How can I extend my Wireless Network Range? How can I add wireless range extenders to my sensor network?
Q: How can I extend the range of my wireless sensor network (WSN)?
A: The range between Monnit wireless sensors and wireless gateways can be extended by using a Monnit wireless range extender. A Monnit range extender can double the range between the sensors and gateway. Multiple range extenders can be used together to give even further range.
Note: If using more than one range extender, the sensor data traffic doubles at each unit in the communication chain. This limits the number of sensors supported by the last repeater.
Monnit's new wireless range extenders and latest wireless sensors allow for enhanced network communication. The new wireless range extenders can also be chained together to allow for even further range of your wireless sensor network. The following steps will demonstrate how to add wireless range extenders to your sensor network.
Using a Wireless Range Extender to Your Sensor Network
Once the range extender has been added to your network, you will need to update and push the sensor device list to your range extender so it knows what sensors to allow communication with. For a USB gateway, go to the Monnit gateway application/service and click "Download Sensor Updates". For an Ethernet gateway, power cycle the device by unplugging it, waiting 10 seconds then plugging it back in. For a Cellular gateway, use the power button to turn it off, wait 10 seconds then turn it back on.
After resetting the gateway, plug the range extender into an AC wall outlet. The range extender will have a green light when it has found the network. If the light is steady red, check the network, unplug it and try again.