CR300 Datalogger
Compact Data Logger
Ideal for small applications
weather applications supported water applications supported energy applications supported gas flux & turbulence applications supported infrastructure applications supported soil applications supported
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Overview

The CR300 is a multi-purpose, compact measurement and control data logger. This small, low-cost, high-value datalogger offers fast communications, low power requirements, built-in USB, and excellent analog input accuracy and resolution. The CR300 can measure most hydrological, meteorological, environmental, and industrial sensors. It concentrates data, makes it available over varied networks, and delivers it using your preferred protocol. It also performs automated on-site or remote decision making for control and M2M communications. The CR300 is ideal for small applications requiring long-term remote monitoring and control.

The CR300 series includes Wi-Fi, cellular, or the following radio options for different regions:

  • CR300-RF407: US and Canada
  • CR300-RF412: Australia and New Zealand
  • CR300-RF422: Europe
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Benefits and Features

  • Set up easily with PC software and USB connectivity
  • Connects directly to a computer's USB port
  • First Campbell Scientific datalogger to measure 4 to 20 mA sensors natively
  • Differentiates even slight changes in data values with higher resolutions measurements (24 bit Adc)
  • Measure with confidence analog and digital sensors
  • Internet ready–email, FTP, HTTP/web, TCP
  • Almost all of the CR1000 functionality in a small form
  • Provides simple serial sensor integration and measurement with SDI-12 and/or RS-232
  • Faster processor than the one used in the CR200X or CR1000
  • Trust in the Campbell Scientific quality, including integral surge and ESD protection
  • 24 bit ADC for incredible analog measurement accuracy
  • Supports full PakBus networking
  • Network wirelessly to another node or Internet gateway with integrated radio option
  • Communicate from anywhere when using cellular or satellite peripheral
  • USB port for simplified setup and PC connection
  • Includes embedded web page for direct connection via web browser
  • Save money and space using the integrated 12 V battery solar charge regulator
  • Compliant with Modbus, PakBus, and DNP3 protocols
  • CR300-WIFI ideal for short-range, wireless IP communication
  • Measure smart sensors using RS-232 or SDI-12
  • Email services that require SMTPS (TLS-encrypted SMTP) supported
  • Connect with PakBus, Modbus, DNP3, GOES, and other standard communication protocols
  • Programmable with CRBasic or SCWin program generator, completely PakBus compatible
  • Similar operating system (OS) as the CR1000 OS
  • Analyze and control with programmability and multiple general purpose I/O
  • Notify with event-driven communications and physical outputs

Images

CR300 back view
CR300 left view
CR300 right view
CR300 top view
CR300 bottom view
CR300 Datalogger cabled to a TX321-G GOES Transmitter (sold separately)
CR300-RF407 glam view
CR300-RF407 front view
CR300-RF407 front view
CR300-RF407 front tilt view
CR300-RF407 front tilt view
CR300-RF407 with antenna (sold separately)
CR300-RF407 with antenna (sold separately)
CR300-RF407 with antenna (sold separately)
CR300-RF407 with antenna (sold separately)
CR300-RF412 glam view
CR300-RF412 front view
CR300-CELL200 front view
CR300-RF422 glam view
CR300-RF422 front view
CR300-WIFI glam view
CR300-WIFI front view
CR300-CELL200 front tilt view
CR300-CELL200 front tilt view
CR300-CELL200 with Ships With items
CR300-CELL205 front view
CR300-CELL205 front tilt view
CR300-CELL205 front tilt view
CR300-CELL210 front tilt view
CR300-CELL210 front view
CR300-CELL210 front tilt view

Technical Description

The CR300 is a low-powered data logger designed to measure sensors, analyze data, and store data and programs. A battery-backed clock assures accurate timekeeping. The on-board, BASIC-like programming language—common to all Campbell Scientific data loggers—supports data processing and analysis routines.

The CR300 wiring panel includes a switchable 12 V terminal, and analog grounds dispersed among six analog terminals.

