You can choose from several different options to connect the eCommission SmartX Controllers mobile application to one or more SmartX IP controllers.
You can use a CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable to connect a Windows laptop computer running the eCommission SmartX Controllers mobile application to one or more SmartX IP controllers, using either of two methods:
A direct connection to a free Ethernet port on a controller
A connection to an Ethernet switch to which one or more controllers are also connected
When connecting the eCommission application laptop computer to one or more SmartX IP controllers by wire, you must use one of three methods of IP addressing:
Include a DHCP server to assign dynamic addresses to the controllers.
Where a DHCP server is not included, use AutoIP to assign dynamic addresses to the controllers.
Where a DHCP server is not included, assign static addresses to the controllers.
You do not need to know the IP address of the eCommission application because it is not required for BACnet device discovery. For more information, see BACnet Device Discovery .
When the SmartX IP controller's Ethernet port 2 is not used by the controller network, you can connect the eCommission application using that port without disruption or additional hardware. When the SmartX IP controller's Ethernet port 2 is used by the controller network (for example, in a daisy-chain or RSTP network topology), you can add a temporary switch or hub to ensure that connectivity is maintained while the eCommission application is in operation.
If Ethernet port 2 will not be used, you can disable this port for network security purposes by configuring the Ethernet port 2 property on the Basic tab of the SmartX IP controller. For more information, see SmartX IP Controller Settings Properties – Basic Tab .
For more information, see Connecting to Single SmartX IP Controller by Wire .
For more information, see Connecting to Network of SmartX IP Controllers by Wire .
Connect the eCommission application wirelessly to a SmartX IP controller network, using a WiFi router or a wireless access point.
In many cases it is possible to set up a temporary WiFi network, using a WiFi router that contains a DHCP server. The DHCP server provides IP addresses to the SmartX IP controllers and the eCommission application. The router you choose must have a configurable IP address range.
For more information, see Connecting to Network of SmartX IP Controllers through WiFi Router .
You can also connect the eCommission application to the controller network using a wireless access point. The access point must be networked with a DHCP server, which serves up the IP address. Typically the access point is connected to Port 2 of the AS-P, which is configured for dual IP.
For more information, see Connecting to Network of SmartX IP Controllers through a Wireless Access Point .