Getting started

Congratulations on your new sensor kit! 

This guide will show you how to quickly get started using DT sensors. The sensors are already alive, so you can start collecting data in no time!

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1. Register your new sensor kit

I bought my kit from the Disruptive Technologies webshop
  • If this is your first sensor kit, you should have received an email inviting you to complete your registration and get access to DT Studio.
  • If this is not your first sensor kit, your new kits are automatically added to your existing user account, as long as they are ordered with the same email address.

No invitation in your inbox?

  • Check your spam folder to ensure the email didn't end up there
  • Contact the person at your company in charge of and ask them to send a new invite to you from Studio.
I bought my sensor kit from somewhere else (a distributor, retailer, reseller, etc)
  • If this is your first sensor kit, you will need to register a new user here: Register New User*
  • If this is not your first sensor kit and you already have a DT Studio user account, you will need to request to add this kit to your account: Add Sensor Kit*

* We are aware this process is cumbersome and we are working on an automatic process. 

2. Connect the Cloud Connector

The Cloud Connector sends the data from your sensors to the cloud. Choose one of the options below to see how to power up and connect your Cloud Connector.

Cloud Connector 4G

The Cloud Connector 4G is powered by a technology called Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). This is essentially power and data through a single Ethernet cable. To use PoE one needs to have a dedicated PoE switch or PoE power supply. The latter is provided in our kits and can be used the same way as a standard power adapter, granted that the cellular functionality of the Cloud Connector is used. Such a setup is shown in the image below.

The Cloud Connector 4G spends 1–5 minutes to start up and to connect to our cloud via cellular. A successful connection is indicated with a stable white cloud symbol.

Using the Cloud Connector on Ethernet

To use the Cloud Connector on Ethernet instead of cellular, simply plug an active Ethernet cable into the data port of the PoE power supply. The Cloud Connector will then automatically switch over to using Ethernet instead of cellular.

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No connection?

Visit our Cloud Connector Help guide to find troubleshooting tips.

Cloud Connector 3G/2G

Power the Cloud Connector 3G/2G (EU only) variant by plugging it into an outlet like shown in the picture below. Wait about 1–5 minutes for it to start up and to connect to our cloud via cellular. A successful connection is indicated with a stable white cloud symbol.

Using the Cloud Connector on Ethernet

To use the Cloud Connector on Ethernet instead of cellular, simply plug an active Ethernet cable into the available port. The Cloud Connector will then automatically switch over to using Ethernet instead of cellular.

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No connection?

Visit our Cloud Connector Help guide to find troubleshooting tips.

Cloud Connector (Ethernet only)

The Cloud Connector (Ethernet only) is powered by a technology called Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). This is essentially power and data through a single Ethernet cable. To use PoE one needs to have a dedicated PoE switch or PoE power supply. To use the Cloud Connector on Ethernet instead of cellular, simply plug an active Ethernet cable into the data port of the PoE power supply. The Cloud Connector will then automatically switch over to using Ethernet instead of cellular.

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No connection?

Visit our Cloud Connector Help guide to find troubleshooting tips.

Developer Kit Cloud Connector (DevCON)

The DevCON can either be connected with a Micro-USB cable for power and a regular Ethernet cable for data or through a single Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection. The latter would require a PoE enabled switch or PoE power adapter. See below images for references on how to connect the device.

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The DevCON requires approximately 1 minute to boot and to connect to our cloud. A stable cloud Connection is indicated by a stable white LED. A red LED indicates that the DevCON was unable to connect to our cloud.  

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 3. Open DT Studio to see your live sensors

Your sensors are already sensing the world around them. To see what they are reporting and to personalize your settings and alerts, open DT Studio.

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 Go to DT Studio

4. Identify your sensors

Use at the Identify Sensor function to find out which sensor you have in your hand. 

  1. Go to DT Studio
  2. Navigate to the project you are currently installing
  3. Go to Sensors & Connectors in the project
  4. Select Identify Sensor
  5. Press the physical sensor

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This will bring up the details view of the sensor that has just been pressed. Confirm that the signal strength is good.

Sensor not identified?
  • Search in DT Studio for the ID that is printed on the front of the sensor
  • If you are not able to identify your sensor or the reported signal strength is weak, go to troubleshooting.

5. Place your sensors

What do you want your tiny sensors to measure? Here are some tips on placing them.

Peel and stick

Since the adhesive backing is very strong to stay in place anywhere, we've included some mounting putty for less permanent installation. You can also use magnetic tape where possible. Find more tips in the guide on how to mount DT wireless sensors

Ensure coverage

The average distance for coverage from the sensor to Cloud Connecter is three times the distance of wifi - depending on the structure of your building. The signal strength is reported at least every 15 minutes as long as a sensor can reach a Cloud Connector.

Verify coverage

  1. Go to the location where you want to place the sensor.
  2. Open DT Studio in a browser on your phone.
  3. Press the sensor
  4. See in DT Studio that the sensor lights up touch_animation.gif

Support

Please contact us with your comments and suggestions! We appreciate your feedback and take it all into consideration!