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MonnitSense Newsletter - December 2010
Featured Wireless Sensor

Wireless Humidity Sensor

Wireless Placement Sensor

Monnit's wireless humidity sensor allows you to monitor the relative humidity of the air within a room or enclosure. Ideal for monitoring humidity within greenhouses, industrial spaces, museums, saunas and humidors. They can also be used for residential applications such as controlling mold, mildew or dust mites. User customization allows you to set the
frequency of readings and the ability to
set thresholds for alerts.

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Glimpse of the future
We Listened!

You Speak, We Listen!

Here at Monnit, we are proud of our relationship with our customers. These relationships enable us to improve our products and offerings to meet your needs.

Repeater / Range ExtenderRecent suggestions have led to Monnit's new Repeater / Range Extender.

Monnit Repeaters allow you to extend the coverage area of your wireless sensor network by repeating the signals between your wireless sensors and the wireless gateway.

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Monnit Web Special - October 2010

Glimpse of the future

Crystal Ball

Let's take a look in our Crystal Ball to see what the future holds at Monnit?

If we look carefully into our crystal ball we can see a new wireless gateway on the horizon. The MonnitLink™ Ethernet gateway allows your Monnit Wireless Sensors to communicate with the MonnitSphere™ Online Monitoring and Notification System without the need for a PC. Simply plug this device into any open network port with internet connection and your sensors are automatically connected with the online monitoring system.

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Cool Application of the Month

Frozen Pipes

Using Temperature Sensors to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Water Sensors to Detect Broken Ones.

As we are in the thick of winter now, we are receiving a lot of calls requesting our wireless temperature and water sensors for use in both commercial and residential properties to help minimize the potential for damage due to frozen water lines.

When water freezes it expands putting pressure on pipes, valves, tubing, and hoses. The result is often costly and very time consuming to fix. In a matter of minutes a one-eighth inch crack can release 250 gallons of water and disrupt your life in ways you never imagined. It is always smart to insulate pipes that are exposed and where possible, turn off water lines and drain pipes that are not in use. However, these precautions are not always feasible and do not always work.

So, how do you ensure that your pipes don't reach freezing temperature and know if there has been a break? We recommend using Monnit's affordable wireless temperature sensors and wireless water sensors to monitor the temperatures around your water pipes and know immediately if there is a broken pipe leaking. There are no wires to worry about, and the setup process is amazingly simple.

Enjoy the winter holidays without worrying about the potential damage of broken water pipes.

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Tech Tip of the Month

by The WiSe Guys

WiSe Guys

Optimizing Your Wireless Sensor Network

When dealing with wireless sensor networks, there are a lot of factors that affect the quality and reliability of transmission signals between your sensors and the gateway (receiver). We have compiled a list of useful tips to improve your wireless sensor network.

Position your Wireless Gateway in a central location
Whenever possible, position your wireless gateway in a central location within your facility or home. If the gateway is against an outside wall, the signal will be weak on the opposite side of your building.

Position your Wireless Gateway off the floor and away from walls or metal objects.
Floors, walls and metal structures such as heating ducts and file cabinets, interfere with your sensor network's wireless signals. By avoiding these structural "Signal Killers" when placing your wireless gateway and sensors, you can ensure optimal performance of your network.

Use a Wireless Repeater.
Repeaters allow you to extend the coverage area of your wireless sensor network by repeating the signals between your wireless sensors and the wireless gateway. Place a Monnit Wireless Repeater / Range Extender halfway between your wireless sensors and the wireless gateway, and you will get an immediate boost in your wireless signal strength. The repeater will also act as a central access point for all of the sensors that are within it's range.

Reduce wireless interference.
If you have cordless phones or other wireless electronics in your facility or home, your gateway might not be able to "hear" your sensors over the noise from the other wireless devices. To quiet the noise, avoid wireless electronics that use the 900MHz frequency. Instead, look for cordless phones that use the 5.8GHz or 2.4GHz frequencies.

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