- Release Notes
Commissioning New Installs¶
There are four primary ways to commision a SimplySNAP installation. We'll briefly outline each process below, and there are detailed steps included as an appendix to ensure the different processes don't run together.
Physical installation of lights is performed before or after commissioning, but these instructions assume that the lights are already installed and powered up. In cases where a scan of the 2D barcode or reading of a MAC address will be difficult post-installation, be sure to record the Controller Type, MAC address, and location of each SimplySNAP device before it's placed in a permanent home. It's also possible, and easiest, to use the Synapse Wireless Lighting Installer app to scan these devices as they're being physically installed.
The preferred and easiest way to commission a new SimplySNAP install. As soon as a lighting controller receives power, it can be discovered by the SimplySNAP Census function. This means that an installation is performed by discovering devices and then adding them into your installation. Each time the census runs, it will only contact lights that are in communication with a configured light controller. As controllers are added and configured, you'll need to run the census again to collect lights that are progressively further away. To learn more about using the Census button for site configuration, see Using Census for Site Commissioning
While not as easy as the Synapse Wireless Lighting Installer app or Census button, a comma-separated value (CSV) file is still easier than doing everything manually. SimplySNAP supports easy import of .CSV files that can be created in any spreadsheet or text editor program. You'll enter data on each of the lights, and the bulk of the configuration will be completed with one import. To learn more about creating and importing a .CSV file for site configuration, see Site Configuration Using a CSV File.
If your installation is small, or you're REALLY into lighting configuration, everything can be entered manually. This works great if you're adding new equipment to an existing installation, but we'll go ahead and caution you not to do this if you're just starting out.