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Critical Parameters - Oyster Edge

The Oyster Edge is a highly configurable device. Many parameter options are available so that setup can be tailored to suit specific use cases, or enable features. 

For many use cases, the defaults are a great starting point, but there are a few parameters which users should pay attention to and configure in order to optimise the performance and battery life of the device. 

Update Firmware
Over time, firmware updates are released that optimise device performance, and add features. They are not applied automatically. When provisioning it is worth updating the device firmware to the latest version. Most updates are 200-400kB. 
See OEM Server - Getting Started for details on the FW update process.
Set the Network Profile

For optimal battery life, it is important to set the network profile in admin parameters. 

The network profile sets the LTE-M and NB-IoT bandmasks on the device. Most networks only use at most a few bands. Setting the bandmasks means when trying to connect to the network, the device will only scan these bands, rather than all possible bands - saving a lot of energy. 

See Setting the Network Profile - LTE-M/NB-IoT devices for instructions on how to set the profile, and create a template to apply to all devices. 

If you are unsure on which profile to set, contact support.

Upload Timeouts: Registration Strategy
The Oyster Edge is able to detect early when it is out of coverage, and quit the upload early. This can save a massive amount of energy if the device is regularly out of coverage, as otherwise the modem will stay on draining power until the upload times out. There are different strategies to manage this behaviour, "Auto" is defaulted, the device will automatically select the best strategy for the SIM card you have used. This parameter can be left as default, but is worth noting. If you experience issues it may require adjustment. More detail about this feature here : Upload Timeouts - Network Registration Strategy - Oyster Edge
Location Engine Lookup Settings
The default device Geolocation Parameters, and Location Engine Lookup Profile will suit most applications. However if you experience issues with location accuracy, contact our support team to discuss options. Generally some tweaks will greatly improve performance. 

Additionally, partners should consider using the Wi-Fi Value tier of lookups to save on lookup costs.

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