Frequently Asked Questions
Can I download the latest MLink Software?
Yes, MLink-S Version 1.8.3 can be downloaded here.
Do environmental conditions, like rain or snow, have any effect on data accuracy?
No, the Stealth Stud's accuracy of data collection is not affected by weather conditions. However, if snow is deep and covers the unit for prolonged periods of time (greater than 4 weeks) then the stud will stop counting until it gets enough light to charge and return to counting. We have previously had experience of units going for longer than 6 weeks without sunlight and still operating fully.
How does the Stealth Stud record data?
Volume data is recorded to memory in binned one minute intervals.
How much data will the stud store?
The stud will store up to one year of data before the memory is filled. However, we recommend downloading your data and clearing the memory of the stud on a more frequent basis.
What happens if the stud is not exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time?
With a full charge, the stud will usually continue to count for 4 to 6 weeks without exposure to light. Once the battery is drained, the stud will need 3-4 days of exposure to light to recharge and start counting again.
A full charged battery will read 4.0v or higher. If the voltage drops to 2.9v, radio communications are disabled until the voltage returns to 3.6 volts.
I have multiple radio modules for communicating with the studs. Are there any issues I should be aware of?
Yes. While the studs will communicate with any working radio module, after you have used one module to communicate with a stud there is a 5 minute timeout period before the stud will talk to a different radio module.
Communicating with the stud and retrieving data sometimes gets interrupted. What might the problem be?
This kind of problem usually means the signal between the stud and the radio module is not strong. The following list should be checked:
1. Is the radio module’s antenna screwed on fully?
2. Is the radio module’s antenna being aimed at the stud?
3. Are there other wifi signals (like a smartphone hot spot) that could be interfering with
the signal? If so, try disabling these for the data transfer.