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Getting started with

Electricity consumption & Solar PV generation monitoring

 – single phase, for homes fitted with Solar PV

OVERVIEW:
The OWL Intuition-pv electricity monitoring system comprises of three major 

components:

Electricity monitoring Sensor clamps and wireless Transmitter.

Internet interface – Network OWL wireless gateway.

User interface – A web browser or smart phone app.

IN THE BOX:

Network OWL gateway with external antenna

Transmitter unit

3 channel

Plug top mains power supply 

(100 - 240V AC / 5V DC)

with UK and Euro adaptors

Ethernet cable

2 x plug-in standard 

Sensor clamps 

(<10mm cable, <71A)

3 x AA alkaline battery

x 2

1. Measuring CAT II

2. Max. voltage 250V ~

3. Max. current 71 Amp

PART NO. CMA113

MADE IN CHINA


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BEFORE YOU START

Please locate and check that you have a spare 

LAN port available on the back of your broadband 

Internet router. You will need to plug in the 

supplied Ethernet cable. If all of the ports are in 

use, you can add more connections by purchasing 

an Ethernet Switch / Hub.

You will also need a spare mains socket available 

close by for the supplied Plug top mains power supply.

STEP ONE - Insert batteries into the 

Transmitter

Slide back cover off of the Transmitter and insert 

the batteries into the unit. Keep the Transmitter 

with you alongside the Network OWL until Step 

Six. You should NOT fit the Sensors at this time.

STEP TWO - Power up Network OWL

Ensure antenna is screwed, finger tight, onto brass connector on side of 

the Network OWL. 

Select UK or Euro adaptor as required. Fit to the power supply and rotate 

90° until it latches into place.

 Plug the power supply into the mains and insert the DC jack 

connector into the base of the Network OWL. 

The green LED will flash rapidly. After about 30 

seconds the blue LED will start a steady flash 

indicating that it is in Pairing Mode.

Quickly move to Step Three.

CHECK FINGER

TIGHT

PLUG IN DC POWER CONNECTOR

BLUE LED

INSERT 3 x AA BATTERY

PART NO. CMR180i

MADE IN CHINA

GREEN LED


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STEP THREE - Pair Transmitter to the Network OWL

Ensure the Transmitter is next to the Network 

OWL.

Press the small “Check” button in the Transmitter 

battery compartment until the red LED on the 

front starts flashing. 

The Transmitter is now in Check Mode and the 

red LED on the front will start flashing every 2 

seconds (for 30 seconds).

The pairing process will now take place and the 

blue LED will start flashing a fraction of a second 

after the red LED flashes.

When the Transmitter Check Mode finishes, if the 

pairing was successful, the blue LED will flash 

every time it receives data from the Transmitter 

(every 12 to 60 seconds). 

Replace battery compartment cover.

IMPORTANT Pairing Notes & Network OWL Factory Reset: 

If you don’t complete the pairing process within 60 seconds of the 

Network OWL blue LED starting its steady flash, restart the process by 

removing and re-inserting the DC power jack.
You can quickly check for correct pairing at any time by pressing the 

Transmitter “Check” button until the red LED starts flashing - if the 

Transmitter red LED and Network OWL blue LED flash together they are 

correctly paired.
If you remove / change the Transmitter batteries you will need to remove 

the existing pairing from the Network OWL and pair the Transmitter again. 

To clear ALL pairings in the Network OWL including other paired devices 

such as heating controls, carry out a full Factory Reset as follows:

Factory Reset the Network OWL by pressing the reset button 

while the power is on. Carefully insert a paperclip into the small 

hole and hold the button pressed  for a minimum of 10 

seconds and release. The green LED will flash rapidly. 

After about 30 seconds the blue LED will start a 

steady flash indicating that it is in Pairing 

Mode. After each Factory Reset you 

must go through Step Seven, 

the Web Dashboard “Create 

Account” process again, but 

ticking “Account Exists”.

