The NCD WiFi Azure Gateway connects NCD Wireless Sensors directly to Microsoft® Azure® with an average setup time of about 5 minutes. The NCD WiFi Azure Gateway listens for sensor data from NCD Wireless Sensors up to 2 miles away and converts the incoming data into JSON strings with real-world human-readable values. Use the Azure Gateway to quickly and easily measure temperature directly on the Microsoft® Azure® cloud. Send humidity data, current measurements for power consumption, light level data, counter data, and much more. The NCD WiFi Azure Gateway is compatible with the entire NCD Enterprise product line of wireless sensors. The Azure Gateway automatically updates the Device Twin and sends Device to Cloud messages to Azure®. The Azure Gateway user interface supports up to 10 sensors while in configuration mode, displaying the signal strength and sensor data for each sensor during setup. In Run mode (daily use), the Azure Gateway will work with as many sensors as memory will allow (estimated to be greater than 20, but we did not set a hard limit). The Azure Gateway may also be used for configuration of basic settings of remote sensors. Learn more about Microsoft® Azure® here.
What Frequency Do I Need?
During purchase, you will see three frequency options. Not all options are legal for use in all areas, so it’s important to make the right selection during purchase. We will build your product and accessories based on the options chosen. Here, we will explain these options in much greater detail, but please check your local laws BEFORE purchase.
900MHz for North America (U.S., Canada, and Mexico)
If you are located in North America, the 900MHz Option will provide the longest range currently supported with the best penetration through walls, buildings, industrial equipment, and trees. This option is also the best choice for long range applications. The official Line of Sight rating for this option is 2 Miles with included antennas or 28 Miles with high-gain antennas. We suggest contacting Digi.com for a high-gain antenna recommendation if required. Please check your local laws before choosing this option.
868MHz for Europe Only
If you are located in Europe, the 868MHz Option is the only legal choice available at this time. This option offers better penetration through walls, builds, trees, and industrial equipment that 2.4GHz. The official line of site rating for this option is 14.5km using 2.1dBi antennas. Please check your local laws before choosing this option.
2.4Ghz for Worldwide Use (Except Europe)
The 2.4GHz option should be chosen if 900MHz and 868MHz are not legal for use in your country. Please note this particular module is NOT LEGAL for use in Europe, as it has a higher transmission power than is legally allowed at 2.4GHz. This option is certified for use in the United States, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea. Please check your local laws before choosing this option.
If you are unsure of which sensor option to choose, please contact us. We may be able to help determine which sensors are legal for use in your area.
Azure Gateway Configuration Pages
The NCD WiFi Azure Gateway includes a embedded web page configuration screen that makes setup easy, simply register the gateway with your WiFi router by selecting the network name and entering your password, then paste in your IoT Device Connection String:
IoT Security and Transparency Statement
All IoT Device Manufacturers should commit to IoT Security and Transparency. As a consumer, you have the right to a IoT Security and Transparency Statement BEFORE purchase, and we encourage all customers to demand this information from all IoT Manufacturers and Vendors. In an effort to be fully transparent with our customers, we will always disclose the most important security related information at the bottom of each product page for all IoT Devices. Under no circumstances does NCD use IoT devices to collect customer data, sensor readings, or other information without full disclosure. As a matter of NCD IoT Security Policy, any IoT device that collects any form of data must be disclosed in the IoT Security and Transparency Statement. In the statements below, we will use the term “Wireless” to indicate localized communications between the Sensors and the Gateway. We will use the term “WiFi” to indicate communications between the Gateway and the Internet. Relevant Security Information pertaining to this particular device is Indicated Below:
- This Device Connects to the Internet for the Purposes of Forwarding Wireless AES Encrypted Sensor Data to a 3rd Party Cloud Platform using WiFi Communications
