BACnet Explorer Next Generation (NG) FS-BENG-XStart-up GuideAPPLICABILITY & EFFECTIVITYEffective for all systems manufactured after June 2017.Document Revision: 1.D

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideTechnical SupportThank you for purchasing the BACnet Explorer from Sierra Monitor Corporation.Please call us for any technical support needs related to the FieldServer product.Sierra Monitor Corporation1991 Tarob CourtMilpitas, CA 95035Website: www.sierramonitor.comU.S. Support Information: 1 408 262-6611 1 800 727-4377Email: [email protected] Support Information: 44 2033 1813 41Email: [email protected] Support

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideTABLE OF CONTENTS1BACnet Explorer Description . 52Equipment Setup . 62.1Physical Dimensions. 62.1.1FS-BENG-C Drawing . 62.1Mounting . 72.2Attaching the Antenna(s) . 72.3FS-BENG-C: Inserting the SIM Card . 83Installing the BACnet Explorer . 93.1RS-485 . 93.1.1Connection P1 Port . . 93.210/100 Ethernet Connection Port . 104Operation . 114.1Power up the Device. 115Connecting to the BACnet Explorer . 125.1Using the FieldServer Toolbox . 125.2Connect Using a Web Browser . 135.3Logging into BACnet Explorer . 145.3.1Change Password . 155.4Add Additional Users . 155.5Manage Users . 156Configuring the BACnet Explorer . 176.1Configuration . 176.1.1Network Settings . 176.1.2Local Settings – BACnet . 196.1.3Remote Settings – Foreign Device Registration for BBMD Support . 206.1.4Common Network Settings . 217Using the BACnet Explorer . 227.1Discover the Device List . 227.2View Device Details and Explore Points/Parameters . 237.3Edit the Present Value Field . 267.4Track Devices via Monitor View . 287.5View Data Logging Information with Historian . 30Appendix A Specifications . 33Appendix B References . 34Appendix B.1. Understanding FDR . 34Appendix B.2. Understanding BACnet BBMD and NAT Routing . 34Appendix C Troubleshooting . 36Appendix C.1. Kaspersky Endpoint Security 10 . 36Appendix D Limited 2 Year Warranty . 37Table of Contents

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideLIST OF FIGURESFigure 1: BACnet Explorer NG FS-BENG-C and FS-BENG-W Dimensions . 6Figure 2: DIN Rail . 7Figure 3: Micro SIM Card Slot . 8Figure 4: RS-485 R2 Connection Port . 9Figure 5: Ethernet Connection .10Figure 6: Connecting Power .11Figure 7: BACnet Explorer Login Page .13Figure 8: Login Window .14Figure 9: BACnet Explorer Landing Page.14Figure 10: Profile Settings Window .15Figure 11: Manage Users Settings .15Figure 12: Select User .16Figure 13: Edit User Information .16Figure 14: Configuration Button Functions .17Figure 15: Network Settings Page – IP Settings .17Figure 16: Network Settings Page – WiFi Client, WiFi Access Point and Cellular Settings .18Figure 17: Connection Settings .19Figure 18: Connection Parameters.19Figure 19: FDR Enabled Checkbox .20Figure 20: FDR IP Fields .20Figure 21: FS-GUI Landing Page .21Figure 22: FS-GUI Common Network Settings .21Figure 23: BACnet Explorer Page .22Figure 24: Discovery Window.22Figure 25: Device List .23Figure 26: Device Sub-items .23Figure 27: Full Device Sub-items .24Figure 28: Simplified Device Details .24Figure 29: Additional Device Details.25Figure 30: Highlighted Present Value .26Figure 31: Write Property Window.26Figure 32: Updated Present Value .27Figure 33: Selected Device Properties for Monitor View.28Figure 34: Highlighted Monitor View Tab.28Figure 35: Monitor View Showing Tracked Device Properties .29Figure 36: Data Logging Window .29Figure 37: Periodic Log Type .29Figure 38: Change of Value Log Type .29Figure 39: Historian Page .30Figure 40: Historian Settings Window .30Figure 41: Confirmation Window .30Figure 42: Historian Graph .31Figure 43: Selected Portion of Historian Graph .32Figure 44: Specifications .33Figure 45: BBMD Scenario 1 – Interconnected IP Network .34Figure 46: BBMD Scenario 2 – NAT Routing .35Figure 47: Kaspersky ES10 Settings .36Figure 48: Web Anti-Virus Trusted URLs .36List of Figures

