How To Use The Monnit Local Alert

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How To Use The Monnit Local Alert

The Monnit Local Alert is a device capable of receiving notifications and sensor readings from your iMonnit sensor network, and alerting you where someone is most capable of responding to a critical condition. When the Local Alert receives a notification it can set off an audio/visual alarm comprised of a loud 90 dB buzzer, an ultra-bright red flashing LED, and an LCD display capable of displaying a custom message to alert the user of conditions being monitored by their sensors.

In addition to alerting, the Local Alert can also display recent sensor readings from any sensor on the same account. Sensor readings unlike notifications do not cause alarms to trigger, do not display automatically, and cannot override notifications already saved in memory. The Local Alert can save up to 10 notifications or sensor readings in memory at any given time. If it exceeds 10 notifications the oldest notification is deleted. Notifications take priority over sensor readings in the memory so when memory is full and a new notification is received sensor readings are deleted before deleting notifications. If the memory is full of notifications sensor readings will be ignored until there is an unoccupied memory slot or a slot with an older sensor reading.

After the alarm sounds, with a press of the button, the user can clear the alarm, view a custom notification, the time the notification was sent, and which device detected the critical condition. The button is also used to clear notifications and reset the device.

Add the Local Alert to your wireless sensor network
The Local Alert can be added to any Monnit sensor network through the iMonnit online sensor monitoring software the same way sensors are.

Do not power the Local Alert until it has been assigned to a network and a wireless gateway on the same network is already active.

Steps to add a wireless Local Alert to your sensor network.
  • Choose "Add Device" from the account overview page.
  • Select the network you would like to add the local alert to.
  • Use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code on your local alert.
  • If you do not have a camera on your phone or it is not accepting the QR code, you may enter the Device ID and Security Code manually. 

  • Once the Local Alert has been added to your network, power cycle your gateway to ensure that it will recognize the Local Alert.
  • Power the Local Alert by attaching and plugging in the power supply or inserting batteries, then turn the power switch to on.
  • The LCD will display the message, "LINKING…"
  • If the LCD should display the message, "LINKED TO : GW ID – #####". If the LCD displays the message "LINK FAILURE" then press the button after the message disappears to force the Local Alert to retry linking or cycle the power using the power switch.
  • Once linked to a gateway, in the iMonnit online software, verify that data is being received by viewing the device's history tab in iMonnit.

Configuring the Local Alert
In the iMonnit edit tab for the Local Alert there are several configurable options.

Heartbeat Interval: How often the Local Alert checks in with the server.
Poll Rate: How often the Local Alert checks the gateway for notifications.
Alarm Time: How long the alarm sounds before it snoozes.
Snooze Time: How long the Local Alert snoozes before alarming again.
Enable Backlight: This controls the LCD backlight when displaying time and when scrolling messages during alarms.
Enable LED Alarm: Enables flashing LED in the Alarm On state.
Enable Buzzer Alarm: Enables buzzer alarm in the Alarm On state.
Enable Scrolling Display Message: Enables notification messages in the Alarm On state.
Message Scroll Speed: How long a message is displayed in the Alarm On state before scrolling to the next message.
Time Zone Offset: Sets the time on the Local Alert to the same time as the account.

Setting Notifications / Alerts Features

  1. Notifications can be associated with the Local Alert by selecting the Local Alert device under the Devices to Notify tab in the notification and moving it into the right pane using the double right arrow button.
  2. Once moved to the right pane various alarms can be enabled by clicking on them so they are green.
    • From left to right LED Alarm, Buzzer Alarm, and Display Alarm.
    • Keep in mind that the test notification (paper airplane) may not send the notification to the Local Alert.
  3. Changes made in this screen take effect immediately there is no save button that needs to be pressed.

If you would like additional information on using the Monnit Local Alert, please view the User's Guide.

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