How to setup networking for a Sensorweb basestation

Network Settings

You need to configure your network settings in order to view Sensorweb from other computers on your network as well as remotely.
There are several ways to configure the network settings for Sensorweb. They are listed in order of preference.

Methods that allow access to Sensorweb

For full remote access

Static IP – If you have a static IP dedicated for the Basestation you can just enter the IP, mask, and gateway provided by your internet service provider into your Sensorweb Basestation.

Static IP only on the main router – Assign the Basestation an static IP from your internal network, and in the router configure port forwarding for ports 22 and 80 (or whatever other public port you choose, many government locations block most ports, 8080 seems to work well) to the Basestations local IP. You should make sure that the local IP you assign is not used by other devices or given out by your DHCP server.

Note: When you get a static IP from your internet service provider, they will often give you 2 (or 6) addresses. The first is for your router, and the remaining IP’s can be assigned directly to your devices).

Full remote access with difficulty or internal access only

Local Static IP only – Assign the Basestation an IP from your internal network. You should make sure that the local IP you assign is not used by other devices or given out by your DHCP server. For remote access you will need to assign the port forwarding from above and track what the IP address of your location is at any given time. It may be possible to setup remote access independent of your IP. Contact Mayim for more details.

Local basestation access only

Dynamically Assigned IP – In this case your computer should be able to easily connect to your network. However the IP of the Basestation can change making access to the Basestation difficult as you will not always know what it’s IP address is. This option is only recommended if you do not need to connect to the base from any other computers.


To configure remote access for Sensorweb where you are using the routers IP

You will need:

  1. Internet access
  2. Password for your router
  3. Static Public IP from your internet company.

To configure your Sensorweb basestation please follow the following steps

  1. Log in to your router
  2. Goto DHCP settings and assign a local IP address reservation for the Basestation. You can often find the device in your DHCP “assigned IP’s” table and just reserve that IP.
  3. Find the “Port Forwarding” settings. This is often in firewall settings.
  4. Configure Port forwarding of port 80 TCP to the local IP address you assigned to the Basestation above. For the service name you can use sensorweb_web
  5. Repeat the above step forwarding port 22 TCP to the Basestation. For the service name you can use sensorweb_ssh

Cellular Modems

Cellular modems can not be connected directly to the Basestation. To connect Mayim recommends the use of a Cradlepoint MBR95 as an intermediary between the USB cell modem and the Basestation computer.
– To get to the port forwarding firewall menu you will need to switch the router to “advanced” mode via the switch at the top left of the user interface.
– If you are using a Sprint USB modem, they block port 80. So you will need to choose another port (8080 is recommended).


Notes

– Sensorweb uses two internet ports. 22 is used for remote access and upgrades, and 80 (or a port of your choice) is for the web interface. If you choose a port other than 80 you can access your site at IP:PORT (ex. 212.22.12.12:8080). If you use port 80 you can leave the :PORT portion off from the address.

– If you have multiple routers in the network path with your Basestation. You will need to configure each of those routers to pass the data to the following router, and then finally to the Basestation.

Sensorweb allows me to access greenroof data remotely; this expedited access to the data supports better and faster analysis for both research and teaching purposes.

Dr. Olyssa Starry, Portland State University

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2014-07-16T08:39:12+00:00

Dr. Olyssa Starry, Portland State University

Sensorweb system makes Raemelton Farm more efficient in our use of water and more effective at producing beautiful trees, quickly

Tracking soil moisture and environmental conditions are key tasks in the efficient production of nursery crops. Sensorweb integrates these tasks into a single use-anywhere platform. The added ability to manage irrigation scheduling, remotely over our entire farm is a major labor saving benefit. Sensorweb is even able to provide warnings and notifications to our staff when conditions require human attention. The Sensorweb system makes Raemelton Farm more efficient in our use of water and more effective at producing beautiful trees, quickly.

Steve Black, Raemelton Farm

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2015-02-03T20:13:05+00:00

Steve Black, Raemelton Farm

Tracking soil moisture and environmental conditions are key tasks in the efficient production of nursery crops. Sensorweb integrates these tasks into a single use-anywhere platform. The added ability to manage irrigation scheduling, remotely over our entire farm is a major labor saving benefit. Sensorweb is even able to provide warnings and notifications to our staff View Full →

Sensorweb provides greater assurance that your plants are being watered correctly, not just some of the time, but all the time.

The system's capacity to provide real-time feedback allows me to monitor the moisture content of my plants with relative ease--from anywhere I have an internet connection. Sensorweb has elevated our irrigation from an art form to one, which is more technical and predictable.

Chris McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries

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2015-02-11T12:21:56+00:00

Chris McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries

The system’s capacity to provide real-time feedback allows me to monitor the moisture content of my plants with relative ease–from anywhere I have an internet connection. Sensorweb has elevated our irrigation from an art form to one, which is more technical and predictable.

We have been able to reduce our water use by 25%

Since incorporating the data we get from sensor web into our irrigation scheduling we have been able to reduce our water use by 25%, this has also allowed us to expand our production without expanding infrastructure. We also use less fertilizer since our leaching is reduced.
Terry Hines, Hale and Hines Nursery, Tennessee
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2014-07-16T08:39:11+00:00
Terry Hines, Hale and Hines Nursery, Tennessee
Since incorporating the data we get from sensor web into our irrigation scheduling we have been able to reduce our water use by 25%, this has also allowed us to expand our production without expanding infrastructure. We also use less fertilizer since our leaching is reduced.

It is a great tool for both researchers and for on-farm sensor-based irrigation.

Sensorweb has made it easy to get the data from a large number of sensors summarized
in graphs and spreadsheets.

Dr. Marc van Iersel, University of Georgia

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2014-08-14T10:45:22+00:00

Dr. Marc van Iersel, University of Georgia

Sensorweb has made it easy to get the data from a large number of sensors summarized in graphs and spreadsheets.

Worked with Sensorweb for 5 years in my greenhouse. I would recommend Mayim to anyone without hesitation.

They have always been accessible and and attentive. Whenever I had an issue it was always resolved in a timely manner.

Charles Bauer, Flowers by Bauers

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2014-08-13T19:29:20+00:00

Charles Bauer, Flowers by Bauers

They have always been accessible and and attentive. Whenever I had an issue it was always resolved in a timely manner.
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