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ACR AISLINK CB2 Class B+ AIS Transponder (2676)

SKU: 2676 Tags: ACR, Radios
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​The AISLink CB2 AIS Transponder is a fully compliant, waterproof Class B+ transceiver designed to help avoid collisions. Using advanced SOTDMA (Self Organized Time Division Multiple Access) technologies from Class A transponders, the AISLink CB2 features inherent advantages, including a faster reporting rate and higher output power concerning all Class B products that use the older CSTDMA (Carrier Sense Time Division Mul​tiple Access) technologies on the market.

Description

The AISLink CB2 AIS Transponder is a fully compliant, waterproof Class B+ transceiver designed to help avoid collisions. Using advanced SOTDMA (Self Organized Time Division Multiple Access) technologies from Class A transponders, the AISLink CB2 features inherent advantages, including a faster reporting rate and higher output power concerning all Class B products that use the older CSTDMA (Carrier Sense Time Division Multiple Access) technologies on the market.

The CB2 needs to be configured by the user to enter the vessel's MMSI number and other details. This can be carried out by a mobile app or a web-based program:

  • For the Mobile iOS version, search the App Store for ACR AIS Config
  • For the Mobile Android version, search the Play store for ACR AIS Config

    Using technology from Class A AIS, the CB2 has a faster reporting rate with reserved time slots for transmissions to ensure your broadcast does not get blocked in high traffic areas. The AISLink CB2 will transmit every 5 seconds while older Class B AIS units can only transmit once every 30 seconds. The CB2 also transmits at 5 watts of power, versus older Class B AIS that only transmit at 2 watts, broadcasting to a larger area for improved visibility. Utilizing 99 acquisition channels and 33 tracking channels, the internal multi-GPS receiver continuously transmits your vessel information including position, speed, course and heading, ensuring an indication of the most accurate global positioning at all times. In addition to transmission of dynamic vessel information, the AISLink CB2 also continuously transmits static information including vessel name, call sign, vessel type, vessel dimensions, and MMSI number. Programming static information into the AISLink CB2 proves effortless as the user has the ability to simply upload this information via Wi-Fi using ACR’s free mobile app. For increased flexibility for the maximum number of users, the app is conveniently available from either the App Store (Apple) or the Google Play Store (Android). Upon completion of the quick and easy installation process, the AISLink CB2 receives and interprets messages from other AIS equipped vessels within range and then seamlessly communicates this information to other navigation devices on your vessel such as chart plotters, laptops or mobiles using the CB2’s NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000®, USB or WiFi outputs.A primary benefit that users can rely on is the transmission priority provided by the AISLink CB2 due to the use of the SOTDMA access scheme versus CSTDMA. Use of SOTDMA guarantees the same AIS transmission priority as a class A transponder, ensures a faster reporting rate with transmissions every 5 seconds instead of every 30 seconds, and also ensures a higher output power of 5 Watts instead of 2 Watts. These features not only allow the CB2 to convey a more “real-time” picture of your vessel’s position, but also enables your transmissions to reach further.Additional benefits include a multi-color LED indicator light communicating the ongoing operational status of the unit. Given that the CB2 also comes complete with an external GPS antenna, users have the ability to be transmitting AIS messages and enjoying the many benefits of the AISLink CB2 within minutes of install. The AISLink CB2 provides a significant advantage in navigational safety, giving you the peace of mind that your vessel will be seen day or night on even the busiest waterways, regardless of what the weather may be.As a leader in life-saving marine products for both professional and recreational use, ACR provides unparalleled safety and peace of mind with the AISLink CB2 AIS Transceiver.Features and Benefits:
    • 5 Watts of Power - More than double that of older Class B units
    • 12 Times the Transmissions Per Minute – 12 Times Versus 2 transmissions with CSTDMA
    • Guaranteed Time Slot Reservations
    • Increased visibility to other vessels
    • FREE user-friendly mobile app for set up and controls
    • Wi-Fi, USB, NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 connectivity
    • Simple to install and use
    • Superior internal 99-channel GPS receiver
    • External GPS antenna (Included)
    • Multi-color LED indicator light
    • Receives and interprets messages from other AIS equipped vessels
    • Durable waterproof design
    • Low energy consumption
    Link to download Firmware Update SoftwareIf you purchased your AISLink CB2 prior to 3/9/20, then your unit will require a firmware update. Download the firmware update software via the link above and then follow the instructions below:If your CB2 is already installed, use the instructions on the left side of the table below. If your CB2 has not been installed yet, follow the instructions on the right side of the table below. Please get this firmware update completed so that we know we are working with the latest firmware on your CB2 as we troubleshoot the “red light” indicator that you are getting on your unit.
    Installed UnitBoxed Unit
    1Unzip the zip file attached to this email to a USB stick*
    (Do not drag the entire folder)
    Unzip the zip file attached to this email to a USB stick*
    (Do not drag the entire folder)
    2Ensure the systemb.bin file is in the top level directory of your USB stick and not in a folderEnsure the systemb.bin file is in the top level directory of your USB stick and not in a folder
    3Power down the CB2Remove the CB2 unit, USB On-the Go cable and power cable from the box
    4Connect the USB stick to the CB2 using the USB on-the-go cable suppliedConnect the USB stick to the CB2 using the USB on-the-go cable supplied
    5Power up the CB2Connect the power cable to a 12V dc Power Supply or battery
    6The LED will flash amber then green 6 times then turn to flashing redThe LED will flash amber then green 6 times then turn to continuous red
    7After a short wait (while the GPS obtains a fix) the LED will turn greenDisconnect the power supply
    8Press and hold the LED button for 10 seconds (until it flashes Amber) to eject the USB stickRemove the USB cable and stick
    9It is now safe to remove the USB stickReturn the CB2, USB On-the-Go cable and power cable to the box
    10The CB2 will return to normal operation


