Functionality

Volvo Penta Easy Connect gives you an overview of boat and engine data, route information and more, by linking your boat/engine – via Bluetooth® to your smartphone/tablet.

It consists of two parts, the Easy Connect Interface and the Easy Connect app.

The Easy Connect Interface is a hardware that must be installed in your boat to be able to view boat and engine data, route information and more in your Easy Connect app.

The connection between the boat/interface and the phone/tablet is done via a Bluetooth® connection.

The Easy Connect interface also includes NMEA2000 functionality. This means it can also be connected to an existing NMEA network within the boat. This enables you to access additional data from i.e. speed and depth sensors. In addition, the Easy Connect interface can be used to convert engine data into NMEA2000 compatible chart plotters/multi-function displays onboard.

The Easy Connect Interface can be purchased at any Volvo Penta dealer.

Diesel and gasoline engines with EVC

Engine EVC generation Installation Diagnostic Trouble Codes
D3 MC-C, C1, C2 Single/Twin No*
D3 C3, D,E Single/Twin Yes
D4, D6, D9, D11, D12, D13, D16 A**, B, C1, C2 Single/Twin No*
D4, D6, D8, D9, D11, D13, D16 C3, D, E Single/Twin Yes
4.3, 5.0, 5.7, V6-XXX-YE, V8-XXX-YE MC-C, C1, C2 Single/Twin No*
4.3, 5.0, 5.7, V6-XXX-YE, V8-XXX-YE C3, D, E Single/Twin Yes

 

Diesel engines without EVC

Engine Installation Diagnostic Trouble Codes Remarks
D1, D2 Single No* Engine generation B and later (i.e. engines with MDI)


Gasoline engines without EVC

Engine Installation Diagnostic Trouble Codes Remarks
3.0, Gxi-J, 4.3, 5.0, 5.7 GXI F, G, J Single Yes Requires an additional cable to install the Easy Connect interface.
4.3, 5.0, 5.7 GXI P, Q, R Single Yes  
8.1 Gi, Gxi G, J Single Yes Requires an additional cable to install the Easy Connect interface.
8.1 Gi, Gxi P, Q Single Yes  
V6-XXX-YY, V8-XXX-YY Single Yes  

*Diagnostic Trouble Codes are not available. This means that it is not possible to share Diagnostic trouble codes and engine information via the Easy connect app.
**Require an additional adapter cable, which will be available Q2 2018.

Contact your Volvo Penta dealer who can help you to identify your engine’s compatibility with Easy Connect.

The Easy Connect app is capable of showing data provided by your engine, as well as information from additional sensors and functionality installed in your boat:

Engine and boat data

  • Engine speed
  • Engine hours
  • Oil pressure
  • Diagnostic trouble codes 5)
  • Depth 2)
  • Fuel tank level 1) 2)
  • Battery voltage
  • Warnings and alarms
  • Coolant temperature
  • Boat speed 3)
  • Rudder position 1) 2)
  • Drive trim (Aquamatic) 1)

With Trip computer software (EVC)

  • Average fuel economy 2)
  • Distance to empty 2)
  • Fuel economy 2)
  • Time to empty 2)
  • Trip distance
  • Fuel used
  • Fuel rate

Additional features

  • Journeys 3)
  • Share diagnostic trouble codes 4) 5)
  • Share journeys 4)

1) Require EVC 2) Require additional sensors 3) Require additional sensors or mobile device GPS 4) Sharing function requires an internet connection 5) Diagnostic trouble codes are not available for Electronic Vessel Control (EVC) B, C1 and C2.

The app has sharing functions in My Journeys to share your trips and Map to share your position via email, SMS, MMS and social media. Under Vessel Status you can share diagnostic trouble codes with your dealer via email.  Access to the Internet is required to send the information.

You must have access to the Internet to share information.

You can download the app to several smartphones/tablets at the same time, but only one smartphone/tablet can be paired with the interface at a time. 

Volvo Penta does not recommend the use of the app as a substitute of the boat dashboard. The boat dashboard always has top priority. Data from the app are a supplement to the dashboard.

No, the app is not intended for navigation purposes. The map can be used to locate or share the position of your boat.

The app is free of charge, but there can be operating charges for sharing information via the internet, SMS/MMS according to normal call rates or internet charges.

Easy Connect makes it possible to share diagnostic trouble codes with your selected Volvo Penta dealer, including; serial number, engine hours and installation information. This is a useful function when booking a service or inspection – allowing your dealer to prepare service and help more efficient. Volvo Penta recommends that you contact your selected dealer before sharing diagnostic trouble codes. Note that diagnostic trouble codes are not available for engines with EVC A, B, C1 and C2.

You can find diagnostic trouble codes in the Vessel Status view in the app. Tap on the email icon at the top right to send all diagnostic trouble codes or tap on a diagnostic trouble code and then 'send faultcode with email' to send each diagnostic trouble code separately.

