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Getting Started

If this is your first installation is also important to contact tech support prior to arriving at the jobsite and schedule time for us to be available to answer any questions that may arise during installation.

If a cellular router is provided for the Internet connection, skip the Network Planning section of this document. 

Network Planning

If you intend to use a corporate Local Area Network as the Internet connection, it is highly recommended that you contact the IT Manager before arriving at the job site. Make certain that the GRIDlink ADR will be able to operate as a DHCP client on the network by sending a letter explaining what is needed. See GRIDlinkADR.info “Letter to IT Manager”.

Static IP

If a static IP Address must be assigned, this is best done at the factory prior to shipment. If this is not possible, then it is recommended for the installer to make the change on a network that permits DHCP (such as the office) prior to arriving at the job site. See GRIDlinkADR.info for Instructions “Change DHCP to Static IP”. Contact Customer Support for assistance.

You will need:

  • New IP address
  • Gateway IP Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • DNS Servers if not 8.8.8.8

GRIDview will make the installation easy

It is recommended to contact tech support and set up the GRIDview account. This will help with diagnosis and testing. Using the Subscriptions you can add the installer’s phone number to receive alerts and test functionality before the VTN is set up. This way when the installer has successfully connected the GRIDlink, a text will be received confirming all is well. On installation day, bring a laptop and CAT5E cable to trouble shoot the network if necessary.

Installation

After you have mounted your GRIDlink ADR either on a DIN rail or surface mount using the 2 mounting screw holes provided it is then a simple 3 step process.

1.   Connect your load shed relay.

Most Utilities use the HIGH relay for load shedding. Terminals: (-) 18  (+) 8

MODERATE was created for a second tier lesser load shed but is rarely used so it is optional. In some special cases it is used for taking extra load prior to the Event for example “Pre-Cooling”. Terminals: (-) 18    (+) 37

PENDING (also optional) can be used to notify personnel that an Event is coming. The relay can be wired to a beacon for example. Terminals: (-) 18    (+) 7

2.  Connect 10-30VDC regulated power to terminals 24 & 25.

You should see the PWR LED illuminate. It can be blinking or solid depending on the network configuration.

3. Insert the CAT5E cable from the LAN to the RJ45 port located on the top right of the controller.

You should immediately see the Ethernet 100 and ACT LEDs illuminate. This is an indication that the cable is good,it is seated properly in the port and it is connected to a network.

GRIDlink supports DHCP so it will obtain it’s IP address automatically from the network. After about 2 minutes, the PWR LED should be ON solid. If it is blinking then the GRIDlink was not able to obtain an IP address. If the GRIDlink has been left on for several hours without a CAT5E cable connection it probably has not been able to acquire an IP address, it may need to be power cycled.

If the GRIDlink still does not acquire an IP address then check the trouble shooting Guide or contact the IT Manager. You will need the MAC Address which is printed on the GRIDlink module.

4. DO4 will illuminate

Within 2  or 3 minutes of acquiring an IP address, the GRIDlink will connect to the Ulility’s VTN or a test site and when successful the DO4 will illuminate.

If a Text Message Subscription was set up in advance, a SMS text will be received stating that the GRIDlink is ON LINE with GRIDview.

You are done!

Connection to the Utility Server GRIDlink is generally shipped with a test account to the Utility’s server, so this connection does not need to be configured prior to installation. It serves to confirm the connection. No test Events will be sent from this account.

When the account information for server connection is received from the Utility it can be loaded over GRIDview at any time. Contact support for any questions.

Testing GRIDlink can be tested without the final Utility Server Account set up. Using GRIDview, the relay(s) can be powered remotely for a full continunity confirmation.  

Trouble Shooting If GRIDlink continues to be OFF LINE see On Line Trouble Shooting Guide

Downloads:

 

Quick Start Guide pdf
Letter to IT Manager