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Offline rodneyat

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Most reliable Thermostat
« on: June 05, 2012, 03:11:58 pm »
I know this is a loaded question.  But, figured I would throw it out there.  I am a new Vera3 user.  I have lights on the system and they have had no issues with the lighting controllers.  But, I have installed a 2GIG TStat and had nothing but issues.  From reading the forums.  It seems I am not the only one.  I am running mine on battery power and was going to attached a C wire when I had a chance.  Then I come to find out there is also a known firmware issue with the TStat running on the CWire.  And Radio Thermostat recommends disconnecting the Cwire and running on batteries.  So, I am stuck.  Well, I still have a few days to return the 2Gig.  Which I may do and just go with something different.  REading the forums...It seems there are even MORE issues with the Honeywell.  So, I will stay away from that one.  Any other recommendations?  Preferably something fairly inexpensive since I will end up purchasing 3 of them to replace all of my tstats. 

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012, 04:37:42 pm »
Hey, I got the same issue with this t-stat....
However, they are not recommending that you actually run it on batteries, they are \recommending you pair it with vera while on batteries and then re-connect the c-wire.


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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2012, 05:30:21 pm »
The one wire server plug in works well for me. You can go wifi or wired Ethernet

It's not zwave but talks to Vera ok

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2012, 06:55:12 pm »
Hmmm...I was not aware I could use a Wifi thermostat to communicate to Vera.  That does open up some other possibilities.  Part of my problem could be the fact that I do not have a ton of Z Wave devices and a pretty big house.  So, a wifi enabled thermostat talking to vera would resolve that.  I have wifi coverage everywhere. 

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2012, 10:14:59 pm »
The only wifi thermostat that works with Vera is the Filtrete 3M-50. A user in the forum created a plug in to interface with the thermostat.

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2012, 11:20:48 pm »
The only wifi thermostat that works with Vera is the Filtrete 3M-50. A user in the forum created a plug in to interface with the thermostat.

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Hi Garrett,
correct me if I am wrong but I think the filtrete and the 2GIG are the same....
Flo
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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2012, 11:41:28 pm »
The only wifi thermostat that works with Vera is the Filtrete 3M-50. A user in the forum created a plug in to interface with the thermostat.

- Garrett

Hi Garrett,
correct me if I am wrong but I think the filtrete and the 2GIG are the same....
Flo

Both thermostats are made by Radio Thermostat. The 2GIG CT-30 comes with the u-snap zwave radio and the Filtrete CT-50 comes with the u-snap wifi radio. The Filtrete does have more features than the 2GIG. I am currently running one of each of them and the Filtrete with is a much better thermostat.

John

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 03:02:57 am »
I was just stating that the only wifi (supported) thermostat is the filtrete 3m-50 which requires a 3rd party plugin to function. Vera does not support wifi thermostats out of the box.

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 08:45:43 am »
The wifi "one wire server" is supported by Chris's plug in as a thermometer. This has 0.1C resolution and a fast update rate unlike some of the commercial units.

It gives me much better results than an Everspring.

I let Vera decide when to turn heat on and off and use it as a thermometer rather than a thermostat.

This makes it easy to have different temperatures and different times of day and to inhibit the house heating when the outside temperature reaches a certain point regardless of the inside temperature.


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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2012, 08:55:40 am »
@rodneyat,

Welcome!

Have you considered the Trane's?
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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2012, 10:05:14 am »
@rodneyat,

Welcome!

Have you considered the Trane's?

Thanks!  Trane is actually on my short list too.  It was actually at the top of my list until I realized I could use the Filtrete wifi one and still use the Vera.  I think it may be the most overall simple and reliable solution for me.  Since I have good wifi coverage over my entire house.  I think it will work well.    The 1-Wire thing is intriguing but not simple.  With a wife, kids and other family around.  Simple is what I need.  1-wire looks very cool if I really wanted to tinker. 

I may stop by Home Depot later today and pickup a Filtrete and give it a shot. I bought the 2gig from Amazon and already put in the return request for that.  So, I just have to box it up and send it back.  So, tomorrow, I will hook up the CWire and the Filtrete and see how it goes. 

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2012, 10:10:31 am »
The only wifi thermostat that works with Vera is the Filtrete 3M-50. A user in the forum created a plug in to interface with the thermostat.

- Garrett

Hi Garrett,
correct me if I am wrong but I think the filtrete and the 2GIG are the same....
Flo

Both thermostats are made by Radio Thermostat. The 2GIG CT-30 comes with the u-snap zwave radio and the Filtrete CT-50 comes with the u-snap wifi radio. The Filtrete does have more features than the 2GIG. I am currently running one of each of them and the Filtrete with is a much better thermostat.

John

What additional features does it have?
If I only had known this before....

Flo
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Re: Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2012, 11:51:35 am »
The only wifi thermostat that works with Vera is the Filtrete 3M-50. A user in the forum created a plug in to interface with the thermostat.

- Garrett

Hi Garrett,
correct me if I am wrong but I think the filtrete and the 2GIG are the same....
Flo

Both thermostats are made by Radio Thermostat. The 2GIG CT-30 comes with the u-snap zwave radio and the Filtrete CT-50 comes with the u-snap wifi radio. The Filtrete does have more features than the 2GIG. I am currently running one of each of them and the Filtrete with is a much better thermostat.

John

What additional features does it have?
If I only had known this before....

Flo

The main one for me is the auto mode for auto heat/cool. Also with the plug in Vera displays the temperature with the .5 degree like the thermostat does and not rounded up like the zwave thermostats. You also have the ability to control the tstat with there app for IOS and Android which makes a nice backup if Vera goes down and your away. I know there were a few other features that I just can't think of right now.


John

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2012, 12:41:53 pm »
Thanks John!!
Vera Lite (1), Kwikset Locks (2), 2Gig-CT30 Thermostat (1), D-Link IP Cam (1), Evolve DM-15 (1), Evolve LRM-15(AS) (4), Evolve LFM-20 (1), Evolve LSM-15 (1), Everspring Sensor (1), Intermatic HA02C (6), Intermatic HA03C (4), Wayne-Dalton HA-03WD (2), MCV Smart Switch (1)

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Re: Most reliable Thermostat
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2012, 01:33:53 pm »
You can also upgrade the firmware which you can't do on the CT30 unless you add the wifi module