PLUG IN ETHERNET CABLE

PRESS 

CHECK BUTTON

PART NO. CMR180i

MADE IN CHINA

RESET 

BUTTON


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STEP FOUR - Connect Network OWL to the Internet

Plug the Ethernet cable into the base of the Network OWL and a spare 

LAN port on your existing broadband Internet router. 
Ensure the connector latches with an audible “click” at both ends and that 

there is activity on the green & yellow LEDs above the Ethernet connector.
Ensure so far as possible that there are no large metal objects in the radio 

(direct) path between installed locations of the Network OWL and the 

Transmitter. The wireless range is up to 30 metres (free space). Walls and 

large objects will reduce this range.

Note: The table below describes the meanings of the LEDs visible on the 

front face of the Network OWL.

STEP FIVE - Wait 2 mins for Network OWL to come online

Once the Ethernet cable has been connected you should see the green 

LED quickly progress from single blips to double blips. 
It will now normally take up to 2 minutes for the Network OWL to securely 

connect to the OWL servers, indicated by a triple blip on the green LED.
Do not progress to Step Six until the Network OWL is online.

IMPORTANT Internet Connection Notes: 

The Network OWL can normally connect to the OWL servers when 

plugged into a normal domestic broadband router which has a default 

security configuration.
If the Network OWL does not connect within 5 minutes:

Ensure that your Internet connection is working by connecting to a 

a. 

Network OWL LED Meanings

LED

Pattern

Meaning

Blue

Steady flash following power up N-OWL is in pairing mode

Blue

Flash every 12 to 60 seconds

Data received from paired Transmitter

Blue

Off for longer than 60 seconds

N-OWL is not paired or Transmitter is out of 

radio range

Green

Rapid flashing

N-OWL is starting up

Green

Single blip

N-OWL is running

Green

Double blip

N-OWL is running &

Connected to LAN, DHCP IP address allocated

Green

Triple blip 

N-OWL is running &

Connected to LAN, DHCP IP address allocated &

Connected to OWL servers (N-OWL Online)

Green

Single long flash

Connecting to OWL log servers

Green

Double long flash

Uploading logged data to OWL servers


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familiar site using your web browser.
Check Ethernet cable connections - remove cable and refit a few 

b. 

times at both ends to remove any dust on the connections.
Try rebooting your broadband router by powering down for 10 

c. 

seconds and then power back up. Allow 5 minutes for everything to 

re-establish itself.

IMPORTANT Note for business users: 

If you wish to use a Network OWL connected to a business / commercial 

LAN then please note that it is usual for the internal IT Security 

Department to restrict which Internet ports are open for use. 
You will need to ensure that ports numbered 5004 and 5222 are opened 

outbound. Without this the Network OWL will not be able to connect to 

the OWL servers and your Intuition system will not function.

STEP SIX - Install Transmitter and attach Sensors

Important: A standard OWL Intuition-pv is only suitable for Type 1 Solar PV 

installations where both the PV inverter feed and grid meter feed are con-

nected in a junction box (normally with a Henley Block) before connection to 

the consumer unit (fuse box).

Locate the supply cables between the Henley Block and consumer unit 

(fuse box). Using the latch, clamp the first Sensor around the insulated 

Live cable going into the consumer unit. Plug this Sensor into the Trans-

Electricity 

Grid

Utility 

Meter

Fuse Box / 

Consumer Unit

Solar PV

Array

Grid-tie

Inverter

DC

240V AC 

50Hz

PV Generation

Sensor

Domestic 

Loads

Consumption

Sensor

Ring Mains, 

Lights, 

Cooker etc

Henley Junction Block

WARNING 

- RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK 

- Please Refer to User Manual.

WARNING 

- RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK 

- Please Refer to User Manual.

Transmitter

Live

(Brown or Red 

normally covered 

with Grey sheath)

Type 1 - Intuition-pv


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mitter left hand socket. 
Locate the PV generated power cable between the Henley Block and Gen-

eration meter / Inverter. Using the latch, clamp the second Sensor around 

the insulated Live cable going into the Henley Block. Plug this Sensor into 

the Transmitter centre socket.
The Sensors must be a loose fit onto the cables.

