Are you ready for energy savings? Enable our cloud-based energy analytics and dashboard for your pulse meters connected to a Schneider TAC Xenta 411 module, to discover, measure and verify savings in the premises you manage.
The Schneider TAC Xenta 411 digital input modules are used as expansion modules for the TAC Xenta controller. They have ten digital inputs generally used as pulse counters for pulse meters deployed within your site. You can now reroute your Xenta 411’s pulse readings to Wattics via our Octopus gateway in a few steps.
It is assumed that your meters and Xenta 411 are already wired and collecting measurements. If not, read and understand Schneider manuals for installing, operating, or maintaining your Xenta 411. Installation and program procedures must be carried out and inspected by qualified personnel. Qualified personnel are those who, based on their training and experience, are capable of identifying risks and avoiding potential hazards when working with this product.
1 Pulse connection
Make sure that all devices are powered off before any wiring is done.
1. Power Octopus and Xenta 411 off
2. Connect the GND from Octopus to the GND of Xenta 411 (Xenta 411 power supply must not exceed 24VDC or that could damage the Octopus)
3. Wire pulse lines from Xenta 411 XN inputs to Octopus inputs (X1 to X10)
4. Power up both units
The Octopus Gateway comes with 6 inputs. If more than 6 pulse meters are connected to your Xenta 411, or if you have multiple Xenta 411 modules, you can use an Octopus I/O extension module to enable an additional 16 inputs.
2 Octopus Software Configuration
2.1 Download the Octopus Software Tool (Windows)
Request the Octopus Software Tool Download Link
2.2 Connect your Octopus to your computer
Connect your computer running the Octopus Software Tool to the same network as the Octopus.
2.3 Configure your deployment setup
Launch the WatticsTool.exe Software Tool and create a new Branch, using the “+” button. Fill the “Branch Name” field with a short name for your project, and insert the serial number of your Octopus Gateway that you can find on its sticker or on its box.
Select the correct timezone in the Timezone dropdown menu. If you cannot find your city select the closest city to your site location which is in the same timezone.
Click on Network Configuration to enable Internet access for your Octopus. You can enable DHCP to get the Octopus to connect to the Internet automatically (Tick DHCP, click on Discover, and click on Set when the Octopus IP address is shown). For LAN access with manually assigned static IP addresses, you will need to get network parameters from your IT department and enter them here.
If you use a GPRS sim card for Internet access, you must enter your APN name and APN credentials here.
You must now set up the Wattics URL where data collected will be sent to. Click on Services button, and set the following:
Enable Service 1
Set Wattics as Service Name
Enter octopus.wattics.com as Service Host Address (
IMPORTANT:When using GPRS Sim cards or when your firewall does not support the use of URLs, you must enter 18.104.22.168 as Service Host Address.)
Set 4401 as Port
You must click OK to create the Branch.
Once back to the Octopus Software Tool landing page, you can select your Branch and click the “Add” button on the right side to register the pulse meters connected to the Octopus.
Select the suitable entry in the drop-down menu and click Add. You should select Electricity if electrical meters are connected to the Xenta 411, and Generic for other types of meters. Choosing Interval will get the Octopus to push interval pulse counts to Wattics, while Accumulated will get the Octopus to push total pulse counts to Wattics. Unless specified, choose the Interval entry.
At the next screen, you must enter a device name and select the input number to which the pulse line is connected.
The device name must be a unique name identifier. Unless a convention has been pre-agreed with us, we ask you to use the following naming convention for choosing your unique name identifiers:
(for example use 230007E7-1 Plantroom for the Plantroom meter if this is the first device configured via the Octopus Gateway ID 230007E7 and if Plantroom is the name you want to see in the dashboard for that meter. The next device will use the -2 counter extension etc)
Make sure to insert a space between OctopusID-counter and nameofdevice
Click OK to save your configuration. The device now appears in the list of devices registered within your branch.
You can now add more meters if you have other pulse lines connected to the Octopus.
Once you have all your devices created, you must deploy your configuration onto the Octopus Gateway. Select your branch and click on the Deploy button.
On the pop up window, leave the default settings and click on Deploy.
Your Octopus Gateway is now configured for data collection from all the devices connected. We recommend that you save your project should you need to modify the configuration as a later stage. You will then be able to update an existing project when you add new meters.
5 – Check that the Octopus is collecting data from the meter(s)
Launch the CDT.exe Software Tool, enter your Octopus serial number and click on Connect.
Once connected, click on the Real-Time tab, and verify that you are getting new event logs for the various electrical parameters every few seconds. This confirms that the Octopus is getting the pulse readings from the meter. You can then close the CDT tool. Verify your project file settings if you don’t see any data coming in.
5 – Submit your Octopus project to Wattics
Submit your Octopus .iwtx project file to Wattics via:
Octopus .iwtx Project File Submission Form
Wattics will use your project file to double check that the setup is correct and that data is being received from your Octopus Gateway unit and correctly showing in your dashboard. You will then receive access to your Wattics dashboard, and from then on you will be able to log in to your Wattics Dashboard at http://dash.wattics.com and get started!
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