Mobile App Support

SonarPhone

 What is SonarPhone?


 

As the name implies, SonarPhone turns your smartphone or tablet into a fully functional touch screen sonar system that will rival the performance of sonar systems costing hundreds more. You don’t need cell phone coverage to use it.

The SonarPhone Sonar Transmitter will work anywhere in the world. The SonarPhone transmitter creates its own WiFi hotspot and you can share its signal with as many people as you wish or password protect it just for yourself.

The use of the SonarPhone App beyond DEMO mode requires a WiFi connection to a SonarPhone T-POD or T-BOX Sonar System. You can either share an existing signal or purchase a Sonar System for yourself.



SonarPhone Overview


This Depth Sounder Mobile Application is designed for amateur and professional fishermen alike. It will allow you see fish, depth and bottom contour of a body of water. This high performance sonar system, when coupled with a T-POD or T-BOX, will rival the performance of many high-cost stand-alone sonar systems.

Sonar technology is based on sound waves which are transmitted into the water. The system uses sonar to locate and define structure, bottom contour and composition, as well as depth directly below the transducer.

When in the water, the transducer (T-POD or T-BOX) sends a sound wave signal downward and determines distance by measuring the time between the transmission of the sound wave and when the sound wave is bounced off an object. Then it uses the reflected signal to interpret depth and composition of an object or bottom structure.

Sonar Phone 
   

Choose the System That Works Best for You

 

Features & Specifications


 SonarPhone Features:

 

  • Display Type: iPhone or iPad
  • Digital Depth Indicator
  • Water Temperature
  • Automatic Ranging
  • Fish Icon
  • Depth and Fish Alarm
  • Zoom Bottom Track
  • Keel Offset Setting
  • Noise Rejection
  • Surface Clarity
  • Battery Indicator
  • WiFi Wireless Link
   
T-POD Specifications T-BOX Specifications
 
                                                                                         
Depth Range Max: 120 feet (40M)
Depth Range Min: 2 feet (0.6M)
Sonar Frequency: 125 kHz Single Beam
Cone Angle: 30 Degrees
Sonar Power: 3.7V Rechargeable Battery
Audible Alarms: Fish, Shallow, Low Battery
Operational: -20 — 80°C
Wireless distance: 100 Yards (90M)
                                                  Depth Range Max: 240 feet (73M)
                                                  Depth Range Min: 2 feet (0.6M)
                                                  Sonar Frequency: 200/83KHz Duel Beam
                                                  Cone Angles: Dual Beam 20 or 40 Degree
                                                  Sonar Power: 12V DC power
                                                  Audible Alarms: Fish, Shallow, Low Battery
                                                  Operational: -20 — 80°C
                                                  Wireless distance: 100 Yards (90M)


How to Connect to a T-POD or T-BOX

iOS Devices

  1. Start the T-POD or T-BOX by powering up the T-BOX or placing the T-POD into the water. (Use a wet paper towel to power up the T-POD if at home)
  2. Go to your iPhone or iPad's main "Settings" page .
  3. Go to "WiFi". Your iPhone will search for new signals and should find the T-POD or T-BOX signal.
  4. Select the T-POD or T-BOX that appears
  5. If a master password is set for the T-POD or T-BOX, you will need to enter this password to access the signal. Tap "Join" to connect.
  6. Press your iPhone's home button, then located and tap the SonarPhone icon to start the app.
  7. (Optional) Tap “System Setup” to change the default SonarPhone username and password. Note that if you change the default, you will need to exit SonarPhone, return to step 2 and then re-select the T-POD or T-BOX.
  8. (First Run Only) Tap "Master" and enter the default password (12345678) or the new password you set up in the last step.

                                             Setup is Complete. Tap "Connect Now" to begin using SonarPhone.

Android Devices
  1. Start the T-POD or T-BOX by powering up the T-BOX or placing the T-POD into the water. (Use a wet paper towel to power up the T-POD if at home)
  2. Go to “WiFi” setting and be sure it is “ON”. Your SonarPhone system is transmitting and WiFi signal and you should see it on your WiFi networks listing.
  3. Select the WiFi SonarPhone source you wish to use, at this point if several other SonarPhone's are being used nearby, you will see them as well, but as you will soon find, they are protected by a security code the primary operator of the system. Ask them for the Security code so they can share their signal with you. If you are using the system by yourself the WPA security code from the factory is 12345678.
  4. DO NOT leave the WiFi settings screen until you see you are connected to the WiFi channel you have selected.
  5. Now that your WiFi is connected you can open the SonarPhone app.
  6. It is CRITICAL at this point you DO NOT hit the option to CONNECT NOW when the Sonarphone home page comes up.  You must FIRST touch the MASTER button to establish your device as the master.  If you do not have a Master controlling the Sonarphone, it will not allow you to connect.
  7. When you Select Master, it will ask for password and it again is 12345678 then hit enter.
  8. Once accepted you can select start or hit the “Connect Now” button.
  9. Remember, your SonarPhone factory default is set to run in the “demo” mode, so you will need to go to the menu key and turn off the demo to start seeing the actual sonar signal from the SonarPhone transmitter.