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide1BACNET EXPLORER DESCRIPTIONThe BACnet Explorer NG provides a discovery tool for any BACnet/IP or BACnet MS/TP network withoutany additional dongles or installations needed. BBMD BACnet network discovery is also supported.The BACnet Explorer comes in two models. The FS-BENG-W model has one RS-485 port, one Ethernet10/100 port and supports Wi-Fi network connection. The FS-BENG-C model supports cellularconnections as well as all ports and support offered by the FS-BENG-W model.Additionally, the Explorer acts as a Wi-Fi access point for modern web based configuration and remoteaccess from any mobile device without user restrictions.The BACnet Explorer NG also includes Monitor View and Historian data analysis features that allowtracking and logging of individual device data points across the connected network in real-time.Page 5 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide22.1EQUIPMENT SETUPPhysical Dimensions2.1.1 FS-BENG-C DrawingPower PortCellular AntennaSocketWi-Fi AntennaSocketP1 Serial PortFigure 1: BACnet Explorer NG FS-BENG-C and FS-BENG-W DimensionsNOTE: The drawing above includes the cellular antenna and SIM card slot on the top side of theunit. These only exist on the FS-BENG-C and not on the FS-BENG-W.Page 6 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide2.1MountingThe BACnet Explorer NG can be mounted using the DIN rail mounting bracket on the back of the unit.Din RailBracketFigure 2: DIN Rail2.2Attaching the Antenna(s)Wi-Fi Antenna:If using the FS-BENG-W (Wi-Fi) or FS-BENG-C (Cellular & Wi-Fi) models, screw in the Wi-Fi antenna tothe front of the unit as shown in Figure 1.Cellular Antenna:If using the FS-BENG-C model, screw in the long cellular antenna on the top of the unit as shown inFigure 1.Page 7 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide2.3FS-BENG-C: Inserting the SIM CardNOTE: A micro 3G SIM card must be purchased from an AT&T, Kore Telematics or Vodafonecellular provider to set up Cellular functionality and create a data plan for the ProtoAir.Insert the SIM card into the Micro SIM card slot shown below.Figure 3: Micro SIM Card SlotSee Section 6 to complete cellular setting configuration.Page 8 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide33.1INSTALLING THE BACNET EXPLORERRS-4853.1.1 Connection P1 PortNOTE: Ensure RS-485 is selected by checking that the number 4 DIP Switch is set to the left side.Connect to the 3-pin connector as shown below.TX RX- GNDFigure 4: RS-485 R2 Connection PortThe following Baud Rates are supported on the P1 Port:9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 768003.1.1.1 WiringRS-485BMS RS-485 WiringBACnet Explorer NGPin AssignmentRS-485 RS-485 GNDTX RX GNDNOTE: Use standard grounding principles for GND.Page 9 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide3.210/100 Ethernet Connection PortEthernet PortFigure 5: Ethernet ConnectionThe Ethernet Port is used both for BACnet/IP communications and for configuring the BACnet Explorervia the Web App. To connect the BACnet Explorer, either connect the PC to the Explorer’s Ethernet portor connect the Explorer and PC to an Ethernet switch. Use CAT5 cables for the connection.NOTE: The Default IP Address of the BACnet Explorer is, Subnet Mask is255.255.255.0.Page 10 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide44.1OPERATIONPower up the DeviceApply power to the device. Ensure that the power supply used complies with the specifications provided.Ensure that the cable is grounded using the FG or “Frame GND” terminal. The BACnet Explorer NG ispowered by 12-24V DC.FG– Figure 6: Connecting PowerPage 11 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide5CONNECTING TO THE BACNET EXPLORERThe FieldServer Toolbox Application can be used to discover and connect to the BACnet Explorer on alocal area network. To manually connect to the BACnet Explorer using the Toolbox, click on the plus icon( ) and enter the IP Address, or enter the Internet IP Address into a web browser.5.1Using the FieldServer Toolbox Install the Toolbox application from the USB drive or get it from the Sierra Monitor website. Use the Toolbox application to find the BACnet Explorer, change the IP Address details (ifrequired) and launch the Web App (by clicking the Connect button).Page 12 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide5.2Connect Using a Web Browser Open a Web Browser and input the BACnet Explorer’s IP Address. The Default IP Address ofthe BACnet Explorer is, Subnet Mask is If the PC and the BACnet Explorer are on different IP Networks, assign a Static IP Address tothe PC on the 192.168.2.X network.Figure 7: BACnet Explorer Login PagePage 13 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide5.3Logging into BACnet Explorer Click the orange “Login” button and enter user name and password informaiton into the