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Monitor Installation - Before You Start

This material is intended to be used by qualified technical staff to install Packet Power Wireless DC Power Monitoring solutions.

Please read the safety and regulatory information on this site before installation.

Before You Start

Some initial information needs to be gathered and decisions need to be made before beginning installation, ideally before ordering: 

  1. Determine where the monitors will be mounted. 

  2. Use the configuration checklist (available from your sales representative) to determine components needed for the planned installation. Items to consider:

    1. Lengths of voltage source leads and, if needed, voltage source jumpers between monitor units

    2. Lengths of CT leads if external CTs are being used

    3. Correct CT sizing for the conductors they will be used on

    4. Shunt ratings if shunt adapters are being used

  3. The use of appropriate breakers or fuses for over-current protection is recommended. If you wish Packet Power to provide it, be sure to order the inline fusing option for each Voltage Lead that requires it. Units using Voltage Jumpers do not need additional fusing if they are in series with a monitor that has a fused Voltage Lead.

  4. Determine the number of Ethernet gateways required. This will depend on the number of monitors (no more than 100-150 per gateway) and the physical layout of the facility (each monitor needs to be within 10-30 meters of at least one gateway). Gateways need access to an Ethernet connection and a power source. See the Quick Start guide for additional requirements.

  5. Decide what radio zone to use (see Communications section below). DC units always use the UN region and generally will use the UN.1 radio zone. 

  6. CRITICAL: Make sure you know the color coding and polarity conventions used in your facility. Packet Power devices use red (+) / black negative (-)Installing with the polarity wrong may cause the device to fail or readings to be backward.

Once you have received shipment of your order, verify that all necessary parts are on hand for each unit. Verify you have the fasteners to mount the devices in their intended locations.

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