IMPORTANT: WiFi signal range can be effected by many external factors. While good conditions allow for a 300 foot (90 meters) range, the actual distance you could experience may be plus or minus 20% of this distance. WiFi technology is greatly limited indoors and is best to keep in line of site for best performance.  If mounting T-BOX, be sure to place it as high in the boat as possible and never in a metal lined compartment which will really shorten your transmit range.

Samsung Owners need to know “WiFi with internet connection” must be turned off in your advanced WiFi settings to receive the WiFi only signal from Sonarphone.  If testing at home be sure you are no longer connected to home WiFi as some devices will default back to your home WiFi settings and not allow you to connect to SonarPhone.

 

Sharing a T-POD or T-BOX WiFi Signal


SonarPhone Master

The owner of the T-POD or T-BOX is called the Master.
Only the Master can control the T-POD or T-BOX. 
The letter M will appear on the touch control panel when you are the Master.

 

SonarPhone Slave

Friends who connect and share your SonarPhone signal are called slaves.
They can use the SonarPhone independently, but have some limited control.
The letter S will appear on the touch control panel when you are the Slave.



Sharing a SonarPhone signal with Friends is EASY!

Just ask the owner of the SonarPhone for their WPA password, so you can become a “SLAVE” to the owner or Master controller of the SONARPHONE. 

Start in the “Settings” of you phone or tablet. Select WiFi and see what WiFi channels are available. Highlight the SonarPhone channel you wish to watch and select it and then add the WPA password from the Master and when it has been accepted and when you see you are connected to the WiFi channel you simply exit the “SETTINGS” and enter SonarPhone. Hit connect now and you are good to go!

Please realize only the Master controller has complete control of all menu functions, so you will notice some menu features simply will not function while you are a “SLAVE” to the Master of the SonarPhone signal . There is no limit to the number of “Slaves” you can have to a Master SonarPhone signal, but without a master using the system, no slave function is available.

SonarPhone Operation


 Touch Pad Functions

Touch Pad Functions

Note - The Real-Time View window always updates at the fastest rate possible. This view shows what is beneath, right now.



Split Screen Zoom View

Press the Zoom key or use the Zoom Gesture to manually enlarge the bottom signal in the main screen by 2. 

Press it again and the screen will be returned normal operation.

In the Split Screen Zoom View, the display is split to show the full range view on the right and the zoomed view 

on the left. The full range view on the right also contains the Zoom Preview Box that shows what part

 of the full range view is shown in zoom view on the left; the Zoom Preview Box tracks the bottom in the full range view.
Split Screen 

 


Beam Angle Selection
(T-BOX Only)

Press the "Beam Angle Select / Return" button on the T-BOX touch pad. During normal operation,
this button switches back-and-forth between the the wide 40 degree cone and the narrow 20 degree cone.

IMPORTANT: You will need to increase the gain level while using the wide 40 degree much more than when using the narrow 20 degree beam. This is normal because you are covering twice as much area with the wider beam.
40 20

 


Sonar Transducer Installation and Application


 

Before you can use SonarPhone in the water, you must understand how the sonar part of the system works (T-POD or T-BOX) so you can use it properly.

T-POD WiFi Sonar System

Using the T-POD WiFi Sonar System is simple. Just attach the T-POD to the end of a heavy fishing line and cast it into the water as you would a normal float or lure. You can also read the depth and see fish targets while you slowly reel in the T-POD or troll it behind your boat.  T-POD Sonar System 

 

IMPORTANT: Ensure that the fishing line is heavy enough and the T-POD is well secured. Slip line techniques are not recommended because of the higher risk of losing the T-POD. Also, be aware of power lines and other obstacles as you cast.

Handle the T-POD Wireless Sonar Sensor only by the top antenna cover or nose ring when it is ON. Avoid touching the bottom when active. Take extra care not to drop the T-POD while handling. Do not try to open your T-POD, it is permanently sealed.
T-POD AND LINE

 

Charging the T-POD

Before you first use the T-POD WiFi Sonar System you will need to charge it.

Align the plug of the charging cable with the pins on the bottom of the T-POD as in the following picture.
Align the USB plug of the charge cable (the longer of the two cables) with the USB socket of the power supply device (computer, adapter, etc.)
When charging starts the red lights inside the unit will remain On. When the battery is full, the indicator lights will be switch to green.
IMPORTANT: Be sure all of the connections are DRY, water on the stainless steel connection can create rust.
T-POD CHARGING

Turning T-POD ON

The T-POD WiFi Sonar System will active automatically when it is immersed in the water. The T-POD's internal GREEN indicator light when it has connected a SonarPhone app successfully. Once immersed, the internal computer will begin to start up. Give it a few seconds.

When ready, the T-POD will begin to blink, indicating it is transmitting the sonar information via radio frequency (WiFi) for the SonarPhone app to receive. Connect to it's WiFi signal using your device settings, then return to the SonarPhone app to connect to the T-POD.
T-POD ON

You can turn your T-POD on at home and test it's functionality:
Dampen a paper towel with cool water.
Bunch it up and place it against the pins on the underside of T-POD.
Watch as the light turns on and then begins to flicker.
Connect to the T-POD with your SonarPhone App. Refer to the WiFi connection instructions if needed. Make sure the GAIN is at least 70%. (You can remove the wet towel)
Hold the T-POD about 1 meter above a hard flat floor (not carpet).
Point the flat part of the bottom of the T-POD at the floor and watch for the echo to appear on your SonarPhone chart. The more perfect your aim at the floor, the stronger the echo will appear. Increase the gain level if you cannot find a floor echo.
The T-POD will time-out and turn itself off 30 seconds after the pins have dried.
IMPORTANT: The T-POD's "Wet Switch" pins must be rinsed with fresh water after exposure to salt water to prevent corrosion.

IMPORTANT: Do not place the T-POD in a wet area or on a metal surface when not in use as this will activate the T-POD, drain it's battery and help shorten its usable life. Store the T-POD in a dry area.
T-POD AT HOME

Resetting Your T-POD To Factory Default

A. The T-pod must be OFF and FULLY CHARGED before resetting.

B. Using the shorter (reset) lead on power charging cable you need to connect to power then connected to your T-POD for at least 10 seconds.

C. Remove the lead from the T-pod, DO NOT CONNECT THE DEVICE (SMARTPHONE) TO THE T-POD immediately. Allow the T-pod turn off automatically in one minute.

Master Passcode: 12345678

If the device does not accept the factory default passcode please re-peat steps A, B & C (It may take several attempts in some cases.) Don’t forget to re-establish yourself or device as the Master before you enter the SonarPhone app.

T-POD No Hassle Service Program

Fishing can be hard on equipment, so if you damage your T-POD (and this is NOT covered by your warranty) you can have it replaced for a fraction of the original cost. This service also extends beyond the standard warranty period,  so if five years from now the battery is fails,  Vexilar's No Hassle Service Program for SonarPhone T-POD owners will be there for you, for as long as you own the product!

Here's how it works: Send us your damaged or destroyed SonarPhone T-POD  along with $60.00 US and we will send you back a replacement T-POD! No questions asked. This cost includes domestic return shipping. Some additional shipping may apply for customers outside the USA. Credit card payment is also accepted by phone. (Visa and Master Card only)

Send to:

Vexilar, Inc.
6667 West Old Shakopee Rd Suite #101
Bloomington, MN 55438 – USA
Attn: SonarPhone No Hassle Service
 
IMPORTANT: Be sure to include your name and return address and a phone number or e-mail address for us to contact you.

IMPORTANT: Do not try to open your T-POD, it is permanently sealed. Opening a T-POD will void the warranty.

T-BOX WiFi Permanent Installation (SP200)


 

To use the T-BOX system (SP200) on a boat, the T-Box and transducer must first be installed onto the boat and the proper wiring connection made.

Take a few minutes to plan your installation. The T-BOX should be mounted in a location where it will be readily accessible yet out of the way of traffic and sheltered from severe weather exposure. The mounting surface should be fairly flat. Be sure to allow clearance for the cables. The unit is weather-proof, not waterproof, so try not to mount it in a location where it will be submerged or exposed to the extreme forces of wave impact during severe conditions.
SP200

Mounting the T-BOX



  1. Obtain four appropriate fasteners for your mounting location.
  2. Position the T-BOX in your intended mounting location.
  3. Mark the four holes and drill each using the appropriate drill size.
  4. Attach the T-BOX using your four fasteners. Tighten securely.
  5. Insert the power cable jack and tighten the transducer cable connection securely. Ensure there is good clearance for the connectors.


 
T-BOX

T-BOX Power Connection

T-BOX requires a 12 volt power source to operate. A connection can be made directly to a battery or a connection can be tapped into a boat’s electrical system.

