How to setup Lux Intelligent cloud monitoring?

When it comes to connecting your emergency lighting test panels to the cloud monitoring service, there are a number of networking options available to you, depending on your network infrastructure.

Firstly, it's worth noting data and network security considerations have been implimented within the cloud monitoring solution.  For instance, there are no "inbound" connections to your network from the cloud monitoring service, which means there are no changes to firewall rules or security required by your IT team.  All data is communicated "outbound" to the cloud service, and the communication is carried out over encrypted, secure channels.

To connect your panels to the cloud service, you will need a Monitoring PC running the Lux Intelligent Logger Tool.  The Logger Tool is responsible for connecting to your testing panels and downloading the status and test history data.  You will also need an additional piece of software called the Sync Tool.  This piece of software uploads the data from the Logger Tool into the cloud.

There are a number of ways in which the Monitoring PC can connect to your panels.

Connecting to Panels via a LAN

The simplest and most cost effective way of connecting to your panels is over a LAN using the Serial to IP device.  This networking method allows you to use your existing LAN infrastructure to network the panels.  There can be significant cost savings using this method as the requirement for expensive network cards, and data cabling is avoided, and the cost of installing a LAN Network socket is typically a fraction of the cost.

Once your Panel(s) are connected to the LAN as in the diagram below, any of the PCs on the network can be set up as a monitoring PC, and installed with the Logger Tool and the Sync Tool.

This networking configuration would also be suitable to connect to panels which are located in separate buildings, where a LAN is shared, or across larger geographical sites where a VPN may be in place.

If you have sites which are not connected to a common LAN, then each LAN can employ this configuration with the data from each network being amalgamated in the cloud.

 

Lux Intelligent LAN Panel Networking Option

Connect to Networked Panels

The Lux Intelligent testing panels can be networked together into their own dedicated network.  This requires the installation of a network card within each panel and the running of a twisted pair cable between the panels in either a radial or loop configuration.  This is often the solution employed on sites which already have Lux Intelligent panels installed on a network, or when replacing an existing emergency lighting test network.

Once the panels are networked, then the first panel in the network can be connected to the LAN or the monitoring PC using a direct serial connection.

The diagram below shows a network of panels connected to the LAN via a single IP to Serial converter.

Lux Intelligent Networked Panel Option

Direct Serial Connection

In the previous networking examples, a Serial to IP device has been used to connect the panels or a single panel to the LAN. However, it is also possible to connect to the panel using a direct serial link.

This connection method is limited to the number of serial or USB ports on the monitoring PC, and also the monitoring PC must be within close proximity of the emergency lighting test panel.

This method is useful if the panels are already networked to each other as in example 2; however, if the panels are not networked and are geographically spread out then multiple monitoring PCs would be needed to connect to each panel, which is cost prohibitive.

The diagram below shows an example of a panel connected to a PC via a direct serial connection, but also demonstrates how the networking methods can be mixed showing a panel connected to a LAN via the Serial to IP device, with both configurations in turn, uploading their data into the cloud.

Lux Intelligent Networking Direct Connection Option