LoginWindow.NOTE: The default user name is “admin” and default password is “admin”.Figure 8: Login Window The BACnet Explorer landing page will open once valid user information has been entered andthe “Log In” button is clicked.Figure 9: BACnet Explorer Landing PageNOTE: The FieldPoP tab(see Figure 9) allows users to connect to FieldPoP,Sierra Monitor’s device cloud solution for the IIOT. FieldPoP enables secure remoteconnection to field devices through a FieldServer and its local applications forconfiguration, management, maintenance. For more information about FieldPoP, refer tothe FieldPoP Device Cloud Start-up Guide.Page 14 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide5.3.1 Change Password Once logged in, click on the profile dropdown menu (page. Then click on Settings () in the top right corner of any) to open the Profile Settings window.Figure 10: Profile Settings Window Fill in the old password and the two new password fields, then click the change password button. A sucessful password update message will appear, click the “x” in the upper right corner of thewindow to exit the Profile Settings window.5.4Add Additional Users Once in the Profile Settings window, fill in the username, the two password and role fields.NOTE: An administrator role has full access to the BACnet Explorer and user management, whilea user role does not have user management capability. 5.5Click the Add User button to save the new user.Manage Users When more than one user is generated for the BACnet Explorer, the Manage Users field willappear in the Profile Settings window.Figure 11: Manage Users SettingsPage 15 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideNOTE: Only administrators are able to see and edit the Manage User fields. To edit a user entry, select a specific user from the dropdown menu.Figure 12: Select User This opens up multiple fields that allow editing of user information.Figure 13: Edit User Information Select the action to perform:oReset user password – Fill in the two password fields and click the Reset Password buttonoChange user role – Select the desired role in the dropdown menu and click the Change RolebuttonoDelete user – Simply click the Delete User button and the user entry will be deletedPage 16 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide6CONFIGURING THE BACNET EXPLORER6.1ConfigurationBy default the BACnet Explorer will open up on the BACnet Explorer page (Figure 9). Navigate toConfiguration by clicking on the Configuration button, found along the left side of the page. The BACnetExplorer settings are split up into three types: Local Settings, Remote Settings and Network Settings.The table below describes how the buttons at the bottom of each page function.ButtonDefinitionClick to save settings. Saving will require the device to be restarted.Click to clear the current settings before saving; if settings have been saved theReset button is unavailable.Click to change settings back to factory defaults.SaveResetDefaultsFigure 14: Configuration Button FunctionsThe following sections explain the setting parameters by type for BACnet Explorer configuration.6.1.1 Network SettingsThe IP Settings for the BACnet Explorer NG are used by BACnet/IP. The IP Settings can be edited in theNetwork Settings section as shown.Figure 15: Network Settings Page – IP SettingsPage 17 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideScroll down to view and edit the Wi-Fi Client, Wi-Fi Access Point and Cellular Settings.Figure 16: Network Settings Page – WiFi Client, WiFi Access Point and Cellular SettingsNOTE: Cellular Settings only available on FS-BENG-C models.Page 18 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide6.1.2 Local Settings – BACnetEnter the fields for the settings described below as needed:Figure 17: Connection SettingsParameterDefinitionAll ConnectionsNetwork NumberThe BACnet network number for the connection. Legal values are 1-65534.Each network number must be unique across the entire BACnet internetwork.The Internal Network Number is used for internal BACnet traffic and has to beunique across the BACnet network.BACnet/IP SettingsIP PortThe BACnet/IP default is 47808 (0xBAC0), but other port numbers can may bespecified.BACnet MS/TP SettingsMAC AddressMax MasterMax Info FramesBAUD RateToken Usage Timeout (ms)Legal values are 0-127, must be unique on the physical network.The highest MAC address to scan for other MS/TP master