Technical Note Powering Xanbus network through

Technical Note Powering Xanbus network through
Technical Note
Powering Xanbus network through
Charge Controller AUX output
XW
Xantrex Technology Inc.
8999 Nelson Way
Burnaby, BC
V5A 4B5
Canada
www.xantrex.com
Scope
This Application Note provides procedures for powering the Xanbus Network from the XW
Solar Charge Controller Auxiliary Power Supply.
Introduction
Xanbus network allows the integration and communication of Xanbus enabled devices, thus
simplifying and automating capabilities such as configuration, control, and monitoring of the
power system. Except for the XW inverter/charger and the XW charge controller that
provide their own power, the rest of the XW devices power up from the Xanbus network. In
an XW system, the XW inverter/charger is the sole provider of power to the network,
capable of providing 15Vdc/200mA to each device in the system.
The XW charge controller (XW MPPT-60) could be used along with the XW system control
panel (XW SCP) and Xantrex Gateway in installations where the XW inverter/charger has
not been integrated into the power system. The XW Automatic Generator Start (XW AGS)
could also be integrated if the XW SCP is present, although features such a Stop Absorb,
Stop Float, and Start Load will no longer be available in the absence of the XW
inverter/charger. For such systems, however, an external power supply is required to
enable the Xanbus network.
Each component has its own power requirements. This is shown below:
XW SCP (2.3W)
Xantrex Gateway (2.4W wired mode)
Xantrex Gateway (~3 W wireless mode)
XW AGS (1.8W)
The XW charge controller’s auxiliary supply (Aux supply) can be used to enable the Xanbus
network. Note that the XW Charge controller’s Aux supply is limited to 200mA and 13V
(2.6W), capable of powering only one Xanbus device. It can supply enough power to one
XW SCP (2.3W), or one Gateway in wired mode (2.4W), however, it cannot supply enough
power for the Gateway in wireless mode (~3W). The XW AGS, on the other hand, consume
about 1.8W, but some relays are designed to run off 15V, so operation at 13V is not
guaranteed.
Alternatively, if a 120VAC contact is available, a Xanbus power adapter, part number 8651057, could be used instead. This power adapter is limited to 5.5W at voltages from 9V to
16V. For a Xanbus power adapter, contact Xantrex Technology at 1800-670-0707 or
customerservice@xantrex.com.
Note:
The MPPT Aux power is not continuous and will cycle once every 24 hours. This may cause
some strange network device behavior.
Technical Note
Powering Xanbus network through
Charge Controller AUX output
XW
Xantrex Technology Inc.
8999 Nelson Way
Burnaby, BC
V5A 4B5
Canada
www.xantrex.com
The Xanbus Cable:
Xanbus cable is a standard Category 5 (CAT 5 or CAT 5e) cable available from any computer
supply store. The cable consists of eight conductors in four twisted pairs with an RJ45
modular connector wired to the T568A standard. A Xanbus cable needs to be customized to
connect one end to the XW charge controller Aux supply.
The following table contains the arrangements of wire colors to pin numbers for the T568A
standard:
Pin Number
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Conductor
Name
NET_S
NET_S
NET_C
CAN_L
CAN_H
NET_C
NET_S
NET_C
CAT 5 Cable
Insulation Color
White/Green
Green
White/Orange
Blue
White/Blue
Orange
White/Brown
Brown
CAT 5e Cable
insulation Color
White/Orange
Orange
White/Green
Blue
White/Blue
Green
White/Brown
Brown
XW Charge Controller AUX supply:
The charge controller has a configurable auxiliary output (producing 5 to 13 volts and up to
200 mA) that can be used to power the Xanbus network and allow communication between
Xanbus enabled devices.
CAUTION!
The Aux supply is intended only to energize a low-current circuit. Connection to a highamperage device will open the fuse in the common line and possibly damage the unit.
The Aux supply is located inside the wiring compartment where the terminals connectors for
DC wiring are located. See below:
Technical Note
Powering Xanbus network through
Charge Controller AUX output
XW
Xantrex Technology Inc.
8999 Nelson Way
Burnaby, BC
V5A 4B5
Canada
www.xantrex.com
Customizing Xanbus cable (Network Power supply cable):
1. Use standard CAT5 Ethernet cable and wire one end of the cable to be connected to the
MPPT Aux supply terminal block:
Pins 1, 2 and 7 are positive and pins 3, 6 and 8 are negative. Do not connect to pins 4
and 5 as they are for network communication.
Be aware that the network devices do not have reverse polarity protection so improper
connections will cause permanent damage. To avoid the risk of damaging the devices, it
is recommended that a series diode be placed in the positive connection (Anode to MPPT
and Cathode to network device). Once the polarity is verified as correct, the polarity
diode should be removed so that it does not limit the power to the network.
2. Next connect the power cable to the MPPT Aux Terminal Block. The left side is positive
and the right side is negative when the unit is installed upright.
Technical Note
Powering Xanbus network through
Charge Controller AUX output
XW
Xantrex Technology Inc.
8999 Nelson Way
Burnaby, BC
V5A 4B5
Canada
www.xantrex.com
Connecting Xanbus network:
1. The RJ45 end of the network power supply cable simply plugs into any available Xanbus
Port. It can be plug directly into any of the XW charge controller Xanbus Ports to keep
the cable short and inside the wiring box.
2. Using standard Xanbus cable (not modified cable), link each device on the network in a
daisy chain layout.
3. Two terminators are required to ensure the communication signal quality on the
network. Ensure that the Xanbus devices at each end of the chain have a male
terminator inserted into their open network ports.
Configuring the AUX Supply:
1. Press the MPPT Enter Button to bring up the Menu.
2. Press the down button until the display says Display Menu
3. Press the Enter Button Once
4. Press the Up Button Once
5. Check that the unit is configured for Advanced Display mode. Change to the advanced
display mode if it is not.
6. Press the Exit Button Once
7. Press the Down Button until the display says Aux Menu
8. Press the Enter Button Once
9. Press the Down Button until the Output Level is Displayed.
10. Set the Output Level to 13V.
11. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to the Output Mode and make sure that it is
configured for Active High
12. Use the Up/Down buttons to scroll to the Aux Control Mode and then press the Enter
Button followed by the Up Button to change the Aux Supply to Manual On.
13. The MPPT should now be supplying power to its Aux Power terminal block and powering
the network if the power cable has been correctly connected.
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