Network - Ethernet

Ethernet deployment is optional way of RTLS UWB kit deployment. 

RTLS UWB kit is delivered pre-configured for Wi-Fi communication. Therefore, wired deployment requires a few configuration changes. 

Wired Topology and Network Planning Rules

If you are considering deploying the RTLS kit via an Ethernet PoE switch and have all anchors connected wired, you have to change the setting on each anchor. The anchors in the kit are pre-configured for wireless deployment. To set the anchors for Ethernet deployment, you need to disable Wi-Fi and set the static IP address for each anchor.

If you do not disable the Wi-Fi interface, the anchor will forward all data to the Wi-Fi interface, even if the anchor is wired to a switch. The Wi-Fi interface is a primary interface for the Wi-Fi anchor.

Both you can set in RTLS Manager section Anchor Setting. Go to the section and set the static IP address and disable Wi-Fi for each anchor.

When all anchors are set follow the Ethernet deployment rules below:

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Recommended network architecture is an Ethernet-based network and the network should be dedicated to RTLS if possible.

You should make sure that the following points are considered during the network planning:

  • The cables should not exceed a 100 m length (min. category: Cat 5E) between the power source and the anchors
    • For longer distances PoE extender can be employed.
  • All the cables are tested after deployment - cables provide a reliable data connection and power.
  • The anchors should have a dedicated VLAN or isolated network to RTLS Studio if possible.
  • Make sure that no or properly configured access lists are active on the switches within the network.
  • The anchors and the server are located on the same subnet in case of UDP synchronization
  • If anchors and RTLS Studio cannot be at the same subnet TCP synchronization must be used.
  • Make sure the firewall is properly configured and all necessary communication ports are allowed.

The default IP address range of the RTLS is:

Ethernet topology example: