The Converge mesh network is easy to install, but requires a little bit of thought about where to place your hardware to ensure the best performance.
Your hub relies upon having access to 110V or 230V mains power and mobile phone signal to transmit data back to the cloud.
We recommend your hub is located somewhere with a clear view of the sky, that has good mobile reception. We have found on the tower crane can be a good location, but not too high, mobile phone reception gets worse above the 40th floor.
You'll need to locate your nodes close to where where you wish to take measurements. The sensor cables are 3m long and 10m extensions are available for extra flexibility.
For guidance on where to place your sensor. Please see: https://help.converge.io/hc/en-us/articles/360027379792--Where-should-I-place-my-sensors-in-the-concrete-for-best-results-
We recommend placing nodes up out of the way, off the floor, to avoid damage during the pour.
A node will actively communicate directly with a hub, but only up to a distance of 30m with direct line of site. Longer than this and we recommend installing repeaters in between nodes and the hub to ensure the signal strength strong enough.
Install repeaters to boost the signal of nodes, each repeater should have line of sight back to the node(s) it is getting data from.
Where multiple repeaters are needed, each one needs to be within 30m of the previous one. Because repeaters are always on, their battery life is around 6-8wks so keep an eye on their battery level and swap them out where necessary.
Heavy machinery like generators or large electric motors can generate a lot of radio noise that can impair the range of Converge hardware.
Walls and safety screens both block signal, so where possible, try to ensure they are not directly between the node and the nearest repeater or hub.
If you make a change to your network layout, it can take a little while before the new hardware connects and the network stabilises. But if it's not back online within an hour, get in touch.