- 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.
'œEveryone 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. 'œIf 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.
'œBesides 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. 'œYoung, 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.'