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OpticsRE and setup

Postby TRooney on Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:18 pm

Be gentle if I missed this answer earlier but, I have an off grid site with new Outback FP2 VFXR3524A FM80 Flexpower Two system. No internet service. I have cell service and an Ipad with unlimited data. How can I use Optics RE while Im at the site, through my IPad or with a laptop? Can I use a Cellular modem to connect wirelesly to IPad data or use the IPad as a hot spot? Thanks for any help.
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby David LeBow on Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:35 pm

OpticsRE requires your controller (Mate3, Mate3S or AXS Port) to communicate with OpticsRE in the cloud. I'm afraid to say that there's no "local" OpticsRE option.
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby Zip92 on Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:24 pm

If you have cell service, then you can get a mobile modem as you mentioned. Just hardwire your Mate to the cellular modem and way you go.
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby TRooney on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:38 pm

So David Lebow and zip92, contradict each other. I do have cell service and can get on internet with my IPad. Sooooo? Can one or both of you comment further?
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby Zip92 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:50 am

Hey TRooney. We in fact were not contradicting each other; or did not intend to anyhow. Lebow is correct in stating that the Mate needs to communicate with the cloud. To do this, it needs to be connected to the internet.

I was suggesting that you could set up internet there by means of a mobile modem. My carrier here in Canada has the ZTE 4G LTE Router. https://www.zteusa.com/zte-4glte-router-voice

It's a modem/router/wifi-hotspot all in one that runs off of the cellular. And has x1 ports to hardwire some devices such as the Mate, or connect it to a switch or another router to expand if needed.
I also have some WiFi cameras that connect through this and allows me to see my equipment, weather, snowfall, etc...

Simply plug your Mate into that, and its connected to the internet.

Make sense? Another option is to get Satellite Internet setup there; which is what I have now because my cellular signals are weak.

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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby sodamo on Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:50 am

I agree.
My internet connection is AT&T cellular into a MOFI 4500 modem/router and it feeds my eeros wifi network. my Mate 3 connects via ethernet cable to a eeros module located in tractor utility shed.
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby TRooney on Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:46 pm

Zip92, This seems pretty simple. So I still a little confused. Should I check with my Internet Service Provider for the best modem, or do I check with my cell service provider (Verizon) as to their suggestion? Thanks, Tim
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby Zip92 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:19 pm

Hi Tim,
Yes see what Verizon has available for you. I just checked their website quickly, and their "Jetpack MiFi" devices are close... but they dont have the LAN port that you need. Make sure you tell them you need LAN ports. They must have something. Let us know if you're successful.

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I see Verizon used to offer this unit. Speak to them and see if you can purchase it from Amazon, and then get a SIM card and data plan for it. Everything is going wireless on us it seems... Or ideally they have something current to replace it with.
https://www.amazon.com/Novatel-Verizon- ... B00JL57PMG
https://www.verizonwireless.com/home-of ... ith-voice/
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby TRooney on Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:38 pm

Zip92, I was just looking at the JetPak Mifi. I could possible connect a wireless modem with Lan Ports to the JetPak possibly.
I also found this and think it may be compatible with Verizon. https://www.sierrawireless.com/products ... ays/ls300/
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Re: OpticsRE and setup

Postby Zip92 on Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:49 pm

Great! Although, from the quick glance at the JetPack MiFi, I dont see that is has any ethernet/LAN ports. Maybe they have different models. Good luck!
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CC1: MX-60
CC2: Conext MPPT 80
SOLAR1: 6x 123w (Sharp ND-L3EJEA)
SOLAR2: 12x 250w
BATT: RollsSurrette 24v (2v x 12) S2-1275AGM
GEN: Cummins 10kw Deisel w/ Atkinson GSCM Mini D


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