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Scatterling

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Hi Gents/Ladies,
I operate an OmniPower hybrid inverter : http://www.sinetech.co.za/assets/img/omnipower_inverters/OmniPower%20Hybrid%20Inverter.pdf
that is not configured for web based real-time status display.  It however has ports to do a cable connection to a pc/device to monitor real-time performance.
Has any kind soul experience of a workaround to attach/install some sort of wifi component to allow web based monitoring, please?
I would guess (IT is not my background) that one would then also require compatible software.  Any comments/pointers on this would be equally appreciated. 
Any comments would be sorely appreciated.
Kind regards.
Scat

jjackstone

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I haven't worked with this system, but from the specs it implies the main communications uses an RS232/usb connection which is generally just a standard computer serial port. For this type of communications there a number of usb to wifi dongles available. Probably the best thing to do is to contact the company to see if that solution would work. It appears the system already comes with real time monitoring so it really shouldn't matter how the data gets to the system as long as it is in the same format. If you are trying to get remote access via wifi that might be a different story. Good luck.


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I have a similar system but it's wireless.

It came with my solar system and while it's interesting, after a few months like most such devices it lost its novelty. Today I rarely look at it. I read my meters once a month.

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Scatterling

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I haven't worked with this system, but from the specs it implies the main communications uses an RS232/usb connection which is generally just a standard computer serial port. For this type of communications there a number of usb to wifi dongles available. Probably the best thing to do is to contact the company to see if that solution would work. It appears the system already comes with real time monitoring so it really shouldn't matter how the data gets to the system as long as it is in the same format. If you are trying to get remote access via wifi that might be a different story. Good luck.


Thanks.  Appreciate.
Scatterling

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I have a similar system but it's wireless. It came with my solar system and while it's interesting, after a few months like most such devices it lost its novelty. Today I rarely look at it. I read my meters once a month.


Thanks Boet.  I guess this is the most practical response. Common sense and a dose of reality.
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Have you successfully made a cabled connection to it, and what software did the manufacturer supply for accessing it? I just visited Sinetech's site and can not find any information on what the monitoring 'non-web' system is or does. 



Scatterling

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Hi Colin,
Thanks for your response.
Sinetech's site is not helpful.  I since found that the product is made in Taiwan by Voltronic and is marketed in different countries under different brands. 
The laptop/inverter cable connection works fine. The software is provided by the manufacturer.
My issue was that I would like to monitor the data remotely i.e. via the internet, but the inverter is not configured for this.
However, there is an "intelligent slot" where a SNMP web card can fit.  I do not know if this would do the thing, not whether different software would then be required.
I have engaged Voltronic directly, but to be honest - as stmbtwle responded earlier - one has to be careful that it does not become a white elephant.  That tempered my enthusiasm or rather put a limit on the effort/cost I'd put into this.
Tx.

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