DENT INSTRUMENTS DATALINE NEWSLETTER | July 2012
Here's what's happening at DENT Instruments...
- ELITEPRO SP NEW FEATURE UPDATE: ETHERNET, BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, AND WI-FI ARE NOW AVAILABLE
- NEW PRODUCT ANNOUCEMENT: THE NEW 150A CLAMP-ON CT
- UPCOMING TRADE SHOWS & EVENTS
ELITEpro SP meter featuring option external 3 dbi antenna.
Configure the ELITEpro SP as its own wifi hotspot and view real-time data using a wifi-enabled smartphone, laptop, or tablet.
ELITEPRO SP NEW FEATURE UPDATE: ETHERNET, BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY, AND WI-FI ARE NOW AVAILABLE
DENT Instruments is pleased to announce the addition of three new communications options on the ELITEpro SP: Ethernet, Bluetooth® wireless technology, and WiFi. Beginning on July 9th,an Ethernet port will be standard on all new ELITEpro SP instruments at no additional charge. Bluetooth® wireless technology or Wi-Fi may be ordered as an option on new instruments. Here are the details on these communications options.
Standard USB and Ethernet Port
Beginning on July 9th, every new ELITEpro SP (including those with Bluetooth® wireless technology or Wi-Fi) will include a USB and Ethernet (RJ-45) port. Connect directly to the ELITEpro SP via the included A-to-B USB cable, or have the ELITEpro SP on your local area network for convenient remote data download. Supports 10/1000 MB Ethernet over Cat 5 or better and can be configured for DHCP or static IP. Schedule automatic data downloads from the logger using AutoPoll software (included with ELOG 12). Reconfigure the ELITEpro SP for a new project by downloading a new setup table over Ethernet. View technical details in the Ethernet Performance Update here. Also see the Usage Matrix below.
Optional Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Interface
Save time and meet safety requirements by communicating with an ELITEpro SP without removing the electrical panel door. In addition to the standard USB and Ethernet ports, ELITEpro SP instruments may be equipped with an optional Bluetooth® wireless technology interface, which will allow a PC with a Bluetooth® wireless technology adapter running ELOG to connect to the ELITEpro SP over short distances (up to 300 feet) to send setup tables or download data. Bluetooth® enabled PC must support Serial Port Profile (SPP). Includes USB and Ethernet Port. View technical details in the Bluetooth® Performance Update here. Also see the Usage Matrix below.
Optional Wi-Fi Interface
Need a meter on your local area network but do not have a network connection near by? The ELITEpro SP’s optional Wi-Fi interface allows the meter to be connected to a wi-fi network and accessed from any PC on the network using ELOG software. Or, configure the ELITEpro SP as its own wi-fi hotspot and view real-time data using a wi-fi enabled PC, tablet, or smart phone via a web browser from up to 300 ft away. Available as two separate models: with an internal antenna or with an external antenna.. Both models include USB and Ethernet Port. View technical details in the Wi-Fi Performance Update here. Also see the Usage Matrix below.
ELOG 12 with AutoPoll
Updated ELOG 12 software (included with each new ELITEpro SP) is required to use the Ethernet, Bluetooth® wireless technology, or Wi-Fi options on the ELITEpro SP. ELOG 12 includes a separate program, called AutoPoll, which allows for unattended and automatic data retrieval from a number of remote, networked loggers. AutoPoll works in conjunction with Logger List, which is a compilation of one or more local, networked, or remote loggers, call schedules, and other tasks. A firmware update is required on any existing ELITEpro SP to use ELOG 12 features. Legacy ELITEpro loggers are compatible with ELOG 12.
Upgrades to Existing ELITEpro SP Instruments
ELITEpro SP instruments that are currently in the field may be returned to DENT for a factory upgrade for any of the above communications options. All factory upgrades include current ELOG software and a new one-year warranty. Please contact the factory for an RMA prior to returning equipment to us. A firmware update is required on any existing ELITEpro SP to use ELOG 12 features.
ESP Ethernet Details (pdf)
ESP Bluetooth Details (pdf)
ESP WiFi Details (pdf)
ESP AccessPoint Details (pdf)
ELITEpro SP Communications Usage Matrix
|Feature||USB||Ethernet||Bluetooth||WiFi||WiFi Access Point/QuickView|
|8MB Download Time (approx.)||10 min||20 min||30 min||30 min||N/A|
|Range (approx)*||Length of USB cable||Length of network cable||10-100 ft*||75-300 ft*||75-300 ft*|
|Access with...||PC + ELOG||PC + ELOG||Bluetooth-enabled PC + ELOG||WiFi-enabled PC + ELOG||WiFi-enabled PC + ELOG or WiFi-enabled laptop, tablet, or smartphone with web browser|
|Internet?||No||Depends on network firewall||No||Depends on network firewall||No|
|Functionality||Full||Full||Full||Full||Partial via web browser|
*Estimated Typical Ranges:
Example Bluetooth® wireless technology internal antenna ranges:
1. Open Air, as specified in manual: <100 ft.
2. One brick/concrete wall: <10 ft.
3. Two sheetrock walls: <20 ft.
Example Wi-Fi internal antenna ranges:
1. Open Air, as specified in manual: <300 ft.
2. One brick/concrete wall: <75 ft.
3. Two sheetrock walls: <100 ft.
Example Wi-Fi external antenna ranges:
1. Open Air, as specified in manual: <300 ft.
2. One brick/concrete wall: <150 ft.
3. Two sheetrock walls: <150 ft.
View the Performance Graph on the datasheet here.
NEW PRODUCT ANNOUCEMENT: THE NEW 150A "EASY CLAMP" CT
Think you can't afford the convenience of a clamp-on CT for your project? Think again! DENT is introducing a new, smaller 150A clamp-on CT to its line up. The new 150A "Easy Clamp" has a broad range--from .5 to 300A--and is compact enough to fit into tight panels where space is an issue. The Easy Clamp will replace the standard 150A Clamp-On CT which we will continue to carry until we run out of stock.
The Easy Clamp is affordable for any metering or submetering project and will begin shipping mid-July.