Introducing WattPlot™ NetMATE!

WattPlot™ NetMATE is the latest in the WattPlot 5 series of tools for monitoring your OutBack renewable energy system.  This small but powerful program helps solve a number of challenges:

bullet Creates a TCP/IP Server of your MATE, MATE3, or AXS Port data stream.  Multiple clients can monitor real-time performance data from a single MATE/MATE3/AXS.  Read more about it works.
bullet Receive email or text message alerts for critical MATE or monitoring events.
bullet Configurable security on TCP/IP Server for login and/or sending commands to MATE.
bullet Convert the MATE3 data stream format to the original MATE format, allowing the now-obsolete WattPlot Monitor version 4.7 to monitor MATE3 data.
bullet Are you a dealer or installer?  Find out if NetMATE might be the the best solution for your client monitoring needs.
WattPlot NetMATE screen, serving two clients

Download a free, fully functional trial copy of WattPlot™ NetMATE!

  or update an existing installation

(Read detailed instructions for monitoring a MATE3 using WattPlot 4.7 and NetMATE.)

Once you have confirmed that NetMATE is perfect for your needs,
you can order a permanent activation  ($30).

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Note that WattPlot™ NetMATE is just one of whole suite of software tools for monitoring performance data from OutBack systems.  Other tools have more powerful capabilities:

Plot performance data in real-time, as it happens

Record production statistics and system activity down to the second

Monitor multiple systems, locally or over the internet

Respond to system conditions with automatic commands, email, etc.

Go to the WattPlot™ HOME page

How NetMATE works

If you set up your MATE3 appropriately, you can view its performance data by connecting into it from any browser.  However, you can only view this selected data - you can't feed it into more sophisticated monitoring software.

The situation is better for the MATE3 Data Stream.  If you turn on the Data Stream, you can get more detailed data, every second, that a program can analyse.  The receiving computer can also be anywhere (with internet access), and need not be on site, so long as it has a relatively static IP address.  Unfortunately, the MATE3 can only send that Data Stream to a single specific computer, whose IP address and listening port must be programmed directly into the MATE3.

WattPlot™ NetMATE removes this limitation, giving multiple computers ad hoc access to the MATE3 Data Stream without changing anything on the MATE3!

The MATE3 must be configured to send its Data Stream to a single monitoring computer, running WattPlot NetMATE as a Windows application.  You then turn on NetMATE's built-in TCP Server.  Now any compatible WattPlot software on any other computer can access the MATE3's data stream from anywhere (with optional password security).

The MATE3's UDP/IP and TCP/IP services are not mutually exclusive.  Using WattPlot NetMATE will not prevent you from still connecting directly into your MATE3 from a browser.

WattPlot™ NetMATE supports the following connectivity options:

  • MATE3 via UDP/IP
  • MATE3 via USB card
  • AXS Port via Modbus TCP
  • MATE or MATE2 via Serial port
  • MATE or MATE2 via TCP/IP-to-serial converter
  • MATE or MATE2 via compatible Serial-to-USB converter
  • MATE, MATE2, MATE3, or AXS Port to a WattPlot TCP/IP Server
  • MATE, MATE2, or MATE3 data captured for simulations (.OBM file)

You can also set up NetMATE's built-in email capability to inform you of critical OutBack system events.  Pick and choose which events you wish to be notified of, from the following list:

  • Device errors (can include AC grid power failures)
  • Device warnings
  • Communication failures
  • MATE command passed through
  • NetMATE was auto-started (might indicate a Windows reboot)
  • TCP server start failure
  • TCP server stopped
  • TCP client connection accepted

NOTE:  Most cell phone providers offer an email address, based on your phone number, that will convert email notifications to text messages.  So WattPlot™ NetMATE can easily text you about alerts!

A more detailed overview of the product is available in the WattPlot™ NetMATE User's Guide.

For More Information

If you would like more information, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us.

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