How do I connect to a Quantum Radar?
Updated over a week ago

Raymarine Radar support is an advanced functionality of Orca Core. It allows you to view a Radar Overlay on your Orca Charts, and you can control your Quantum Radar directly via Orca.

Radar controls in Orca integrate seamlessly with your existing Raymarine chartplotter. Any change you do in Orca will also be reflected on your other systems that are connected to your Raymarine Radar.

Orca supports connecting to the following Raymarine Radars:

  • Quantum 1 & 2 with WiFi

  • Quantum 1 & 2 without WiFi

Only Orca Core 2 (which has two cables) supports Radar connection via Ethernet.

Orca Core 1 can be connected to certain radar setups – but this connection is unofficial and Orca can not guarantee a functional experience as it relies on a 3rd party WiFi access point.

Connecting to a Raymarine Radar via Ethernet

Orca supports the following connection topologies via Ethernet:

  1. Connection via a Switch – such as the Raymarine RNS/HS5 Switch or a standard Ethernet switch

  2. Connection via Axiom – an Ethernet cable between Core and Axiom, and Ethernet or WiFi connection between Axiom and Quantum radar

  3. Direct connection – an Ethernet cable between Quantum Radar and Core

Once connected, Orca will automatically detect the Radar and show Radar Controls in the Control Center. For information about controlling your Radar, see the relevant article.

Connection via a Switch

Connection via an Ethernet switch is recommended for when you have multiple devices controlling your Radar.

For connection to a switch, you will need:

  1. An M12 male to RJ45 female adapter¹

  2. Option A: If you use a standard Ethernet switch, you'll need a male-to-male RJ45 Ethernet cable

  3. Option B: If you use a Raynet Ethernet switch, you'll need a RayNet female to RJ45 male adapter cable²

Connection via Raymarine Axiom

Connection via a Raymarine Axiom makes for an easy installation. The Axiom must be powered on for Radar control to work in Orca.

For connection via Axiom, you will need:

  1. An M12 male to RJ45 female adapter¹

  2. A RayNet to RJ45 male adapter cable²

Axiom Pro has two Ethernet connections, allowing a cabled connection to both the Radar and Core without an external switch.

Direct Connection

Direct connection is only recommended if you do not intend to access the Radar from any other devices.

For direct connection, you will need:

  1. An M12 male to RJ45 female adapter¹

  2. A RayNet to RJ45 male adapter cable²

Orca Core does not yet support Radar commissioning, so the Radar must be commissioned by Axiom prior to use via Direct Connection.

Recommended connection equipment

  1. M12 male to RJ45 female adapter: We recommend the following high-quality and cost-effective alternatives:

    - Amphenol RJS-12D04FM-RS8001 (Mouser webshop)
    - L-COM M12RJ454D-0.5 (Digikey webshop)

  2. Raymarine RayNet female to RJ45 male cable: Raymarine part number A62360 / A80151 / A80159. See the Raymarine website for more options and cable lengths.

Connecting Orca Core 1 to a Raymarine Radar

Cores without an Ethernet cable can also connect to Quantum Radars via a WiFi access point. The WiFi access point must in turn be connected to the Quantum Radar directly via Ethernet or via an Axiom.

For a WiFi access point connection, you will need to:

  1. Contact Orca Customer Support via to verify if your access point is supported and set up a specific configuration on your WiFi access point

  2. Connect your Radar or an Axiom with Radar access to your WiFi access point via an Ethernet cable

  3. Connect the Core to the WiFi access point via WiFi Link

This connection option is not official and Orca can not guarantee functional support.

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