Specifications

-NOTE- Additional specifications are listed in the CR300-Series Specifications Sheet.
Operating Temperature Range
  • -40° to +70°C (standard)
  • Non-condensing environment
Analog Inputs 6 single-ended or 3 differential (individually configured)
Pulse Counters 8 (P_SW, P_LL, C1, C2, and SE1 to SE4)
Voltage Excitation Terminals 2 (VX1, VX2)
Communications Ports
  • USB
  • RS-232
Switched 12 Volt 1 terminal
Digital I/O 7 terminals (C1, C2, P_SW, and SE1 to SE4) configurable for digital input and output. Includes status high/low, pulse width modulation, external interrupt, and communication functions. Exception: The SE4 terminal doesn't do external interrupt.
Input Limits -100 mV to +2500 mV
Analog Voltage Accuracy
  • Accuracy specifications do not include sensor or measurement noise.
  • ±(0.04% of measurement + offset) at 0° to 40°C
  • ±(0.1% of measurement + offset) at -40° to +70°C
ADC 24-bit
Power Requirements 10 to 18 Vdc; 16 to 32 Vdc
Real-Time Clock Accuracy ±1 min. per month
Internet Protocols Ethernet, PPP, RNDIS, ICMP/Ping, Auto-IP(APIPA), IPv4, IPv6, UDP, TCP, TLS, DNS, DHCP, SLAAC, NTP, Telnet, HTTP(S), FTP(S), SMTP/TLS, POP3/TLS
Communication Protocols PakBus, Modbus, DNP3, SDI-12, TCP, UDP, and others
Warranty 3 years (against defects in materials and workmanship)
CPU Drive/Programs 80 MB serial flash
Data Storage 30 MB serial flash
Idle Current Drain, Average 1.5 mA (@ 12 Vdc)
Active Current Drain, Average
  • 5 mA (@ 12 Vdc for 1 Hz scan with 1 analog measurement)
  • 23 mA (@ 12 Vdc with processor always on)
Dimensions 13.97 x 7.62 x 4.56 cm (5.5 x 3.0 x 1.8 in.)
Additional clearance required for cables and leads.
Weight 242 to 249.5 g (0.53 to 0.55 lb) depending on communication option selected

CR300-RF407 Option

Radio Type Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)
Output Power 5 to 250 mW (user-selectable)
Frequency 902 to 928 MHz (US, Canada)
RF Data Rate 200 kbps
Receive Sensitivity -101 dBm
Antenna Connector RPSMA (External antenna required; see www.campbellsci.com/order/rf407 for Campbell Scientific antennas.)
Idle Current Drain, Average 12 mA (@ 12 Vdc)
Active Current Drain, Average < 80 mA (@ 12 Vdc)

CR300-RF412 Option

Radio Type Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)
Output Power 5 to 250 mW (user-selectable)
Frequency 915 to 928 MHz (Australia, New Zealand)
RF Data Rate 200 kbps
Receive Sensitivity -101 dBm
Antenna Connector RPSMA (External antenna required; see www.campbellsci.com/order/rf412 for Campbell Scientific antennas.)
Idle Current Drain, Average 12 mA (@ 12 Vdc)
Active Current Drain, Average < 80 mA (@ 12 Vdc)

CR300-RF422 Option

Radio Type 868 MHz SRD 860 with Listen Before Talk (LBT) and Automatic Frequency Agility (AFA)
Output Power 2 to 25 mW (user-selectable)
Frequency 863 to 870 MHz (European Union)
RF Data Rate 10 kbps
Receive Sensitivity -106 dBm
Antenna Connector RPSMA (External antenna required; see www.campbellsci.com/order/rf422 for Campbell Scientific antennas.)
Idle Current Drain, Average 9.5 mA
Active Current Drain, Average 20 mA

CR300-RF427 Option

Radio Type Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS)
Output Power 5 to 250 mW (user-selectable)
Frequency 905/920 MHz (Brazil)
RF Data Rate 200 kbps
Antenna Connector RPSMA (External antenna required.)

CR300-WIFI Option

Operational Modes Client or Access Point
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz bandwidth
Antenna Connector Reverse Polarity SMA (RPSMA)
Antenna pn 16005 unity gain (0 dBd), 1/2 wave whip, omnidirectional with articulating knuckle joint for vertical or horizontal orientation
Transmit Power 7 to 18 dBm (5 to 63 mW)

CR300-CELL200 Option

-NOTE- The CR300-CELL200 option is not compatible with a Verizon cellular network.
Cell Technologies
  • 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE)
  • 3G (UMTS/HSPA+)
2G Frequency Bands 850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz
3G Frequency Bands 800, 850, 900, 1900, and 2100 MHz
Antenna Connector SMA (External antenna required; see www.campbellsci.com/order/cr300 for Campbell Scientific antennas.)
SIM Slot Industry standard 3FF micro-SIM

CR300-CELL205 Option

-NOTE- The CR300-CELL205 option is not compatible with a Verizon cellular network.
Cell Technologies
  • 3G (UMTS/HSPA+)
  • 4G (LTE CAT-1)
3G Frequency Bands 850, 1700/2100 (AWS), and 1900
4G Frequency Bands 700, 850, 1700/2100 (AWS-1), 1900
Antenna Connector SMA (External antenna required; see www.campbellsci.com/order/cr300 for Campbell Scientific antennas.)
SIM Slot Industry standard 3FF micro-SIM

CR300-CELL210 Option

-NOTE- The CR300-CELL210 option is only compatible with a Verizon cellular network.
Cell Technologies 4G (LTE CAT-1)
4G Frequency Bands 700, 850, 1700, 1900, 2100
Antenna Connector SMA (External antenna required; see www.campbellsci.com/order/cr300 for Campbell Scientific antennas.)
SIM Slot Industry standard 3FF micro-SIM
Power Consumption - Low Power Mode 5 mA
Power Consumption - Idle 35 mA
Power Consumption - Active 70 mA

Compatibility

Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.

