The State of IP (Web-Based) Enabled Thermostats.

13 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Do you have a preference for any of the mentioned t-stats? Where are the reviews?

    • davemackey says:

      I actually wrote this article mainly as part of my own research into ip enabled thermostats. I haven’t purchased any yet, so I can’t make any real recommendations. Everything I’ve seen about the Radio Thermostat Home Depot version seems pretty good…I was thinking about trying one out at my house.

  2. freezer says:

    Been doing my own searching into available products and came across your article. There is one more to add to your list: x300 by ControlByWeb found here: http://www.controlbyweb.com/x300/

    A couple of features I like about it are:
    1. Does not force you to use the manufacturer’s web portal to access the device (e.g. BayControls, ecobee, proliphix, schlage)
    2. Can be wired in parallel with existing thermostats, so you can have both local and remote control

    • davemackey says:

      Thanks for sharing freezer! These are pretty impressive units and the pricing is mid-range – not too bad! Features are fairly robust. So does each X-300 include a small web server within it? I’m guessing that is how one is able to host the web portal rather than using a manufacturer portal? I agree this is a nice feature, though I wonder about aggregating multiple units into one interface…Thanks!

  3. Brett says:

    I cannot believe that none of these have a simple home LAN interface. Am I just missing something?

    I really don’t believe in 3rd party websites, nor their monitoring and intrusion into my private home network.

    If anyone knows of a LAN based solution, please post! I’ve now returned 2 because they said you could control them with your “home network” which is very misleading.

    • davemackey says:

      It is kind of surprising and I expect we will eventually see more with simple LAN interfaces – but if manufacturers can get customers to buy ones that use an “out-sourced” web interface, this provides ongoing revenue streams. Additionally, it probably isn’t the best to have a “web server” device sitting on one’s home network, and this may also be part of the reasoning. Still, some OSS software that could be hosted on a shared host (e.g. bluehost) could solve this dilemma.
      If memory serves me right, I think Bayweb devices may allow for home lan interfaces.

      • StarTrekRedneck says:

        I respectfully disagree. I think it probably *is* best for the thermostat itself to offer a web interface similar to a wireless router, print server, NAS, managed switch, etc. This gives it a stand-alone capability, and that’s where I’d prefer to start.

        The external website method of controlling the thermostat as the *only* web interface seems utterly backwards to me. I won’t have it! :-p

  4. Shifu says:

    Dave,

    You may be interested in knowing that Home Depot is now carrying a line of network enabled (wireless) thermostats. I saw them last week when walking through the store. Home Depot’s website has them listed as well. Depending on the features needed (in relations to the HVAC unit itself)ranges in price from $100 to $200 or so. It is not clear if the wireless module is included or required option (addl $80). The brand is called Lockstate.

  5. TSquared says:

    The slickest thermostat seems to now be the NEST.

    http://www.nest.com/

  6. John Parker says:

    Very helpful. I did this research about 2 years ago and there weren’t nearly as many choices. Out of all these, I like the Nest the best, although I don’t know yet if I can make it work with my system. When I designed the wiring I *assumed* IP thermostats would be easy, and just ran CAT6 cable to each thermostat location. But they are all designed for standard HVAC wiring, even the most modern ones like the Nest. I think their market is retrofitting. Also, if you have multi-zones HVAC like I do, you need to spend some time looking at the zone controllers which are even more archaic than the thermostats. Still, thanks — I’m ready to do something now and you saved me a ton of time.

  7. Mark says:

    Great list. I didn’t like the idea of the Nest or other “connected” thermostats, but I’m warming up to them. One of the better selling points was the ability to control the unit from an app. I could see that coming in handy, if I wanted to have the house cool or hot when I arrived.

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