smaXtec Base Station

Here you'll get all necessary information for activating and mounting the smaXtec Base Station.

The smaXtec Base Station automatically receives the pH, temperature, activity and cow shed climate data. The data can be transmitted via the in-house network (Ethernet cable required) or via GSM (technical standard for mobile communications).

SCOPE OF DELIVERY

The smaXtec Base Station package contains the following components:

  • 1x smaXtec Base Station
  • 1x magnet with tag (required for switching the sensors on)
  • 1x mains adapter (with 3 m/10 ft cable)
  • 4x screws and 4x wall plugs for mounting
  • 1x Drill template
  • 1x optional GSM antenna
  • 1x Quickstart-Guide

Should any of these components be missing or damaged, please contact your smaXtec distributor or smaXtec. Please retain the box and the original packaging materials in case you need to return the product for any reason (e.g. repairs) in the future.

STATUS-LEDS

The smaXtec Base Station features the following status LEDs (top left):

Power-LED: Indicates if the smaXtec Base Station is on.

Link-LED: Indicates the status of the connection to the server.

Data-LED: Indicates if data from smaXtec sensors is being read out.

On the right side of the smaXtec Base Station there is a GSM antenna and on the left you will find the socket for the network cable and the power supply. This is where the mains adapter (included in delivery) is connected during installation. The smaXtec Base Station must also be connected to the network via a network cable or an optional GSM antenna used.

SMAXTEC NETWORK CABLE (NOT INCLUDED IN DELIVERY SCOPE)

In locations where the smaXtec Base Station will be exposed to wet conditions or moisture, a special network cable is required for the connection between the smaXtec Base Station and the network socket. This ensures that the network cable remains waterproof and dustproof when plugged in. The cable must comply with norm TIA/EIA-568-B (with regard to length, bending radius etc.).

The network cable can be ordered directly from smaXtec animal care or from your distributor in the following lengths: 5/10/20 m (16/32/65 ft).

Network settings: TCP ports 80 (HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol), 443 (HTTPS – Hypertext Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS) and 123 (NTP – Network Time Protocol) should be free. Only in this case, the Base Station software can be updated all the time.

POWER SUPPLY – INCLUDED MAINS ADAPTER

The smaXtec Base Station is powered via the mains adapter provided. Only use this mains adapter for installation purposes. At the end of the cable there is a specially designed plug to protect the smaXtec Base Station from water and dust. Connect the mains adapter to the socket on the left-hand side of the smaXtec Base Station and tighten the screw caps. The mains adapter itself does not conform to an IP standard with regard to protection against water, i.e. the mains adapter must not be exposed to rain or moisture.

Specifications of the adapter:

  • Manufacturer: SUNNY Computer Technology Europe, s.r.o.
  • Input: 100-240 V ~, 0.5 A MAX, 50-60 Hz
  • Output: 5 V — 2.0 A
  • Output power: 10 W MAX.

INSTALLATION AND START-UP

Note: Following correct installation of the smaXtec Base Station including the smaXtec Repeater as required (see Quickstart Guide), measurement data is automatically read out from the smaXtec Sensors whenever the cows are in range (read-out range is 10 – 30 meters/ 32 – 98 feet).

Warning: If the smaXtec Base Station is mounted in the cow shed it is recommended that you use a special network cable to ensure proper functionality in conditions typically found in the cow shed (waterproofness of the smaXtec Base Station). This cable is available from smaXtec or from your distributor in the lengths 5/10/20 m (16/32/65 ft). It is, however, also possible to connect the smaXtec Base Station to your network with a standard network cable if the smaXtec Base Station is not located in the wet area/outdoor area of the cow shed.

The most important steps for successful installation of the smaXtec Base Station are described below:

1. BEFORE MOUNTING THE SMAXTEC BASE STATION – ACTIVATION OF THE SMAXTEC BASE STATION

Activation in smaXtec Messenger – menu item “Activate devices”: device activation is required so that the device can be correctly assigned to a user and used in smaXtec Messenger.

