My Smartsolar 100/50 is mounted at the rear of my coach just behind the battery compartment. That said its probably 25-30' from the main living area where I would like to be able to check the controller via the VC app on my phone. As its mounted inside a metal compartment that is probably acting a lot like a faraday cage the range of the BT is pretty short. If I stand in the coach at the rear, literally right above it I can use the app just fine. Move a few feet forward and it almost never can see the controller, and if it does, it cannot sync with it.
I would like to extend the BT connection to be useful while I am in the livingroom. My local VE dealer thought a GX was overkill for such a small system but I thought it might work for my situation. I have read everything I could find but have not seen anything but wifi connectivity mentioned and that seems like it would only be to one of my internal Access points to allow it to go to the internet.
My question is can the BMV 712 smart monitor connect via a wire to my Smart MPPT 100/50? If so can I then see both the controller information and the 712 monitor information? Or would I still need to go to the back of the RV to see all the controller information I can see now when I am close to it?
I was also told I cannot add a BT Dongle that I could bring up inside the RV as there would probably be a conflict. Although I don't think anyone has tested that.
It would be hard to imagine I would be the only large RV owner that would have this BT range issue. I know a lot of folks in diesel pushers that have the batteries mounted all the way in the back of the coach.