    Name:CB2 Class B AIS TransceiverProduct Description:Class B AIS TransceiverApplication:Coastal Cruising, Sailing, Offshore Recreational, ChartersWaterproof:IPx7 (1 meter for 30 minutes)Weight:0.36kg / 0.8lbsWarranty:2 Years (plus 1 on registration)Dimensions:101 x 162 x 58mmTemperature Range: Operational: -5°F to +131°F (-15°C to +55°C)AIS Transmitter Frequency range:156.025 – 162.025 MHzReceiver Sensitivity:107dBm for 20% packet error rateAIS Receiver Frequency range:156.025 – 162.025MHzTransmit Power (EIRP):AIS – 5 WattPower Supply:10.8 – 31.2 VdcGPS receiver:High Sensitivity, 99 acquisition/33 trackingSerial Ports:NMEA 0183 [2 Rx, 2 Tx]NMEA2000® [DeviceNet]1 x USB1 x WiFi IEC802.11 bgn
    FAQs
    What information is transmitted?Position reports (MMSI, Lat, Long, COG, SOG) for Class B (SOTDMA)
    • Every 3mins. when SOG < 2 knots
    • Every 30s when SOG >= 2 knots < 14 knots
    • Every 15s when SOG >= 14 knots < 23 knots
    • Every 5s when SOG > 23 knots
    Vessel data (Name, call sign, dimensions, type etc.)
    • Every 6mins.
    This means that if you are moored or in the marina your data may take some time to be visible on other peoples systems. Depending on your location visibility on Marine Traffic or Shipfinder websites may take much longer.Can I use an existing GPS receiver or GPS data instead of installing an additional GPS antenna for the AIS?No. The use of the internal GPS receiver is a requirement of the AIS regulations. The AIS can be used as a position source output by configuring it to output GPS position data (RMC NMEA sentence) although this is not generally recommended.Can I change the MMSI or vessel details?Always take great care when entering the MMSI number. Once programmed changing the MMSI number will require the AIS to be ‘unlocked’ by contacting ACR Electronics via the set-up app. This could take up to 2 days. Changing all other details entered is simple using the Mobile or Web based set-up app’s. Download the ACR AIS App on the App Store or Google Play.How do I connect my CB2 AIS to my existing navigation electronics?The CB2 comes with both NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 communication protocols.To connect using NMEA0183 you will require some suitable connector block and the wiring information for your other manufacturer’s equipment.To connect using NMEA2000 you will require a spur (drop) cable suitable to connect to the DeviceNet (male) connector on the AIS to an existing NMEA2000 backbone. An unused connection on the backbone must be available.What type of radio antenna should I use?The CB2 AIS transmits and receives on the VHF band so any good quality Broad Band Marine VHF antenna will be suitable.There are AIS Tuned antennas available which are suitable but other narrow band or tuned antennas should be avoided. If a single antenna is to be used by VHF radio and the CB2 then an active antenna splitter should be installed.What is the range of AIS?This varies enormously depending on weather, VHF antenna height etc.
    • Typical transmit range for Class B is 10nm
    • Typical receive range for Class A targets is 20nm
    • Receive range can exceed 100nm in the right conditions
    How do I configure my CB2 AIS?The CB2 AIS needs to be configured by the user to enter the vessels MMSI number and other vessel details.
    This can be carried out by a mobile App or a web based program:
    • For the Mobile Android version search the Playstore for ACR AIS Config
    • For the Mobile iOS vesion search the App Store for ACR AIS Config
    • For the Web version click here: CB2 New Configuration Program