Information about your installation such as serial number and engine hours will also be shared. Access to the Internet is required to send the information. Volvo Penta recommends that you contact your selected dealer before sharing diagnostic trouble codes. Note that diagnostic trouble codes are not available for engines with EVC A, B, C1 and C2.

You can add/change your dealer information in the menu view under Boat info – Dealer in the app.  

You can use the ‘Find dealer’ function to find Volvo Penta dealer contact information. Volvo Penta recommends that you contact your dealer before sharing diagnostic trouble codes.

Installation

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To use the services offered by the Easy Connect app you need to install the Easy Connect Interface hardware in your boat and connect it to your Easy Connect app.

 

Plug in the Easy Connect interface directly into the EVC multilink at the helm station, or into the engine harness on non-EVC gasoline engines. For more information read the installation instructions that comes with the Easy Connect interface.

Need help? Let a Volvo Penta dealer assist you with the installation.

Easy Connect in triple or quad engine installations are not supported.

The app will instruct you once you run it. First time you pair with the interface a six-digit Bluetooth® code is asked for. The code can be found on the on the Easy Connect Interface label. Make sure that the Bluetooth® function is activated on your smartphone/tablet and the boat ignition switched on.

For more detailed information, please see the Installation Instruction and User Manual.

The Bluetooth® code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app under Boat Details once you are connected.

The Easy Connect app is available for iOS (Apple) smartphones/tablets and can be found in App Store under the name Volvo Penta Easy Connect. The operating system versions must be iOS 10 or later.

Android is currently not supported but will be available to download in Google Play the second quarter of 2018.

Volvo Penta Easy Connect.

Easy Connect is available for download in App Store.

For Android users the app will be available to download in Google Play the second quarter of 2018.

No, but a code is necessary to pair your smartphone/tablet with the Easy Connect Interface. The code is found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app under Boat Details once you are connected.

No, if Bluetooth® is turned off a pop-up will inform you.

There can be several reasons why it is not possible to download the app. The following listed causes are the most common:

  • Your device does not have the right operating system. Versions iOS 10.0 or later are supported.
  • Your device does not have enough capacity.
  • The internet connection is being poor or lacking .

The Bluetooth® is not switched on you smartphone/tablet or there is interference in the Bluetooth® communication. Check the Bluetooth® communication in the Settings app on you smartphone/tablet and check the connection in the Easy Connect app under Boat Details. Another way is to restart your smartphone/tablet and try to re-connect. See also “What do the diodes on the Easy Connect Interface mean?” under Diagnostics/Troubleshooting.

Diagnostics/Troubleshooting

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The data can differ as it is received from different sources. Formatting may be another cause; the rounding of values may differ.

The information provided in the app can be more comprehensive even though the actual diagnostic trouble code is the same.

The Vessel Status view shows Connection status and diagnostic trouble codes information from the engine.

There are two LEDs on the Easy Connect Interface – one green and one blue.

  • The green LED is lit constantly – the device has power but no communication either to the NMEA or the EVC/engine.
  • The green LED flashes twice and then off (500 ms), flashes twice then off – the device has power and communications with the EVC/engine but not to NMEA.
  • The green LED flashes three times and then off (500 ms), flashes three times then off – the device has power and communications with NMEA but not with the EVC/engine.
  • The green LED flashes at regular intervals – the device has power and communications with both NMEA and the EVC/engine.
  • The blue LED is not lit – the Bluetooth® device (chip) interface is not working.
  • The blue LED is lit constantly – the Bluetooth® interface is not connected with the app.
  • The blue LED flashes twice and then off (500 ms), blinks twice then off – there is a problem with Bluetooth® communication between interface and the app.
  • The blue LED flashes regularly – the interface and the app are connected and working.

Connection status is also presented in the app under Captain View in Vessel Status.

No notification pop-up will show. However, connection status can be viewed in the Vessel status view in Captains View. Also, you will notice that the values in the different views in the Easy Connect app will show.

Yes, if the Bluetooth® communication is lost a pop-up notification ‘Bluetooth not available. Is Bluetooth turned on?’ will alert you.

The serial number, part number and SW number can be found on the Easy Connect interface label or in the app under Boat Details once you are connected.

Data protection, data storage

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The Bluetooth® code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app under Boat Details once you are connected.

Yes, pair your smartphone/tablet with the Easy Connect app by entering Easy Connect Bluetooth® code.  The code can be found on the Easy Connect Interface label or in the app under Boat Details once you are connected.

Yes, if they have access to your Easy Connect Interface Bluetooth® code and they are within Bluetooth® range.

Yes, it is possible to move and install it on another boat. Please see Easy Connect installation instruction.

All information is only stored locally in your smartphone/tablet.

Engine, boat, trip data and diagnostic trouble codes are stored locally in your smartphone/tablet. There is no central data storage.

General

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For more information about Easy Connect please visit volvopenta.com/easyconnect. You can also contact your dealer for further information.