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Installing Packet Power Environmental Monitors [VIDEO]

Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 by Packet Power Team

Monitoring the environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and differential air pressure) anywhere is a breeze with Packet Power devices. They install easily, begin transmitting data wirelessly immediately without extra setup.

This video shows Packet Power's environmental monitors going from installation to online in minutes.

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Note that monitors must be installed within 30 meters of either a Gateway or other AC-powered Packet Power device. To ensure the monitors transmit properly, they should not be installed in fully-encased metal enclosures. 

Once the monitor is installed, be sure to record the 16-digit device ID and note the installation location so you can reference it for data tracking. A small green LED light will blink every 1 to 4 minutes to show the monitor is successfully transmitting data.

Advantages of Wireless Environmental Monitors

  • Lower costs:  Save time and money during installation and ongoing maintenance.

  • Flexible:  Monitor only where you need. The compact devices can be mounted in a variety of ways for any facility.

  • Scalable:  Easily add monitors as your needs grow. The devices automatically join the wireless mesh network. No wires or network configuration is needed.

  • Open:  Send monitoring data to any Building Management System (BMS) or Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) system using standard protocols like EtherNet/IP, Modbus, MTConnect or SNMP. Data is also available via the EMX Energy Portal.

Case Study: Faster Install Time, Improved Reliability

In this case study, a global colocation services provider installed Packet Power environmental monitors in 1/10th of the time and their reporting reliability improved by 20% in comparison to their old environmental monitoring system. 

What You Can Measure

Packet Power offers a range of wireless environmental monitors supporting 1 to 12 temperature point per device. A variety of temperature probes and pre-bundled probe kits are available for easy installation.

Understanding humidity levels is just as important as tracking temperature. Every Packet Power environmental monitor has an internal humidity sensor. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends for data centers and server rooms to have a:

  • Lower dew point limit of 5.5°C  (41.9°F)
  • Upper dew point limit of 15°C  (59°F)
  • Maximum relative humidity level of 60%

Optional features include leak detection and tracking differential pressure. Gathering data on differential pressure zones and airflow allows you to:

  • Identify wasted or misdirected air pressure / flow
  • Make the changes to optimize flow
  • Focus cooling resources and air flow on areas where it is most needed
  • Easily verify the effects of cooling and air handling efficiency efforts
  • Be alerted to any changes that may occur in pressure indicating potential leaks or changes in air handling performance
  • Correlate air pressure / flow changes with temperature changes

Contact Us With Questions

If you have questions about installing a Packet Power monitor you can email , call  (877) 560-8770 Ext. 2 or visit our support page.

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