starter Kit

Jon Paul

Nautical networking

Your boat could use a NMEA 2000 network, and this kit has the gear you'll use to make it happen. It includes an NMEA 2000 drop cable (2 meters), backbone cable (10 meters), power cable (2 meters), 2 T-connectors, and male and female terminator connectors. You can use a wide variety of Garmin electronics, including their "black box" receivers, as the center of your system.

Product highlights:

  • kit includes:
    • 2-meter drop cable
    • 10-meter backbone cable
    • 2-meter power cable
    • 2 T-connectors
    • male and female terminator connectors
  • works with a variety of Garmin devices (sold separately)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • MFR # 010-11442-00

What's in the box:

  • 6.5' NMEA2000 drop cable
  • 32.8' Backbone cable
  • 6.5' Power cable
  • 2 "T"-connectors
  • Male terminator connector
  • Female terminator
  • connector
  • Screw
  • "NOTICE" sheet

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More details on the Garmin NMEA 2000 Starter Kit

Stacey B.

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NMEA 2000 Starter Kit: Garmin's NMEA 2000 starter kit has everything you need to build a basic NMEA 2000 network on your boat. The kit includes a 6.5' NMEA 2000 drop cable, a 32.8' backbone cable, a 6.5' power cable, and two T-connectors; plus male and female terminator connectors.

  • Backbone Cable: In conjunction with T-connectors, the backbone cables create the main communication path of the NMEA 2000 network. A backbone cable extends the NMEA 2000 backbone to connect NMEA 2000 devices located in different locations on your boat.
  • Drop Cable: Cable connecting a NMEA 2000 device to the NMEA 2000 backbone.
  • T-Connector: 3-way connector with one male and two female micro connectors. A T-connector is used to connect a NMEA 2000 device to the NMEA 2000 backbone.
  • Terminator: 120-ohm resistor located at end of the NMEA 2000 backbone. Proprer termination helps ensure signal integrity across the entire length of the backbone.
  • Inline Terminator: Male or female connector which allows direct connection to the device at the end of the NMEA 2000 backbone. The inline terminator simplifies installation by not requiring a T-connector, terminator, and drop cable for the device a the end of the backbone.

Building a NMEA 2000 Network: A NMEA 2000 network is made of connected NMEA2000 compatible devices that communicate using basic plug-and-play functionality. The main communication channel of a NMEA2000 network is a backbone to which your NMEA 2000 devices connect. Each NMEA2000 device connects to the backbone with a T-connector. The NMEA2000 backbone must be connected to power, and terminators  must be installed at both ends of the network to function correctly. When you design a NMEA2000 network, start by creating a diagram of the network.

  • Include all of the devices you intend to connect to your network.
  • Note the approximate location of the backbone and devices on your boat.
  • Measure the distances between devices and the backbone, as well as the overall length of the backbone.
  • Note the power consumption of each device (Load Equivalency Number).

Power Connection & Distribution: A NMEA 2000 network must be connected to a 12 Vdc power supply. Do not connect a NMEA 2000 network to any other voltage source, such as a 24 Vdc power supply. Use a NMEA 2000 power cable to connect the NMEA 2000 backbone to the auxiliary power switch on your boat. If you do not have an auxiliary power switch, or if connecting to the auxiliary switch causes electrical interference, connect the NMEA 2000 power cable directly to the battery and install an in-line switch. Be sure to ground the NMEA 2000 power cable by connecting the bare shield-drain wire to the same location as the ground (black) wire.

Note: If you connect the NMEA 2000 network to your boats' battery without an line-line switch, it may drain your battery. 

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can I interface with motorguide xi3 gps transducer?
mike  Jun 22, 2022
1 answer
That's a great question Mike! We can't confirm any specific info on any gear we don't carry sadly, but I can still help! This is a basic backbone to start a NMEA 2000 network. It does appear that your Motorguide xi3 is capable of communicating with some Lowrance brand chartplotters/fishfinders, but not all so be careful! You'll most likely need to add at least one if you are using the trolling motor solo now. The NMEA 2000 backbone allows all connected NMEA gear to communicate together, and this Garmin NMEA 2000 Starter Kit is a great way to get the system started. I've linked this great rundown directly from Lowrance that has some great info in it, check it out. I hope this helps!
bo  Jun 23, 2022 (Staff)
To power the NMEA network to run the Fusion MS-NRX300 can I tap into the power that is already running to the main stereo instead of going all the way back to the battery for power? The bonus is that it would be already controlled by the ignition (boat on and accessories (key turned left))?
larry  May 17, 2022
1 answer
Thank you for reaching out to us and that is a great question! For the best performance we would definitely recommend running directly to the battery. If you have any other questions please give us a call at 800-324-9695.
arielle  May 18, 2022 (Staff)
How do I connect to a Suzuki df70atl outboard motor.Then to the backbone cable?This is for a gamin echo map 73sv chart plotter?
david  Apr 25, 2021
1 answer
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
kristina  May 10, 2021 (Staff)
Simple 2 station set up with Garmin540s below and 440s up top. Will a simple nmea out to nmea in cable between the 2 units suffice?
chuck  Aug 25, 2020
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
thomas  Sep 10, 2020 (Staff)
If I network can I run a echomap 74 and echomap 94 off one transducer?
james  Jan 06, 2020
1 answer
yes, once networked you can rin 1 transducer for as many as you like, make sure to get the deadrise correct and get a transducer with all required features, water temp, depth, speed, what ever info you would like on displays, you do not need the $1000 model unless you want to see bottle caps at 1000 feet, try not to use the transom mount as from my exp it is less acurate that a full mounted flush one
ed  Jan 08, 2020
Power draw on backbone is dependent on devices connected. Correct?
sam  May 01, 2019
1 answer
Indeed it is! The more devices, the larger the power draw, which means you may need more/bigger batteries!
thomas  May 08, 2019 (Staff)
where do you find engine sensors?. I have a mercruiser 5.7
mike  Mar 11, 2018
2 answers
what sensor are you looking for aand what make and model engine, maybe i can help
ed  Jan 08, 2020
We don't research boats to know where to find those sensors. The best lead I have would be a forum for those boats. You might find posts where someone has already listed it. Or if not, you could post the question in the forum to see if anyone answers. My Bio:
jason  Mar 26, 2018 (Staff)

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