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CR216 Datalogger with 2.4 GHz Spread-Spectrum Radio

Overview

The CR216 datalogger combines an on-board 2.4 GHz spread-spectrum radio with the functionality of the CR200 Datalogger. The CR216 provides both measurement and communication capability in a small, rugged package.

The CR216's input channel configuration and small size is optimal for measuring one or two sensors. When paired with an ENC200 enclosure and the small 16869 battery, the packaged CR216 has a deployment size of only 6 inches by 7 inches. If an alternate spread-spectrum radio is required, see our CR206 and CR211 dataloggers.

Benefits and Features

  • Ideal where only a few sensors will be measured
  • Replaces the CR215 Datalogger

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Specifications

-NOTE- Note: Additional specifications are listed in the CR200-Series Specifications Sheet.
Internal Radio Operating Frequency Range 2.450 to 2.482 GHz
Program Storage 6 KB program storage (non-volatile)
Data Format Table based
Datalogger Operating System (OS) PakBus
Software Support Short Cut, PC400, or LoggerNet

Compatibility

Campbell Scientific’s SDM devices and multiplexers are not supported.

Sensors
The CR216 cannot make differential measurements and is not compatible with thermocouples, our geographic position sensor, fuel moisture/temperature probe, and soil heat flux sensors. However, it can measure a variety of sensors including SDI-12 sensors and 4 to 20 mA sensors. Our CS625 Reflectometer, 109 Thermistor, and CS15 Electric Current Sensor were specifically developed for our CR200-series dataloggers. Other compatible sensors include wind sets, tipping buckets, and barometers. For a complete list of compatible sensors, see the CR200-series brochure.

Communications
The CR216 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 or a PDA (PConnect or PConnectCE software required). 

The CR216's internal spread spectrum radio can transmit data to other CR216 loggers or RF416 spread spectrum radios. Certain CR216 settings must match the RF416 settings for communications between the datalogger and radio to be successful. The factory default settings of these devices do not match; therefore, they must be reconfigured before communications can take place. Refer to the following application note for more information.

Quick Reference Guide for Setting Up RF401-to-CR206 Communications

If the CR216 is in the transparent mode, it can communicate with the retired CR215 loggers or RF415 radios.

Enclosures
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 CR216-based systems.

Power Supplies
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.

Compatible software

  • 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 2.0 or higher)

Before March 2005, a CD was shipped with PakCom PC software and PakBus ActiveX (OCX). Effective, 3 March 2005, our DevConfig, PC200W, and Short Cut packages began to include support for the CR200-series dataloggers. These programs are available for download from our website or are on our ResourceCD.

Videos & Tutorials

Downloads

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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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CR216: 1

  1. 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.

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