The Wildeye device comes in many variants, defined by it's product code. Our latest products are all 4G variants and generally you will order product starting with WILD-M (Wildeye with 4G CatM/NBIoT)
The main options you need to select are the POWER (Defines Battery or Rechargeable ) and CABLE options. The CABLE option defines the meters and sensors you can quick connect to your Wildeye with the external cables and connector plugs.
The model numbering system diagram below lists the most common cable variants, or alternatively for a list of the most common Wildeye 4G product variants, jump to Standard Wildeye Models.
Wildeye Cable Options
A Wildeye comes in four different physical types depending on the options selected for POWER and CABLE #2:
- If POWER option -R (Rechargeable) is selected, the Wildeye will come with a smaller M8 style power cable to allow connection of an external power source.
- If CABLE #2 is not selected, then only 1 meter/sensor cable is present. If CABLE #2 is selected, then 2 x meter/sensor cables will be present.
|Wildeye Power Option||1 x Meter/Sensor Cable||2 x Meter/Sensor Cables|
-R Power Option: "Rechargeable"
WILD-M-R- .. [4G]
WILD-E-R- .. [3G]
-B Power Option: "Battery"
WILD-M-B- .. [4G]
WILD-E-B- .. [3G]
- -B = "Long-life" Internal Battery
- -R = "Rechargeable" Internal Battery
The Rechargeable option is intended to allow the Wildeye to be powered from a solar panel or other external power source such as a DC Power supply or external battery pack.
The Rechargeable options has an internal rechargeable battery that can be continuously recharged from from external power source, and act as a backup supply in case of power outage.
This option is denoted by an "R" in the product code. The Rechargeable option includes 1 extra cable coming out of the device that is used to connect to an appropriate charging power source.
More details about the types of available power options can be found on external power supply options article.
Battery - Long life
The Battery version has an internal long life Lithium Primary battery pack. This option can be used in applications where it is not practical to have an external power source.
It is intended for applications with fewer attached sensors - typically 1 attached sensor. Sensors are still logged at typical logging intervals, however the rate of transfer of data to the Wildeye website is normally less frequent - typically daily.
This option is denoted by a "B" in the product code.
More details can be found on internal battery options article.
Wildeye devices currently support 2 cellular radio options: 3G and 4G. The 3G option should only be selected where 4G networks are not currently available.
- -E = 3G (UMTS)
- -M = 4G (CatM1 or NBIoT)
Telco provided 4G Networks come in different versions globally. There are 2 versions that are purpose-built for communicating with remote meters and sensors.
The 2 versions are: Cat-M (also known as LTE-M in some countries) and NBIoT (Short for Narrow Band IoT)
Both of these networks are sometimes collectively referred to as IoT (Internet of Things) networks, or LPWA (Low Power / Wide Area) Networks.
You can read more detail on these cellular options, and which countries have each version in the article on IoT Radio Networks - 4G CatM and NBIoT
You have to be careful to use the correct external antenna for the Network that you are connecting to. The Wildeye 4G device is "Multiband" (can operate on the different radio frequencies that different Telcos adopt), however the external antenna is generally tuned to operate on specific frequencies.
You can read the article on Antenna Selection to learn more.
Expander modules allow additional channels and non-native channel types to be added to a Wildeye. An expander module has between 1 and 4 physical cables each containing one or more channels.
For both Wildeyes and Expander modules, the type of the cable and the channels contained inside it are defined by the Cable Codes.
For details on support meter/sensor interfaces, see Supported Meter/Sensor Channel Types
Standard Cable Code Options for your Wildeye are:
- NCD = 1 x counter channel, 1 x tamper line channel
- NACS = 1 x 4-20mA channel, 1 x counter channel, 1 x SDI12 channel
- NAR4 = 1 x 4-20mA channell, 1 x RS485 channel
- NCCS5 = 2 x counter channel, 1 x SDI12 channel (5V continuous power)
- T = 1 x Stainless steel NTC temperature sensor.
For how to physically attach meters/sensors to your Wildeye, see article Meters & Sensor Attachments
If you purchase a WIldeye & Sensor Package then you don't need to worry about the pinouts of each plug. Everything is plug and play. If you need to wire up some legacy sensors that you own then you can read the article on plug wiring.