Thank you for purchasing a VE.Direct LoRaWAN module. It allows you to connect other Victron equipment, such as your Battery Monitor (BMV); Solar Charger; or Phoenix Inverter, to the Victron Remote Management (VRM Portal) portal. The portal is available to use free of charge, and from it you can view the status of your installation from anywhere in the world using your desktop device or mobile phone. Here are some examples of the kind of information you will be able to view:
The VE.Direct LoRaWAN (Long Range wide area network) module is essentially a radio transmitter which broadcasts data (in this instance information about the status of your Victron installation) to a nearby Internet of Things (IoT) gateway. The gateway should be within about 2km of your location if you live in a town, but could be as far away as 30km if you live in a rural location. This device uses infrastructure provided by 'The Things Network'. Their network of gateways is constantly expanding and you can check coverage in your area here: https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/map.
You can even expand the IoT infrastructure to your area by establishing a new gateway. The hardware cost would be a few hundred Euro's, and you would need a power supply and an internet connection.
Note that whilst it's free to use, and long range, LoRaWAN is not high bandwidth. Therefore data is only sent once an hour …some less important data is only sent once every 24 hours. (See below for more information.)
Frequencies used by the LoRaWAN module differ by region and country. We stock two different versions:
The EU version can be used in most of Europe and certain countries in Africa. The US model can be used in the Americas. Here is a list of frequency plans and regulations, arranged by country.
How to monitor, on a (small, perhaps electric-) boat, that the shore is properly connected and the battery is being charged, as well as one or more bilge alarms?
All that is needed is a BMV-712 (or BMV-702) and the VE.Direct LoRaWAN module. Instructions:
To get all alerts, make the following setup on VRM:
This module has one VE.Direct port and is compatible with:
The module is not compatible with our Peak Power Packs - even though they have a VE.Direct Port.
More information is also available on our website: https://www.victronenergy.com/panel-systems-remote-monitoring/ve-direct-lorawan
What's in the box?:
After power-up, the module will gather information from the VE.Direct device. Once received it connects to the LoRaWAN network, and then sends all available data to the VRM Portal.
After this first transmission, it will send the most important data hourly:
BMV Battery Monitor
MPPT Solar Charger
Phoenix VE.Direct Inverters
Note that data may not always arrive at the VRM Portal every hour. Transmission over the air can fail - even when your LoRaWAN device is mounted close to a gateway. This is normal and part of the LoRaWAN concept.
|Blinking blue||Connecting to LoRaWAN. If your module keeps blinking blue, check LoRaWAN Network coverage.|
|Blinking green||Everything is OK and a connection has been made both to LoRaWAN and to the VE.Direct device.|
|Blinking yellow||You're connected to LoRaWAN, but not to the VE.Direct device: Check the cable & power to the VE.Direct device.|
|Continuous red||Error. The module will automatically reboot within ten seconds.|
Will the module store data and send it out later when the gateway is in range?
Can the firmware of the module be updated?
How can I connect multiple VE.Direct devices to one LoRaWAN module?
Can I connect both this module and something else to the VE.Direct port at the same time?
Can the module be used to remotely switch the load output of an MPPT?
Can the module be used to remotely update firmware of the BMV, MPPT, or Inverter?
Can the module be used to remotely change the configuration of the BMV, MPPT or Inverter?
Can the module be used to remotely perform any other action?
Is a Color Control (CCGX) or Venus GX required?
The Peak Power Pack has a VE.Direct port, will the device work with that?
I connected the module to a BMV, and then later connected it to an MPPT - but I can't see the new data …why not?