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adding sensors

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDES

Adding Sensors

To begin collecting temperature data, you must first “associate” your sensors with your base station.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to add sensors to your account

1. Click the Associate button

Once logged in, the Associate button will be in the top left corner of the page.

 

2. Pull the battery tab out of sensor to begin the "association" process

Note: The software often refers to the sensors as “tags”. We will continue to call them sensors in these instructions.

The next step is to pull the battery tab out from your sensor. This will start the sensor and place it into association mode.

IMPORTANT: The sensor will only stay in association mode for a minute or two, so as soon as you pull the battery tab out, complete the next step immediately.

Click the Search Unassociated Tag button.

3. Find the new sensor in the list

Your sensor should appear in a yellow panel.

Immediately hit the Associate button at the bottom of the page.

Don’t worry about setting a name for the sensor just yet. We will do that later.

4. Select the tag

The sensor is now associated with the base station.

You will be returned to this screen and you will see your new sensor, probably named as “Tag 0”.

Click on the sensor name to open its options panel.

5. Name the sensor

Now that the sensor is associated and we’re not rushed, we can change the tag name.

In the Options panel below the sensor name, you will see a series of buttons – Light, Temperature,Humidity, Motion Sensor, etc. The last button does not have a name, just an arrow icon, but when you place your mouse over it, it will say More…

Click on this button to open the options menu shown in the illustration.

Choose Change Tag Name.

In the box that pops up, type a name for your sensor. The name should reflect where the sensor will be placed. e.g. My Vaccine Fridge.

NOTE: If you have more than one sensor, associate them all before continuing

6. Configure the sensor

In the options panel, click the Temperature button.

This panel that opens looks complicated but it is quite straightforward.

Note: in this example we are setting the sensor up for a vaccine fridge. Depending on what you will be using the logger for, your settings may vary from these.

If you are configuring more than one sensor, tick the Apply to All Tags box at the top of the page.

  1. Make sure the temperature is set to °C.
  2. Tick the Monitor Temperature box.
  3. Set the low temperature alert point. If the temperature drops below this point, you will be notified.
  4. Set the high temperature alert point.
  5. Set the temperature interval.
  6. Set the low temperature alert delay. The system will wait until it get this many readings outside the range before it alerts you. This prevents many false positives.
  7. Set the high temperature alert delay.
  8. Set your email address.
  9. Tick the Send push notification box.
  10. Set the high temperature alert frequency. This is how often you will get notifications until the temperature problem is rectified.
  11. Set the low temperature alert frequency
Hit the Save button at the bottom of the page to save your settings.

Troubleshooting

To put the sensor back into “association mode”, you will need to take the battery out and put it back in.

Replacing the battery is quite a quick process, but it can be a bit fiddly.

Here is a video that explains the process…

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This doesn’t make sense to most people, but sometimes the sensors won’t associate if they are too close to the base station.

If you get an error message that says the signal strength is too high, move the sensor away from the base station, hit the Search Unassociated Tags button and, if the sensor is found, the Associate button.

If the sensor drops out of “association mode” while you are doing this, you will need to take the battery out and put it back in to reset the sensor.

Replacing the battery is quite a quick process, but it can be a bit fiddly.

Here is a video that explains the process…

Watch on YouTube

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