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    Has anybody had success using wireless communication between the t/stat and PC? Running a wire is really not an option for me without tearing down the drywall and drilling through the floors and ceilings (-10 on the WAF Chart). Would something like this work? http://www.lantronix.com/device-netw...ers/wibox.html

    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    I do use a wired IP/Serial converter (Lantronix EPS12) between the PC and the HAI80 thermostat. You should get the same good results from a wifi IP/Serial.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tikt4u
      Has anybody had success using wireless communication between the t/stat and PC? Running a wire is really not an option for me without tearing down the drywall and drilling through the floors and ceilings (-10 on the WAF Chart). Would something like this work? http://www.lantronix.com/device-netw...ers/wibox.html

      Any suggestions?
      How much are these devices? There are other wireless tstats that may be cheaper such a the new Z-Wave tstats or the UPB and even X10.
      -Rupp
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      • #4
        Michael,
        Thanks for the input.

        Rupp,
        The cheapest I've found the WiBox is around $250.00. I already have two Omni t/stats. I don't have any other Z-Wave or UPB devices which would require the purchase of additional hardware plus the t/stats resulting in greater expense than the Omnis and WiBox. I think the Omni plugin was very well written and I am satisfied with it and the Omni t/stats.
        Just for my curiosity, what wireless X-10 t/stats are you referring to?

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        • #5
          The Rain8 WiFi sells for about $250 and that includes the $100 rain8Net so the wifi by itself from Trammel Manf should be around $150. Lantronix sells their little WiPort for about $125. I'm guessing if one was to look hard enough they should find them around $100. I have driven the Rain8 WiFi with mcsSprinklers so I know it works well. Lantronix probably is the biggest in the IP/Serial marketplace so that should be very stable as well.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Michael McSharry
            The Rain8 WiFi sells for about $250 and that includes the $100 rain8Net so the wifi by itself from Trammel Manf should be around $150. Lantronix sells their little WiPort for about $125. I'm guessing if one was to look hard enough they should find them around $100. I have driven the Rain8 WiFi with mcsSprinklers so I know it works well. Lantronix probably is the biggest in the IP/Serial marketplace so that should be very stable as well.
            Michael,

            Irrigation is my next project. I'm faced with the same trouble with running wires. I had no idea this was available so I really appreciate the info. Looking at their website, I don't see a separate device for converting the serial data to ethernet. Is there a device server inside the rain8net device itself or are you saying they sell something like the WiBox?

            Thanks,
            Steve

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tikt4u
              Michael,
              Thanks for the input.

              Rupp,
              The cheapest I've found the WiBox is around $250.00. I already have two Omni t/stats. I don't have any other Z-Wave or UPB devices which would require the purchase of additional hardware plus the t/stats resulting in greater expense than the Omnis and WiBox. I think the Omni plugin was very well written and I am satisfied with it and the Omni t/stats.
              Just for my curiosity, what wireless X-10 t/stats are you referring to?
              The RCS TX16B

              http://www.smarthome.com/3045B.html
              -Rupp
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              • #8
                Anyone with experience with the following:

                http://www.tmanufacturing.com/wifirain8net.html

                Looks like an excellent solution. I need to know if it will work with Maestro?

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                • #9
                  See post #5. As for working with Maestro, I don't see why not but you should probably ask it in the Maestro forum

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