How to install Remootio's status sensor

How to install Remootio's status sensor

Introduction

Remootio functions best if the status sensor is also installed and it is enabled in the app. In this tutorial we will explain the operating principle of the sensor and give a few examples on how to install it.

How does the sensor work?

The sensor has two parts: 

  • Wired part (has 4 meters long cable), which is essentially a switch 
  • Magnet part (this has no wires)

When the magnet gets close to the switch, the switch closes and when the magnet is not near the switch it opens. Remootio can check if the switch is open or closed so essentially it checks if the magnet is near the switch (wired part) or not.

Remootio sensor

This means that the sensors need to be mounted in a way that:

  • The wired part is in fixed position and the wire is connected to Remootio's status sensor input
  • The magnet is mounted on a moving part of the gate/garage door and the magnet aligns with the switch either when the gate is fully open or fully closed

The maximum range of the sensor is approximately 4 centimeters (1.57 inches). The two sensor parts can align either when the gate or door is in the fully closed or in the fully open position, but it is considered to be more secure if the two parts align in the fully closed position. This way a closed status is only detected and displayed when the gate or door is fully closed. And when the two parts are installed in a position that they align in the fully open position, the “flip logic” option should be enabled.

Double-sided tapes are also provided for the sensors, which makes them easier to install. First apply the adhesives to the sensor, and then use it to mount the sensor on the gate or garage door

double-sided tape adhesive Remootio sensor

 

Step 1) Mounting the sensor

Installation example: Garage door opener

In this example the wired part (B) is mounted on the rail and the magnet (A) is mounted on the moving motor. In the fully open position the magnet aligns with the wired part as seen in the picture below.

An alternative installation is when the two align in the fully closed position. This can be achieved by placing the wired part farther from Remootio along the rail and adjusting the magnet accordingly.

 

garage door opener Remootio installation

 

Installation example : Swing gate opener

In this example both parts of the sensor are installed onto a wing of the swing gate. The wired part (B) is installed on the wing closer to the Remootio device.

Remootio swing gate opener installation

Installation example : Sliding gate opener

In this example the wireless part of the sensor is installed under the gear rack and the the wired part (B) is placed on the plastic enclosure of the gate motor in which the Remootio is installed.

Sensor installation on Sliding Gate

Step 2) Wiring the sensor into Remootio

The two cables coming from the wired part must be connected to one of the input terminals on the Remootio device. The order of the wires when connecting to the inputs doesn't matter. The inputs of the Remootio are the terminals marked with 4 and 5 in the picture below:

Remootio 3 pinout diagram

For further information about the connection, please refer to the relevant sections in installation manual of the Remootio 2 and Remootio 3.

Step 3) Enabling the sensor in the app after installation

After installing the sensor, you still need to enable in the app.

To do this swipe to your Remootio device and make sure you are connected to it. Since you have not enabled the sensor yet it will show no sensor.

Remootio app connected to device

Tap on the settings icon in the bottom right corner, scroll down to Gate status sensor and tap on it.

Remootio app settings menu gate status sensor option

On the screen that opens tap on Enable sensor interface. It is important to select the input that the sensor wires are connected to (terminal 4 is Input 1 and terminal 5 is Input 2).

Remootio sensor enable interface

After this the main screen of the app will show the status of the gate or garage door.

Remootio app gate open

If the status shown by the app is always the opposite of the real status, just enable the Flip logic option in the Gate status sensor menu.