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What options do I have for Networking my emergency lighting panels?

There are multiple options for networking your Lux Intelligent emergency lighting test panels, and then linking those panels to the Lux Intelligent cloud monitoring service.

The options for connection are:

  1. Direct serial connection between the Monitoring PC and the Lux Intelligent Panel
    1. Additional panels can be networked to the first main panel
  2. Connection to the Lux Intelligent Panel via a LAN Device, enabling the Monitoring PC to connect to the panel over the LAN
    1. Additional panels can be networked to the first main panel
  3. A mixture of the 2 methods above

The diagrams below give examples of these networking configurations:

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 1

Figure 1: A panel connected to a Monitoring PC using the Direct Serial Connection, and a Panel connected to the LAN using the LAN Device.  

In this configuration the Panel and PC connected using the Direct Serial Connection should be within 20 meters of each other.  The Monitoring PC will also need a connection to the LAN in order to upload the data to the Lux Intelligent cloud.

The second panel, connected via the LAN Device can be connected to by any of the PCs on the LAN.  This means that any of these PCs can be used as the monitoring PC.

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 2

Figure 2: Here 2 seperate panels are individually connected to their own Monitoring PC.   Again each Panel and Monitoring PC should be within 20 meters of each other.  And if using the Cloud Monitoring service each PC must also have a connection to the internet via a LAN.

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 3

Figure 3: In this configuration a single panel is connected to the LAN via a LAN Device, and then the additional panels are networked to the main panel.  As the main panel is connected to the LAN, any PC on the network can be the monitoring PC by installing the Logger Tool and Sync Tool software.

Lux Intelligent Cloud Networked Example 4

Figure 4: In this configuration each panel is connected to the LAN via it's own LAN Device.  This solution is the most economical for networking panels which are geographically spread, assuming that their is existing LAN cabling in the vacinity of the Panel.  The only additional costs for networking is the cost of the LAN Device, and the potential cost of installing a LAN connection point near the panel.  This is far more cost effective than running a cable between the panels in order to network the panels together as in Figure 3.