Direct Connect Configure a Remote Reader
Last updated: April 2020
This article outlines the process for configuring a RR301 Remote Reader using a DC301 Direct Connect. This allows a Remote Reader to be configured for the one or two meters that it will be reading.
Configure a Remote Reader
Turn on your DC301 and select it from the page. The light ring on your DC301 will turn blue when it is connected and ready.
- Open the NextCentury NCSS Mobile App
- Sign in (Don't know if you have an account?)
- Select the Menu icon at the top left corner of your screen
- Select the "Direct Connect" menu item
- Turn on the DC301 by pressing and holding on the button for 3 seconds
- Within 10 seconds, the DC301 will appear on the mobile app. Tap on the DC301 tile to pair (image below).
The Remote Reader will blink red indicating a wireless message is being sent.
The DC301 acts as a wireless bridge between the Remote Reader and your mobile device. The Remote Reader will appear on the Direct Connect page and can be selected.
The Remote Reader's current configuration will open. Make any necessary adjustments and then select "Save".
While configuring the Remote Reader, you can select whether you want the LCD to always display the meter read, or to be "Tap to Display".
"Tap to Display" is required for NTEP compliance when used with encoded water meters. After tapping, the meter will be polled and the very latest read will then display. If instead, the LCD was always on, then the meter is polled every 15 minutes.
Battery life is not affected by "Tap to Display" vs. "LCD Always On".
This only applies to the RR301-TR, and not the RR301 model. While configuring the Remote Reader, you can select "Rapid Check-In" This will prompt the Remote Reader to check in every 15 minutes for the next 4 hours. This can be useful during property installations in order to get quicker feedback, showing whether there is adequate Repeater and Gateway signal strength.
The pulse count can be reset by bridging the meter 1 or meter 2 pins as described on the RR301 FAQ. Alternatively, the pulse count can be reset using the Direct Connect tool. This option can be found by tapping on the Meter 1 or Meter 2 read. The meter status will display, and a "Reset Pulse Count" option can be toggled.
You will be prompted to swipe the magnet next to the Remote Reader. The Remote Reader will blink green, indicating that it has applied the configuration.