AirQ 200 is a wireless control unit capable to interact with all other AirQ Networks devices. Its role is to collect data coming from sensor networks and to interact with AirQ Networks control boards (such ah AirQ 300).
AirQ 200 is equipped with a LAN adapter allowing board to be connected to the Internet. Thanks to Pingu software, user can interact with sensors and control boards through the web.
Like all other AirQ Networks devices, AirQ 200 control units provide an integrated Li-Po battery charger and manager allowing boards to be used even in case of power failure.
Quick start guide
DC Barrel Jack
AirQ 200 provides a DC power jack/connector. This is a common barrel-type power jack for DC wall suppliers that have a 5mm jack, with a 2.1mm center pole diameter. This kind of power suppliers are really common and inexpensive. A switching power adapter is strongly recommended. Power adapter must provide at least an output power of 1A. Be aware that center pole is the positive one. When board is powered up trough DC power adapter, PWR led (blu one) turns ON.
Please note that AirQ 200 has two barrel DC jack. One of these (the one on bottom side of control unit) is unusable and it comes closed from factory. The working one is near power connector terminal block. Please, refer to the above photo.
Power Connector Terminal block
Another power alternative is offered by AirQ 200 boards: a two pole euro-style terminal block. It's really useful when the board is powered by DIN rail power adapters. The correct polarity is shown on the board. Power adapter must provide at least an output power of 1A. When board is powered up trough DC power adapter, PWR led (blu one) turns ON.
AirQ 200 includes a complete Li-Po charger and management circuit. This allows the control unit to keep working in case of power failure. The Li-Po circuit is designed to recharge a 7.4V Li-Po battery pack. The battery charger works with batteries from a capacity of 500mAh up to 4Ah. The correct polarity is shown on the board. Be aware that is really important to respect the right polarity to avoid board damage and battery explosion. During charging operation the charging LED (reported on board as CHG) will turn on. The charging LED color is red. When charge is completed the LED will automatically turn off. Charging circuit is designed to avoid overcharging the battery. For this reason, if the battery is already fully charged the circuit will not start charging battery (LED will remain off).
The battery charger and management circuit is NOT compatible with Li-On, Ni-Mh, Ni-Cd and Alkaline batteries. Using any of these batteries may cause board damage and battery explosion!
Establishing connection to Control Unit
When an AirQ 300 board is powered up, STATUS LED blinks until the board is not linked to Control Unit. A valid connection is established when LED stops blinking and stays on. This feature is really useful during installation process to check if AirQ300 and the Control Unit can exchange messages. After a connection is established, AirQ 300 will check connection again after about 30 seconds. Press TEST button to force it to check again.
AirQ 200 provides a switch on the top side to turn on it. When board is turned on, AirQ 200 starts booting process that requires about 1 minute to complete.
AirQ 300 is the most flexible and reliable solution to control device status through the web. Thanks to AirQ Networks sNET wireless technology, AirQ 300 boards can be installed anywhere is needed, without using cables and dedicated installations.
AirQ 300 provides two independent relays that can be used to control external devices such as:
- Electronic door locking
- Alarm siren
- Devices controlled by discrete signal
AirQ 300 is also equipped with 4 opto-isolated inputs that allow to interact with users and other devices, such as:
- Alarm systems
- PLC systems that react to discrete signal
- Industrial control boards
AirQ 300 control board provides a complete battery charger and management circuit allowing the board to be powered by an external Li-Po battery pack. Thanks to this functionality, AirQ 300 boards can be used even in case of power failure offering the best solution on the market to remote control devices. Moreover, AirQ 300 has been designed to reduce power consumption: it can be powered by a 4Ah battery pack up to 48h.
To see all components of AirQ 300, move the mouse over of the following image.
|AirQ 200 Specifications as release 2.0|
|Power||12 VDC @1A - Power switching adapter is required|
|Power plug|| DC Barrel Jack 5mm/2.1mm center pole. Center pole is the positive one|
2 pole euro-style terminal block
|Backup battery||Integrated Li-Po charger and manager for 7.4V battery packs. Supports battery packs from 500mAh to 4Ah.|
|Power consumption||~250mAh when connected to LAN; ~750mAh when connected to LAN during battery charging|
|Connectors|| n°1 two pole power terminal block|
n°1 DC Barrel Jack
n°1 Battery connector
n°1 RJ-45 jack
All other connectors are unused at moment
|Wireless interface||434 Mhz|
|Operative distance||More then 500 meters in open space|
|sNET Node type||End Device|
|On board software||Pingu|
|Dimensions||84mm x 96mm x 25mm|
|Operating temperature||0 - 55°C|
|Last hardware release||AirQ 200 - r2.0|
|Last firmware release||sNET protocol v. 4.0.1|
|Certifications||RoHS Compliant; CE|
AirQ 200 has four status leds. These leds are all located on the top side of board (the same side of power connectors).
- PWR led (blue one): signals that board is powerd up through main power adapter.
- CHG led (red one): signals that board is recharging the backup battery.
- sNET led (orange one): signals that board is receiving data from sensor network.
- STATUS led (green one): this led blinks to signal that the software is actively running.