Newbie - initial learnings from assembly stage

Hi All, I just thought I’d Post a couple of learnings from my initial assembly of my EmonPi kit, (one with Display and one displayless…) Assembly of case is straightforward, however initial mounting of my Raspi 3 B+ required opening up of the PCB mounting holes to fit the supplied M4 hardware.
Once this was done, Initial power up was problematic, with the display acting erratically, and the Raspi rebooting. After some initial investigation it was found that the USB port on the Raspi was shorting two solder pads on the EmonPi board (labelled JP4) this seems to be because the supplied standoffs are a little short. Anyway after judicious application of insulating tape to both the Raspi USB Ports and the EmonPi board all seems OK. Initial bench setup with the 9V VT, and supplied CT went OK with connection via Ethernet, Wifi then setup, and EmonPi is operating OK on Wifi Alone - Setup local account in EmonCMS, and ready for next stage install at final location. I will need some assistance seting up EmonCMS for solar PV type 2 install with one EmonPI installed at the PV inverter location (measuring generated power) and one at my Consumer unit (measuring Import/Export)

Sorry in my previous post should have said M3 Hardware.

In the non-master emonhub.conf (this can be done from the local emoncms web interface),

  1. point MQTT interface to the master emonPi IP address.
  2. change the baseid to 4
  3. copy the node definition that starts [[5]] and make it node 4 and change the name
    nodename = emonpi2
        names = power1,power2,power1pluspower2,vrms,t1,t2,t3,t4,t5,t6,pulsecount
        datacodes = h, h, h, h, h, h, h, h, h, h, L
        scales = 1,1,1,0.01,0.1,0.1,0.1,0.1,0.1,0.1,1
        units = W,W,W,V,C,C,C,C,C,C,p

If you want the data on both, just create a second MQTT interfacer on each and point it to the other one!

Thanks Brian, I will let you know how I get on once the hardware is properly installed…