General / Commissioning

When all site surveys have been completed, products have been selected and the system is ready to be commissioned, it is recommended that it is carried out in the following way:

Step 1 – Install the Gateway

When positioning the Gateway there are a number of considerations. The position of the Gateway within a building will be constrained by the availability of a network point, mains power, the harshness of the environment, cellular signal strength and of course proximity to the wireless sensor network. Try to strike a balance between each of these items when selecting a location, and then connect the Gateway to power and a network point.

Step 2 – Access the Gateway

The next step is to access the Gateway remotely in order to confirm that all nodes have successfully joined and that data being produced from each device as expected. Configure the Gateway as per the “Getting Started” section and set up the network adapter as required. This could be simply with a crossover Ethernet cable, with an Ethernet hub, an on-site LAN or a Cellular modem. When you have access to the Gateway’s web interface with a laptop / or mobile device, move on to the next step.

Step 3 – Install Powered Nodes

With the Gateway in place, the next step is to install all powered nodes. This includes electricity meters, powered pulse counters etc. The positions of these units will also be constrained by the loads / locations they are monitoring.

Step 4 – Install Range Extenders

Install all range extenders that are required with a view to connecting the powered nodes back to the Gateway, as defined in the wireless site survey. When a range extender is powered and joined to the Gateway, the on-board LED will indicate whether it is connected or not. This can be useful feedback when deciding a final position for the device. Check the LED’s on powered nodes regularly to see if the range extenders have successfully meshed the network.

Step 5 – Install Battery Powered Nodes

When all range extender and powered nodes have been installed, work on connecting in the battery powered nodes – again use the button and LED interface regularly to check whether a node is connected back to the Gateway. If there are communications problems with any of the battery powered nodes, additional range extenders should be installed.  

Step 6 – Verify the Installation and configure the Gateway

Use the web interface on the Gateway to check data from each device and configure reporting intervals or change settings on a product-by-product basis. Also note the export ID of each device. Select a remote monitoring feature on the Gateway if required, and set times / dates and secure the Administrator’s user account.

Step 7 – Configure Data Export

If 3rd party software is being used, select a data export format and configure the login credentials in the Settings > Data Export section. Configure each data source in the 3rd party software using the Export ID to reference the data feed. Confirm that data is flowing as expected.

Note: The information in this section is provided as a guideline – it is possible to commission the system either in a different order or all at the same time. After commissioning a number of installations, users will become familiar with how the kit performs and will be able to estimate range extender positioning quite accurately. 

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