Gateway and TAP are functionally interchangeable, in nearly all systems. Gateways and TAPs perform two-way wireless (radio) communication between a Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA), Cloud Connect, and Maximizer Management Unit data-loggers, and our TS4 and prior model optimizers. This communication supports rapid-shutdown and power production reports which are visible on the Tigo web page for the System.
TAPs are the current production model of a Gateway. The Gateway has can be replaced by a TAP. TAPs can also be added to existing systems which have Gateway's.
Gateway was initially packaged in a light-gray or beige colored housing, as shown in the picture labeled "Gateway (light gray housing".
The revised gateway were made in a black colored housing, as shown in the 1st image below, on the right. Gateways have 3 screws on a cover to access the cable connections.
The TAP is shown on the left side of the first picture below labeled Tigo Access Point). It is in also in a black colored housing, with a latched lid.
TAP (Tigo Access Point) Gateway (black housing)
Gateway (light gray housing)
TAP vs. Gateway characteristics:
- Ease of installation:
- TAP has a larger wiring compartment
- TAP has designated CAT 5/6 terminals for easy wiring
- Fewer TAPs are required on a system; easier to install
- Time and Money savings:
- Fewer TAPs are required on a system; faster to install, fewer components
- TAP has larger cable glands that fit a larger number of RS485 cables
For instructions on installing either TAP or Gateway, see our Interactive Installation and Safety Manual. For further information on the Gateway, see Gateway Placement, and for information about TAP placement, see TAP Placement.
For more information concerning design and installation using TAP or Gateway, see the articles Determine Number of TAP and Cloud Connect Units and TAP and Mesh.
See also the article Opening and Closing TAP.
Suggested placement for two roof surfaces: