Configuring Location and Time

Location

The location of your SimplySNAP installation determines the proper sunrise and sunset times for automated systems, determines if and when daylight savings time is applied to the system, and helps provide accurate positioning on map views. The location of the site controller is entered by navigating to the Config page and clicking the Location & Time tab. Entering the longitude and latitude for your installation using the fields provided under the Site Controller Location heading, and then click the Update Location button.

Offline Maps

If your site controller is connected to the internet via a LAN connection, entering the location will prompt the Map page to display the site controller's location on a map overlay. If the site controller will not have continuous internet access, you should enable the offline map by clicking the Enable toggle under the Offline Map heading, and then clicking the Enable Offline Maps button. This will download the map of your installation for use when internet access is not available.

Configuring the System Date and Time

A site controller can maintain an internal clock, but for maximum accuracy you should use an NTP server.

To configure System Date and Time using an NTP server:

  1. Navigate to the Location & Time tab by clicking Config - Location & Time.
  2. Scroll down to the System Date & Time heading and click the Enable toggle under the NTP Sync heading.
  3. Enter the address of the NTP Server you want your site controller to use for the time. A list of publicly available NTP servers is accessed at http://www.pool.ntp.org/en/.
  4. Click the Save Date & Time button to save the new settings,or the Cancel button to exit without saving.

To manually enter System Date and Time:

  1. Navigate to the Location & Time tab by clicking Config - Location & Time.
  2. Scroll down to the System Date & Time heading and ensure that the Disable toggle under the NTP Sync heading is selected.
  3. Enter the current date and time in the New Date & Time field.
  4. Select your time zone using the New Time Zone drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Save Date & Time button to save the new settings, or the Cancel button to exit without saving.