Rapidly Program Equipment on the Program Page
Last updated: January 2020
When many pieces of equipment need to be programmed at the same time, the rapid programming tool provides many shortcuts to help streamline this process.
The Program page provides a spreadsheet-like view optimized for quickly configuring all units on a property.
Some of the features highlighted in this article:
- Smart Copy Cells
- Right-click Options
- Meter Type Builder
- Network View for Gateway and Repeaters
- Detailed Changes Review
Select the Start Programming Button to Enter Read/Write Mode
When you first navigate to the Program page, a read-only table view will appear. When you are ready to make changes, select the Start Programming button at the top left.
The cells will now be editable.
After completing your changes, the Finish Programming button is selected to review and then save.
Beginning to Create the Building Layout
Select a cell and begin entering the property's building and unit information.
As data is entered it is "validated". Cells will be highlighted in red if required information is missing. The programming can not be finalized until all required fields have been entered.
Smart Copy-Down, Drag the Fill Handle Downward
Much like a spreadsheet, the Program page supports a copy feature accessed by dragging the fill handle downward.
Right-Click for Additional Options
Additional options are available by right-clicking on any cell:
Scan Barcodes to Input Serial Numbers
Serial numbers can be entered with a barcode scanner.
Your barcode scanner can be set to send a "return" command after each scan, allowing you to scan one device right after another without needing to click to the next row. Refer to your barcode scanner's documentation if this feature is not turned on or is ending in the cell to the right.
Note: Manually typing serial numbers is not recommended as it is very easy to misread or mistype a serial number. If you do not have a barcode scanner, consider using the Cloud Scanner feature which is available when programming individual units on the Equipment page.
A meter model must first be defined on a new property before it can be copied and applied to multiple units. The meter model includes the Unit of Measure and the Multiplier.
Opening the Meter Type Builder to Define a Meter on a Property
If you are adding a meter to a property for the first time or if you are needing to add a different meter, then the Meter Type Builder can be opened in order to define the meter configuration.
Click on the Meter Icon in the Meter Type Cell
Enter the Meter's Model Information:
- Enter the manufacturer of the meter
- Click on the Meter Model field to see the available meter options, or begin typing the model
If you don't know the meter model: A "Generic" manufacturer and "Generic" model can be selected and configured. It is recommended that the actual meter model always be entered. If you are having trouble visually identifying a meter, please feel free to send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Support and we'll be happy to help you.
Multiplier, UoM, Size:
Enter the multiplier and unit of measure for the meter.
Optional: Enter the meter's size as described by the manufacturer. This can include multiple dimensions.
Quickly Copy this Meter Type to Additional Units
Once a meter type has been defined, it can be copied to other units. Click on the fill handle at the corner of the cell and drag downward.
Note: The meter will only copy onto units with an applicable utility type. For example, if the units have multiple utilities and alternate between All Water and Electric, a water meter can be copied down across all units and it will only apply to the All Water utility rows.
How to Enter or Adjust the Multiplier or UoM
The Multiplier and Unit of Measure are defined by the Meter Type.
Note that in the example above the Multiplier and UoM can be seen grouped with the meter model.
If a single meter model has more than one multiplier configuration, then a second Meter Type can be defined and applied to these units.
Note: A summary of all Meter Type configurations in use for a property can be viewed on the property's Settings page.
Program Repeaters and the Gateway on the Network tab
A separate view is available to program the property's network equipment including the Gateway and Repeaters.
Select the Network tab to view and add a Gateway and Repeaters.
Once you have completed your programming for this session, select the Finish Programming button. You will then be asked to review your changes:
- Green highlight is information that has been added
- Red highlight is information that is being changed
Look over the highlighted changes to ensure that all changes are correct.