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Is a wireless cellular phone transmitter available for Campbell Scientific dataloggers?
Yes. Both the RavenXTV (Verizon) and the RavenXTG (AT&T) are available.
What should be considered when attaching a cellular modem to a CR200(X)?
When connecting a cellular modem to any device via the RS-232 serial port, consider the baud rate required by the device that is being attached. For example, when connecting a cellular modem to either a CR200(X) using a 18663 or to a CR10(X) using a SC932A, the RS-232 baud rate of the cellular modem should be fixed at 9600. For these devices, 9600 baud is the default baud rate.
Do the RavenXTV and the RavenXTG come with a half-wave antenna?
No. A half-wave antenna may not work in the transmission area. Several antenna options, however, are available for purchase:
Do the RavenXTV and the RavenXTG require a dipole cellular antenna?
No. A dipole antenna, such as the 21831, transmits a short distance, emitting a signal 360° around the antenna plain. To transmit to a distant point, a Yagi antenna, such as the 10530, is a more appropriate option.
Do the RavenXTV and the RavenXTG have an RS-232 DB9 connector?
Yes. Both modems connect to a datalogger using an RS-232 9-pin connector for their communication.
Do the RavenXTV and the RavenXTG run on 12 Vdc?
Yes. These modems have an input voltage range of 6 to 28 Vdc.
What configuration settings need to be made to a RavenXTG to make an AT&T network mobile-to-mobile connection?
AT&T’s standard Access Point Names (APN) do not allow mobile-to-mobile connections within their network. However, a mobile device on a non-AT&T network would be able to connect to an AT&T mobile device; for instance, connect with LoggerLink on a Verizon device to a datalogger with a RavenXTG. For more details, contact an application engineer at Campbell Scientific.
Can a RavenXTG be used in an application outside of the U.S.?
Yes. The RavenXTG uses the GPRS/GSM technology, which is commonly used throughout the world. However, be sure to check with the service providers to verify what network technology they use.
Why is the SC105 recommended for connecting a RavenXTV or RavenXTG to a datalogger with a PakBus operating system?
Using an SC105 with a RavenXTV or RavenXTG cellular modem allows for the two devices to communicate at differing baud rates. It also allows for other devices, such as an RF401 radio or CR1000KD handheld display, to simultaneously be connected to the datalogger’s CS I/O port.
Are there any unique cabling requirements to connect a CR800 or CR850 with a Raven XT-series modem?
A standard null modem cable can be used to connect a RavenXT-series modem to the datalogger RS-232 port. Alternatively, an SC12 cable and an SC105 interface can be used to connect the RavenXT-series modem to the datalogger CS I/O port.
What needs to be done to have a data table sent to an FTP server using a RavenXTV or a RavenXTG?
For the datalogger to transfer data via FTP, the modem has to be set up to use a PPP connection between it and the datalogger.
Is it possible to network two dataloggers to download data from both over a single cellular phone using a Raven XT-series modem?
It is not possible to connect two dataloggers to one modem and transmit data from both dataloggers. However, two dataloggers can be networked together so that data is sent from one datalogger to the other, and then the datalogger connected to the modem can transmit the data from both dataloggers.
How can the RavenXTG or RavenXTV be coded to only work for a couple hours when the data is to be sent to the server?
The simplest and most robust way of doing this is to program the datalogger to turn the modem on and off at the user-specified times. For more information, see the “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…” article.
Using the RavenXTG or RavenXTV as an Internet device, is it possible to have the datalogger email the data file to multiple email addresses daily?
Yes. This is done in the datalogger program.
If the RS-232 connection between a datalogger and a Raven XT-series modem works fine, but the CS I/O connection does not work, what might be the cause?
If the connection can no longer be made to a datalogger that is connected to a Raven XT-series modem via an RS-232 port, what might be the reason?
There are three main reasons that a datalogger might lose communication over a cellular modem:
Contact an application engineer at Campbell Scientific for assistance with troubleshooting.
What criteria should be used to select an antenna?
Antenna selection depends on multiple criteria:
To help with antenna selection and site placement, consider renting and using a demo kit to test the pathway quality. Campbell Scientific offers a 900 MHz demo kit for the RF401, RF430, CR206X, and AVW206, as well as a demo kit for the RF450. Contact an application engineer at Campbell Scientific for assistance.
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