ConnectSense Device Quick Start

In order to set up your ConnectSense device, you need to first set up an account by going to the website www.connectsense.com/setup. Once you have reached the homepage you need to login. If you do not have an account, you can create one by following the steps below. If you already have an account you can continue the setup process and skip the following steps:

  1. Click on the “Register Now” button.
  2. Fill out all of the required account information and hit “Register” at the bottom of the page. You will then receive an account conformation email.
  3. Once you receive the conformation email, click on the “Confirm Account” button in the email and it will automatically sign you in.

Once you are logged into the ConnectSense setup page you can begin to configure your device. The first thing you need to do is select “Add New Device.” The easiest way to do so is through USB; select the option that says “Via USB.” This will bring up a page that says, “Leave this window open and connect your USB device now.” In order to hook up the ConnectSense device to your computer, please follow the instructions below:

  1. The first part of this process involves connecting the sensor into the sensor port. If the front of the device is facing you, the sensor port is the furthest left and largest port on the device.
  2.  Establish the USB connection with your computer by plugging in the Type-A USB end of the chord (larger end) into the respective port on your computer and the Mini-B USB end (smaller end) into the smaller and furthest right port on the front of your ConnectSense device. You should see the green light blink on the front of the device after connecting the USB cable.

After you have established the connection, leave the window open on your browser until it redirects you to a page titled “Wi-Fi Info.” From here you have to enter your Wi-Fi SSID (network name) into the indicated box and the Wi-Fi channel into its indicated box. If you are unsure of what Wi-Fi channel your SSID uses, check your routers configuration.

The next step is setting up the security settings on its respective page. You can enter the security type and encryption type by clicking on the dropdown menus provided. Next, simply enter the password into the box titled “WPA Key.” The next page you will be brought to is titled “IP Address.” For this page, there is only one dropdown box in which you should select the option “DHCP” or “Static.”

The following page titled “Connect” is for you to verify your settings, click the “Connect” button if you are pleased with the displayed settings. While it is connecting it will display the status of what it is doing. When the device is finished connecting you will see the word “connected” appear and you will be redirected to a new page to configure your device’s settings.

Once the device is connected you can begin to adjust its settings. For example, you can adjust things such as the name, location, and polling interval for your ConnectSense device. After you have your desired settings, hit the “Save Settings” button at the bottom of the screen and it will bring you to the sensor page for the device. If you click on the “Sensors” button at the top of the screen you can see previous sensors that you have set up. If you wish to set up other device simply follow this process again.

View the video below for visual step-by-step instructions. 

ConnectSense Wi-Fi Setup

In order to set up your ConnectSense device, you first need to set up an account by going to the website www.connectsense.com/setup. Once you have reached the homepage you need to login. If you do not have an account, you can create one by following the steps below. If you already have an account you can continue the setup process and skip the following steps:

  1. Click on the “Register Now” button.
  2. Fill out all of the required account information and hit “Register” at the bottom of the page. You will then receive an account conformation email.
  3. Once you receive the conformation email, click on the “Confirm Account” button in the email and it will automatically sign you in.

Once you are logged into the ConnectSense setup page you can begin to configure your device. The first thing you need to do is select “Add New Device,” when it redirects you to the next page, begin to configure your device by clicking the “Via Wi-Fi” option. At this point you need to join the ConnectSense’s network.

If you return to the browser and leave the window open it will automatically redirect you to a new page titled “Wi-Fi Info.” From here you have to enter your Wi-Fi SSID (network name) into the indicated box and the Wi-Fi channel into its indicated box. If you are unsure of what Wi-Fi channel your SSID uses, check your routers configuration.

The next step is setting up the security settings on its respective page. You can enter the security type and encryption type by clicking on the dropdown menus provided. Next, simply enter the password into the box titled “WPA Key.” The next page you will be brought to is titled “IP Address.” For this page, there is only one dropdown box in which you should select the option “DHCP” or “Static.”

The page titled “Connect” is for you to verify that your settings are lined up with your access point; click the “Connect” button if you are pleased with the displayed settings. The website will ask you to wait about 45 seconds while the device is connecting. Once it is complete you will be redirected to a new page to configure your device’s settings.

After the device is connected you can begin to adjust its settings. For example, you can adjust things such as the name, location, and polling interval for your ConnectSense device. Once you have your desired settings, hit the “Save Settings” button at the bottom of the screen and it will bring you to the sensor page for the device. If you click on the “Sensors” button at the top of the screen you can see previous sensors that you have set up. If you wish to set up other device simply follow this process again.

