We received the following testimonial from a customer:

 

We purchased a new grain Drying system, from Brock Grain Systems. Included was the SUPERB ENERGY MISER SQ Series dryer system. 

Brock Grain Dryer System 2

 

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The Brock system was installed with the new Quantum grain Dryer Control System. The new system gives you real time monitoring  and control of the entire grain drying process. Its control panel is easy and simple to use, the only complaint I had was the fact I needed to go to the panel and check it on a regular basis. (twice an hour). Quantum provides a solution that allows you to monitor and control the system from the Internet. All I had to do was get the internet from the house to the Grain Bins located 1000 feet away. 

Intelliconn set me up with their reasonably priced, easy to install  InTouch Ultra Wi-Fi system. In a matter of hours, the Wi-Fi system was setup, and I had Quantum help set up the cloud based control and monitoring system. I no longer need to walk to the grain bins every ½ hour, I am now able to monitor and control the system from the convenience of my house using my PC or from anywhere using my tablet or smart phone.  As a side note I can now get Wi-Fi on my phone from anywhere on the farm yard, and no longer need to use my cell phone data plan.  I can listen to my apple music or text anyone without having to rely on my cell data plan.    

The system consists of the Quantum Controller which is connected to the Intelliconn Ultra Wi-Fi receiver. The Intelliconn Receiver is mounted on the side of a grain Bin and is pointed towards the house, through another set of bins and a row of trees.

Receiver hookup to Quantum Grain Dryer ControllerReceiver getting Signal from the house thru trees copySending the Signal through a row of trees one set of bins 

On the top of the roof of the house, an Ultra Wi-Fi hub is mounted and connected to my router which through my Internet service provider gives me access to the Internet. The system works perfect, thanks Intelliconn!

Install Hub Gateway from the Router to the Farm Yard2Intelliconn Install Grain Dryer Control

The difference between Internet, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular 

 

Internet

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The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that allows you to interact with computers at other locations and download or upload information/data from/to cloud-based, or other, servers.

The most visible use of the Internet is when we use it to interact with websites using a PC, tablet, or cellphone. Other common uses are checking cameras, bins, and tanks or controlling devices such as lights, fans, and pumps.

To connect to the Internet, you need an Internet connection provided by an Internet service provider (ISP), or via a cellphone/modem with a data package. 


Ethernet

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The Ethernet is a system for connecting directly to computers, or other devices such as printers, cameras, or Wi-Fi access points that are relatively close to each other (in building or yard). It is what carries, or connects, the Internet to devices you want to interact with. It is also what connects your Wi-Fi network to the Internet.

The Ethernet does not need to be connected to the Internet. When Ethernet is used to connect devices locally (Local Area Network or LAN), the devices can communicate with each other using the Ethernet.

The Ethernet can use wires (cables) for up to 100 meters, or be wireless and use Bridges or Hubs located on your property to extend up to several kilometres. 


Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly connect to many devices. A key feature of Wi-Fi is that it is a wireless communication standard used by many devices, which makes the devices easy to connect.

In order for the Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, it must be connected via Ethernet to an Internet service provider, or via a cell phone/modem with a data package. Sometimes the Wi-Fi to Ethernet connection is not obvious because it is inside the modem/router provided by your Internet service provider.

The Wi-Fi range with hand-held devices, such as cell phones and tablets, is generally no more than 50 meters. Wi-Fi devices with an antenna, or externally powered, can have a range up to 200 meters. 

 

Bluetooth bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices. It is typically used for situations where lower data rates are required and has a range of less than 10 meters. Bluetooth requires much less power than other wireless technologies, so battery life is longer.

 

Cellular 

Cellphones or cellular modems utilize cellular communication system towers to wirelessly provide a connection to the Internet, if you have a data plan.

They have a range in excess of 30 kilometres, depending on terrain. 

Wireless devices are generally line-of-sight. While you may get signal through walls, or trees, in some situations, most of the time the wireless devices must see each other to communicate. 

 

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The difference between wireless Ethernet bridges, hubs and receivers, and Wi-Fi access points. 

 

Wireless Ethernet Bridges 2 anntenas

Wireless Ethernet bridges are used when you want to wirelessly connect one location to another which is sometime referred to as point-to-point wireless communication. Bridges are used in pairs, transmit in a straight line, and must “see” each other (no obstacles). 

They can be used instead of running a CAT 5 or CAT 6 Ethernet cable from one location to another and usually cost less than running a cable. The maximum length you can run a cable is 100 metres, whereas, bridges can transmit up to 8 kilometres (further if mounted higher). 


Wireless Ethernet Hubs 

Wireless hubs and rings

Wireless Ethernet hubs create a wireless Ethernet dome that can cover an area up to 5 kilometres in diameter.

Additional Hubs can be used within the dome up to 2.5 kilometres away from another hub to access the wireless Ethernet signal. In addition to accessing the wireless Ethernet signal, each Hub creates a new dome allowing you to extend Ethernet coverage over large areas. 

Intelliconn’s Hubs also create a Wi-Fi access point, or hotspot, with a diameter of up to 200 metres. 

Wireless Ethernet Receivers

Wireless Ethernet receivers receive and transmit an Ethernet signal within a dome. They can be connected to various devices with an Ethernet connection.

Ethernet Receivers are used when you do not need to create additional domes or a Wi-Fi hotspot. 

 

Wi-Fi Access Points

Wi-Fi Access points allow Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to the Internet. Access points create what are sometime referred to as Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Access points are sometimes included inside a router or modem. However, stand-alone access points that are externally connected to a router generally have better range.

 

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The first thing to keep in mind with outdoor wireless communication is that the radios need to see each other. Obstacles like trees, buildings and bins will block the signal. Intelliconn’s next generation wireless Ethernet and long-range Wi-Fi products compensate for this by allowing multiple radios to be connected, so can go over or around obstacles. This also allows you to hop, or repeat with multiple radios, in order to go long distances.

Wi-Fi works inside buildings because it can penetrate some building materials. In some buildings, however, multiple Wi-Fi access points are required.

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