Thousands of satisfied customers already trust the HT1 Humidity / Temperature Smart Sensor to monitor the environmental conditions for the things they care about most.
Now the SensorPush G1 WiFi Gateway enables you to monitor your SensorPush sensors remotely from anywhere via the Internet!
With our included cloud service (no monthly fee), you'll have the full SensorPush experience, accuracy and ease of use, no matter where you are! Receive current conditions, alerts and even the full data history just as if you were monitoring locally.
It's perfect for keeping an eye on conditions at home or at a vacation property while you're away. Make sure your greenhouse, cigars or wine collection is safe while you're at work. Whatever the situation, when you need to monitor environmental conditions from afar, the SensorPush G1 WiFi Gateway has you covered.
The simple setup process connects your G1 WiFi Gateway to the internet, via WiFi or Ethernet and links it to your SensorPush cloud account. This account is included with the purchase of a G1 WiFi gateway and is easily created during setup. Once online, the gateway receives data via Bluetooth from any in-range SensorPush sensors and relays that information to our web-based service (a.k.a. "the cloud").
The SensorPush app can then retrieve the data from the internet, so you can access it from anywhere. As before, the system has been designed to be as flexible as possible. Multiple gateways on one account? No problem. Multiple phones monitoring one account? Of course. Just log each device in with the same email address and password and your data is instantly synchronized across devices for easy access by family members, employees, house sitters or anyone you wish.
When a sensor is renamed or alert settings are changed, the updates are reflected on all connected devices within moments. When you add new sensors, just pair them with one device. The gateway and all other devices will automatically import them and begin monitoring right away.
Additionally, if all of your sensors are within range of a G1 WiFi gateway, you can now disable Bluetooth within the SensorPush app, or even on your phone (once setup is complete) for improved battery life.
Lastly, we designed the gateway to work seamlessly with the existing sensors, so those of you who have already purchased our sensors are all set.Troubleshooting tips
Below are the basic specs for the gateway:
|Width||5.6 in / 141 mm|
|Height||0.8 in / 20 mm|
|Depth||4.2 in / 107 mm|
|Weight||5.3 oz / 149 g|
|Power||DC 5V / 2A|
Gateway set up is very straightforward. There are a few pointers to help you get started. You can find them on the gateway set up page.
As for performance, there are a several things to note.
First, there’s a lot of flexibility with monitoring. For example, there's no set limit to the number of sensors you can monitor with a single gateway.
Similarly, there’s no set limit to the number of mobile devices that can simultaneously log into a single account. If several people want to get the same alerts about the same sensor on their individual smartphones, they can.
Second, the gateway reads the Bluetooth signals from the sensors through its external antenna. The antenna helps improve the signal fidelity, so this range is slightly better than what you would get from a smartphone or tablet communicating directly with a sensor. As you might guess, the gateway also uses the external antenna to communicate with your WiFi router.
One of the biggest gains in terms of range that you get from using a gateway has to do with the fact that it’s not a mobile device. A gateway doesn’t have to go where you go. The gateway stays with the sensors when you leave and it stays in a location that’s best for communicating with your sensors. In quite a few cases, the best location for a gateway to communicate with your sensors might be some place you don’t visit often even if you are frequently nearby, like in your basement, attic, barn, or storage area. You might want to experiment a bit to find a place that has the best coverage of your sensors and still maintains a stable WiFi connection.
This brings up our final note about performance. We decided to add an Ethernet jack to the gateway. Some of our customers use their sensors in structures with network access, but without WiFi, or they would rather run direct-burial CAT 5 to an out building like a greenhouse. Whatever the case, this jack allows you to just plug into a network directly.
Whether using WiFi or Ethernet, your network needs to be able to configure clients automatically via DHCP. Static IP addresses and other custom settings are not available at this time, although we may add such capability in the future, if there is a need. With WiFi, you’ll be able to use WPA/WPA2, WEP, or open networks. Web-based WiFi authentication (like you often see in a hotel, for instance) is not supported at this time. If you don’t know what any of this means - don’t worry, you’re probably fine!
Also, broadcast/reception range is an important consideration whether you use a G1 WiFi Gateway or not with your sensors. We have an article about range that details some specifics on the topic as it relates to SensorPush products.
We will have an API coming at some point over the next several months, and also probably some sensor accessories. “API” is short for “Application Program Interface.” It’s a set of tools that allows programmers to develop special purpose applications on top of the sensor data. For example, someone might have some sensors inside a greenhouse, and they want to trigger a heater to turn on when the temperature drops below a certain level. They could code their own special application that communicates with the SensorPush cloud service to check the temperature of their greenhouse. Their application would then be able to trigger some custom hardware they’ve created to switch on a heater.
As part of this, we’ll also be looking at and implementing various integrations with third-party APIs. IFTTT and Alexa are two common requests, so we’ll be investigating those early in the process. If there are other services you’re interested in using with SensorPush, please let us know. Knowing your needs is very helpful in steering our product development.
As we’ve mentioned to some customers who’ve asked for enhancements to alerts, we are just about to finish some upgrades that will allow users to set longer and louder alert sounds. Plus, there are some other useful odds and ends -- like we’re adding a low-battery warning and signal strength indicators.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there are any issues. We’ve worked hard to prepare this product for release, but there’s nothing quite like turning it loose. So, if there are any issues, we’re ready to address them quickly. We’re also happy to help with set up or best practices. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.