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MonnitSense Newsletter - April 2012
Featured Wireless Sensor

MonnitLink™ Cellular Gateway

MonnitLink Cellular Gateway

Don't have an existing network connection where you need it most? The MonnitLink™ Cellular Gateway allows your Monnit Wireless Sensors to communicate with the iMonnit™ Online Wireless Sensor Monitoring and Notification System via cellular transmission. This is the perfect solution for remote locations, or where an existing internet connection is not an option.

MonnitLink Cellular Gateway Features
    • SIM card included
    • Quad-band GPRS/GSM
    • Self-provisioning
    • Standard UART interface
    • Software based location services
    • Remote software upgrade capability
    • Watchdog function
    • Audible local alarm
    • Push/pull communication methods
    • Built in TCP/IP stack
    • AC power supply
    • Battery back-up
    • Low-cost, no-contract cellular service

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In this issue

Glimpse of the future
We Listened!

New Wireless Sensors

New Wireless Sensors Monnit is proud to bring you a few new wireless sensors. Among these new sensors are the wireless high temperature sensor and the wireless grains per pound sensor.

The high temperature wireless sensor uses an RTD to accurately measure temperatures from -50°C to +375°C.

The wireless grains per pound sensor measures the mass in grains of H2O in otherwise dry air. Put simplistically, the measurement is the weight of water in air.

These new wireless sensors are available now through the Monnit Online Store.

Click Here to Learn More About the High Temperature Sensor »
Click Here to Learn More About the Grains per Pound Sensor »

Web Special
Monnit Web Special

Glimpse of the future

Crystal Ball

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

Monnit's development team is hard at work developing a new wireless soil moisture sensor. Measuring soil moisture is important in agriculture to help farmers manage their irrigation systems more efficiently. Not only are farmers able to generally use less water to grow a crop, they are able to increase yields and the quality of the crop by better management of soil moisture during critical plant growth stages. These sensors are a great addition to the Monnit product lineup. If you would like to learn more about these new sensors or be notified when they become available, please email us at sales@monnit.com.

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Application of the Month

Vacant Property Monitoring

Monitoring Vacant Properties for Temperature, Water Intrusion and Access.

Whether you are a real estate agent, or vacation home property manager, it is important to monitor your properties if you can't be there in person. Damage from severe temperature changes, water intrusion and trespassing can be costly. Get real-time notifications about your properties.

Monnit provides low-cost wireless sensors that can keep track of homes when you can't be there. Know immediately about any unauthorized access by using wireless open/closed sensors and wireless motion sensors. Use wireless temperature sensors to monitor for temperature changes and wireless water sensors in basements or around water heaters, toilets and faucets to monitor for water leaks. You can also conserve electricity by using wireless light sensors and wireless voltage sensors to be notified if lights or appliances are left on.

Monnit's new Cellular Gateway ensures that you receive all of your sensor data without the need for an active internet connection in the home. If the home has an active internet connection, you can use Monnit's Ethernet Gateway, without needing a computer on the premises.

Enjoy peace of mind while remotely managing your properties.

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Tech Tip of the Month

by The WiSe Guys

WiSe Guys

Understanding the Ethernet Gateway Lights and troubleshooting.

The process for setting up your Monnit Ethernet Gateway should be as simple as plugging in the Ethernet cable and power plug - three green LEDs means you're ready to go, But sometimes an LED may flash red, indicating a connection or settings issue. We have compiled this troubleshooting guide to help you determine what the problem could be. To help ensure that there are no issues to begin with, we recommend using the Ethernet Gateway configuration documentation located on Monnit's support page for information on properly setting up your Monnit Ethernet Gateway.

For any initial Ethernet Gateway issue:
Try unplugging the power to the gateway, wait 10 seconds, then plug it back in. If that doesn't work, please use a small tool, like a toothpick or paperclip, to press and hold the reset button on the back of the gateway. Press and hold the button for 5 seconds, until you see all three LEDs begin to flash red.

If the Ethernet Gateway 1st LED (on left) stays red or is flashing, possible causes are:
1. There is no internet access available.
2. Port 3000 is blocked.
3. DHCP is not enabled. If it is not enabled, you can configure the gateway to use a static IP address.
4. DNS cannot be resolved.
5. IP address is invalid.
6. The Ethernet cable is not connected.
    a. The Ethernet cable is broken/damaged
    b. The Ethernet jack is broken/damaged
7. There is an issue with the device MAC address.

View the Ethernet Gateway configuration documentation for more information on correctly setting the gateway parameters to address these issues.

If the Ethernet Gateway 2nd LED (middle) flashes red:
The gateway cannot connect to the server. The gateway configuration settings are not correct. Set the gateway back to the defaults by pressing and holding the reset button.

If the Ethernet Gateway 2nd LED (middle) stays red:
The Ethernet gateway has been able to contact the server and gets a response; however, the APN is not going from idle to active. There may be a problem with the hardware, contact Monnit support at support@monnit.com or 801-561-5555.

If you are still experiencing any issues that you are unable to troubleshoot with these tips, please contact Monnit support by emailing support@monnit.com or calling 801-561-5555.

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