It’s time to get the PlantLink soil sensor setup and in the ground.
I had a couple of hiccups during the process, as it took the soil sensor a few tries to link to the base station. Even so, I’m really excited about this product and the data it will provide to help me make better watering decisions.
The first step of the PlantLink setup process was connecting the base station to my wireless router and power. I used the USB port on the back of my router to power the base station.
After the base station is turned on you head to myplantlink.com/setup and get an account setup. Then you register the serial number of your base station and set up your first plant.
From there you push a button on the PlantLink sensor and it will connect to the base station. That’s where I had a few problems. The button on my sensor did not feel like a button. It was really rigid and didn’t push in. So I soldiered on and tried to get it to link up anyhow. And at one point I got a green light from the base station, so I thought I was good. It was not. Then, a few minutes later, the button on the soil sensor broke free and I was able to push it in and get the base station to react. This also took a few tries before it would sync up.
But I eventually got it up and running. Then I placed the sensor next to my favorite plant, a climbing fuchsia. It’s winter right now so it’s not much to see at the moment.
After about an hour the sensor was able to calibrate and tell me that the moisture level in the soil was just right. Awesome!
I also downloaded the iOS app for my iPhone and that worked nicely as well.