The Transmitter should be hung on the wall in a free area as far from 

large metal objects as possible.

Type 2 Wiring: If your Solar PV feed is straight into your Consumer Unit / 

Distribution Panel (Type 2 wiring arrangement) then you will need both the 

Intuition-pv kit and a Y-Cable Pack (Part Number: TSE200-010) available from 

www.theowl.com. Follow the additional instructions with that pack regarding 

attaching the Sensors.

Electricity 

Grid

Utility 

Meter

Fuse Box / 

Consumer Unit

Solar PV

Array

Grid-tie

Inverter

DC

240V AC 

50Hz

PV Generation

Sensor 1

Domestic 

Loads

Grid

Sensor

Ring Mains, 

Lights, 

Cooker etc

WARNING 

- RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK 

- Please Refer to User Manual.

WARNING 

- RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK 

- Please Refer to User Manual.

Transmitter

Live

(Brown or Red 

normally covered 

with Grey sheath)

WARNING 

- RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK 

- Please Refer to User Manual.

PV Gen

Sensor 2

Y-Cable

Type 2 - Intuition-pv -  Y-Cable Pack also required


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STEP SEVEN - Create Intuition online account

Using the web browser on your computer open up the following page: 

https://www.owlintuition.com (this is a secure connection). 

Click “Create Account” and fill in the information requested (see following 

table for explanation of the information required).

Ensure you correctly select the system type as Intuition-pv (Default)

Press the “Create Account” button. 

Successful account creation and configuration will be confirmed.

Please keep a note of your details and press the “Finish” button.

Account Set Up Information Required

Item

Value

Notes

Username

Letters & digits Choose a memorable account username a mini-

mum of 6 characters long. Not case sensitive.

Password

Letters & digits Choose a memorable password a minimum of 6 

characters long. Password is case sensitive.

Email

Valid email ad-

dress

Enter the email address you wish us to be able 

to contact you on.

Network OWL 

ID

12 characters

MAC ID can be found on back of the Network 

OWL and starts 443719...... Enter the full 12 

characters.

Country

Select from list The country where this OWL Intuition system is 

physically installed.

Timezone

Select from list The time zone where this OWL Intuition system 

is physically installed.

Use Daylight 

Saving

Tick

Tick this box to enable automatic adjustment for 

daylight saving. (Not available for all countries.)

Currency

Select from list Select the currency symbols to be used by this 

account.

Voltage

100 to 260

Enter the normal voltage of the system being 

monitored. Default is 230 volts.

Postcode

Letters & digits

UK only - enter just the first part of your 

postcode eg. For RG24 9LR just enter RG24.

Town

Letters

Outside UK only - enter the name of the nearest 

Town or City to where this OWL Intuition system 

is physically installed.

System Type

Select from list Intuition-pv (Default) if this is a Type 1 installa-

tion. 

Intuition-pv (Type 2) if this is a Type 2 installa-

tion with Y-Cable Pack fitted.


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Item

Value

Notes

PV Rating (Max 

kW)

Digits

The peak power in kW that this Solar PV system 

is expected to generate.

PV Panel Direc-

tion

Select from list The direction that the majority of the PV panels 

are facing.

Initial Generated 

Reading (kWh)

Digits

Read your Generation Meter and enter the value 

here.

Initial Exported 

Reading (kWh)

Digits

If you have an actual value for energy exported 

to date enter it here. Assumes 50% of genera-

tion value if not entered.

STEP EIGHT - Log in to your OWL Intuition account

You can now log in to your OWL Intuition account with your new username 

and password at: https://www.owlintuition.com

IMPORTANT: Before progressing please check the signal strength of 

the radio signal between your Transmitter and Network OWL. Also it 

is recommended that you enter your own Tariff details which can be 

accessed by pressing the Settings “gear wheels” icons on both the 

Electricity and Solar widgets. 

