Hub & Sensor FAQs:
(Kits: RV Wireless Sensor Kit and Vacation Home Monitoring Kit)
Q: How many sensors can be added per hub?
A: The hub can handle 64 wireless sensors connected to it.
Q: Is it easy to buy and add more sensors.
A: Yes! (YouTube video) Simply push the "Add Sensor" button the hub and press the "Join Network" button on the sensor. You will see the lights blink on both, then go solid when the new sensor joins. New sensor data will be available automatically on on the cloud under the hub.
Q: Do the sensors report in, even if there is no motion?
A: Yes. They send a health update about every hour, which includes temperature, light level, signal strength to hub (RSSI), and its own AAA battery voltage. So, you can view graphs of temperature over time in the cloud, if that interests you.
Side note for techy types: If you are into radios and really want to get in the details, you can view signal strength (RSSI) of your sensor links to the hub (sensitivity is approx -108dBm).
Q: Is Rocky Mountain Sensors going to build different types of sensors in the future?
A: Yes. We have a few different types of sensors on the road map. You will be able to add these to your hub once they are launched.
Q: What other ways can I use the sensors, besides looking for mice?
A: Here are some other ways the sensors have been used:
Put them the fridge and freezer to track the temperature, and to keep a count of how often the fridge is being opened during the day. This is why using velcro strips is nice, because you can move the sensors around based on what you are doing.
Place them storage cabinets to track movement. Note: the light level % is very telling if an external storage compartment has been opened during the day.
Set alerts for temperature to remind you to winterize.
- They can be used to detect human motion as well. The motion sensor will reach approximately 15 feet when mounted high to detect people.
Dual Battery Monitor FAQs (view product page)
Q: How do I know if my sensor will connect to the cell tower where I store my boat?
A: Answer: If a Verizon phone connects at the location, the RMS-BAT2100 should connect. If it doesn't, then return it within 30 days for a refund. We want you to be 100% happy with your purchase.
Q: Can I connect the sensor input to my bilge pump's float switch?
A: NO! Do not do this. Your bilge pump's float switch has voltage on it, and it will damage the RMS-BAT2100. Use a dedicated float switch that is not connected to anything else but the RMS-BAT2100.
Q: Where can I get float switches to monitor for water in the hull?
A: We sell a float switch, connected to custom extension cable as an option in the Boat Monitoring Kit.
Q: What other types of sensors can I use with the sensor input?
A: You can use any type of dry contact sensor (do not apply voltage). Any type of contact closure that simply connects the Sensor(+) to the Sensor(-) when the sensor is active. Some good examples of this are: window/door switches (use Normally Open), Thermal Switches, Switches & Push Buttons, Detect A/C Turn On with a Current Sensing Switch
(NOTE: For engineers and technicians: You can use relay closures connecting Sensor(+) to Sensor(-) for remote alerting, open collector and open drain applications as well, if you want to signal an event remotely for your application.)