By using a gateway, it is possible to control Casambi-enabled luminaires remotely. A network administrator can also remotely configure the network.
To enable remote access, a Casambi network needs a device (such as an iOS or Android device) permanently connected, powered, and running the Casambi app. It must be in Bluetooth range of the network it is acting as a gateway for. The network to be controlled must be shared to enable gateway use. It is not possible to use with the Not shared setting.
To set up the gateway device, select Gateway in the Network Setup screen. If the Gateway option under the Remote Access heading is grey and cannot be selected, make sure the network is shared (see the Sharing settings section of this guide).
Select Gateway Removed and enable the gateway on This device. You can also enable Notifications if desired, so that you will receive a notification to the network Administrator email address if the gateway is disconnected for some reason.
Note: The Casambi gateway feature relies on third-party devices and connections. For this reason, continuous and error-free operation cannot be guaranteed.
After enabling the gateway, please ensure the following:
- The Casambi app is always open on the gateway device. The app can be in the background when using iOS devices, but the app must be active and at the foreground when using Android devices.
- The gateway device has a reliable Internet connection at all times.
- The gateway device has a reliable Bluetooth connection to at least one Casambi device in the network.
- Disable all automatic updates on gateway device.
- The gateway device is always plugged in to a power source.
- Disable all power-saving options from the device that might cause the Bluetooth or Internet connection to close.
DATA COLLECTION can be enabled if you have a requirement to separately access the sensor or device usage data of your network. Enabling these options will increase the amount of network data while the information is gathered from devices and uploaded.
To prevent excessive data use it is not recommended to enable these options unless necessary.
Data logging contains information about device specific details such as information about its state and changes in the state. In addition, specific devices may be capable of providing more details. For example, a DALI device may also be able to provide data regarding specific hardware capabilities.
If enabled, sensor and device data is uploaded to the Casambi cloud service at an interval defined by the “Status update interval” slider. The data can then be accessed using a suitable 3rd party software interface designed around the Casambi Application Programming Interface (API).
Enabling “Sensor data” allows readable sensor data to be uploaded. For example:
• Presence/occupancy signals (presence/absence)
• Light sensor (lux)
• On-board temperature
• Battery level
• Overheating/overloading indicator (Hardware specific)
“Usage of devices” enables the gateway to collect and upload other network specific data, such as:
• Status of the device in the network
• State of device controls, e.g., Dimming data, CCT level, colour settings, etc.
• Energy counters
• Manufacturer details of DALI drivers
• Other extended diagnostics and maintenance data that may be retrievable from (DALI) devices
The data available to be collected will be dependent on the designed capabilities of the sensors or other devices used in the network. e.g., A device without thermal measurement possibilities cannot provide temperature data.