If the signal strength is only 1 or 2 bars, to reduce the chance of intermittent 

/ inconsistent data reception it is suggested that you reposition the Network 

OWL so that it is physically closer to the Transmitter.
The Network OWL should ideally be hung on the wall in a free area as far 

from large metal objects as possible. Position the antenna in a vertical orienta-

tion.
If necessary you can replace the Ethernet cable with a longer cable (up to 100 

meters long). If installing a long Ethernet cable is a problem, you can use a 

Signal strength indicator

Settings icon


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“Powerline Range Extender” or “Wireless Range Extender” - please search for 

these common products online.

INFORMATION & TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS

Unless the Transmitter is in Check Mode, the red LED does not flash, in 

order to prolong battery life.
Check that the blue LED on the Network OWL flashes every 12 seconds 

if the monitored electricity supply consumption is varying, or every 60 

seconds when at a steady state. 
If the blue LED does not flash then the Transmitter signal is not being 

received or the Transmitter Pairing has been lost. Disconnect the Transmit-

ter’s Sensors and move it near to the Network OWL to confirm radio range 

is not an issue.
For wireless range testing you can make the Transmitter send its signal 

every 2 seconds (for 30 seconds) by pressing the “Check” button in the 

battery compartment for 10 seconds. The red LED will flash with each 

transmission, the Network OWL blue LED will flash to confirm the signal 

has been received.
Network OWL Ethernet port LEDs have the following meanings: Green – 

link ok / up; Yellow – data activity.

WEB BROWSER INTERFACE - All versions

Overview
Designed to be clear and easy to use, you are encouraged to explore the vari-

ous information panels, called “Widgets”, that you have available. The Widgets 

available will vary, depending upon the system options you have purchased. 

Clicking on the arrows on the left and right of the screen will scroll between 

your Widgets if required.
Messages
OWL Intuition system messages and EcoNudge™ (when available) will be 

posted into your Inbox. A green numbered badge will appear next to this 

menu bar item when you have unread messages. For maximum benefit please 

read these messages as soon after they appear as possible.
Shop
Clicking this menu bar item will open a new tab within your web browser and 

display the home page of the OWL online shop.
Logout
When you have finished using your OWL Intuition account please Logout by 

clicking this menu bar item. Please note you can only log in one web browser 

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out. If you or the browser refreshes the page, you will have to log in again.
Weather
Current weather conditions for your home / building location are displayed. 

The location is defined by the part postcode or Town you gave during your 

OWL Intuition account setup. Future OWL Intuition products will use current 

and forecast weather to dynamically optimise energy saving.
System Status
In normal circumstances providing your broadband Internet connection is 

working the System should always show as being Online with a recent “last 

updated” time.
Widgets – General Information
There are normally 3 Widgets visible whenever you are logged into your OWL 

Intuition account. You can view any additional Widgets you may have by 

scrolling them with the arrows to the left and right of the screen. In general 

the top section of each Widget provides you with appropriate high level / sum-

mary information. Trend arrows appear where appropriate next to data values 

– if you hover your mouse point over the arrow a summary of the change will 

appear in a pop-up. Above the Widget title bar is one or more “action icons” 

that provide access to more detailed information and control options. If you 

hover your mouse over one of these “action icons” a description of its function 

will appear. If appropriate, the grey Widget title bar has a “gear wheels” icon 

on the right. Clicking this icon will pop-up a window that will allow you to con-

figure this part of the OWL Intuition system to match your specific installation. 

Be sure to click the “Save” button before closing the window.
Widgets - Graphs
When you click on a Graphs “action icon”, a double size graph panel will ap-

pear next to the Widget. 
Graph selections - Typically a graph will show relevant data for the last 

7 days. You can select a shorter or longer “Time Frame” (1 day, 1 Week, 1 

Month, 3 Months, 6 Months or All) by clicking the appropriate button at the 

top of the graph. Select an appropriate “Group By” (None, Day, Week, Month, 

Year), then chose the data you wish to “Display” (Energy or Cost). Finally, 

to update the graph with your new selections, click on the “Reload” button. 

