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  • Ready to order a Brultech GEM, and have a couple of questions

    Hi

    I'm in the final phase to take the plunge on this device, and have some small questions:

    - if I will be using it with the available plugin for my HS3, do I need to order the DashBox? (I don't want any data going to the cloud or external storage) Can I have good data storage + presentation from HS3+plugin, without that external box?

    - I have an Aeotec home energy meter with clamps on the main entrance of my panel. Should I replace it with CTs for the GEM (taking 2 inputs)? or better to use the 32 inputs for branch circuits (my panel has over 40 circuits, so i'd have to join some anyways)

    Thanks for any insight.

  • #2
    You are likely to get the best answers to these and other questions about the GEM on the UltaECM forum.

    http://board.homeseer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1037
    Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
    HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.548

    HW: Stargate | NX8e | CAV6.6 | Squeezebox | PCS | WGL 800RF, Rain8Net+ | RFXCOM | QSE100D | Vantage Pro | Green-Eye | X10: XTB-232, -IIR | Edgeport/8 | Way2Call | Ecobee3

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Uncle Michael View Post
      You are likely to get the best answers to these and other questions about the GEM on the UltaECM forum.

      http://board.homeseer.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1037
      Thanks!

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      • #4
        I'm about to pull the trigger and order a GEM (actually two) also. I plan to monitor my main feeds on two panels plus all branch circuits. It's a lot to monitor and a lot of cost so I'll be interested in seeing the replies here.

        I don't think you need the Dashbox since HS will log the data for you, but I hope someone corrects me if I'm wrong!
        HS Pro 3.0 | Linux Ubuntu 16.04 x64 virtualized under Proxmox (KVM)
        Hardware: Z-NET - W800 Serial - Digi PortServer TS/8 and TS/16 serial to Ethernet - Insteon PLM - RFXCOM - X10 Wireless
        Plugins: HSTouch iOS and Android, RFXCOM, BlueIris, BLLock, BLDSC, BLRF, Insteon PLM (MNSandler), Device History, Ecobee, BLRing, Kodi, UltraWeatherWU3
        Second home: Zee S2 with Z-Wave, CT101 Z-Wave Thermostat, Aeotec Z-Wave microswitches, HSM200 occupancy sensor, Ecolink Z-Wave door sensors, STI Driveway Monitor interfaced to Zee S2 GPIO pins.

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        • #5
          I have used a GEM and UltraECM for quite a while. You do not need dashbox. Ultras plug-in has a fair graphing page built in but I use Shill's device history plug-in. Jon00 also has a very good data collection and graphing solution. No cloud needed either way. If you would like screen grabs from graphs or more information let me know. There is a link in my signature below (My HS) to the post I made when I was building it out in 2014.

          I will add that the folks at Brultech and Randy (Ultra) have both been responsive and helpful in every case where I had questions or issues. The hardware and plug-in are both flawless now and have been for some time.
          Randy Prade
          Aurora, CO
          Prades.net

          PHLocation - Pushover - EasyTrigger - UltraECM3 - Ultra1Wire3 - Arduino

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