I’m considering mounting my IoTaWatt about 50 ft from my electric panel. My electric panel is located at the back of the garage at the back of the house. I’ve seen that others have used CAT 5 cable between the CTs and the IoTaWatt. Is there a wiring limit distance between the CTs and the IoTaWatt?
I’m familiar with running cables in Oil Refineries where we used twisted / shielded pairs in muli-core cables for the 4 to 20 ma DC analogue control signals. Do the twisted pairs from the CTs need to be shielded?
All the electric cables go from the panel thru the garage attic, thru a breezeway into the house. How close can the CT extension cables be run parallel to 120 / 240 VAC house wiring? The wiring is not in conduit, just bare “ROMEX” cable… The 220 VAC cables provide power to AC compressor, OVEN, the close dryer, etc.
Should I use EMT to shield the four (4) CAT 5 extension cables as they pass parallel with the 120/240 cables? It is basically a straight run so it would be easy to implement.
With long extensions, my advice is always to try it and see. EMT can’t hurt, but might work without.
As. @craigcurtin suggests, makes more sense to run a single CAT6 to the garage and install a cheap AP. Ethernet uses transformers at each end to effectively cancel any noise picked up by the twisted pair, much like balanced line microphones eliminate hum.
Craig, I got a GL.iNET unit about 6 weeks ago and I am finally trying to set it up.
I went thru the GL.iNet Repeater setup procedure, joined my existing WIFI network and now it does not respond. I get a time out error on anything I try to do. I’ve tried pushing the reset button (both the 3 second and 10 second resets) and still no response. I get nothing when I enter http://192.168.8.1. Any ideas on what I need to do?
You mentioned “just load the latest OpenWRT firmware on them”. How would I do that?
Thanks for your help. I wish I had IoTaWatt installed before the deep freeze event in Houston. It would have been helpful in balancing the 2 power legs while on backup generator.