Installation of the Deno sensor

Step 1: Inspect Kit and Charge Deno Sensors

Your kit ships with the items shown to the right. Every site should have one Gateway and 1 to 4 Deno sensors, as ordered. There should be one antenna per device.

After inspection, begin charging the Deno sensors by either: 1) Placing them in direct sunlight (15-30 minutes); or 2) Plugging them into a USB power source (10-15 minutes).

Next, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: Install Gateway

Connect Gateway antenna, power plug, and ethernet cable. Check ST1 (network connection) and ST2 (Gateway heartbeat).

Ensure the power leads are attached to 12-24V DC source.

Ensure the antenna is fully screwed into the jack (appx 6 turns).

After 30 seconds, the ST1 light should be mostly solid green (network connection made) with intermittent orange flashes (Deno sensor data transmitting). The ST2 light should be green with consistent flashing red (code running properly).

Next, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Test Deno Sensors Near Gateway

Attach the Deno antenna. Put the Deno in Launch Mode by holding the magnet over the top irradiance sensor for 5 seconds, or until the S-O-L lights turn solid green. Launch Mode will send data records every 15-seconds to the Gateway for rapid field diagnostics. Every 15-seconds you should see the A-R lights momentarily illuminate, indicating a radio transmission. If the transmission is successful, all S-O-L lights will remain on. If the transmission fails, a light will be lost until the radio succeeds. Watch these transmissions for 1 minutes confirming the S-O-L light remain illuminated indicating the Deno sensor is communicating properly with the gateway.

Next, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4: Install Deno Sensors

Install the Deno at the top of modules in the sunniest part of the solar array. Hand-fasten the antenna and plug any external sensors to the bottom of the Deno. Use the Deno mounting kit to mount the Deno between two adjacent solar modules. Lastly, mount the antenna using the antenna mounting kit so that it is connected magnetically to the antenna bracket and oriented completely vertical above the plane of the array. Ensure the the antenna is in the line of sight of the gateway antenna for best results, up to 1/4 mile.

Next, proceed to Step 5.

Step 5: Data Verification:

Data quality checks, including radio transmission signal strength, can be completed with the DenoLink button. After clicking the DenoLink request button, installers enter the serial number and last 4 digits of the MAC address and submit. The DenoLink is emailed to the installer. Denowatts recommends observing at least 15 minutes of data in the DenoLink to validate the data, including the Radio Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI). RSSI should read between -40 and -70 to be certain of long-term radio success. If readings are consistently lower than -80 please check the antenna connections, place the antennas in better line of site, and contact Denowatts if the problem persists.

Installation is now complete. Please contact your network administrator to complete network configuration and asset information forms.

 

Advanced Verification Utility

For quick verification and local set up, installers may download and utilize the Denowatts Gateway Utility