Please note that not all permutations are possible and invalid options are 

greyed out. 
Hover over analysis – By moving your mouse pointer over the graph a 

pop-up window will open, showing detailed values for the focus points marked 

on the graph. Where appropriate, date and time information for the currently 

displayed focus points will also be shown. Simply move the mouse pointer 


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from left to right and the focus points and information window will automati-

cally update.
Zoom in – If you want to take a closer look at the graph you can zoom in to 

the part that is of interest. Move your mouse pointer to the start of the area 

of interest, click and hold, drag to the end of the area of interest and release. 

The graph will automatically zoom in on the area selected. Click the “Reset 

zoom” button when finished.
Print / Download buttons – If you want to keep a hard or soft copy of the 

displayed graph then use the Print or Download buttons located just above 

the graph on the right, the CSV option here will download a file containing the 

data shown in the graph.
Closing the graph – After you have finished viewing the graph, simply press 

the X (close) icon on the Graph Widget title bar (bottom right).
Electricity Widget
Live display of your current overall electrical energy consumption in Watts 

/  kW together with the current overall cost per hour (based upon your Tariff 

settings). The cost figure is adjusted for Solar PV generated power if applica-

ble. Also shows electrical energy used / cost for Today (so far), Yesterday, Last 

7 Days and Last 30 Days with trend information when available.
Action icons available:

Electricity Data Export - Prompts for Start & End dates (up to 1 month 

apart). Will then download a CSV file containing detailed data recorded for 

this period. Download the Help file for full details.
Electricity Graphs - Graphical views of historic Electricity usage

Status & Settings:

Transmitter Battery - Displays “Good” or “Replace Soon”

Transmitter Signal Strength - 1 bar (poor) to 4 bars (good)

Settings - Tariff type, Tariff standing charge, Rate per kWh

Solar Widget
Live display of your current Solar PV electrical energy generation in Watts /  

kW together with the current power you are exporting to the grid. Also shows 

Solar PV electrical energy generated and exported for Today (so far), Yester-

day, Last 7 Days and Last 30 Days with trend information when available.
Action icons available:

Solar Graphs - Graphical views of historic Generated Solar Power, Exported 

Solar Power and Imported Electricity.

Status & Settings:

FITS Tariff settings - Generation Tariff, Export Tariff & Assumed Export %


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3 Phase Electricity Widget
Live display of your current overall electrical energy consumption in Watts /  

kW for each of your 3 individual phases. Also shows for each phase the elec-

trical energy used for Today (so far), Yesterday, Last 7 Days and Last 30 Days.
Action icons available:

3 Phase Electricity Graphs - Graphical views of historic Electricity Usage 

for each individual phase.

Status & Settings:

None.

Overview Widget
Electricity Yesterday - Maximum, Minimum and Average recorded consumption 

rates (kW).
CO2e - Calculated CO2 emissions in kg’s for Yesterday, Last Week and Last 30 

Days. Adjusted for any Solar PV electrical energy generated and consumed.
Solar Yesterday - Maximum and Average recorded Solar PV generation rates 

(kW) together with the amount of electrical energy (kWh) Imported from the 

Grid (Consumption - Generated = Imported) 
Solar Financials - Financial value of electricity generated Yesterday, Last Week, 

Last 30 Days and Since PV system was installed.
News Widget
News and interesting articles relating to OWL products, company news and 

energy saving in general.

Customer Support

If you have any further questions please check our frequently asked questions 

at: http://www.theowl.com/faqs.html

You can also email us at: customer.services@theowl.com 

(please ensure you state your Network OWL MAC ID)

2 Save Energy Limited operate a policy of continuous development and improvement, 

therefore the content of this document is subject to change without notice.

Document Version 1.5 - October 2012

Your OWL Intuition-pv system should now be set up and ready to  

help save energy, CO2 emissions and money. 

Please check out the other products in our OWL Intuition range, such as 

heating controls, that extend the capability of your Intuition system.