If possible, power your T-BOX using the main starting battery, not a battery that powers an electric trolling motor or other potential source of electrical interference.

When routing the cable, be sure to stay away from, or provide cable protection around, areas with sharp metal edges. If the supplied power cord is too short, extend it using 18 gauge wire.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to have circuit protection, such as a 1 amp fuse or circuit breaker, placed in the positive line near the power source to protect the wiring.

Connect the T-BOX to Power

  1. Be sure the power cord is not connected to the T-BOX.
  2. Route the power cable from the T-BOX location to the power source.
  3. Connect the red wire to the positive power source terminal and the black wire to the negative terminal.
  4. Connect the power plug to the T-BOX’s power jack.

Transducer Installation

The sonar transducer style that comes with T-BOX is designed to be mounted externally on the transom of your boat. It has a special wedged shape to allow clear water flow when running at high boat speed. The transducer is attached at the bottom of the boat's transom with a small portion of it extending below the hull line.

Before you begin the process of installing the transducer, check your hull to find a spot where you will have a smooth water flow along the bottom of the boat. You want to avoid ribs, rivets, and gouges or scratches in the hull. These create turbulence in the water and can scatter SonarPhone readings at high speeds.

To get a true vertical depth reading, the transducer should be mounted parallel to the water line. However, a 10° tilt to either side is acceptable. If the hull is reasonably flat with a dead rise of 10° or less, mount the transducer along the hull bottom. If dead rise is greater than 10°, mount the transducer with level alignment.
TRANSDUCER INSTALLATION

Install the T-BOX Transducer

  1. Assemble the stainless steel brackets to the transducer using the hardware furnished. Do not tighten until final adjustments are made.
  2. Place assembly on transom at selected location with the front of the transducer extending 1/2” to 5/8” below the bottom of the boat and with the front part against the transom. The least amount that the transducer extends below the bottom is desired. If too low, spray and turbulence will occur resulting in lost bottom readings.
  3. With transducer in place, mark the two slot locations of the transducer mounting brackets. Drill in center of slot outline using a 1/8” (.125") drill.
  4. Fasten the transducer to the transom using the #8 x 1/2” screws, nuts and washer plates.
  5. Before final tightening the 2 screws holding the brackets to the transducer, tip the rear edge down approximately 1/8” as shown.
  6. Tighten all screws.

CAUTION. Do not use any thread locking compound on the screws. Most products such as Loctite® contain chemicals that attack and weaken plastics.

Turning the T-BOX On

Press the master ON/OFF switch for about 2 seconds to turn the T-box on.
(Note: random flashing of the power light is normal and indicating it is transmitting a WiFi signal)

To Turn it off, Press the master ON/OFF switch for about 5 seconds to turn the T-box off.

Resetting the T-BOX

When the system is ON, press the ON/OFF switch three times, quickly within 3 seconds. The system will power OFF if the reset was successful. Turn it on again. Now the name and password will be back to factory default: 12345678.

* Quick Touch Models: Note: Some models of T-BOX may have an “instant on” button to turn your system. You still need to hold down the button 5 seconds to turn off your T-BOX and models with the instant on power button will not power down automatically when not used, so be sure to turn off your T-BOX when you are done fishing.

T-BOX WiFi Portable WiFi Sonar System (SP300)


 


The SonarPhone T-BOX Portable System (SP300) includes a convenient carrying case system in which the T-BOX is mounted to. It contains a rechargeable 12 Volt battery and a suction cup style transducer mounting system. This allows you to use SonarPhone on a boat, without the need for the installation steps. A suction cup attaches the transducer to the boat.
SP300


Attaching the Suction Cup Transducer

  1. Unwind the cable from the carrying case and set the transducer system near the back of the boat.
  2. Find a smooth spot on the outside and near the bottom of the transom. Try to find a place where the water flow will be smooth when the boat is going fast. You want to avoid ribs, rivets, and gouges or scratches in the hull. These create turbulence in the water and can scatter SonarPhone readings at high speeds.
  3. Wet the face of the suction cup slightly, then press it firmly against the transom of the boat. Slide it into the best position you can see.
  4. Pull on the suction cup to ensure that it is holding securely, then route the transducer cable up to the carrying case. Restrain the cable so that it does not become tangled in the propeller or the motor workings.

IMPORTANT: Suction cups can come loose. Be sure to take the time to tie a rope to the transducer bracket and then to the boat leaving as little amount of slack as you can. If the cup comes lose, this will keep your transducer and cable out of the propeller.

