How It Works
Short Story (Example)
Betty Beekeeper has just purchased a Bee Certain Monitoring System. Betty has placed Hive Monitors in three of her hives 100 feet from her garage and hung the Environmental Monitor on the fence near her hives.There is power in the garage, so Betty puts the System Recorder on a shelf in her garage and plugs the power adapter into the electrical outlet. The Quick Start Guide that came with the Monitoring System tells Betty that her system is named Bees045, which is also the name of the System Monitor's WiFi Access Point.
The Guide also points out in a most helpful manner that the access code (password) is Bees$045 and the name (URL) of the System Monitor's web page is http://bees045.local/. A pattern is emerging. A few days after installing the System Recorder, Betty takes her laptop into the garage and finds the access point bees045 and connects her laptop to that Access Point. There are detailed instructions in the Guide, but that's really all there is to it. Betty types http://bees045.local/ into her laptop's web browser and the rest is history. Betty also notes that the laptop can "see" the bees045 Access Point from her living room. No more trips to the garage to see what's going on in her hives.
A Basic System
Let's start with the basics: One Hive Monitor, one Environmental Monitor and one System Monitor. The Hive and Environmental Monitors have batteries that will last for years. The System Monitor requires power.
The monitor is attached to a fence post or some other structure near the hive. As with the Hive Monitor, there are no wires to run, one battery to install and no no/off switch. Same battery as the Hive Monitor above.
The Hive and Environmental Monitors "talk" to the System Recorder over a radio link
Actually, it's the System Recorder inside a box. About as interesting as watching paint dry. The System Recorder should be located within 200 feet of the hive near a reasonably reliable power source.
The monitor includes its own WiFi Access Point. Connect your browser to the Access Point. Don't have WiFi? You can connect your computer to the monitor with an Ethernet cable. Don't have a computer? How are you reading this?
Variations on a Theme
The System Recorder does not NEED access to the internet to work. It will do its job, dutifully collecting data from monitors, without any intervention or configuration. Eventually (sooner than later) you will want to see your data.
The System Recorder has its own WiFi Access Point and its own Web Server. What this means is that you can connect to the System Recorder and see your data in a browser on your computer.
Take it on the Road
As supplied, the System Monitor comes with a 115V USB Supply. You can substitute a 12V Automotive USB Supply and run the System Monitor from the cab of a truck while on the road. Any laptop/tablet/smart phone with WiFi and a decent web browser can then display hive temperatures and humidity during transport.