Quick Start Guide

by | Apr 8, 2017 | GRIDlink ADR-Group, Installation

Network Planning
If you intend to use a corporate Local Area Network as the Internet connection, it is highly recommended that you contact the IT Manager before arriving at the job site. Make certain that the GRIDlink ADR will be able to operate as a DHCP client on the network by sending a letter explaining what is needed. See Letter to IT Manager

If DHCP will not be permitted then a static IP Address must be assigned. This is best done at the factory prior to shipment.

It is recommended to contact tech support and set up the GRIDview account. Using the Subscriptions you can add the installer’s phone number to receive alerts and test functionality before the VTN is set up. This way when the installer has successfully connected the GRIDlink, a text will be received confirming all is well.

If you intend to give GRIDlink a static IP address on site. On installation day bring:


  • A laptop with Toolkit installed and registered. more …
  • The latest Toolkit project file supplied by tech support.
  • Serial/CAT5E cable assembly. more …
After you have mounted your GRIDlink ADR either on a DIN rail or surface mount using the 2 mounting screw holes provided it is then a simple 3 step process.


Do not remove the module from the base or swap the module with any other GRIDlink base unless directed to do so by tech support. Improper re-seating can cause the GRIDlink outputs not to function properly.

1.  Connect your load shed relay.

Most Utilities use the HIGH relay for load shedding. Terminals: (-) 18 (+) 8

MODERATE was created for a second tier lesser load shed but is rarely used so it is optional. In some special cases it is used for taking extra load prior to the Event for example “Pre-Cooling”. Terminals: (-) 18 (+) 37

PENDING (also optional) can be used to notify personnel that an Event is coming. The relay can be wire to a beacon for example. Terminals: (-) 18 (+) 7

2.  Connect 10-30VDC regulated power to the GRIDlink on terminals 24 &          25 from the power supply.

You should see the PWR LED illuminate. It can be blinking or solid depending on the network configuration.

3.  Insert the CAT5E cable from the LAN to the RJ45 port located on the           top right of the controller.

Connection to the Utility Server
GRIDlink is generally shipped with a test account to the Utility’s server, so this connection does not need to be configured prior to installation. It serves to confirm a connection. No test Events will be sent from this account. When the account information is received from the Utility it can be loaded over GRIDview at any time. Contact support for any questions.
You should immediately see the Ethernet 100 and ACT LEDs illuminate. This is an indication that the cable is good,it is seated properly in the port and it is connected to a network.

GRIDlink supports DHCP so it will obtain it’s IP address automatically from the network. After about 2 minutes, the PWR LED should be ON solid. If it is blinking then the GRIDlink was not able to obtain an IP address. If the GRIDlink has been left on for several hours without a CAT5E cable connection it probably has not been able to acquire an IP address, it may need to be power cycled. If the GRIDlink still does not acquire an IP address then check the trouble shooting Guide or contact the IT Manager.

Within 2 or 3 minutes of acquiring an IP address, the GRIDlink will connect to the Ulility’s VTN or a test site and when successful the DO4 will illuminate.

If a Text Message Subscription was set up in advance, a SMS text will be received stating that the GRIDlink is ON LINE with GRIDview.

You are done!

Trouble Shooting
If GRIDlink continues to be OFF LINE see GRIDlink will not Connect in the Online User Manual