Hydro-Link Hydro-Met Datalogger Interface Tool
Menu-Based Interface
Offers point-and-click simplicity
weather applications water applications energy applications gas flux & turbulence applications infrastructure applications soil applications

Overview

Hydro-Link is a free, simple-to-use interface for system configuration and performing site service activities on your Campbell Scientific CR300 or CR310 datalogger. 

The Hydro-Link interface provides a straightforward way to configure the datalogger using simple and familiar menu selections. After the configuration options are complete, applying them to the datalogger automatically creates the CRBASIC program to run the defined application. Also, based on the menu selections, a custom dashboard for the application is generated to aid the user in site service activities. 

This tool has been developed to meet the needs of the water market, yet it is easily used in many other applications. The interface allows easy setup of the various components of the station, including the datalogger, sensors, and communication devices. In addition, Hydro-Link is used to set alarm conditions and specify the action to take when an alarm occurs.

To download Hydro-Link, refer to the Downloads section.

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Benefits and Features

  • Dashboard shows live readings from the sensors for real-time data
  • Easily change measurement offsets, etc., without changing the program
  • Automatic offset generation tools
  • Added tools for in-service rain gage testing and verification
  • Flexible data presentation tools—from data tables to graphs
  • Simple and familiar data download options
  • Direct connect using the USB port to a CR300-series datalogger
  • Direct connect using the Ethernet port on the CR310 datalogger
  • Connect remotely to a CR310 datalogger that is connected to the Ethernet
  • Wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi-enabled CR300-series datalogger

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Hydro-Link Dashboard on a PC
Hydro-Link Dashboard on a PC
Hydro-Link Dashboard on a PC
Hydro-Link Configuration on a PC
Hydro-Link Dashboard on a smartphone
Hydro-Link Configuration on a smartphones

Detailed Description

Connectivity

Hydro-Link is easily used with a PC directly connected to a datalogger. The Hydro-Link interface can also connect wirelessly with dataloggers equipped with the Wi-Fi option. When using Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphones and tablets can also be used to run the interface. Dataloggers with IP connectivity (such as the CR310) can also host the interface directly.

Sensor Options

The sensor library has been reduced when compared to other related products to limit the chance of selecting the wrong sensor. Yet, with the generic sensor options, virtually all sensor types can be used with Hydro-Link. This includes analog sensors, digital sensors, and smart SDI-12 sensors.

Communications

Currently the interface supports GOES scheduled transmissions and cell modem operations for sending email notifications. Other communication options will be available in later releases.

Downloads

To download Hydro-Link, refer to the Downloads section.

Specifications

Current Version 1.1
Operating System Windows 10, 8, and 7 (Only 64-bit operating systems are supported.)

Compatibility

Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Dataloggers

Product Compatible Note
CR300
CR310

Downloads

Hydro-Link (Windows Install) v.1.1 (64.8 MB) 05-04-2018

Hydro-Link is a browser-based user interface that can be run from a PC or directly from the datalogger.  Currently this is only used on the CR300-series dataloggers.  Normally, when Hydro-Link is loaded onto and run directly from a CR300-series datalogger, the datalogger would have the Wi-Fi option or a CR310 with Ethernet.  When running Hydro-Link from the datalogger, smartphones and tablets can also be used to display the interface.      

Hydro-Link (Zip File) v.1.1 (62.7 MB) 05-04-2018

Hydro-Link is a browser-based user interface that can be run from a PC or directly from the datalogger. Currently this is only used on the CR300-series dataloggers.  Normally, when Hydro-Link is loaded onto and run directly from a CR300-series datalogger, the datalogger would have the Wi-Fi option or a CR310 with Ethernet.  When running Hydro-Link from the datalogger, smartphones and tablets can also be used to display the interface. 

Follow the Hydro-Link Installation Guide to install from the zip file.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to Hydro-Link: 6

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  1. Yes. If the sensor is compatible with the hardware, it can be used with this interface by using one of the generic sensor input options.    

  2. Short Cut has been in use for several years and has been a helpful tool for program generation. As such, it has been updated over the years to provide functionality that is not yet in Hydro-Link. However, Hydro-Link has its own advantages, such as the following:

    • A program generated by Hydro-Link can be edited any time and does not require the same PC or other device that created the original application. 
    • Hydro-Link can reside on the datalogger so that smartphones and tablets can be used for the interface. 
  3. Yes, this interface was originally developed for the water market but was not developed to only handle that market's applications. For example, customers have used it for MET applications. 

  4. Yes, but only as needed. At this point, the generic sensor options should cover all the needs, and they are very easy to use. This list was intentionally kept small to reduce complexity and still provide full functionality. However, there are some sensors that may require some special handling, so a new entry may be added for that sensor if there is a demand. Non-compliant SDI-12 sensors are an example that may be added to the list.

  5. Hydro-Link is an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) for generating programs for the CR300 and CR310 dataloggers. The program is built based on the user's application and also dynamically generates tools for the application that are added to the dashboard and normally used on site service visits. 

  6. The CR300 must have the Wi-Fi option built in. The first time the interface is used with the CR300, it must be done using the PC.  When using the PC to “Apply to Station” a configuration, it also loads this interface onto the CR300. Then the CR300 with the Wi-Fi option will host the interface web pages to any device that also has Wi-Fi capability. On the smartphone settings for the Wi-Fi, connect to the CR300. Once connected, open the browser and enter the IP address, normally 192.168.67.1.

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