Turning the T-BOX On

Press the master ON/OFF switch for about 2 seconds to turn the T-box on.
(Note: random flashing of the power light is normal and indicating it is transmitting a WiFi signal)

Charging the Battery

Allow the battery to warm up before charging. This makes it easier for the charger to charge the battery and the battery is more accepting of a charge.

  1. Plug the charger into a wall outlet, verify that it is operating by noting the illuminated GREEN light.
  2. Connect the charger to the Easy Charge Jack on the T-BOX. The charger’s light will switch to RED, indicating that it is connected correctly and the battery is charging.
  3. Keep the charger plugged in and connected until the RED light has changed to GREEN. This indicates the battery is at full charge.
  4. Unplug the charger from the wall outlet and disconnect from the battery.

Charging times will vary depending on how much the battery has been drained. If the battery has been completely drained the battery will require about 4 hours of charging. Once the battery is fully charged and the charger’s light returns to GREEN, the charger is then operating in a “Maintenance Mode”. At this stage, the charger can remain connected to the battery indefinitely and the battery will be maintained at full charge.

 

Where to Buy


 

Vexilar has a wide network of sporting goods dealers. For a complete list and nearest location finder, please visit SonarPhone.mobi



FCC Warning Statement


Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment. 

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
 

FCC Radiation Exposure Statement

The antennas used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must be co‐located for operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.


*Software Engineering by Phiradar Technology Co., LTD

 

Welcome to SonarPhone

What is SonarPhone?

As the name implies, SonarPhone turns your smartphone or tablet into a fully functional touch screen sonar system that will rival the performance of sonar systems costing hundreds more. You don’t need cell phone coverage to use it.

The SonarPhone Sonar Transmitter will work anywhere in the world. The SonarPhone transmitter creates its own WiFi hotspot and you can share its signal with as many people as you wish or password protect it just for yourself.

The use of the SonarPhone App beyond DEMO mode requires a WiFi connection to a SonarPhone SP100 or SP200/SP300 Sonar System. You can either share an existing signal or purchase a Sonar System for yourself.

SonarPhone Overview

This Depth Sounder Mobile Application is designed for amateur and professional fishermen alike. It will allow you see fish, depth and bottom contour of a body of water. This high performance sonar system, when coupled with a SP100 or SP200/SP300, will rival the performance of many high-cost stand-alone sonar systems.

Sonar technology is based on sound waves which are transmitted into the water. The system uses sonar to locate and define structure, bottom contour and composition, as well as depth directly below the transducer.

When in the water, the transducer (SP100 or SP200/SP300) sends a sound wave signal downward and determines distance by measuring the time between the transmission of the sound wave and when the sound wave is bounced off an object. Then it uses the reflected signal to interpret depth and composition of an object or bottom structure.

Choose the System That Works Best for You

Features & Specifications

SonarPhone Features

  • Compatible with Apple and Android Smartphones and Tablets
  • Digital Depth Indicator
  • Water Temperature
  • Automatic Ranging
  • Fish Icon
  • Depth and Fish Alarm
  • Zoom Bottom Track
  • Keel Offset Setting
  • Noise Rejection
  • Surface Clarity
  • Battery Indicator
  • WiFi Wireless Link

IMPORTANT: Your mobile device must have a display resolution of at least 320 x 320 pixels in order for the SonarPhone app to function properly.


SP100 Specifications

  • Depth Range Max: 120 feet (40M)
  • Depth Range Min: 2 feet (0.6M)
  • Sonar Frequency: 125 kHz Single Beam
  • Cone Angle: 30 Degrees
  • Sonar Power: 3.7V Rechargeable Battery
  • Audible Alarms: Fish, Shallow, Low Battery
  • Operational: -20 — +80°C
  • Wireless distance: 100 Yards (90M)

SP200/SP300 Specifications

  • Depth Range Max: 240 feet (73M)
  • Depth Range Min: 2 feet (0.6M)
  • Sonar Frequency: 200/83KHz Duel Beam
  • Cone Angles: Dual Beam 20 or 40 Degree
  • Sonar Power: 12V DC - 2.5mA Draw
  • Audible Alarms: Fish, Shallow, Low Battery
  • Operational: -20 — +80°C
  • Wireless distance: 100 Yards (90M)

How to Connect to a SP100 or SP200/SP300

iOS Devices

  1. Start the SonarPhone by powering up the SP200/SP300 or placing the SP100 into the water. (Use a wet paper towel to power up the SP100 if at home)
  2. Go to your iPhone or iPad's main "Settings" page .
  3. Go to "WiFi". Your iPhone will search for new signals and should find the SP100 or SP200/SP300 signal.
  4. Select the SP100 or SP200/SP300 that appears
  5. If a master password is set for the SP100 or SP200/SP300, you will need to enter this password to access the signal. Tap "Join" to connect.
  6. Press your iPhone's home button, then located and tap the SonarPhone icon to start the app.
  7. (Optional) Tap “System Setup” to change the default SonarPhone username and password. Note that if you change the default, you will need to exit SonarPhone, return to step 2 and then re-select the SP100 or SP200/SP300.
  8. (First Run Only) Tap "Master" and enter the default password (12345678) or the new password you set up in the last step.