devices. The defaultof 127 is guaranteed to discover all other MS/TP master devices on the network.The number of transactions the BACnet Explorer may initiate while it has theMS/TP token. Default is 50.The serial baud rate used on the network.The number of milliseconds the router will wait before deciding that anothermaster has dropped the MS/TP token. This value must be between 20ms and100ms. Choose a larger value to improve reliability when working with slowMS/TP devices that may not be able to meet strict timing specifications.Figure 18: Connection ParametersPage 19 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide6.1.3 Remote Settings – Foreign Device Registration for BBMD SupportThe BACnet Explorer uses “Foreign Device Registration” or “FDR” to communicate to BACnet/IP deviceson another network. Follow the instructions below to enable FDR between the BACnet Explorer and aremote network: Click the “Enabled” checkbox under the Foreign Device Registration section of the BACnetSettings.Figure 19: FDR Enabled Checkbox Enter the Remote BACnet Router’s externally mapped IP Address and BACnet/IP Port to theappropriate Foreign Device Registration fields. This allows the BACnet Explorer to discoverBACnet devices on the remote network.Figure 20: FDR IP FieldsNOTE: The user must uncheck the “Enabled” checkbox to allow the BACnet Explorer to discoveron the local network.NOTE: See Appendix B for additional details concerning FDR and BBMD.Page 20 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide6.1.4 Common Network SettingsChoose the preferred connection when both Ethernet and Wi-Fi Client connections are available bychanging the Primary Connection. Go to the FS-GUI page by clicking thelink, found at the bottom of the page.Figure 21: FS-GUI Landing Page Click Setup, then Network Settings in the Navigation panel. Then click the Common tab. Select the desired option from the Primary Connection drop-down menu. Click Update Common Settings, then click on System Restart to restart the gateway and activatethe new settings.Figure 22: FS-GUI Common Network SettingsNOTE: The fields below the update button show the settings as they were set for IP Settings orWi-Fi Client. They are not editable on the Common page.Page 21 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide7USING THE BACNET EXPLORER Click on the BACnet Explorer button on the left side of the screen to go to the BACnet Explorerpage.Figure 23: BACnet Explorer Page7.1Discover the Device List To discover the devices connected to the same subnet as the BACnet Explorer, click theDiscover button(binocular icon). This will open the Discovery window, click the checkboxes next to the desired discovery settingsand click Discover to start the search.Figure 24: Discovery WindowPage 22 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideNOTE: Allow the devices to populate before interacting with the device list for optimalperformance. Any discovery or explore process will cause a green message to appear inthe upper right corner of the browser to confirm that the action is complete.Figure 25: Device List7.2View Device Details and Explore Points/Parameters To view the device details, click the blue plus sign ( ) next to the desired device in the list.oThis will show only some of the device properties for the selected aspect of a deviceFigure 26: Device Sub-itemsPage 23 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide To view the full details of a device, go back to highlighting the device directly (in Figure 27“50001”) and click the Explore buttonor double-click the device/object.Figure 27: Full Device Sub-itemso Now additional device details are viewable; however, the device can be explored even furtherClick on one of the device details.Figure 28: Simplified Device DetailsPage 24 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide Then click on the Explore button or double-click the device object.Figure 29: Additional Device DetailsA full list of the device details will appear on the right side window. If changes are expected since the lastexplore, simply press the Refresh buttonthat appears on the upper right side of the screenwhen highlighting individual properties to refresh all the values.NOTE: The Explorer Search Bar will find devices based on their Device ID.NOTE: The Explorer Discovery Tree has 3 levels that correspond to the following. Network numberoDevice Device objectPage 25 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide7.3Edit the Present Value FieldThe only recommended field to edit via BACnet Explorer is the device’s present value field.NOTE: Other BACnet properties are editable (such as object name, object description, etc.);however, this is not recommended because the BACnet Explorer is a discovery tool not aBuilding Management System (BMS). To edit the present value, select it in the property listings.Figure 30: Highlighted Present Value Then click the write buttonWrite Property window.