Connecting a MultiConnect® mDotTM to a MultiConnect® ConduitTM
One of the most frequently asked questions to date is how to connect an mDot to a Conduit via LoRa® and see initial data being transferred. As the Conduit platform is programmable, different versions exists and customers can choose between using AT Commands to control an mDot or create custom firmware utilizing ARM mbedTM, it is easy to see how one could encounter problems with initial mDot/Conduit communication. This section offers instructions on how to connect your mDot to different versions of the Conduit.
If you want to skip steps or find detailed information on other aspects of the Conduit platform, please visit the MultiTech developer site at www.multitech.net. Additionally, here are three specific links to mDot/Conduit connectivity via LoRa:
- Conduit mLinux and mDot: http://www.multitech.net/developer/software/lora/getting-started-with-lora-conduit-mlinux/
- Conduit AEP and mDot: http://www.multitech.net/developer/software/lora/getting-started-with-lora-conduit-aep/
- Conduit AEP and Third Party Devices: http://www.multitech.net/developer/software/lora/conduit-aep-lora-communication/aep-lora-use-third-party-devices/
- Conduit mLinux and mDot
These instructions require the following firmware versions or later (note: be sure that the Conduit and mDot are running compatible firmware or upgrade to the latest firmware for both devices)
- Conduit AEP
These instruction require the following firmware version or later:
- Conduit AEP and Third Party Devices
The AEP version of Conduit (MTCDT-xx-210A) supports OTA (over-the-air) joining by third-party LoRa devices as of version 1.0.33 (if you need to upgrade, refer to Upgrading AEP Firmware)
Links to Illustrated Instructions
The links in the box above will take you to the instructions on how to set up the mDot to connect to the Conduit version that you have and how to see a “Hello World” message, thus verifying this connection. At the very least, you need to ensure that both products are running compatible firmware. The easiest way to ensure compatibility is to upgrade both products to the latest firmware. This facilitates the easiest path to getting your units up and running and also saves a lot of time when requesting support from MultiTech.