Note: Sense is not currently compatible with 5Ghz networks.
Electrical panels are electrically noisy places and, as you might imagine, the RF (radio frequency) conditions near your home's panel mean that Sense needs a strong Wi-Fi connection in order to overcome any potential interference.
If your Sense monitor is not connecting to your Wi-Fi network, run a Network Connection Test in the app. This will run automatic diagnostics on your network and detail any points of failure along with troubleshooting tips.
Here are some simple things you can try:
- First, double check that the Wi-Fi antenna is correctly installed, the Sense monitor is on, and that your Wi-Fi router is on and working properly and that you have a consistent internet connection.
- If you are still unable to connect to your Wi-Fi network, there could be an issue with your network’s signal strength. To remedy this, we recommend moving your router closer to where Sense is installed, or installing another access point. However, if the router or access point is located too close to Sense (within 3-5 feet), it's possible that this could be providing too strong of a signal. Try moving it further away to see if that helps. -70dB to -35dB is the best operating range for Sense. You can check your signal strength with a variety of of mobile apps. Just search "Wi-Fi signal strength" in your mobile app store or reach out to Sense Support for a recommendation.
- If you have multiple routers or access points, make sure the one that is closest to your Sense monitor has a different SSID, so that your Sense monitor doesn't accidentally try to connect to one of the other access points.
- If you don't see your Wi-Fi network listed but do see others, tap "Other Network" to manually enter your network's details. If you don't see any networks listed, tap "Continue Anyways" to manually enter your network's details.
- Disable the Band Steering option in your router's settings. Band steering sometimes causes 2.4gHz "Legacy" devices to lose connection on networks that broadcast both 2.4gHz and 5 gHz signals.
- In the United States Wi-Fi channels 12 and 13 are reserved for official use, so Sense will not connect to networks using those channels. For best results, make sure the network you're connecting to is set to channel 6 or 11.