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.
What does not
Connecting with the AIS Transponder via the COM port (uses a supplied USB cable that emulates a Serial port). As the configuration software ONLY permits changes to the WiFi router details via the COM port, these details (SSI, login password etc.) cannot be changed from Factory defaults.
What was not tested
Because the inability to reconfigure the WiFi Router makes it impossible to secure this device, I consider the inability to connect via the COM port to be a major defect, hence the Bronze rating. If I can fix this problem, I believe the app would probably rate as Gold or Platinum.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 27 2014||1.7.15||N/A||Yes||Gold||Rob Hills|
|Current||Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 25 2014||1.6.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Rob Hills|
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.
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