The Power Scheduler allows users to implement default power schedules or build custom schedules to implement power-saving measures for Thread hardware, optimizing the use of power when operating in environments requiring solar panels or with other limited power sources. The Power Scheduler feature sets time parameters to determine when a Thread is awake (powered on and available to process commands or upload data) and when it is in sleep mode. Default schedule options cover most normal use-case power scenarios, while customizable schedules allow the user to implement a schedule specific to their needs. The Power Scheduler is set to 'Always On' by default, so the Thread is always available to process commands and record data.
Note: To change the Power Schedule, the Thread must be awake and online. If the Thread is asleep offline, the change will go into affect the next time the Thread is available to process commands.
Navigating to Thread Power Schedule
1. Connection- Click on the desired Thread on the Connections side of the Network page, then navigate to the 'Edit Configuration' tab on the left.
2. Edit Configuration- Click on the "Edit Configuration" button on the left side of the Thread screen.
3. Dropdown Selection- Clicking the dropdown option allows the user to view and select Default power schedules and user-customized schedules that have already been configured. Default options are illustrated below.
4. Scheduler Settings- Clicking the cogwheel opens a pop-out window allowing the user to view schedule cycles, and create, modify, or delete custom schedules.
Using a pre-made default schedule is a quick way to apply the most commonly used schedules. The default schedules don't require any setup and can be found in the Schedule dropdown bar.
Each default schedule will come with different pre-configured schedule rows (Wake Duration, Repeat, and Time settings). The default schedules cannot be edited, but you can quickly clone the schedule and edit it to your desired preferences.
Select a default schedule to view its different settings. Green bars indicate the Thread will be powered on, while white bars indicate that the Thread will be asleep.
Creating New Schedules
Custom power schedules can be created to best suit asset monitoring needs. Follow the steps outlined in Step 4 above to navigate to the Power Schedule settings window.
Once in the Power Schedule Editor, click the icon at the top right corner. You can name the schedule, select your time zone, wake duration, if it repeats, and the time frame for the wake duration.
Name: Create a unique name for your custom schedule. Everyone within your organization will then be able to use this schedule on any Thread.
Wake Duration: Defines how long the Thread and connected devices/sensors are awake. During this time, the Thread will process commands and read data from the connected devices/sensors.
Repeat: Sets the frequency that the Wake Duration repeats.
Time: Sets the start and end time for the selected schedule row.
Additional Schedule Row: To create another row, click the icon located to the right of the Time Zone. Configure your Wake Duration, Repeat, and Time settings for the new row.
Once you have configured all the parameters, click 'Create' in the bottom right corner. This creates a new Power Schedule that is now available to all users within your organization. To use the schedule on a Thread, you must select it in the 'Edit Configuration' Page and hit 'Apply'.
An existing custom power schedule can be edited or cloned in order to modify it to better suit your specifications. Follow the steps above outlined in Step 4 of Navigating to Thread Power Scheduler to navigate to the Power Schedule settings window. Click the icon in the top right corner while viewing the desired custom schedule.
Note: Default Schedules cannot be modified. Please copy the default schedule and edit to your specifications.
The custom schedule will load the time zone selector and a Schedule Row (Wake Duration, Repeat, and Time) for you to edit. Click Update in the bottom right to save the changes you made.
To clone an existing power schedule choose the schedule you want to clone in the Schedule selection bar. Default schedules and custom schedules can both be cloned. Click the icon in the top right corner to start cloning. Once you have cloned the schedule, create a unique name. The Schedule Row will populate for you to modify. After renaming and modifying the schedule, click "Create" in the lower right corner of the window to save the new power schedule.
Choose the schedule you want to delete in the Schedule selection bar. Click the icon in the top right corner. Once you confirm your action, the schedule will be permanently deleted.
Note: You need edit access for all Threads that the power schedule is active on in order to delete it.