- This Gateway Follows the Security Standards as Defined by the 3rd Party Cloud Platform
- This Gateway Cannot Function Without Following the Security Standards Set Forth by the 3rd Party Cloud Platform
- This Device Utilizes a Write-Only Application Layer, It is Not Possible to Remotely (Over the Internet) Upload Files or Launch Applications on this Device
- This Device Uses 128-Bit AES Encrypted Wireless Communications (Minimum) for Connection to NCD Wireless Sensors
- This Device is Equipped with a Default Wireless AES Encryption Key Common to All NCD Wireless Sensors at the Time of Shipping
- Users Have the Ability to Change the Default Wireless AES Encryption Key
- This Device Requires Physical Access to Change the Wireless AES Encryption Key
- Factory Resetting This Device will Not Alter the Wireless AES Encryption Key
- The Wireless AES Encryption Key is Stored in Protected Memory and Cannot be Accessed by our Firmware or Externally in Any Known Possible Way
- Disabling the Wireless AES Encryption Key is Not Supported by this Gateway or Sensors
- This Device Communicates to NCD Servers Upon Bootup for the Purposes of Checking for Firmware Updates ONLY
- This Device Communicates to NCD Servers Once per Day for the Purposes of Checking for Firmware Updates ONLY
- This Device Will Not Automatically Download or Install Firmware Updates
- This Device Does Not Send Access Keys, Tokens, Passwords, Encryption Keys or Any Form of Customer Data or any form of Sensor Data to NCD Servers
- Firmware Upgrades Require Physical Access to this Device that May be Initiated by Users, Installers, or NCD Engineers with Physical Access to the Device
- Firmware Upgrades Cannot be Initiated Remotely (Over the Internet)
- This Device is Configured Using a Secure WiFi Connection Connected Directly to your Computer or Smart Phone
- This Device Does Not Require an App for Configuration
- This Device Temporarily Stores Limited Sensor Data While in Configuration Mode for the Purposes of Demonstration and Configuration or Remote Sensors
- This Device Does Not Permanently Store Any Sensor Data While in Runtime (Daily Operation) Mode
- WiFi Communications is Limited to 2.4GHz
- WiFi Communications is Secured using WPA-PSK2 Security Standards during Device Configuration ONLY
- WiFi Communications is Secured by the Security Standards Defined by the Customer Router for Daily Use
- NCD Does Not Recommend the Use of This Device on a Open, Unsecured Networks
- WiFi Communications Supports the Following Security Standards for Daily Operation: OPEN, WEP, WPA_PSK, WPA2_PSK, WPA_WPA2_PSK, WPA2_ENTERPRISE
- This Device Will Store Access Keys, Tokens, and Passwords for the Purposes of Performing the Operations for which it is Intended
- This Device Supports a Hardware Reset Feature which Clears All Access Keys, Tokens, and Passwords from Memory and Erases Everything Except the Wireless AES Encryption Key
- NCD Does Have the Ability to Retrieve Access Keys, Tokens, and Passwords from this Device, but only if this Device is Physically Returned to our Office
- It is Possible for 3rd Parties to Retrieve Access Keys, Tokens, and Passwords from this Device with Extensive Programming Skills and Physical Access to this Device
- NCD is not Aware of Any Method or Process of Remotely Retrieving Access Keys, Tokens, or Passwords Without Physical Access to this Device
- Should this Device be Returned, NCD Will Not Send Any Data Extracted from this Device, Including Access Keys, Tokens, or Passwords to Any Party Under Any Circumstances
900HP-S3B Industrial Wireless Mesh
Long-Range Wireless Mesh networking is our favorite of all wireless communication technologies. This is the ONLY communications technology NCD recommends on the factory floor, operating at a safe 900MHz. Mesh technology will hop data from one location to another to reach its intended destination, users do not need to do anything other than make sure wireless modules stay within hopping range of each other. We use the Digi 900HP-S3B module in many of our products, as this is the best industry has to offer. With a 2 mile range between modules and up to 8 hops, it is possible to cover 16 miles of wireless territory using this technology. Using high-gain antennas, this module is capable of communicating to a remote module up to 28 miles away. Please note that data hopping only works between live devices. Data will not hop between sleeping sensors. Data will hop from sensors to gateways and modems. Data will also hop between gateways and modems.