This product is no longer available and has been replaced by: CR216X. Some accessories, replacement parts, or services may still be available.
CR215 Datalogger with 2.4 GHz Spread Spectrum Radio


The CR215 was a small, low-cost datalogger with an internal 2.4 GHz spread spectrum radio. It was replaced by the CR216, has improved communication capability. The CR215 can be used within a CR216(X) network, but the CR216(X) needs to be in the transparent mode. Contact one of our application engineers for details.

Benefits and Features

  • On-board 12 Vdc lead acid battery charger



A/D Converter 12 bit
Maximum Scan Rate Once per second
Single-Ended Analog Channels 5, individually configured
Analog Voltage Range 0 to +2500 mV
Measurement Resolution 0.6 mV
Excitation Channels 2 (programmable for either +2.5 or +5 volts)
Switched Battery Port 1
Pulse Count Channels 2
Control Ports 2
Battery Voltage Range 7 to 16 Vdc
Communications RS-232



The CR215's internal spread spectrum radio can transmit data to other CR215 loggers or RF415 radios. It can also communicate with CR216(X) loggers, RF416 radios, or RF432 radios if they are set to the transparent mode. Certain CR215 settings must match the radio's settings for communications between the datalogger and radio to be successful. The factory default settings of these devices might not match; therefore, they may need to be reconfigured before communications can take place. 

The CR215 can communicate with a PC via direct connect, NL100 Ethernet interface, MD485 multidrop modem, and digital cellular modems. Data can be viewed on the CD295 DataView II display, Archer-PCon Field PC, or a user-supplied PDA (PConnect or PConnectCE software required).

Measurement & Control Peripherals

The CR215 is not compatible with SDM devices and multiplexers.


The CR215 can measure a variety of sensors including SDI-12 sensors and 4 to 20 mA sensors. It cannot make differential measurements and is not compatible with the freezing-rain/ice, fuel moisture/temperature, geographic position, present weather, soil heat flux, soil matric water potential, and strain sensors listed on our price lists.

The sensors in which the CR215 can measure are shown below:


TE525 TE525WS TE525MM TB4 TB4MM CS700 CS700H 52202 SR50A

Relative Humidity

CS215 HMP60 HMP155 HMP45C

Soil Volumetric Water Content

EasyAG EnviroSCAN CS616 CS625 CS650


CS300 LI200X LI190SB LP02 CMP3 CMP6 CMP11 CMP21 Radiometers


107 108 109 109SS 110PV 43347 Thermocouples

Water Level

CS410 CS431 CS450 CS455 CS460 CS470-series CS475-series

Water Quality



014A 27106T 03002 034B 05103 05103-45 05106 05305 WINDSONIC4 WINDSONIC1 CSAT3

Other Sensors

  • CS15 Current Transformer
  • CS100 and CS106 barometric pressure sensors
  • 255-100 Evaporation Gauge
  • 237 and LWS leaf wetness sensors
  • WXT520 Weather Transmitter


Applications with minimal power requirements can use the ENC200 enclosure to house the datalogger and the #16869 sealed rechargeable battery. The ENC200 cannot house a barometer or a battery that is larger than the #16869. However, an ENC10/12 or ENC12/14 enclosure is adequate for most CR215-based systems.

Power Supplies

The CR215 uses an external power supply and has a built-in regulator. When connected to the on-board charging circuit, the sealed rechargeable battery should be 7 Ahr or smaller. Using larger batteries with the datalogger's built-in charger may result in excessive PC board heating. This is especially a concern when the battery is deeply discharged or failing with a shorted cell. Campbell Scientific also recommends that solar panels be 10 W or less and wall chargers be 1 A or smaller.


The CR215 is compatible with the following software packages:

  • Short Cut
  • PC200W
  • PC400 (version 1.0 or higher)
  • LoggerNet (version 2.1 or higher)
  • PConnect (version 3.0 or higher)
  • PConnectCE (version 2.0 or higher)
  • VisualWeather (version 2 or higher)

Videos & Tutorials


Device Configuration Utility v.2.17 (46.4 MB) 02-13-2018

A software utility used to download operating systems and set up Campbell Scientific hardware. Also will update PakBus Graph and the Network Planner if they have been installed previously by another Campbell Scientific software package.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (Both 32 and 64 bit)

View Update History

CR200 MODBUS OS v.10 (1.97 MB) 09-08-2010

Special operating system that supports ModBus communication and SDI-12 sensors .  Also included is the Compiler and CRBasic Editor support files for the CR2xx dataloggers.

Use of this file will update the datalogger compiler and CRBasic Editor support files.

Note: Not to be used with the CR200X series.

Includes: MODBUS Instructions, SDI12Sensor, WindVector
Excludes: GOES Instructions, SerialInput, ETO, SendData, & LoggerIdentify

CR200 Serial Input OS v.10 (1.97 MB) 09-08-2010

Special operating system that supports serial sensors, SDI-12 sensors, and sending data to another PakBus device.  Also included is the Compiler and CRBasic Editor support files for the CR2xx dataloggers.

Use of this file will update the datalogger compiler and CRBasic Editor support files.

Includes: SerialInput, SendData, SDI12Sensor, WindVector
Excludes: GOES Instructions, ETo, MODBUS Instructions, LoggerIdentify

Short Cut v.4.0 (24.5 MB) 08-18-2017

Short Cut creates simple programs for our CR200-series, CR300-series, CR510, CR500, CR10(X), 21X, CR23X, CR6, CR800, CR1000(X), CR3000, CR5000 and CR9000X dataloggers. Both mixed array and table data operating systems are supported. Short Cut also supports our ET106, ET107 and MetData1 weather stations. The newest version includes the latest sensor files.

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CR200 Default OS v.10 (1.97 MB) 09-08-2010

Default operating system loaded into the datalogger at the factory.  Also included is the Compiler and CRBasic Editor support files for the CR2xx dataloggers.

Use of this file will update the datalogger compiler and CRBasic Editor support files.

Includes: ETo, WindVector, LoggerIdentify
Excludes: GOES Instructions, SDI12Sensor, SerialInput, MODBUS Instructions, SendData

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CR215: 2

  1. The CR200X-series and the retired CR200-series dataloggers are NOT compatible with SDMs or multiplexers. If more channels are needed or may be needed in the future, consider purchasing a CR800, CR850, or CR1000 instead.

  2. A practical maximum is to connect one multiplexer per every two control terminals on the datalogger. Control terminals can be shared between multiplexers to increase the number of connected multiplexers. Sharing terminals, however, requires more complex wiring and programming. Users who would like to connect more than one multiplexer per every two control terminals are advised to contact a sales or support engineer at Campbell Scientific for assistance.