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Will I need Ecobee cloud service to use the plug-in with HS 4 - Yes you do!

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  • Isk82
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    Thank you both for the reply. My previous thermostats were RCS serial communicating directly. I was hoping these would communicate directly.

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  • spud
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    I confirm what Michel said, there is no local API for Ecobee thermostats so both HS3 and HS4 plugins communicate with the Ecobee's cloud servers. You just need a regular Ecobee free account to make it work.

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  • Michel
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    In HS3 the plug-in does not communicate directly with the Ecobees. It goes thru Ecobee's API, pushing or polling status to/from their servers. So in HS3 you do need an Ecobee free account. If Ecobee's servers or internet goes down, you loose communication with your T-Stats. However they keep working with their last known setting or schedule.

    I know Ecobee's support will be built-in in HS4 but I don't think the approach will be different.

    Spud will surely jump in to confirm.

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  • Will I need Ecobee cloud service to use the plug-in with HS 4 - Yes you do!

    My electric company is offering rebates on Ecobees so generous, I'd be nuts not to buy them. I just got 2 Ecobee3s for $44 a piece. I am on pre-order for HS4, so I do not currently own the HS3 plug-in. Will have to sign up for Ecobees cloud or can I do everything through HS? Thanks for any response.
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