Adding a New Device Type Definition

About this task

A device type definition is one of the components that make up a protocol definition. A protocol definition defines what messages need to be exchanged between the management server and the protocol adapter to execute a device action.

You can obtain new device type definitions, in ZIP archive format, via the Announcements tab in the Notifications panel (accessible by clicking the bell icon on the SOTI Connect menu bar).

Note: You must add the definition for any new device type, and possibly its protocol instance, before SOTI Connect can discover any devices of the new type.

To add a new device type definition to SOTI Connect from a ZIP archive file:


  1. On the menu bar, click the main menu button and select Administration.
    The Administration view opens.
  2. In the left pane, click Device Type Definitions.
  3. In the right pane, click Install a Device Type Definition.
    The Upload New Device Type Definitions dialog box opens.
  4. In the Upload New Device Type Definitions dialog box, click Upload File and select the ZIP archive file that contains the device type definition you want to add.
    After the selected ZIP archive file has been successfully uploaded, a list of new devices that SOTI Connect will be able to support is shown.
  5. Confirm the installation of the new device type definitions, then click Install.
    Once installation has finished, a list of the successfully installed device type definitions is shown. Click Close to close the dialog box.
At this point you should restart the Management Server for the device type definitions to take effect.
  1. Log out of SOTI Connect and run the Watchdog utility (Soti.Iot.Watchdog.exe) as an administrator.
    The Watchdog utility is included with SOTI Connect.
    In the Watchdog utility, a list of the currently running SOTI Connect services is shown.
  2. On the list, find the service named SOTICONNECTMS and click Stop.
  3. Wait a few seconds for the Management Server to finish stopping, then restart the service by clicking Start.


You can now log back into SOTI Connect and begin managing the new device types you added.