What is an Atamate Gateway?

Atamate Gateways are devices that connect the Atamate Hub to different parts of the system using different communication protocols.

Atamate Gateways are devices that connect the Atamate Hub to various parts of your system using communication protocols.

The Hub has a connection to the HAN (Hub Area Network) which is an independent local area network (LAN) reserved for building control only (normally an Ethernet-based network). The gateways then bridge between the Ethernet HAN and other networks, for example BT5 (Bluetooth5 radio network), Modbus, DMX (lighting control) and DALI (lighting control).

The BT5 to Ethernet gateway is the most common gateway installed in Atamate systems. It could be in the form of a POE (Power over Ethernet) sensor unit - where both the power supply and data are passed down the same CAT5 cable back to the Hub - or from a separate POE processor board used to control other devices such as relays or keypad/NFC entry.

Gateways are often located out of sight, such as within ceiling voids or plant rooms, or behind light switches or integrated into a sensor unit.

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Why do I need gateways?

The Atamate system uses a BT5 (Bluetooth5 mesh) radio link to transport the data around a building. The gateway allows the BT5 network to be connected to the Hub, which is in a different location to the sensor, so that it can read all sensors and input devices, allowing for control of the output devices like lighting circuits and window motors.

Larger installations will have multiple gateways to reduce the number of ‘steps’ the BT5 messages have to make to get to the Hub. Multiple gateways are also installed for controlling devices that use different communications protocols e.g. air conditioning units or to communicate with legacy equipment that uses older communications protocols.

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