To create a new network, select Create new network. You are then prompted to create either a Classic or Evolution network. For a description of Evolution and Classic networks, please see the Appendix section of this user guide.
After selecting your network type, the New Network page is shown. In the New network screen, you can assign a network name, time zone, location, sharing settings, network mode and network frequencies.
Note that a Location must be set for sunset and sunrise times to work correctly.
You can share your network if needed. Sharing a network can also be done at a later stage (see the Sharing settings section of this guide). If you would like other devices to be able to access this network, select Sharing and then one of the following options: Administrator only, Password protected or. Open. For administrator access and password recovery, add a valid Administrator email and a password.
Administrator only The network is hidden from the network list unless the end-user has access.
Password protected Allows user and administrator access.
Open Allows anyone with the Casambi app to control the network, but they cannot make configuration changes.
Note that Evolution networks offer three levels of user access: User, Manager and Administrator. Managers can configure the network but not create new user accounts. Only an administrator account can create new accounts.
The network Radio settings has four Mode options. These determine the communication speed and potential communication range for devices in the network.
- Balanced: This provides the ideal balance between communication speed and range for all types and versions of Casambi devices. This is the default Mode for a Classic or Evolution network.
- Better performance: Has a faster communication speed, but at the cost of slightly reduced signal strength. Networks with a large number of devices (e.g., 100+) which are also situated very close to each could use Better performance mode.
- Long range (Optimum): Currently only for BETA testing. Evolution networks only. This mode is suitable ONLY for Casambi devices using our latest CBM-003 that has Bluetooth 5.0 Long Range capabilities. It has the optimum settings in terms of communication speed and range.
- Long range (Max.): Currently only for BETA testing. Evolution networks only. This mode is suitable ONLY for Casambi devices using our latest CBM-003 that has Bluetooth 5.0 Long Range capabilities. This mode has a slower communication speed that the Optimum mode but achieves the farthest communication range.
Long range modes are only available for Evolution networks. The options will not be displayed if creating a Classic network.
Devices suitable for use in Long range networks can be identified in the Nearby devices view. The signal strength indication for Long range compatible devices is indicated by 6 square icons rather than 5 round ones.
The Casambi app will prompt if you try to create a Long range mode network but do not have compatible devices suitable for the network.
Two communication Frequencies are automatically set when creating the network, but you can manually change these to other frequencies (if you know that there are specific frequencies that you want to avoid, for example, at the request of a customer’s IT department).
Even though Casambi does not interfere with standard Bluetooth, it is advisable to avoid using the 4 frequencies below due to their proximity to equivalent Bluetooth channels.
- 2403 (channel 1)
- 2425 (channel 12)
- 2427 (channel 13)
- 2479 (channel 39)
Note that changing the network mode or frequencies is not possible after the network has been created!