Vesper Marine Configuration and Status (vmAIS)

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Version: 2.3.x
License: Free to use
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Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.15

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What works

 As for WINE 1.6

Connecting with the AIS Transponder via WiFi, most software functions work, including configuring Vessel details, viewing WiFi router details, viewing Satellite numbers and signal strength, viewing NMEA message stream, viewing Serial data stream.

Update 29 March 2014: Using the workaround suggested in Bug 34497, I can now connect with the Transponder via the Serial-USB cable as well.

What does not

Initially, connecting with the AIS Transponder via the COM port (using a supplied USB cable that emulates a Serial port) would not work as the software would not find any COM ports. However, after adding an explicit link to the COM port:

ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 ~/.wine/dosdevices/com1


and then adding the following registry entries:

"FriendlyName"="Serial Port (COM1)"

as detailed in  Bug 34497, the software utility finds the COM port and uses it to communicate properly with the AIS Transponder.


What was not tested

As for WINE 1.6

Firmware update.

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Additional Comments

Installed OK under Wine 1.6. For this test, I upgraded to Wine 1.7 so installation specifically not tested.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 27 20141.7.15N/A Yes GoldRob Hills 
ShowUbuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 25 20141.6.1Yes Yes BronzeRob Hills 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
34497 ProAIS2 Serial Port enumeration requires Registry Local_Machine/…/Enum/SERIAL/COM1/COM1/* UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Bug 34497 TO BE TESTED

Bug 34497 looks suspiciously like it might be the cause of my problem however I can't test this until I am next at my boat (where the AIS unit is installed). I hope to do this on the coming weekend (in 48 hours or so).

Update 29 March 2014.  I can confirm that the workaround suggested in Bug 34497 fixes my problem - after updating the Windows Registry, the Vesper SW finds the com port and communicates via it with the AIS Transponder.

Making USB-Serial port accessible to WINE

When I plug in the USB cable from the Vesper AIS unit, it is recognised by my computer (from Syslog):

Mar 27 15:48:43 my-computer kernel: [   48.147148] usb 3-4: Product: Vesper Marine AIS
Mar 27 15:48:43 my-computer kernel: [   48.147150] usb 3-4: Manufacturer: VesperMarine
Mar 27 15:48:43 my-computer kernel: [   48.147151] usb 3-4: SerialNumber: VESPERMARINE

and later allocated to device ttyUSB0:

Mar 27 15:48:44 my-computer kernel: [   48.669541] usb 3-4: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0

I subsequently made this accessible to WINE via a symlink:

rob@my-computer:~$ ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 ~/.wine/dosdevices/com1


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