What is a mesh network?
There are three elements that define your mesh network:
- Channel ID: specific radio wavelength within the 2.4GHz frequency band
- PAN ID: personal area network, a digital signature associating devices with the mesh
- Key ID: encryption key that confirms communication is secure, originating from Amatis and preventing interference from other Amatis devices sending signals across the network.
Keep in mind:
1. You’ve completed the physical installation of your system at your site, which means that you’ve installed your various fixtures, advanced load controllers or smart drivers and sensors. You’ve confirmed your network has power and the lights should be on.
2. Your Amatis Border Router is plugged in, accessible through your buildings’ Internet firewalls and recognized in the Amatis app and dashboard.
Configure a mesh network
1. Log into your site's Amatis app
2. Confirm your site's connected devices are showing up in the "Devices" tab
- With your Amatis device list handy, review the list of connected devices including Advanced Load Controllers, Smart Drivers, and Sensor 1s. This ensures that devices are discoverable.
3. Confirm your AMBR is on the latest firmware
- In the Config tab, this is noted as "Version" in the PAN column.
- If you are not sure, follow these steps
4. Define the wireless communication profile for your mesh network
- Select the profiles tab
- Select the plus icon
- The "Create New Profile" form will appear. The fields are auto-populated, and you can change the name field if you’d like.
- Note: If you are using Amatis battery switches at your site, then the Channel and Pan fields need to match the channel and PAN (PID) provided with your switch device. Confirm this by noting the sticker on your switch device. In this example, the device sticker notes "Ch. 19" and "PID:11". If the channel and PAN (PID) on your switch sticker differ from the auto-populated Channel and PAN fields in the AMBR app, then update the AMBR app fields to match those on your switch sticker.
- Do not make changes to other fields. Select "Save".
5. Move devices to the created profile
- Navigate to the Devices tab and select all devices that you'd like on your network with the checkbox feature.
- Select "Move devices" and find your profile in the dropdown menu. Select "Apply Profile". A prompt will appear to confirm you should move the devices. Confirm Chanpan received = "successful".
6. Confirm successful configuration by pinging your devices.
You can ping a device in the Devices tab by selecting the ping icon to confirm the AMBR can communicate with a specific device. If you are not able to communicate with your devices, they will be indicated as "stale" in red text and you should attempt a troubleshoot.