Selecting "New" opens the Network Setup screen. It will also open when the software first starts. This is where you choose to set up an STS Gold Site or RRL Gold Network (see separate user Guide for RRL Networks).
After you create a new STS Site using STS Software at the Home Station, you will still have to initialize the STS System at the Remote Station after the modem/radio have been configured and all connnections have been made (See Section 5.6).
Figure 3-2 Network Setup Screen
Selecting an STS Site opens the STS Gold Information Screen.
Figure 3-3 STS Gold Information Screen
In this screen you will enter the Serial Number of the STS Gold Controller, the unique name you choose to identify the site (Project ID), the Location of the site, and it allows you to set a start date and time to begin data collection. You can also restart data logging at a specific time if you have stopped the system previously.
- Project ID, input your own identification system.
- Location, input specific site / location information.
This User Guide does not discuss Radio set up.
In the middle section of the screen, you will select IP Modem as your communication method, and either GSM or CDMA. You will also select the Port number you are using for IP communication. Port #49152 is the default setting, #49200 is recommended for PCs using Windows 7, and #49800 is recommended for PCs running Windows 8.
You will also program your Data Collection Schedule. A Sample Rate and Report Rate are selected.
- Sample Rate, is the rate the STS Gold Controller collects a real-time reading from the attached dataloggers. Sample Rate can be set from 10 seconds to 99 hours.
- Report Rate, is the rate at which stored data is sent from the STS Gold Controller to the Home Station computer. With each report to the Home Station, the Remote Station time and Home Station time are synchronized, and battery and signal strength at the Remote Station is sent along with the data collected from the dataloggers. It can be set from 1 minute to 1 week.
If you select a Sample Rate of less than 10 minutes and/or a Report Rate less than 30 minutes, your system will default to “Always On”. You can also choose to set your system in this mode. This mode ensures the STS Remote Station is continuously running and the modem and STS Controller are ready to collect and send data. With less frequent Sample and Report Rates, you do not need to check “Always On”. The Remote Station will be idle between data sampling and reporting to conserve battery power. More frequent Sample and Report Rates do not allow sufficient time for the modem to shut-down and “wake-up” between data collection and send events.
If you choose a Sample Rate less than 10 minutes and/or a Report Rate less than 30 minutes, “Always On” will be checked by default, as the entire System has to be active. “Always On” means you will be using Remote Station power continuously. Ensure you have sufficient power supply.
If you choose to set your System to "Always On" or it is defaulted to "Always On", a 12V battery will last less than 2 days, before recharging is required. See Section 6.1 for a discussion of optional power sources and external recharging accessories.
After all STS Gold Information is entered, select Next to open the Levelogger Setup window.