Placing and installing an Ethernet gateway - Amazon Monitron

Placing and installing an Ethernet gateway

Unlike sensors, an Ethernet gateway doesn't need to be attached to the machines that are being monitored. However, it does need an available Ethernet network through which Amazon Monitron can connect to the AWS Cloud.

Where to place a gateway

You can install a gateway almost anywhere within your work area, depending on its layout. Typically, gateways are mounted on walls, but you can mount them on ceilings, pillars, or in almost any other location. A gateway must be within 20 to 30 meters of the sensors it will support, and an Ethernet gateway must be close enough to an Ethernet cord to plug in. Note that an Ethernet gateway draws power from the Ethernet cord.

Consider these other factors when mounting a gateway:

  • Mounting the gateway higher than sensors (2 meters or above) can improve coverage.

  • Keeping an open line of sight between the gateway and sensors improves coverage.

  • Avoid mounting the gateway on building structures, such as exposed steel beams. They can cause interference with the signal.

  • Try to work around any equipment that might produce electronic interference with the signal.

  • If possible, install more than one gateway within transmission distance of your sensors. If a gateway becomes unavailable, the sensors will switch their data transmission to another gateway. Having multiple gateways helps to eliminate data loss. There is no minimum required distance between two gateways.

Installing an Ethernet gateway

Almost everything you need to install your gateway in your work area is contained in the box that contains the gateway:

  • The gateway

  • A wall mounting bracket

  • Double-sided tape

  • Four mounting screws

To install a gateway, position the wall mounting bracket on the wall or on another location, then mount the gateway on the bracket, Ethernet cable on the downwards side.

There are three ways to mount the mounting bracket: screw mounting, tape mounting, and plastic-tie mounting. The method you use depends on whether you're mounting the gateway on a wall or another location, and on the surface material.

To mount the bracket, choose one of the following.

Screw mounting

Typically, you mount the bracket directly to the wall using the mounting screws included in the gateway box. Mount the bracket from the front. You might need to use an expansion plug or toggle bolt (not included) to secure the screw in the wall.

Tape mounting

A shaped piece of double-sided tape is included in the gateway box. Use it when you can't place a screw into the mounting surface. You can also use it in combination with the other methods of mounting for a more secure installation.

Remove the backing on one side of the tape and apply the tape to the back of the wall mounting bracket between the four raised sections.

Remove the remaining backing and apply the bracket to the mounting location. Press hard on the bracket to make sure that the tape firmly adheres to the surface.

Plastic-tie mounting

To mount a gateway to a smaller non-wall location, such as a pillar or fence, use cable ties (also known as zip ties) to fasten the wall mounting bracket. Put the ties through the holes in the four raised sections on the back of the bracket, wrap them around the mounting location, then pull tight.

After the bracket is mounted, attach the gateway to the bracket.

Turning on the gateway

  1. With the wall mounting bracket in place, place the gateway against the bracket, with the two plastic hooks on the back of the gateway inserted in the slots at the bottom of the bracket.

  2. Press the top of the gateway against the bracket so that the plastic hooks on the back of the gateway latch into the top of the bracket.

Note

Install the gateway with the Ethernet cable going downwards.

If you have problem with connecting to your gateway, see Troubleshooting Ethernet gateway detection