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  # 1392648 23-Sep-2015 12:29
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First report back on the Broadlink RM Pro units - they're ok (not great) but have potential as the problems are all in the software.

The core hardware is pretty good. It looks good and seems to work well. The USB power supply that comes with it came with a US to NZ/Aus adapter that's incredibly shaky and looks like it could cause a fire. I'm not going to use them, but I've used a USB PSU that meets NZ standards.

The Android software is pretty damn poor. You can get it to do what you want, but it looks like they had a student half write it then shipped before they finished. The documentation on how to use it is really awful, mostly in Chinese, though there are enough pictures to mostly work it out - it took MUCH longer than it should've though. The Fujitsu Nocria Air Conditioner was easy enough to add, but the Daikin was a pain in the butt - it worked on about the 15th try. It seems to do different things each time you try to add it. It can also control TV, receivers, anything IR through both a database of devices and by manual training. Manual training of air conditions is problematic, the remote is a state machine that says "heat mode, 18 degrees, auto fan (etc)" not "make it one degree warmer".

Once air con is added you can control them like you would with a regular remote. It seems to work both on WiFi and on 4G, though it doesn't report back room temperature on 4G - at least not reliably (it has a temperature sensor in it). The timer function is ok, in that you can tell it to do things like "turn air con #1 on at 4pm Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday, 22 degrees", "turn off air con #2 at 6pm every day". The problem is once you set this program you can't view the details of what you set, so you have to give it a very descriptive name. You can't edit the program, you have to delete each action and create it again.

I haven't tried training other devices on it yet, since I have a harmony remote. I will one day though.

All in all, if you want a cheap timer for your air con, it works and it's worth it, but it's frustrating to use. I might see if my old iPod v2 can run the apple software. I wonder if there's a web interface... I was told that they use a cloud service so you can control things while you're out of the house.

I'll do a more full review eventually. I'll probably contact them and give them my feedback to see if they can improve the app.

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  # 1392678 23-Sep-2015 13:51
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The orvibo software is just as bad.

As for how it is controlled, that is how aircon remotes work it's all tracked in the remote and each button press just sends all the states to the unit.



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  # 1392725 23-Sep-2015 14:47
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richms: The orvibo software is just as bad.

As for how it is controlled, that is how aircon remotes work it's all tracked in the remote and each button press just sends all the states to the unit.

I got an Orvibo a few weeks ago. The software is terrible. I found its best to learn the IR commands manually as finding the remote codes is difficult since they are random grouped ie not by device number.

Using over internet is fine at the office. Fine on 2 degrees 3g but fails everytime on Vodafone. Tested several Sims and devices but the problem is most definitely with Vodafone.

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  # 1393460 24-Sep-2015 12:59
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For those with Orvibo - have you found anyway to get a Mitsubishi Heat Pump to work with it - none of the built in Mitsubishi codes work - and it won't learn the remote - its the only reason I got one - keep trying it on every update to the phone app (they do seem to do regular updates to the App) - works great with TV etc but not for what I brought it for which was to control my heatpump over winter

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  # 1396074 28-Sep-2015 20:36
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Hi all,
I've been relatively happy with the Pebble Air, but just found out that this "smart" unit is really lacking a lot of smarts.
* It doesn't handle daylight saving (seriously - why not??). After daylight saving you have to reset ALL your timers to ensure they work correctly in the new timezone.
* To set the mode, fan speed, temp for a particular timer, you have to turn the heatpump on, then set the values and save the timer. You cannot edit a timer (except for the time/day) settings with the heatpump off.
* the iPhone app crashes regularly

Seems like this really is just an IR blaster with a few basic buttons and a timer, but there are no real smarts in it...
Anyone know how to make these things understand daylight saving timezones?

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  # 1396102 28-Sep-2015 20:59
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Loving my Tado still, and it just got some basic IFTTT functionality, but new house is going to have a ducted heat pump with no IR control, meaning I'll either have to buy an IR module for it or look at something else.
Considering getting a Modbus or BACnet interface for it and using with Home-assistant or something

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