1. Setting up a remote Helmsman’s Display on NaviPac v3.10


  • Use the same user login on all pc’s.
  • Check your network settings. Check that pc’s are on the same network by opening Windows Explorer and browsing to the available client pc’s.
  • On the primary navigation pc, install NaviPac.
  • On the primary navigation pc, share the NaviPac folder.

Note: The shared folder requires the name NaviPac.


Two options to share the drive:

Option1: NaviPac folder context menu, /Properties/Sharing/

  • Share with user Everyone. If the user does not exist, add it.
  • Set permission level to Read/Write.

Note: Don’t use Advanced Sharing... to change the NaviPac folder name.

Option2: NaviPac folder context menu/Share with/

  • Share with user Everyone. If the user does not exist, create it.
  • Set permission level to Read/Write.


  • Install NaviPac on the remote pc’s.
  • On the primary navigation pc, start NaviPac Configuration and Helmsman’s Display.
  • On the remote pc, start the Helmsman’s Display as stand-alone application from the desktop shortcut or start menu.
  • On the remote pc, connect to the primary navigation pc.
    When using the e.g. the Manual connection, the scene server tool will open, allowing you to connect to the primary navigation pc.


Note: The Working directories location points by default to the primary navigation pc.


Figure 1 Primary navigation pc: Default directories settings


Figure 2 Remote pc: Default directories settings



2. Test the setup

  • When successfully connected, the remote Helmsman’s Display receives NaviPac position updates.
  • Make a new runline e.g. Cursor controlled (ctrl) on the primary navigation pc.
  • Distribute the runline via Runline(s) (Local Network) to the remote pc.


Figure 3 Distribute active Runline(s) (Local Network)

  • Check that the new runline is shown on remote pc.



3. Extended checklist


1) Perform a full NaviPac v3.10 installation on

a. The primary navigation computer

b. All secondary NaviPac computer(s) which should act as either master or slave (remote) Helmsman’s Display (HMD)

Note: the %EIVAHOME% environment variable should point locally for all installations, e.g. C:\EIVA\NaviPac (as per default)

2) Decide which computer must act as NaviPac file server (typically the primary navigation computer but could also be a NAS-drive( * ))

a. Share the NaviPac main folder C:\EIVA\NaviPac as a shared network folder and name the shared folder NaviPac

b. ( * ) If using a NAS-drive the applied paths for Working directories (e.g. Runlines, Waypoints, Displaylines, Models and Setup) in menu Options/Directories… should be absolute (full) for all installations!

c. Make sure all (remote) installations can access the main NaviPac folder with full access rights (read and write)

i. To verify, run fx the File explorer on a remote and access the main NaviPac folder through the shared network folder

d. Consider using the same login credentials on all computers, otherwise each remote computer has to logon to the nav. computer!


On the master

3) Perform the following setup tasks

a. Open, drag-and-drop or create needed files in the HMD which acts as a master

b. Store all file references in a master job file and save it, e.g. HDJob.xml in C:\EIVA\NaviPac\Setup

i. Do NOT load this master job file from a remote as all HMDs must manage their own unique job file!

ii. Make sure all files, which should be distributed (incl. the master job file), are saved in shared subfolder(s), e.g. C:\EIVA\NaviPac\Setup

iii. All object/file changes ought to be detected and automatically distributed, however, occasionally a manual (re)distribution is required

iv. In general, consider piling up as many objects (waypoints) in as few containers (waypoint files) as feasible

On both (master/slave)

4) Consider the following setup options

a. Which object (file) type(s) are to be automatically distributed (when a master) in Options/Global Settings…/Auto.Distribution

i. Distribution of shape files of dynamic objects are off by default

ii. Distribution of all other Working directories, e.g. Runlines, Waypoints, Displaylines and Models, are on by default

b. Changing the master/slave privileges in menu Options/Helmsman Privilege Level and Broadcast…/Request as Master

i. Notice, the former master has to accept transferring master privileges in order for the remote (slave) to obtain and keep the master privileges