2. CHOOSE THE MOST SUITABLE LOCATION FOR THE SMAXTEC BASE STATION

Before mounting the smaXtec Base Station, please select the most suitable location as described in the Quickstart Guide. The following points must be observed and implemented:

  • Suitable position: Waiting area, milking area, feeding stations, massage brushes (areas where the cows tend to spend more time)
  • Power and Ethernet connection or mobile communications reception required using the optional GSM.
  • Power outlet may be up to a maximum of 3 m/10 ft away as the power supply unit / adapter cable provided is 3 m/10 ft long.
  • Important for the Ethernet option:
    • Waterproof network cable for the connection to the smaXtec Base Station and the network socket are available from smaXtec or from your distributor in the lengths 5/10/20 m (16/32/65 ft).
    • If using a network cable you have installed yourself, please ensure a maximum length of 90 m/295 ft between the smaXtec Base Station and the network socket is not exceeded.
    • If using a network cable you have installed yourself, please ensure you only use network cabling with double shielding (SSTP, SFTP)
  • Mount at a minimum height of 2 m/6 ft (not within reach of cows)
  • Do not mount in a closed storeroom (transmission problems)
  • Close to cows (the smaXtec Base Station can read out smaXtec Sensors within a radius of 5 – 10 m/16 – 32 ft; otherwise a smaXtec Repeater is required)
  • Remember to consider locations for a smaXtec Repeater (if planned)
  • An unobstructed view enables a greater range for planned smaXtec Repeaters
  • Do not expose the smaXtec Base Station and mains adapter to direct sunlight or rain.

3. MOUNTING OF THE SMAXTEC BASE STATION

Please follow the following steps:

  • Use the screws and wall plugs provided
  • Lift up plastic panel
  • Drill mounting holes (use the drill template provided, see Quickstart Guide)
  • Wood: screws can be used on their own (2 mm (1/12‘‘) holes can be pre-drilled)
  • Walls: use wall plugs (drill a 6 mm (1/4“) hole and insert wall plug)

4. CONNECTING THE MAINS ADAPTER AND NETWORK CABLE/GSM ANTENNA

When the smaXtec Base Station has been mounted in accordance with instructions, please connect the mains adapter and the network cable/GSM antenna. Please follow the steps described below:

  • To ensure dustproof and waterproof use of the smaXtec Base Station, please use the smaXtec network cable 5/10/20 m (16/32/65 ft).
  • Connect the power supply unit provided with the smaXtec Base Station and plug into a wall socket. If there is no wall socket within 3 m/10 ft then it is best to install a new one to the left of the smaXtec Base Station.
  • Please note (applies to network cable and mains adapter cable):
    • It is not permitted to loop cables around the smaXtec Base Station (transmission problems).
    • If possible, the cable should lead to the smaXtec Base Station from above.

5. VERIFICATION OF CORRECT FUNCTIONALITY WITH THE HELP OF STATUS LEDS

Following successful completion of all steps, the status of the smaXtec Base Station can be verified with the help of the LEDs. As soon as the mains adapter is plugged in the smaXtec Base Station starts up. Following successful installation, please check the status of the LEDs (connection can take upto 10 minutes):

  • smaXtec Base Station has started up: Power LED glows steady green
  • connected to the internet: Link LED glows steady green

The LEDs in detail:

Power-LED:

  • Flashing yellow: Starting up
  • Glowing green: Started up/OK
  • Flashing red/red: Error

Link-LED:

  • Flashing yellow: Connecting (depending on use of Ethernet or GSM this can take upto 10 minutes)
  • Glowing green: Connected to the internet
  • Flashing red/red: No connection to the server (via Ethernet/GSM)

Data LED:

  • Flashing green: Data is being read out from the smaXtec Sensors

TECHNICAL DETAILS

The technical details of the smaXtec Base Station:

  • Model: US-3046 (North and South America)
  • Model: BX-3046 (EU and other countries)
  • Dimensions: 200 x 110 x 60 mm (L x B x H)
  • Dustproof and waterproof (IP65) with smaXtec Ethernet cable connected or with included rubber seal
  • Antenna for communication with smaXtec Sensors (max. distance 10-30 m/32-98 ft)
  • Antenna for communication with smaXtec Repeater (max. distance between read-out stations 100 m/328 ft)
  • Device available with GSM/without GSM
  • Ethernet socket: for internet connection
  • Supplied mains adapter: 100-240V, 2A
  • Easy to mount on a wall or wooden post etc.

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