Tech Tip: Watch a Step-by-Step Tutorial on the Installation and Commissioning of SMA’s Cellular LTE Modem Kit

From on 01/28/2020 in Category Tech tips with 2 Comments

In our latest Tech Tip video, SMA Solar Academy Senior Technical Trainer Mike Mahon demonstrates how easy it is to install and commission the Cellular Modem expansion kit for the Sunny Boy US PV inverter.

The Cellular LTE Modem Kit is an easy-to-install add-on for the Sunny Boy US line which allows for direct data transmission between the inverter and the cloud-based Sunny Portal via a cellular network as an alternative to data transmission via Ethernet or WLAN.

It offers a rapid, “snap-in” installation with a quick and easy setup. It’s 4G LTE modem provides reliable cell signal strength and it is compatible with multiple major cellular carriers. The Cellular LTE Modem Kit also includes a five-year prepaid data plan, which can be extended upon request.

Watch this video and learn how to install and commission the Cellular LTE Modem kit for the Sunny Boy US inverter and discover more benefits by visiting the Cellular LTE Modem Kit webpage here.

 

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    Walter Schmutz

    01/29/2020 at 9:57 pm

    Dear all,
    Please let me know about interfacing (RS485) up to 10 Sunny boiy (5000-US … ) converters.
    The information in the installalltion manual is not containing any useful information.
    The dealer here was not even aware of the existence of the monitoring feature.
    Do you provide any RS485 to Ethernet or WiFi Interfaces to get the raw data 7

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    Walter Schmutz

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      Mike

      02/04/2020 at 12:07 pm

      Walter, for the older US PV inverters, the RS485 piggyback card allows for daisy chaining the inverters. However, you need the discontinued Sunny Webbox to gather the SMA Data I from the RS485 bus to view and store. You may be able to find the Speedwire piggyback card for you inverters (SWPB-US-10), but they are restricted to specific Firmware versions. These cards provide data over Ethernet cables, but in SMA’s Data II+ format, so would not be “raw” data to be used directly, but could be sent to Sunny Portal. Please contact SMA service (1-877-697-6283) if you need more information about the supported firmware versions for the Speedwire Piggyback cards.

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