How to connect eGauge meters to Wattics energy analytics
This post illustrates how to link your eGauge meters directly to Wattics Energy Analytics Dashboard in five quick steps.
Wattics now accepts data directly from eGauge meters with very little setup required. If you are willing to connect your eGauge meters to the Wattics Energy Analytics Dashboard you just need to follow the quick five step process described below. Once finished data collected by your eGauge device will be directly available on your Wattics dashboard with no need of additional hardware requirements.
STEP 1: Connect your eGauge meter to the Internet
NOTE: Your eGauge’s DEVICE-NAME is the device name printed on the front of your meter
If your eGauge meter is already connected to the Internet (LED blinking on and off) and can be accessed through http://DEVICE-NAME.d.egauge.net/, move directly to Step 2.
If your eGauge meter is not yet connected to the Internet, plug your eGauge meter to the local LAN using a cat5 cable. Your eGauge meter will automatically setup Internet access by obtaining its local IP address and associated network information through a service called Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). You should see the LED blinking on and off a few moments after the meter is plugged in to the LAN. Your eGauge meter is now online and can be accessed through http://DEVICE-NAME.d.egauge.net/, where DEVICE-NAME is the specific name of your meter. You can now move to Step 2.
See http://egauge.net/support/#documentation for advanced static IP address configuration and troubleshooting.
STEP 2: Set the correct time zone for your meter
Access the eGauge configuration interface via the meter’s local IP address or through http://DEVICE-NAME.d.egauge.net/, replacing DEVICE-NAME with the name of your meter. Click on ‘Settings’ in the top right menu.
Click on ‘Date & Time’ in the left menu and make the necessary changes to ensure that the Current Time shown is your local time.
STEP 3: Configure your meter registers to select what measurements you want to send to Wattics Dashboard
Click on ‘Installation’ in the left menu of the eGauge configuration interface to configure your data registers. eGauge devices can physically connect up to 12 x CTs to measure a portfolio of electrical parameters over four 3-phase circuits. As such, you need to configure the eGauge registers based on what the meter is specifically monitoring. If your registers are already configured, you will only need to update the registers’ name as per the Wattics naming convention. The Wattics naming convention must be followed for the register names in order to enable automated processing and visualisation within your Wattics dashboard. Each register must be given a name as follows:
where <X> is the meter number, <Y> the circuit number and <Parameter Name> the parameter of interest
For example, the register name ‘M1C2‐Active Power Line 3’ should be used for the register storing the Active Power measurements for the Line 3 of your eGauge meter’s circuit number two.
Note that the Register name will also need to be updated in the formula used for the Reactive power calculation.
Please note that the meter number will always be 1 unless the eGauge meter sends data on behalf of other meters (Remote Devices and Import registers). In that case the Remote Devices’ Import Registers names should start with M2, M3, and so forth.
You meter may only allow for 16-register configurations. In that case set up the 16 registers you are most interested in.
Only change the configuration if you know what you’re doing, refer to the eGauge configuration guide for full details.
If your registers must be configured from scratch, you can replicate the register configuration shown in the screenshot below, where electrical parameters of one 3-phase circuit monitored by the eGauge meter are recorded. Please note that not every set up will use the configuration in the example, and you may only select the registers and measurements you are interested in.
The formulas for the Reactive Power calculation is recalled below:
VAr($”M1C1-Active Power Line 1″,$”M1C1-Apparent Power Line 1*”)
VAr($”M1C1-Active Power Line 2″,$”M1C1-Apparent Power Line 2*”)
VAr($”M1C1-Active Power Line 3″,$”M1C1-Apparent Power Line 3*”)
If you want to send measurements for other circuits monitored by the meter (e.g. CTs 4 to 9), add registers with the same naming convention and update the register names to reflect the circuits monitored. A few examples are given below.
Enter your username and password to save your new settings, and wait for the eGauge to reboot.
If you want your eGauge meter to send measurements on behalf of other eGauge meters, you need to first add the remote meters through the Remote Devices.
You can then import registers from the Remote Devices as shown below for two registers, paying attention to using the correct Wattics naming convention. Note that the registers name starts with M2 to indicate this is a different meter. Other meters will start with M3, M4 and so forth.
STEP 4: Configure data upload to Wattics Dashboard
Click on ‘General Settings’ in the left menu and select ‘custom’ for the ‘Data Sharing’ parameter.
Set up your meter to automatically send data to Wattics cloud platform as follows:
- Enter the unique ‘URI’ received from Wattics via email. If you have received multiple URI you must use one URI per meter.
- Set Interval to 1 minute
Click on ‘Save’ to complete the configuration. Use your username and password if prompted. Your meter is now configured to upload new data readings to the Wattics platform every minute. Data will appear shortly within your Wattics dashboard, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if no data is shown within 24 hours.
STEP 5: Get started with Wattics!
Log in to your Wattics Dashboard at http://dash.wattics.com and get started! You can edit the name of your organisation, site, meters and circuits from the Attributes tab.