Using WiFi Hourmeter on Construction Equipment

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.

Mobile hotspot

Depending on the hardware inside your laptop, you can create a mobile hotspot – effectively creating a WiFi network on your laptop. I will demonstrate using a Windows 10 PC. Open the Start menu and find the Settings app. Then select the Network & Internet menu. On the side panel, select Mobile hotspot. Turn the hotspot on and use the provided network name and password to connect your WiFi IoTMeter to your computer’s hotspot.

You may need to configure this while your laptop is connected to the internet. Windows 10 may have trouble hosting a hotspot without an internet connection. If this does not work for you, continue to the next solution.

Virtual Hosted Network

If you have trouble keeping a mobile hotspot without an internet connection, this next method will be a little more in-depth. Depending on your PC’s WiFi adapter you may be able to host a virtual WiFi network. Open your Start menu and type cmd and right-click and run Command Prompt as an administrator. In the Command Prompt window, enter netsh wlan show drivers and looks for the line “Hosted Network Supported”. If that line says Yes you can continue, if it says No you can use a USB WiFi adapter that does support a hosted network. In my example below my laptop’s WiFi adapter does not support a hosted network so I will need to plug in another adapter.

Once you have an adapter that has hosted network support, enter netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=(name) key=(password) replacing (Name) with your desired network name and (password) with your desired password. Then press Enter.

You will get a confirmation that the virtual network has been created. Note: the password must be at least 8 characters in length. Next, enter netsh wlan start hostednetwork to enable the connection.

You will then get a confirmation that the virtual network has started. You may receive an error if your PC has another WiFi adapter that cannot host a network. In this case navigate to your network connections and disable whichever adapter does not support a hosted network as visible below. You can re-enable it later however you will lose your virtual network.

Once your network is up, navigate to your network connections through the control panel to verify it is ready.

Your virtual network will be displayed as Local Area Connection. Once your network name is displayed below “Local Area Connection” it is ready for use. Log in to your WiFi IoTMeter and enter your network name and password in the WiFi Settings page and open your Hourmeter Collector app and your device will show up shortly.

If the above is not a possibility for you, there is one more solution.

Wireless Router

If you are unable to host your own virtual network, the last option is to set up a wireless router in an area accessible to your equipment. Any consumer grade WiFi router will work fine for this application, and it does not need an internet connection. Power on the router and plug your laptop into the router with an ethernet cable. Configure the WiFi settings in the router and then unplug your laptop from the router. Connect your WiFi IoTMeters and your laptop to the WiFi network and your devices will then show up on the Hourmeter Collector app.

You can now track your equipment’s run-time in the field. The WiFi hotspot and hosted network tutorials above are for Windows 10. Below are documentation for other operating systems. Use these sources at your own risk as they have NOT been tested by Linortek.

If using Mac OS X: or

On Linux (Ubuntu):