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  Reply # 1515462 18-Mar-2016 10:40
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Broadlink has a temperature sensor, which the app displays.





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  Reply # 1515583 18-Mar-2016 12:40
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Broadlink has a temperature sensor, which the app displays.

 

 

Do you know if the Broadlink works with Mitsubishi Heat Pumps? - I brought an Orvibo last winter however it does not work with Mitsubishi Heat Pumps - the device itself was very slick and worked for other things like TV etc - but don't have much need to remotely turn the TV on.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1515588 18-Mar-2016 12:48
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timmmay:

 

Broadlink has a temperature sensor, which the app displays.

 

 

Do you know if the Broadlink works with Mitsubishi Heat Pumps? - I brought an Orvibo last winter however it does not work with Mitsubishi Heat Pumps - the device itself was very slick and worked for other things like TV etc - but don't have much need to remotely turn the TV on.

 

 

Not sure sorry. They claim wide support, I'll guess it will probably work. Where are you in NZ?





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  Reply # 1516524 20-Mar-2016 17:49
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Thanks for the feedback. I am tempted to give the Sensibo a try, their development seems to be quite progressive with open API etc, though as with most kickstarter launches they are still behind on their promises.

I would give the lower cost Chinese ones a go, but I am keen to have integration with ifttt and Amazon Echo commands, not sure lower cost ones will get those features.

 

Anybody got a Sensibo  that can provide feedback on how they are getting on with it?

 

 


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  Reply # 1516541 20-Mar-2016 18:09
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They dont seem to have any intergration with IFTTT or the echo, but for the saving I can get a Pi and put openhab on it, which is on the to do list after craploads of cleaning and sorting and stuff.





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  Reply # 1516546 20-Mar-2016 18:24
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They dont seem to have any intergration with IFTTT or the echo, but for the saving I can get a Pi and put openhab on it, which is on the to do list after craploads of cleaning and sorting and stuff.

 

 

Sensibo doesnt have ifttt

 

I am missing something, appears so from this https://ifttt.com/sensibo. Also appreciate this is not main steam, but an option https://github.com/Amir974/echo-sensibo-skill 

 

If they do have ifttt, then I am expecting the Echo has limited control using the ifttt voice trigger commands from the echo, but admin dont see anything supporting that.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1516561 20-Mar-2016 18:45
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I was refering to the cheap chinese ones mentioned in the post above mine. Sensibo is a crazy price.





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  Reply # 1517937 22-Mar-2016 20:07
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richms:

 

I was refering to the cheap chinese ones mentioned in the post above mine. Sensibo is a crazy price.

 

 

 

 

Just incase anybody else was considering the Sensibo is currently on Special USD 129. About NZD 200 with shipping. Still expensive. Hoping long term will be worthwhile with better inter-connectivity, support etc than the Chinese versions. 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1517965 22-Mar-2016 20:57
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I figure the Chinese ones will be fine for a year or three, then I'll toss them out and buy whatever's better.





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  Reply # 1518567 23-Mar-2016 18:09
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Trying to decide between the Pebble Air and the Tado (which looks interesting with IFTT and Homekit support (coming?)

 

I saw an earlier thread with an unboxing of the Tado by @Noviota - wonder what he thinks about the Tado now - about 9 months later. (Hope he gets the ping).

 

Anyone have experience with the Pebble Air and would recommend it? I am more interested in something that works well and is userfriendly than finding the lowest price, so would go for the Tado if its better, even though its $65 more than the Pebble Air (and doesn't have the same warranties as the Pebble bought in NZ would have).

 

 





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  Reply # 1518573 23-Mar-2016 18:32
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I am thinking that the current hardware for the Pebble Air is limited compared to Tado and Sensibo, which not only have the temp sensor but also a selection of humidity, ibeacon, Bluetooth, Zigbee and others from the sound of it (not 100% clear in documentation). To me that means more option in the future. There are also better integration options with IFTTT and API’s already, Homekit coming soon and being more known internationally integration directly with other products is more likely. I would love to support an NZ product, but as the Sensibo is currently cheaper than a Pebble Air so I have decided to give one a go.

 

 

 

In a few months hopefully others on this forum will have much more feedback to go on.


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I have a Pebble,

 

It just works, and is quite unobtrusive in the fact you set it up and then just use your devices to manage it. Multiple pebbles can be used per account now which is great. Also can be shared across multiple devices.

 

Biggest hassle is you have to mount it where it has power and can ir talk to the heatpump.  

 

Its annoying that you dont get confirmation of setpoint change. If you are within earshot of your heatpump you will hear it beep as it accepts the new setting. You can also check back on the app to see the current temp. 

 

The one feature I wish it had was time profiles i.e heat from 5pm to 10pm then change temp. 

 

My first pebble developed a fault, company posted me a new one overnight from contact on there Facebook page.

 

Also compatible with apple and android.


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I am keen to hear more about the Mini K Pro @richms. Do you know the answers to the following?

 

  • A bit of googling seems to indicate problems with an english version of the app? Is there an english android app?
  • Do you choose your brand of air conditioner? Is it all done in the app?
  • How close to the Air conditioner does the Mini K Pro need to be?

TIA

 

Cheers, Matt.

 

 





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  Reply # 1518655 23-Mar-2016 20:45
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Im using the chinese app, and another phone to translate it in google translate. Once set up its obvious how to get into it and the functions are all easy to tell what they are.

 

But I just opened it and it wanted to update, and now it wants an account created and is just timing out, even with a VPN to china so I suspect they are having issues.

 

Range is pretty good. I have it in a powerstrip on a table below the airconditioner and it manages it perfectly. Except when a cat is sitting ontop of it.

 

 





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I've stuck with using the Tado and haven't even tried the Sensibo. In fact it is still boxed, which explains why I never posted an unboxing.

Of the issues I posted regarding the Tado, the following appear fixed:

 

     

  1. The presence detection seems flaky. For instance today it didn't detect my wife was home all day even though the app is installed on her iPad and configured correctly. The wife acceptance factor has gone down, she had a cold day. I've also not had it detect that I'm home for a good 15 minutes, so much for it warming the place up as I travel home.
  2. It seems like it sets things hotter than I request. For instance if I request 21 degrees the temperature often ends up at 24/25 degrees. (obviously since it is winter here at the moment I am setting it to heat not cool)
  3. The presence diagram on the app doesn't always show the names of the devices. I also seem to now have some rogue devices appearing on it occasionally (I had installed it on many devices and removed it since - properly, removing the devices from my account as well)

 

The following still remain:

 

     

  1. It seems to set the air direction (both vertical and horizontal) randomly, often it is just pushing the air down the wall. I'd like it to be pushing it out into the room. There seems to be no manual control of this feature for me.
  2. It just isn't very smart, I'd like to make more complicated rules based on who is home, what the outside weather is, what time of year it is etc...

 

This last one, I haven't really tested further:

 

     

  1. The website has many bugs, I couldn't set my schedules on it. I had to use the app instead.

 

Having used it over the summer for cooling rather than heating it has proven reliable and I plan on continuing to use it. I'd love for the issues I still have to be resolved.

 

My main suggestion I would make to any of you is determine the feature set you need and/or want and how much your willing to pay for it, then look at what is out there. Feature sets may grow on devices with time, but there is no guarantee. Determine if that extra feature is worth extra money or if you can live without it.

 

Otherwise my only other on-going concern is that the Tado isn't very open and the obvious disadvantages that come with that, but that is the same with most consumer IoT devices.


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