General requirements

  1. Network type: All TetraScience hardware must connect to the Internet, which can happen over your Wi-Fi network or with an Ethernet connection.
  2. Bandwidth: TetraScience hardware uploads data every 5 seconds with the corresponding average data rate being around 10-20 Kbps, and your network must be able to support that.
  3. Device registration: Some networks require the registration of the MAC address of each hardware unit. If this applies to your organization, you will want to be sure that this only needs to happen once and that the MAC registration doesn’t expire.

Wi-Fi network requirements

  1. Unlimited length sessions: TetraScience hardware must be able to continuously access the Internet to provide reliable, 24/7 monitoring, so any networks in which a session will expire or which require human intervention are not viable. This includes some types of guest networks and networks with captive portals, splash pages, or auto-disconnects.
  2. Devices per access point: All wireless access points must be able to support the number of existing devices already connecting through that access point as well as all of the new TetraScience hardware. We have seen that access points can handle up to roughly 25-30 total devices. If the number of devices per access point exceeds this maximum, you may need to add additional wireless access points.
  3. Coverage: All TetraScience hardware must have sufficient Wi-Fi network coverage.
  4. Wireless standard: All hardware requires a standard 2.4GHz 802.11x Wi-Fi connection.
  5. Credentials: TetraScience can pre-provision all hardware to connect to your wireless network if you provide us your network SSID and password. You can also manually set this yourself during or after installation.

Alternatives

If your network does not meet the requirements in this document, please contact us and we can discuss alternative networking approaches.

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