Miscellaneous

Product Compatible Note
DevConfig Version 2.12 or higher
LNDB Version 1.3 or higher
LoggerLink Version 1.5 or higher
LOGGERNET Version 4.4 or higher
LoggerNet Mobile Connect Version 1.1 or higher
PC200W Version 4.4 or higher
PC400 Version 4.4 or higher
RTDAQ
Short Cut Version 3.2 or higher

Additional Compatibility Information

Sensors

With several channel types, the CR300 is compatible with nearly every available sensor. This includes analog output voltage (0 to 2.5 V) and current (0 to 20 mA or 4 to 20 mA) sensors, thermistors, and RTDs to name a few. It is also compatible with pulse or frequency output sensors such as anemometers, rain gauges, and flow meters. CR300 dataloggers are not capable of applying reverse excitation, and they cannot be used with some conductivity or soil matric potential sensors.

SDI-12, Modbus, and other serial sensors are supported with the RS-232 port and C1 and C2 as a Tx/Rx pair. The CR300 does not directly support RS-485 sensors.

Measurement & Control Peripherals

The CR300 is compatible with low current and voltage solid-state relays but not with SDM or CDM devices.

Software

The CR300 series is compatible with CRBasic (version 3.6 or higher).

Enclosures

An ENC10/12 or ENC12/14 enclosure is adequate for most CR300-based systems.

Communications

The CR300 can communicate with a PC directly via its USB port. Compatible telemetry devices include our RS-485 converters, digital cellular gateways, RF telemetry, and satellite transmitters (HDR GOES, Argos, Meteosat, Iridium, and Inmarsat). Data can be viewed on an iOS or Android device (requires our free LoggerLink app), CD295 DataView II Display, or other third-party devices.

Data Logger Option Communications Type Integrated Communications Are Compatible with

CR300-WIFI

2.4 GHz, 20 MHz bandwidth

Most other Wi-Fi devices, such as the CR310-WIFI, CR6-WIFI, NL240

CR300-RF407

902 to 928 MHz Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum

RF407, CR6-RF407, CRVW3-RF407

CR300-RF412

915 to 928 MHz Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum

RF412, CR6-RF412, CRVW3-RF412

CR300-RF422

868 MHz SRD860 LBT+AFA

RF422, CR6-RF422, CRVW3-RF422

CR300-CELL

2G Frequency Bands 850, 900, 1800, 1900

3G Frequency Bands 800, 850, 900, 1900, 2100

GSM/GPRS/EDGE (2G)

UMTS/HSPA+ (3G)

Power

The CR300 uses an external power source and has a built-in charger/regulator. Intelligent power sourcing autoselects the highest voltage from three input sources (CHG, BAT, or USB) to operate in one of the following four modes:

  • UPS (recommended) - A 16 to 32 Vdc source, solar panel (SP10, SP20), or power converter (29796) is used to charge a 12 Vdc battery, such as our BP7 or BP12.
  • 12 Vdc battery or other reliable 12 Vdc source
  • Charge only - DC power supply (16 to 32 Vdc)
  • USB - Powered over 5 Vdc USB port for setup, programming, and testing (will not charge battery or boost USB power to provide 12 Vdc to the switched battery terminal SW12)

Downloads

CR300 Series OS v.9.02 (5.08 MB) 12-08-2019

This download is for the CR300 series of dataloggers including all CR300 and CR310 models. Execution of this download places the Operating System file(.obj) on your computer. It also updates the CRBasic Editor compiler and support files. 

Why Update? This OS resolves cellular modem network registration issues. Click the View Update History link below for details. With this OS update, it is recommended that you also update the Device Configuration Utility to the most recent version so that new datalogger features are available in the utility.  

Note/Warning: Campbell Scientific always recommends updating operating systems on site if possible. When remote updates are required, it is recommended that you implement the necessary precautions to handle unexpected OS upload complications. All datalogger settings should be retained when updated remotely. If you choose to roll back to a previous operating system, the datalogger settings will be reset to default.

Watch the Video Tutorial: Sending an OS to a Local Datalogger.

View Revision History

CR300 Series Wifi OS Update v.1.7.5 (1.97 MB) 19-06-2019

Corrects an issue where the WiFi module stopped responding to broadcast packets from the access point (for example, the Device Configuration Utility IP search broadcasts).

View Revision History

CR300 QuickStart Program (569 KB) 15-03-2016

The CRBasic program referenced in the CR300 QuickStart videos and manual.


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