Setup is Complete. Tap "Connect Now" to begin using SonarPhone.

Android Devices

  1. Start the SP-100 or SP-200/SP-300 by powering up the SP200/SP300 or placing the SP100 into the water. (Use a wet paper towel to power up the SP100 if at home)
  2. Go to “WiFi” setting and be sure it is “ON”. Your SonarPhone system is transmitting and WiFi signal and you should see it on your WiFi networks listing.
  3. Select the WiFi SonarPhone source you wish to use, at this point if several other SonarPhone's are being used nearby, you will see them as well, but as you will soon find, they are protected by a security code the primary operator of the system. Ask them for the Security code so they can share their signal with you. If you are using the system by yourself the WPA security code from the factory is 12345678.
  4. DO NOT leave the WiFi settings screen until you see you are connected to the WiFi channel you have selected.
  5. Now that your WiFi is connected you can open the SonarPhone app.
  6. It is CRITICAL at this point you DO NOT hit the option to CONNECT NOW when the SonarPhone home page comes up. You must FIRST touch the MASTER button to establish your device as the master. If you do not have a Master controlling the SonarPhone, it will not allow you to connect.
  7. When you Select Master, it will ask for password and it again is 12345678 then hit enter.
  8. Once WPA password is accepted you can leave your settings and enter the SonarPhone App and hit the large "Connect Now" button. If this device has not been used before with SonarPhone it will ask for the Master password. Which is the same factory default password: 12345678 Note, once this set-up procedure is done for your specific device, it will not ask you again to be the MASTER you are the MASTER by Default.
  9. Remember, your SonarPhone factory default is set to run in the “demo” mode, so you will need to go to the menu key and turn off the demo to start seeing the actual sonar signal from the SonarPhone transmitter.

IMPORTANT: WiFi signal range can be effected by many external factors. While good conditions allow for a 300 foot (90 meters) range, the actual distance you could experience may be plus or minus 20% of this distance. WiFi technology is greatly limited indoors and is best to keep in line of site for best performance.  If mounting SP200/SP300, be sure to place it as high in the boat as possible and never in a metal lined compartment which will really shorten your transmit range.

Samsung Owners need to know “WiFi with internet connection” must be turned off in your advanced WiFi settings to receive the WiFi only signal from Sonarphone.  If testing at home be sure you are no longer connected to home WiFi as some devices will default back to your home WiFi settings and not allow you to connect to SonarPhone.

Sharing a SP100 or SP200/SP300 WiFi Signal

SonarPhone Master

The owner of the SP100 or SP200/SP300 is called the Master. Only the Master can control the SP100 or SP200/SP300. The letter M will appear on the touch control panel when you are the Master.

SonarPhone Slave

Friends who connect and share your SonarPhone signal are called SLAVES. They can use and watch the SonarPhone display, but will have limited control. The letter S will appear on the touch control panel when you are the Slave.
Note a SLAVE setting will not be possible unless a MASTER is actually running.


Sharing a SonarPhone signal with Friends is EASY! Just ask the owner of the SonarPhone for their WPA password, so you can become a “SLAVE” to the owner or Master controller of the SonarPhone.

Again you start in the “Settings” of you phone or tablet. Select WiFi and see what WiFi channels are available. Highlight the SonarPhone channel you wish to watch and select it and then add the WPA password from the Master and when it has been accepted and when you see you are connected to the WiFi channel you simply exit the “SETTINGS” and enter SonarPhone. Hit connect now and you are good to go!

Please realize only the Master controller has complete control of all menu functions, so you will notice some menu features simply will not function while you are a “SLAVE” to the Master of the SonarPhone signal . There is no limit to the number of “Slaves” you can have to a Master SonarPhone signal, but without a master using the system, no slave function is available.

SonarPhone Operation

Touch Pad Functions

 

Note - The Instant View window always updates at the fastest rate possible. This view shows what is beneath, right now.


Split Screen Zoom View

Press the Zoom key or use the Zoom Gesture to manually enlarge the bottom signal in the main screen by 2. Press it again and the screen will be returned normal operation.

In the Split Screen Zoom View, the display is split to show the full range view on the right and the zoomed view on the left. The full range view on the right also contains the Zoom Preview Box that shows what part of the full range view is shown in zoom view on the left; the Zoom Preview Box tracks the bottom in the full range view.


