Connecting a USB CAN converter

This tutorial is for any NMEA 2000 converter that can connect via USB such as the Actisense NGT-1, the OpenMarine CAN-USB Stick (discontinued) and any slcand device.

To get data from your NMEA 2000 network you have to select the device, enter an alias and select NMEA 2000 in data field. Finally press OPserialApply Apply and the device will be marked blue:

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Then go to OPserialConnections Connections tab, select the device and click OPserialCan Add to CAN Bus:

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If you are using a slcand device click on MANUAL and go to Input data by slcand chapter to learn how to configure these devices.

If you are using an Actisense NGT-1 or an OpenMarine CAN-USB Stick device (discontinued), select the Baud Rate (usually 115200) and click on AUTO.

The device will be marked blue and you are done:


Open the OPserialCan OpenPlotter CAN Bus app to confirm that the device has been added to the OPserialOP24 CAN USB tab:


And go to Signal K server to confirm that the connection has been made:


Check OpenCPN to make sure there is a connection to the Signal K server and you are getting data from your NMEA 2000 network:



To learn how to send data through your NMEA 2000 converter, see the chapter Output data.