Configuring Loop - RileyLink Menu⌁
RileyLink has a little switch on the side of the circuit board that is the power switch. The “on” position is with the switch towards the antenna (the black cylinder on the RileyLink). Your RileyLink will have a solid green light showing when the device is on and connected to the iPhone's BT. A blue light will flash briefly during pump communications.
The RileyLink menu is accessed by clicking on the name of the connected RileyLink in the Loop Settings. There are several important commands in the RileyLink menu that you should be aware of.
Side Note: The device searching indicator (circle on the right of Devices line) will always be spinning, even after a RileyLink is successfully connected. That is an indicator of a healthy Loop app operation.
If you are ever going to be near other Loop users, you may want to consider renaming your RileyLink to a new name (like this one is renamed ToughRL) so that you can pick it out of a crowd. Click on the RileyLink line, and the RileyLink's menu will be displayed. At the top of this menu is a line for the device name. Click on the that line and you will be able to change the name of your RileyLink. (The new name may need to sit for a few seconds before exiting back out of the naming screen for it to save itself. RileyLink must be connected and on to change the name.)
The settings under the Device section are mostly for your information only. However, you can rename your RileyLink to something more unique. This is a good idea if you own more than one or are ever in the presence of more than one RileyLink...you will be able to pick out your connection easier amongst a crowd of “RileyLinks”.
Signal Strength showing under this area of the menu is the signal strength of the BT with the iPhone. It is not the signal strength of the radio communications with the pump. The lower the number, the stronger the BT. As you move the RL and iPhone closer/farther apart, you will be able to see the signal strength change.
The Connections Status should say
connected if the RileyLink is connected to the iPhone BT. If the status says
connecting then you may want to try toggling the iPhone's BT and/or RileyLink's power off/on to help reconnect.
The Pump ID and Pump Model should be automatically filled in as part of the initial pump setup.
There are many useful commands that the RileyLink can issue to the pump. Most are simply for gathering information from the pump, but several are important commands to getting your Loop to turn and stay green.
Tune Radio Frequency⌁
The pump and RileyLink communicate via radio frequency. In order to have the best possible communications, RileyLink will test a range of frequencies in order to see which provides the strongest response with the pump. In the event that pump comms fail for over 14 minutes, Loop will automatically retune the RileyLink to see if perhaps the strongest frequency has changed since it was last tuned.
When you first setup your Loop app, RileyLink will automatically perform a Tune Radio Frequency to get pump comms started. You can manually tune your radio frequency at any time by clicking on the command. It may take about a minute, but soon you will see a list of frequencies with the tuning strength results beside each frequency. The signal with the lowest value is the strongest and RileyLink will use that frequency (read more about that here). Exit out of that screen and the command line will now show the frequency (916.xx MHz for North American pumps) and the timestamp of the tune. Now your pump and RileyLink are tuned to talk to each other. When people suggest "did you (re)tune your RileyLink?" they are referring to this line's command.
A common troubleshooting recommendation is to tune your RL when you have poor pump communications. Just keep in mind that the Loop code has a function that it will automatically retune in the event of poor pump communications within 14 minutes. Loop does this automatically. Manually retuning is only useful for impatience purposes. If Loop has failed longer than 20 minutes, it will have already likely tried a retune...but knock yourself out if you want to try it again manually.
Loop automatically prompts you to set your pump time using the Loop app as part of initial Loop setup. It is important that Loop and your pump share a common time setting, otherwise Looping will fail. If you are traveling through timezones or dealing with daylight savings time, please read up on how to safely change your pump time.
Always use the RileyLink's Change Time command to change pump time. If you fail to set the pump time by using the RileyLink, Loop will not function properly. Do not use the pump menus to change your pump's time when Looping.
MySentry Pairing is for x23 and x54 pumps only. Follow the directions as shown in the RileyLink command screen for MySentry pairing. You do not have to worry about this command if you are using an x15 or x22 model pump, as they do not have MySentry.
If you do not perform a MySentry pairing and have an x23 or x54 pump, your loop will only turn green every 15 minutes.
Fetch Recent History, Fetch Enlite Glucose, Get Pump Model, Send Button Press, Read Pump Status, and Read Basal Schedule are all ways of asking the pump for information you might be interested in. They are not part of setting up the Loop and will not affect Loop operations. Enable Diagnostic LEDs, Discover Commands, and RileyLink Statistics are commands that are sometimes used by developers to aid in app troubleshooting and debugging. They don't impact Loop operations.
Fetch Recent History polls the pump for recent pump events such as boluses, temp basals, primes, rewinds, etc. The amount of information transmitted for a Fetch Recent History is usually quite large and, as a result, may be more prone to an early failure before it succeeds. If the first Fetch Recent History fails, sometimes it is helpful to use the Send Button Press command to sort of "wake up" the pump in preparation for communications.
Fetch Enlite Glucose is only useful for Medtronic CGM users. The Fetch Enlite Glucose command will pull the recent glucose values saved in the pump history. Dexcom users do not store any glucose data in the pump.
Get Pump Model simply returns the pump's model.
Send Button Press can be useful to see if the communication between the RileyLink and pump is working. If successful, the screen on the pump will light up and Loop will confirm the button press with a
success message. If pump comms are failing, sending a successful button press can help "wake up" a pump that perhaps has not been communicating well.
Read Pump Status is also nice quick pump read for reservoir volume, pump battery voltage, and pump status (bolusing or suspending). For x23 and x54 pump users, this command will provide the exact pump battery voltage instead of the 25/50/75/100% levels that are reported otherwise.
Read Basal Schedule will pull the active basal pattern from the pump so you can review what the current settings are without using pump menu.
Enable Diagnostic LEDs will turn on more LED flashes on the RileyLink while it is operating. You will see more blue flashing lights as the RileyLink communicates with the pump. If you tried turning on this feature and decide later that you just don't want to see so many flashing lights, simply reboot the RileyLink by turning the power switch off/on. This will reset the LEDs.
Discover Commands just ignore this menu item.
RileyLink Statistics tracks how long your RileyLink has stayed successfully operating and gives the developers some useful information about the stability of the RL operations. It really doesn't provide much to the average Loop user, however.