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There are many cases where the use of a Linortek IoTMeter on mobile equipment are needed. Many of these machines may spend long periods of time away from a WiFi network. The end-user’s primary concern is that they will not be able to keep an up-to-date recording of run-time on their machines until it returns to a service center. You can collect run-time data from a WiFi IoTMeter with only a WiFi network, no internet connection required. I will show three ways to collect your hour meter data without an internet connection.

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The Linortek IoTmeter can be used to monitor runtime of any machinery such from lathes to laser cutters. You will need a constant 12-48VDC power source for the IoTMeter, and a 5-24VDC signal to one of the digital inputs that will switch on and off with the machine to trigger the hour meter. Please note that the voltage to the digital input cannot be from the same source as the power to the unit.

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Sometimes your business may require you to connect to your IoT Meter or Netbell unit from outside your work network. This can be done by port forwarding your device to the internet. You will need administrator access to the router your Linortek device is connected to, and you will need Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service from either www.dyndns.com or www.dnsomatic.com. The third option on the drop down menu: www.no-ip.com is currently bugged and pending an update. This guide will use service from http://www.dyndns.com.

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After installing the IoTMeter on your equipment and configuring the software, the Linortek IoTMeter will record the equipment’s run time hours. You can monitor the real time data either from the built-in webpage or the HourCollector desktop app. Many companies have their own management software and would like to integrate the equipment hour readings to their system so that they can automate their maintenance procedures. Below, I will demonstrate how to export the hour reading data from the IoTMeter using XML. Note: This tutorial uses Microsoft Office 2016.

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