(found in the upper right corner of the screen) to bring up theFigure 31: Write Property Window Enter the appropriate change and click write.Page 26 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideA check will appear inside the save button and the window will close. When the BACnet Explorerpage appears the present value will be changed as specified.Figure 32: Updated Present ValuePage 27 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide7.4Track Devices via Monitor ViewBefore using the Monitor View page, device properties must be selected to be monitored for analysis andtesting. To do so follow the instructions below: When viewing the expanded device properties on the BACnet Explorer page, click the checkboxunder Monitor for any property to track.Figure 33: Selected Device Properties for Monitor View Once all properties are selected for that data type, click the monitor button Wait for the configuration to complete, then click on the Monitor View tab.Figure 34: Highlighted Monitor View TabPage 28 of 37.

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide To log data for Historian or FieldPoP, click the checkbox under the Log column.Figure 35: Monitor View Showing Tracked Device Properties Click on the graph icon (window.) to the right of the listed data elements to open the Data LoggingFigure 36: Data Logging Window Select the type of logging for the data point and set the logging interval, COV threshold value orCOV max scan time as they apply.Figure 37: Periodic Log TypeFigure 38: Change of Value Log Type Click Save to set the data logging settings and move on to Section 7.5.NOTE: Up to 30 days of data can be recorded and stored.Page 29 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide7.5View Data Logging Information with HistorianNOTE: Historian can log up to 8,000 data points. Click the Historian tab on the left side of the page.Figure 39: Historian Page Click on the Settings button (gear icon) to set up data to graph.Figure 40: Historian Settings Window Click the checkbox next to the data element to graph.oAny combination of elements can be selectedNOTE: A data element is only visible when it is set for data logging as shown in Section 7.4. Click Submit to generate a graph for each element selected.oTo delete a log, check the boxes next to the properties to delete and click the delete button;then click “Yes” to confirmFigure 41: Confirmation WindowPage 30 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up Guide After a few seconds the graph should appearFigure 42: Historian GraphTo view individual values of data, scroll across the graph to show a text box that states each exactpoint and the location of that point on the graph via a blue dot.To view a graph of only select dates/time frames, move the cursor towards the miniature version ofthe graph that is shown just below the full size graph. Hover the cursor over the miniature graph so thatthe cursor becomes a crosshair ( ).Click and hold near the beginning or ending time frame desired, then drag the crosshair towards theending or beginning time frame; all within the confines of the miniature graph.Page 31 of 37

BACnet Explorer Start-up GuideThe full-size version of the graph will populate accordingly.Figure 43: Selected Portion of Historian GraphAny additional edits to the time frame can be adjusted by clicking and dragging the wedge markers oneither side of the highlighted portion of the miniature graph.To go back to the full graph, click on any faded portion of the miniature graph.NOTE: The data selected in Historian is also available via FieldPoP REST API, contact SMCTechnical Support for a copy of the REST API Start-up Guide.Page 32 of 37


The BACnet Explorer NG provides a discovery tool for any BACnet/IP or BACnet MS/TP network without any additional dongles or installations needed. BBMD BACnet network discovery is also supported. The BACnet Explorer comes in two mode