Beam Angle Selection
(SP200/SP300 Only)

Press the "Beam Angle Select / Return" button on the SP200/SP300 touch pad. During normal operation, this button switches back-and-forth between the the wide 40 degree cone and the narrow 20 degree cone.

 

IMPORTANT: You will need to increase the gain level while using the wide 40 degree much more than when using the narrow 20 degree beam. This is normal because you are covering twice as much area with the wider beam.


Sonar Transducer Installation and Application

Before you can use SonarPhone in the water, you must understand how the sonar part of the system works (SP100 or SP200/SP300) so you can use it properly.

SP100 WiFi Sonar System

Using the SP100 WiFi Sonar System is simple. Just attach the SP100 to the end of a heavy fishing line and cast it into the water as you would a normal float or lure. You can also read the depth and see fish targets while you slowly reel in the SP100 or troll it behind your boat.


IMPORTANT: Ensure that the fishing line is heavy enough and the SP100 is well secured. Slip line techniques are not recommended because of the higher risk of losing the SP100. Also, be aware of power lines and other obstacles as you cast.

Handle the SP100 Wireless Sonar Sensor only by the top antenna cover or nose ring when it is ON. Avoid touching the bottom when active. Take extra care not to drop the SP100 while handling. Do not try to open your SP100, it is permanently sealed.

Charging the SP100

Before you first use the SP100 WiFi Sonar System you will need to charge it.

  1. Align the plug of the charging cable with the pins on the bottom of the SP100 as in the following picture.
  2. Align the USB plug of the charge cable (the longer of the two cables) with the USB socket of the power supply device (computer, adapter, etc.)
  3. When charging starts the red lights inside the unit will remain On. When the battery is full, the indicator lights will be switch to green.

IMPORTANT: Be sure all of the connections are DRY, water on the stainless ste

Fish Phone

Welcome to FishPhone


 

What is FishPhone?

Fish Phone

As the name implies, FishPhone turns your smartphone or tablet into a fully functional underwater camera monitor. Now anyone with a smartphone or tablet will get a color /black and white video image delivered right to the palm of your hand. Using Wi-Fi signal technology to create its own “hotspot”. You can share your video signal with as many friends as you like or password protect it just for yourself. You don’t need cell phone coverage to use it, the FishPhone works anywhere in the world.

To use the FishPhone App you must connect to an existing FishPhone Camera Transmitter or purchase one for yourself. The FishPhone Camera System (#FP100) is a stand alone, fully functional, smartphone controlled system that allows you to record video or still images and easily send it off to your friends in an e-mail or text.

The FishPhone Camera System comes with a unique holder and battery pack system that makes it easy to carry and manage 50 feet of cable. The portable FishPhone camera pack system can power your FishPhone for six hours between charging. The underwater camera used in the FishPhone system is a Color/ B&W camera that automatically shifts from color to black and white when light conditions are limited to increase display contrast.

Features & Specifications


 

App Features

  • Display Type: Android / iPhone
  • Cellular Coverage Not Needed
  • Record Still Images and Live Video
  • Full Spectrum Light Level Controls
  • Portrait and Landscape Display Modes
  • Compatible with Android 2.6 and Up / iOS 6 and Up

Camera Features

  • 100 Foot Transmit Range via WiFi
  • CMOS color/B&W Camera
  • Rigid Carry Case Holds Cable and Battery
  • 50 Feet of Lightweight Cable
  • Camera Suspension Arm
  • Six Hour Run Time per Charge
    (smartphone/tablet run time may vary)
  • Display resolution: 320x240 JPG
  • Video resolution: 320x240 MPEG AVI
  • One Year Warranty

How to Connect to the FishPhone T-BOX


 iOS & Android Devices

The first time you use FishPhone on a device, you will need to configure the WiFi connection.

  1. Start the T-BOX by pressing the power ON button. The light will turn red.
  2. Go to your device's main "Settings" page.
  3. Find the "WiFi" settings within. Your device will search for new signals and should find the FishPhone signal.
  4. Select the FishPhone WiFi channel that appears. Enter the default password (12345678)
  5. Press your devices home button, then locate and tap the FishPhone icon to start the app.
  6. IMPORTANT: Tap “WiFi System Setup” and then "Change Password".
  7. Enter a new password. Then exit the FishPhone app and power off the T-BOX.
  8. Power on the T-BOX again and return to your devices WiFi settings page.
  9. Reconnect to the FishPhone WiFi channel using your new password.
  10. (Optional) Return the the FishPhone WiFi Settings Page and change the dfault WiFi channel name. Restart the app ad T-BOX, then reconnect to the new WiFi channel.

