Wi-Fi, Cellular, or Ethernet: Which Is the Best Option for Generator Remote Monitoring?

Wi-Fi, cellular, and ethernet are the most common forms of communication systems used by generator operators to perform generator remote monitoring functions. Each of these options has its advantages, meaning that what works for one business may not work for the next. Determining which is ideal for your operations is the key to achieving the reliable monitoring you require for your generator systems. At Gen-Tech Power Generation Specialists, it is our pleasure to help you determine which will provide a reliable connection between your generator and your personnel.

Wi-Fi for Generator Remote Monitoring

Wi-Fi is popular because it is inexpensive to set up and maintain. They do not require a special data plan and installation can typically be performed by in-house IT personnel or contractors. In addition, Wi-Fi connections are reliable as long as there is not a great distance between the generator, internet, and the individual receiving and monitoring the data stream via the wireless signal. This is one of the main drawbacks. Most Wi-Fi monitored systems are located in suburban or rural areas with stable wireless connections and the required infrastructure to support them and provide redundant routes should a transmitter fail. Another drawback is that because the data is transmitted over the internet, there is the potential for intrusion. This requires operators to invest in and maintain firewalls and other security measures.

Ethernet for Generator Remote Monitoring

Ethernet connections are stable and secure, making them ideal for remote monitoring generators through a local network. Here, the data is transmitted via cable rather than wireless signals. It is faster and generally better quality because there is no risk of signal interference degrading or slowing data transmission. It is also more secure than Wi-Fi, but that doesn’t mean operators should allow themselves the luxury of lax security. Indeed, any time there is a potential for intrusion that can result in data loss or a “takeover” of the generator, operators should always exercise extreme caution and apply appropriate defensive measures. While stable and secure, it is expensive to install ethernet systems, and it is not suitable for remote locations.

Cellular Communications for Generator Remote Monitoring

Cellular networks cover practically every inch of the United States. In many areas, multiple networks are available. This means that generator operators can effectively pick and choose which carrier they want. Further, cellular networks are always on. Short of major weather events, cellular networks have proven durable and reliable. When bad weather strikes, communications are typically restored quickly. Further, generator operators do not need to install expensive equipment and infrastructure to facilitate communication. Cellular networks are secure, widespread, and often available in remote locations, making cellular the ideal choice for generator remote monitoring in suburban, urban, and remote locations.

Do you have questions about which type of communication is best for your generator remote monitoring needs? Then, contact Gen-Tech and we will be happy to give you the reliable advice you need!

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