The 916Mz radios built into Wellntel Sensors and the Wellntel Gateway are designed to deliver reliable communications in most common rural residential yards and small farms and ranches. Both lab and field testing confirm an transmission range of about 2250 feet, through two common obstructions, like the building that houses the Gateway, uneven terrain, or a few trees between the well and home.
However, radio range is location and weather dependent.
Factors that will permanently affect performance include: severe obstructions, harsh terrain, stucco or metal-clad buildings, thick vegetation, or other factors. In these cases, permanent adaptations or alterations may be necessary.
Intermittent radio performance can be expected in times of high humidity, rain, snow or high vegetation. In these times, a Sensor will continue to collect and store readings for transmission when connectivity is available. Wellntel technicians can recommend a sensor-settings plan to account for these possible interruptions. After a period of blocked transmission, it may take some time to un-queue the stored messages on the Sensor.
Adaptations to improve telemetry may include:
- Alternative (closer or higher) placement of the Gateway to the Sensor.
- Alternative placement of the Sensor (separate the lower and upper units to move the upper unit up.)
- Use of a Wellntel-specified antenna extension kit to mount and lift antenna (optional).
In places where Internet is not available, the Wellntel System can be configured differently.
Other methods of communication include:
- A computer or tablet with a USB connector and loaded with Wellntel’s SensorBuddy software to collect and store data from the Sensor and pass it on to the Cloud via uploaded messages. A person with a computer and the software would need to be dispatched to the well on a schedule accounting for frequency of interval and pumping rates.
- Cellular Internet using an option cellular modem (additional equipment and telephone service charges required.)