Setup is Complete. Tap "Connect Now" to begin using FishPhone.

IMPORTANT: WiFi signal range can be effected by many external factors. While good conditions allow for a 100 foot range, the actual distance you could experience may be plus or minus 20% of this distance.

FishPhone Operation


 

FishPhone Operation

 

T-BOX Portable WiFi Underwater Camera System (FP100)


 

The FishPhone T-BOX Portable System (FP100) includes a convenient carrying case system in which the T-BOX is mounted to. It contains a rechargeable 12 Volt battery and camera sytem mounted to a convenient carrying case in which the camera cable is stored. This allows you to use FishPhone on a boat, off a fishing pier or under the ice without the need for the installation steps.

Turning the T-BOX On

Press the orange ON/OFF switch on the side of the T-BOX. It will light up showing the system now has power. When it starts to randomly flash, this lets you know the system is now transmitting a WiFi signal. To turn it OFF, push and hold the button briefly.

Download FishPhone App

Before attempting to use your FishPhone, please go to the Google Play Store or iTunes and download the app keyword search one word:  FishPhone.  Your FishPhone will not work unless the FREE app is installed on your smart device first.

Charging the Battery

Allow the battery to warm up before charging. This makes it easier for the charger to charge the battery and the battery is more accepting of a charge.

  1. Plug the charger into a wall outlet, verify that it is operating by noting the illuminated GREEN light.
  2. Connect the charger to the Easy Charge Jack on the T-BOX. The charger’s light will switch to RED, indicating that it is connected correctly and the battery is charging.
  3. Keep the charger plugged in and connected until the RED light has changed to GREEN. This indicates the battery is at full charge.
  4. Unplug the charger from the wall outlet and disconnect from the battery.

Charging times will vary depending on how much the battery has been drained. If the battery has been completely drained the battery will require about 4 hours of charging. Once the battery is fully charged and the charger’s light returns to GREEN, the charger is then operating in a “Maintenance Mode”. At this stage, the charger can remain connected to the battery indefinitely and the battery will be maintained at full charge.

Resetting the T-BOX

When the system is ON, press the Power Switch three times, quickly within 3 seconds. The system will power OFF if the re-boot was successful. Turn it on again. Now the WiFi name and password will be back to factory default: 12345678

Using the Underwater Camera System


 Open Water Usage

For open water use, simply turn the camera power ON and lower the camera into the water. If you’re drifting with the wind or using a trolling motor with the FishPhone camera, attach the supplied trolling fin to the rear of the camera for added stability. The internal weight is enough to keep the camera down while the fin will assist in keeping the camera tracking straight through the water as the boat moves. If the camera becomes hung up on an underwater object, back up in the direction you were traveling and slowly try to back the camera out of the snag. You only want to pull directly upward with force as a last resort.

Pole Cam


There are many different uses for your underwater camera. One popular use is to use the camera to inspect boat or lower unit damage while still in the water. You can attach to the hole on the trolling fin to mount a pole or long arm. Again, these telescopic poles are available at most hardware stores in the window cleaning or painting departments. This can make viewing in those hard to reach spots possible.

Ice Fishing Usage

The FishPhone camera is a fun way to improve your ice fishing experience and help you learn more about the underwater world below. Many anglers find that using a Vexilar Flasher along with their FishPhone camera will teach you even more about what you are seeing on your Vexilar flasher system. The FishPhone camera can be used to search for an ideal weed line or locate a rock pile where fish will generally congregate. Winter waters are often the clearest, so you are often able to easily move from hole to hole looking for some type of fish activity or change in bottom content. The FishPhone camera is designed to be easy to transport and use, so moving from hole to hole is not a problem. Once you’ve located an area where you wish to fish, use the over-the-hole suspension arm or the elbow support arm connected to the base. The supplied cable stopper (egg) will then hold your camera in perfect position.

To assist in keeping the camera at the desired depth and direction, use the adjustable egg stopper that is pre-installed on your cable. The egg locks your camera at a specific direction and depth. You can use either the elbow support arm mounted on the bottom of the case or the folding cross-hole suspension arm to hold your camera in position. Try not to bounce the camera on the bottom as it will stir-up the bottom and it may take several minutes for the cloud of dust to settle. For best results it is advised that you not actually fish in the same holes as the camera to avoid tangling in the camera cable.

Where to Buy



Vexilar has a wide network of sporting goods dealers. 

Where to Get Help


 

 

FCC Warning Statement


 

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.

FCC Radiation Exposure Statement

The antennas used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must be co‐located for operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.


*Software Engineering by Videotech Technology Development Co., Ltd.