Planning of your network

Planning of your Maestro network

A bit of planning will optimize Maestro’s mesh network and ensure that devices communicate well.

HOW DOES MAESTRO’S CONNECTIVITY WORK?
Maestro’s connectivity uses two separate communication systems.
  • Wi-Fi allows the Maestro controller to communicate with your Wi-Fi router. Through this link, the Maestro has a secure connection to the outside world so that you can control your home’s ecosystem remotely with the Maestro app.
  • Zigbee connects the controller and Maestro thermostats to create a mesh network. This network allows the Maestro controller to exchange information with and control Maestro thermostats inside your home.
WHAT’S A MESH NETWORK?

A mesh network is a group of peer-to-peer connected devices without a centralized hierarchy that forms a net-like structure. Each device can send and relay data, thus extending the network’s reach.

The advantage of a mesh network is that the more devices you add, the better the network coverage will be. Since all access points are interconnected, data can follow different paths to reach their destination, thereby bypassing potential signal barriers. Your mesh network will always use the fastest route from point A to point B. Communication point redundancy also makes it possible to keep the network operational even if one of the points becomes inoperative.

With Maestro, this means that the signal emitted by a thermostat installed far from the controller can be relayed by an intermediate thermostat to improve communication quality.

That’s why it’s important to begin by installing the controller in a central location in your home when setting up a Maestro network. Then, you can proceed with the installation and connection of the thermostats, starting with the one closest to the controller and ending with the one that’s furthest away.

The more devices in the network, the stronger it will be. If the number of devices is limited, it’s possible to add repeaters or signal amplifiers to strengthen the network.

HOW TO PLAN YOUR MAESTRO NETWORK

A bit of planning will optimize Maestro’s mesh network and ensure that devices communicate well.

Plan to install the controller in a central location. Doing so will facilitate communication with the various rooms. In this example, the controller could be positioned at the entrance to the living room (1) or dining room (2).

Your home’s structure or certain materials inside it could hinder communication between the devices.

Material Potential signal reduction
Wood Low
Glass Low
Brick Medium
Marble Medium
Plaster or gypsum High
Cement High
Metal Very high

Try to anticipate potential signal barriers. In our model home, the signal may have a hard time getting to the master bathroom as the washer/dryer (3) and shower (4) could be barriers. If a Maestro thermostat is placed in the master bedroom (5), it will help relay the signals between the controller and the master bathroom thermostat.

Remember that positioning and a clear signal path also applies to the vertical plane. If your home has a basement, ground floor and upper floor, consider positioning the controller on the ground floor to ensure good connectivity with the basemen and upper floor.

HOW TO GET YOUR MAESTRO NETWORK ONLINE

For complete instructions, refer to the detailed user guide at www.stelpro.com/en-CA/maestro.

  • Install the controller and thermostats according to your plan.
  • Once the controller is powered up, enter the basic settings.
  • Download the free Maestro app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and create an account (tip: search for “Maestro Stelpro” to find the app faster).
  • Connect your controller to your Wi-Fi network and register it in the Maestro app.
  • Connect the thermostats to the controller, starting with the one closest to the controller with a communication path most likely to offer the fewest barriers. Continue adding thermostats from closest to furthest from the controller.
    • We recommend using the “Auto” connection mode. The controller will automatically select the channel that seems to be the least busy.
  • Refer to the user guide to set up advanced functions, such as room grouping, activity-based management, geofencing, consumption reports, etc.

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