- Lowrance opened anglers' eyes to the underwater world in modern fishing's formative years, so it's no surprise that the sonar and GPS powerhouse packs a wireless punch in the modern era. Its new GoFree WiFi technology, for example, lets you view and in some cases control the HDS Gen2 and HDS Gen2 Touch displays on a tablet or smartphone.
The system is high-tech, yet simple to set up. Tether a GoFree WIFI-1 module to the Lowrance unit with an Ethernet cable and you're ready to set up a personal wireless network from which multiple devices can view sonar, navigational, and engine data simultaneously.
'Everyone on board can use a smartphone or tablet to see what's happening on the dashboard display and react accordingly, ' says walleye pro and fishing insider Scott Glorvigen. 'If you have more than one Gen2 or Gen2 Touch units connected, you can toggle between them, too. With a touchscreen tablet, you can control Gen2 Touch functions. '
This type of wireless technology first hit the the offshore scene, where captains appreciated the chance to scour charts and study sonar from anywhere on the vessel, including a fly bridge, without investing in additional displays. It's quickly gaining small-craft fans.
'Besides data-sharing benefits, anglers with dash-mounted electronics can use an iPad or other tablet at the bow or stern, instead of purchasing a second display, ' Glorvigen continues. 'Young, tech-savvy anglers in particular like the ability to take screen shots of sonar and GPS displays, then text them to fishing buddies or post them on Facebook. '