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).
The smaXtec Base Station package contains the following components:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Please follow the following steps:
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:
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):
The technical details of the smaXtec Base Station:
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