NexSens X2 Environmental Data Logger User Guide

The NexSens X2 Environmental Data Logger offers the latest in real-time monitoring technology with wireless communication, large plug-and-play sensor library, and ultra-low power consumption. The unit includes integral Wi-Fi and smartphone connectivity with options for radio, cellular & satellite telemetry. WQData LIVE web datacenter provides instant access on any web browser.

X2 Data Logger

 


 

Table of Contents

First-Time Setup

What’s Included
Common Accessories
X2 Body Tag
Port Capabilities
Apply Power
Sensor Auto-detection
Quick Start Guides

Software

WQData LIVE

About WQData Live Data Center
Creating a WQData Live Account
Creating a Project on WQData Live
Adding a Data Logger to a Project
Configure Telemetry

CONNECT

Mounting

PM2
MAST
Grounding

Diagnostic Measurements

X2 Diagnostic Measurements on WQData Live
X2 LED Indicator Lights

 

Troubleshooting, How To & FAQ 

X2 Troubleshooting Page
X2 How To Page
X2 FAQ Page

Maintenance

O-Rings
Plugs
Replacing a desiccant
Storage

Repair/Return

Links


First Time Setup

What’s Included

The X2 Environmental Data Logger includes the following accessories and spare parts for start-up and maintenance.

  • (3) Sensor port plugs
  • (1) Power port plug
  • (1) Magnetic screwdriver
  • (1) Quick start guide
  • (1) Wireless antenna (telemetry units only)
  • (1) X2 Grounding Kit

 

Included parts within an X2 shipment.

 

Common Accessories

The following are common accessories to the X2 Environmental Data Logger for direct connection, mounting, power, and sensor connection.

MountingDirect ConnectionPowerSensor Cables
Pole Mounting Kit (PM2)

UW6-USB-485P

Solar Panel (SP8,SP13, or SP35)

UW-FWP

MAST

AC Power Adapter (UW6-PW)

 

UW-Flying Lead Cable (UW-FL1)

 

X2 Body Taga

The X2 body tag is a unique identifier for each X2 Environmental Data Logger that allows the user to match the data on WQData Live with correct data logger/sensor system. Follow the link below to identify the body tag of your X2 Environmental Data Logger.

X2 Body Tag Identification

 

 

Port Capabilities

Note that certain sensors require configuration prior to interfacing with an X2-series data logger. See the sensor section of the NexSens Knowledge Base for setup information by clicking the logo below.

 

 

 

The X2 is configured with three sensor ports (P0, P1, & P2) for connection to industry-standard digital interfaces including RS-232, RS-485 and SDI-12.

Connect all desired sensors to the X2 via any combination of the three available sensor ports after removing the pre-installed blank plugs.

X2 Sensor Ports

 

Power: Each sensor port can supply a maximum of 1.5A current. Total sensor port current draw must not exceed 2A.

Important:  Record the port number (P0, P1, or P2) occupied by each sensor.  After the initial setup, sensors must always be reconnected to the same port for proper communication.

 

 

Apply Power

The X2 is powered through the middle 6-pin port. Remove the plug and apply power to the system using one of two options:

  • SP-Series Solar Power Pack

UW6-PW AC Power Adapter

SP-Series Solar Power Pack

 

UW6-PW AC Power Adapter

 

 

Sensor Auto-Detection

Following power connection, the logger will automatically begin to scan through a list of common sensors to build the deployment sensor list. Sensors discovered during this process will automatically be updated on WQData LIVE via the X2’s on-board telemetry.

Sensor detection will take approximately 10 minutes. Leave the full system connected and powered while proceeding through the WQData LIVE setup. Following detection, sensor readings will be logged and uploaded at a 10 minute interval until adjusted by the user.

 

Quick Start Guides

Follow the Quick Start Guide links below to set up your X2 system.

Cellular

Wi-Fi

Iridium

 


Software

 

WQData Live

 

About WQData LIVE Data Center

WQData LIVE interface

 

WQData LIVE is a Cloud Data Center used in conjunction with the X2 data logger to:

  • Upload and store logged data
  • Generate and Export historical data reports
  • Monitor logger diagnostics

  • Remotely configure logger settingsa

 

Creating a WQData Live Account

A WQData Live account gives the user access to create projects, set up logger transmission and create a historical and real-time data record from the X2 Environmental Data Logger. Follow the link below to set up a WQData Live account.

Creating a WQData LIVE Account

 

Creating a Project on WQData Live

Creating a WQData Live project allows the user to provide a centralized location for data transmission from the X2 Environmental Data Logger. Follow the link below to create a WQData Live project.

