Nodes can be powered by outlet power adapter, 3 x AAA batteries, or another voltage source using an adapter.
Once your Gateway is powered and online you should begin installing the Nodes.
Outlet Powered Nodes
1. Plug in the micro-USB power cord (Note: it is located on the corner, not the side, of the Node).
1. Carefully remove the top of the Node
2. Place the 3 batteries inside the battery holder in the corresponding direction with the +/-. We recommend using Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries for optimal battery life.
3. If wall mounting is desired, attach one side of the provided Command™ Strip to the back of the node and attach the other side to the mounting surface.
4. Alternatively, if a stronger attachment is desired, drill the node bottom into the wall using 2 screws of your choice. (6-19 x 5/16 recommended)
5. Replace the top of the Node.
6. You can now start connecting your sensor bridges.
Outlet Powered Nodes vs. AAA Nodes
AAA Nodes have internal temperature and relative humidity (T/RH) sensors that can be used instead of an external T/RH environmental sensor. However, there are limitations. These Nodes can only act as end-points, not relays, and to preserve battery life the polling frequency should not be increased past 5 minutes. Most sensors can be connected to AAA Nodes, with the exception of BACnet, Modbus, Timer Control, Water Encoder, and the IAQ/IEQ packages, using lower sampling rates.
For installations with large amounts of temperature and/or relative humidity monitoring, locations where power is not available, or locations that do not need to repeat communications from nodes located further out in the network, using AAA Nodes is often the most economical option. At a polling frequency of 5 minutes these AAA Nodes, which run on 3 x AAA batteries, can be expected to yield a 1 year battery life, assuming there is good link quality and with the use of lithium batteries. Regular-powered nodes can also be configured to work in end-point mode, allowing them to simulate the operation of battery powered nodes.
All of Senseware’s Nodes have the option of AAA battery powered operation in addition to wall outlet, or line power with the use of adapters (12VDC, 24VDC, 24VAC, 100-240VAC). Inform your Senseware sales representative of your power preferences when placing your order and fulfillment will provide AAA batteries, wall power adapters, and line power adapters as necessary.
Sign in to your account at my.senseware.co to configure your Node. You can configure the settings of your site from the installation tab. Sensor specific settings can be configured in the module configuration tab; the Site name, module locations, channel names, and conversion functions can also be configured in the module configuration tab. The Node, like the Gateway, can also be remotely reset in the module information section of the System Status by clicking on the Reset button.
Signal Quality Mode
Pressing the button on the node twice in rapid succession places it in signal quality mode. In this mode, the LED on the node will flash different colors, and at different speeds, to indicate the signal quality.
Note: you will have to remove the top of the node to access the button. To return the node to regular operation, press the button once.
When the Node is not in Signal Quality Mode, the status LED will blink in different colors depending on the status of the node:
Power: 5V DC via micro-USB | 3 x AAA batteries
Protocols: IEEE 802.15.4 with AES-128 encryption
Communication: 2.4 GHz wireless communication with gateway and nodes
Internal Sensors: Temperature, Humidity, Operating Voltage
Sensor Bridge Capacity: 3
Size (inches): 2.6 x 2.6 x 1
Weight (ounces): 3.2
To learn how to install your Gateway, click here. This should be completed prior to installing your Nodes.