If you're looking to connect your AIS receivers to a smartphone or tablet then you're in luck because Boat Beacon recently updated to a new version making the possibility a whole lot faster and easier.
The AIS App for Apple and Android devices is super popular because it lets you do everything you need to do via AIS data without actually needing a AIS receiver on your boat. All you need is a smartphone or tablet and the Internet.
The Boat Beacon App also connects you to websites like Marine Traffic, Ship Finder and AIS Hub without a transponder -- which you would have definitely needed to buy for your boat before.
Yes, there is a risk of sometimes losing an Internet connection on the open water, but now with the Android USB 'On the Go' you'll always have a backup.