Creating a Project on WQData Live

 

Adding a Data Logger to a Project on WQData Live

Adding a Data Logger to a Project on WQData Live 

 

Configure Telemetry

Note: Most cellular and iridium systems will be pre-configured by NexSens for plug-and-play transmissions to WQData LIVE.  Wi-Fi and user-configured data accounts may require  set up.

Direct Connect –Establish permanent wireless data transmission for standard X2s.

Cellular- a 4G Compliant Mini-SIM card is required for installation on cellular models of the X2. Factory-installation is recommended, but user installation is possible.

Iridium– Factory-installed Iridium satellite modems allow for communication in the most remote deployment locations.
Visit the WQData LIVE Web Datacenter page on the NexSens Knowledge Base to learn more about the capabilities of WQData LIVE.

 

 

CONNECT

CONNECT is a software utility that enables users to interface directly with any NexSens X2-Series data logger using a UW6-USB-485-P cable. It supports a growing number of diagnostic and configuration tools to facilitate system setup and troubleshooting.

 

 

Visit the CONNECT Software page on the NexSens Knowledge Base to learn more about the capabilities of CONNECT.

 


Mounting

 

PM2

The X2 Environmental Data Logger may be mounted in a desired location using the PM2 accessory designed specifically to mount to a 1-1/2 to 2″ pole or pipe.

  1. Attach the bracket to a pole using the included 5/16-18 x 2″ U-Bolt, 5/16″ flat washers, 5/16″ lock washers, and 5/16-18 nuts. Tighten with a 1/2″ socket driver or wrench.

 

  1. Use the included 3/8-16 x 1-1/8″ socket head cap screw to attach the mounting bracket to the bottom of the X2 with a 5/16″ hex driver

 

 

MAST

The NexSens MAST is designed for quick deployment of remote data logging and telemetry systems. The X2 data logger and SP-Series solar power pack can both be mounted to the MAST prior to deployment. By pre-assembling the components, the system can be quickly deployed in the field. Installation is as easy as threading the MAST onto a pre-installed 2″ pole via the included 2″ NPT female coupling.

X2 MAST Setupa

MAST

 

 

Grounding

Hardware facilitating the electrical grounding of an X2 data logger to a buried 2”NPT pipe (through the PM2 mount accessory) is included with each new system.

  1. Place the larger of the included lock-washers over the larger diameter portion of the thread adapter.
    1. Tighten the adapter into any of the available (3) threaded holes on the X2 using a ½” socket or hex driver.

 

  1. Place the lug, followed by the small lock-washer and nut on top of the threaded adapter.
    1. Tighten the nut down using a 7/16” socket or hex driver.

 

  1. Use a 5/32” Allen wrench to tighten down the ring terminal cable to the lug.

 

  1. Follow the PM2 Quick Start card to mount the X2 to the buried 2” NPT pipe.
  2. Slip the ring terminal of the cable between the washer and lock-washer of one side of the PM2 U-bolt and tighten securely with a ½” socket or hex driver.

 


X2 Diagnostics

 

X2 Diagnostic Measurements on WQData Live

All X2 data loggers contain 12 meta diagnostic parameters that monitor the system’s health. Follow the link below to learn about the acceptable value ranges and troubleshooting options available for proper system maintenance.

X2 Logger Diagnostic Readings

 

X2 LED Indicator Lights

Follow the link below to understand the LED diagnostic lights displayed by the X2 Environmental Data Logger.

What do the LEDs on the X2 indicate?

 


Troubleshooting, How To & FAQ

Visit the X2 Troubleshooting Section of the NexSens Knowledge Base to learn effective troubleshooting strategies for the X2 Environmental Data Logger.

X2 Troubleshooting

 

Visit the X2 How To Section of the NexSens Knowledge Base to learn advanced and user-friendly ways to utilize the capabilities of the X2 Environmental Data Logger.

X2 How To

 

Visit the X2 FAQ Section of the NexSens Knowledge Base to find answers to common questions asked about the X2 Environmental Data Logger from NexSens customers.

X2 FAQ

 


Maintenance

 

Replacing a Desiccant

Each X2 ships with a bag of desiccant for internal moisture control. Moisture within the system may cause malfunctions with the X2 logger. Replacing the desiccant is vital maintenance for the longevity of the system. Follow the link below to learn how and when a desiccant should be replaced.

Desiccant Replacement 

 

Storage

Although year-round deployment is available with the X2 data logger, some systems are only utilized during field season when data is crucial. Before storing your system over the off-season follow the link below to learn best practices for X2 system storage.

X2 Storage Requirements

 


Repair/Return

Links

In the event that NexSens systems need returned for maintenance or repair, please click the link below and fill out our service request form.

NexSens Return Materials Authorization