What follows is a brief excerpt from the original Blog Post which is published online at Jan-Kees-Blog

Jan starts off by saying that the Venus has 5 digital inputs which can be used for a bunch of tasks.  The first ones which come to mind are bilge alarm (Ok/Alarm),  smoke alarm (Ok/Alarm),  fire alarm(Ok/Alarm), door alarm (Open/Closed), Pulse Meter (water volume pumped), generator (Running/Stopped), etc.   And these ‘states’ are all visible on the screen.

Jan suggest that these inputs turn the Venus into a remote boat monitor with capabilities well beyond its original intention. He goes on to show how to do this in detail using some simple and inexpensive add ons.  I will let you read his article yourselves on his blog Jan-Kees-Blog

Here is a screen shot of the end results:



Date 5/23/2018

Peter, thanks for sharing my blog entry about the Venus Yes, two years ago when I wanted to expand my Color CCGX with some more functionality and was considering adding a marathon N2K system, you opened the door to the fact that a new product was coming a Venus. After which I had a few more discussions with you and Justin, the Victron US sales manager, and I got totally sold. Also because Victron decided to make the software open source, which is unlike any other Marine electronics company. I joined the Victron discussion list and saw that in the future, Venus would be a great monitoring system for lots of things. And then now with one of the latest software release Venus lets me use bilge alerts, high water etc. I have just started connecting alerts to the Venus and am very happy. Once Victron makes these alerts available with VRM and thus email, then I will be golden, and saved thousand of $ over the N2K system I wanted to buy to do the same functions. I have looked to other basic alert system, and if I compare cost, they are about the same or more than the Venus, but all these alert/monitoring systems want a monthly fee, which is not needed with the Venus and VRM. And we all know monthly fees add up

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