malba2366
I am having a generac wireless monitor 6664 (not the cellular one) installed on the 22KW that I am in the process of having installed. Has anyone tried leaving the transmitter inside the generator rather than drilling holes and attaching it to the outside? Drilling a one inch hole into the side of the generator then covering it with a chintzy piece of plastic seems like a recipe for issues down the road.
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Canada_Guy
Mounting it inside would significantly reduce the wireless range.
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malba2366
I need it to work through one exterior wall and 30 feet away. I do not need anything near the 600 feet range
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MEC
That's the drawback with this device. Have fun getting it in without pinching your fingers on the lid.

One thing you'll find is that it doesn't have very good range.
I had it on my fridge (60' away) and it would constantly search. Had to move it into the bedroom which is about 30' from the generator.
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malba2366
MEC did you install the transmitter the way you are supposed to, or did you leave it inside the generator?
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Canada_Guy
I work in radio communications and you will never see the claimed range they state. It's like the little family service radios (FRS) that state 20 mile range. Maybe in outer-space or one mountain top to another away from any other radio signals.

I typically cut the claimed range by 10 to get something realistic.
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Skip Douglas SkipD
Canada_Guy;35916 wrote:
I typically cut the claimed range by 10 to get something realistic.
Can I presume you DIVIDE by 10? That would provide a practical number. :D
Skip Douglas
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Canada_Guy
Good eye Skip.

We recently tested a wireless microphone with a claimed 500 foot range. Our very best result was 100 feet with broken audio. Anything over 75 feet really was unusable.
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MEC
malba2366;35910 wrote:
MEC did you install the transmitter the way you are supposed to, or did you leave it inside the generator?


It was installed outside the unit.
You could try it inside the enclosure before the hole is cut, but I bet your range is very small.
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UPS
These use the 2.4 GHz ISM band which is shared with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, baby monitors, cordless phones, etc. Any of these nearby can cause interference and reduce the range, especially if the signal was weakened by the device being inside the generator case. The plastic case is used deliberately, since it doesn't block the signal - the actual antenna is part of the traces on the circuit board. I don't know if this model is the same, but the older advanced model had an unused area on the circuit board for an SMA jack. That, if added, would allow an external w-fi antenna to be connected.
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