View the video below for visual step-by-step instructions.

Have a Splendid Summer with ConnectSense

By Nathan Rockershousen, Technical Writer

ConnectSense products can be a great way to help make summer more relaxing and stress-free. Utilizing the ConnectSense sensors and Smart Outlet will make summer much more enjoyable. Here are a couple of practical summer applications for our ConnectSense products:

The Smart Outlet can be a great tool to enjoy summer. Start the day right by waking up to a fresh cup of coffee and toast that can be set to be made automatically in the morning. If an individual wants to have a summer party they can go out and buy supplies and use the Smart Outlet to trigger a crock pot, making sure that food is at the right temperature when they need it.

It is important to be prepared for the extreme summer weather. The Wireless Temperature Sensor can help monitor a home if pets are left behind during a family day trip to make sure any animals are not exposed to dangerous heat. Summer homes can be monitored so that there will be no unexpected issues when arriving after a long trip. The Water Sensor can be very helpful for monitoring basements for flooding after strong summer thunderstorms. Growing plants around the house can be a challenging task. Using the Light Sensor will allow for the light to be monitored in areas where plants are growing in order to help manage light exposure.

Crime rates typically increase in the summer, making the Wireless Motion Sensor a perfect fit. It helps monitor homes while the user is away on vacation or at the beach so that no crimes occur. The Wireless Security System can help monitor homes and cottages for criminal activity as well. This sensor can monitor doors, windows, and garage doors to make sure that nothing is stolen from home. The Smart Alarm Siren & Strobe can be used to notify anyone in a home of a break-in as well as deter anyone attempting to break into a home. This device can be used in combination with any other ConnectSense sensors in order to alert people of situations developing before they become a problem.

There are various uses for ConnectSense products to make summer much more convenient for everyone. Being able to control and monitor a home reduces gives users the freedom to enjoy the warm weather without having to worry about issues in their environments.

Smart HomeKit Sensors for Temperature & Humidity and Water Detection from ConnectSense; On Display at CES 2016

Announces distribution with Best Buy online for ConnectSense lineup of products 

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (December 28, 2015) – Grid Connect is expanding its best-selling line of ConnectSense home automation products by launching two new Bluetooth Low Energy enabled sensors for temperature/humidity and water detection. Both sensors feature support for Apple HomeKit, enabling users to monitor and control these devices easily and securely using Siri on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or Apple Watch. 

With strong demand for its Smart Outlet on Amazon.com, ConnectSense also announced that Best Buy will carry its full line of smart home products online in 2016. The company is working with WYNIT Distribution, LLC, a leading international distributor, to establish distribution with additional retailers.

The ConnectSense Temperature & Humidity Sensor provides accurate and reliable data for sensitive areas of the home, including wine cellars, collection rooms, greenhouses, cold storage and more. It works in harmony with HomeKit-enabled thermostats to regulate temperature in areas where a thermostat isn’t present.

The ConnectSense Smart Water Sensor will detect the presence of water before it causes costly damage. It is perfect for detecting leaks in basements and laundry rooms, as well as monitoring plumbing and refrigeration lines.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest around HomeKit-enabled products because HomeKit provides a solid foundation for the smart home,” said Adam Justice, Vice President of Grid Connect. “We are excited to expand on our successful Smart Outlet with additional HomeKit-enabled products that make home automation easy, secure and affordable.”

Both sensors operate using Bluetooth Low Energy and require only two AAA batteries for long periods of operation. By integrating with the HomeKit ecosystem, users can easily create integrated scenes and rules to automate devices, regardless of manufacturer, with just a few simple steps. For example, users can set rules to automatically turn on lights or other devices when water is found, or regulate a HomeKit-enabled thermostat anywhere in the home. Users also can ask Siri to gather information about the sensors, such as asking about the temperature.

The ConnectSense Smart Temperature & Humidity and Smart Water sensors will be available for shipping in the first half of 2016. 

The company will also release a Smart Door/Window sensor as well as additional smart home products in 2016.

The sensors will be on display at CES Tech West at the Sands Expo Convention Center, Booth 70760, as part of the smart home area.

About Grid Connect/ConnectSense
Grid Connect (www.gridconnect.com), an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer of products that enable the Internet of Things, including the ConnectSense line of home automation products. Grid Connect can be found on Twitter at @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect. ConnectSense can be found at www.connectsense.com and on Twitter at @ConnectSense.

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If you want to improve productivity and office functionality, it’s time to consider integrating smart home tools in your office. Here are three tools that can improve your work experience and boost your reputation for excellence.

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