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Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« on: January 03, 2018, 07:07:07 PM »
   Yesterday when we returned to the farm in PA after spending a week in DE the oil burner had tripped off and the house was down to 40F :o so I hit the reset and it's been running OK since but got me thinking how another day or two and pipes would have busted. I would like to be able to tell what is happening in one house when I'm at the other but since I take the mobile WIFI and phones with me is there anyway to do this?
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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 07:54:03 PM »
My sister does this with a home security system. It even has a water sensing system
on the lower floor that will detect water leaks. Everything is fed to there cell phones.
The can raise or lower the thermostat and watch the cameras with there cell phones.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 07:58:43 PM »
My sister does this with a home security system. It even has a water sensing system
on the lower floor that will detect water leaks. Everything is fed to there cell phones.
The can raise or lower the thermostat and watch the cameras with there cell phones.
  Does she need to have a phone at the house to link to?
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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 03:00:48 AM »
There would have to be Internet service at the house to do it.

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 07:33:26 AM »
My sister does this with a home security system. It even has a water sensing system
on the lower floor that will detect water leaks. Everything is fed to there cell phones.
The can raise or lower the thermostat and watch the cameras with there cell phones.
  Does she need to have a phone at the house to link to?

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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 07:52:54 AM »
I had this same problem the other day. got lucky it was just overnight cause it was - temps but the house was at 51 when I got home. May be worth getting some type of monitoring system. This could be a very nice application for a rasberry pi
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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 08:09:16 AM »
You can buy a auto dialer temperature alarm, a phone line is required.

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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2018, 08:15:10 AM »
I also see a WiFi one .

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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2018, 08:34:44 AM »
If you install a Nest thermostat https://www.homedepot.com/p/Nest-Learning-Thermostat-3rd-generation-T3007ES/206391087 or something similar it will give you this capability as long as you have wifi and internet at the house.  There are other brands that do this as well.
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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2018, 08:51:18 AM »
   This is what I thought but hoped I was wrong since we have a mobile wifi/phone system that we take house to house and even in the RV so that the house I'd like to monitor won't have it, need to check possibilities and prices.
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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2018, 08:57:21 AM »
It is possible to set up something that uses it's own cellular connection to the internet, but it's a little more complicated.  It would need to have it's own cell plan, but these plans are pretty cheap - $25 a year more or less for limited data usage.
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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2018, 09:33:05 AM »
+1 what btulloh says. It does require internet but Nest is an excellent product. Our son bought and installed one when they came out. He can monitor the house from anywhere that has internet.
Example- last fall he was in Europe and could check via the nest and actually make changes if needed.

But it may not serve your needs since it requires internet.

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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2018, 09:58:20 AM »
I had started to investigate using Smart Things by Samsung for new home security and it can control much more.  Need to work on layout and where resepticals are needed for cameras etc.

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Re: Remote temperature monitor. (state to state)
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2018, 10:58:59 AM »
There are some stand alone remote temperature sensors with a built in cellular connection. MarCELL is one brand. It requires a monthly fee.

Another  other option is using an internet connected monitor And a separate  WiFi cellular hot spot. There are some cell providers that have hotspots on a per gigabyte basis, with a small monthly charge. Karma Go is one. $3/month + data used.

      https://yourkarma.com/
   
FreedomPOP sells hotspots with a small amount of data free per month, that might be sufficient for remote temperature monitoring. The company constantly tries to up-sell you to more expensive plans and services. They offer a lot of services that you have to actively op-out of. They also have very limited customer service. They can be an acceptable choice if you read their offers carefully.

     https://www.freedompop.com




You would want a temperature sensor that can limit how much data is sent - only send alerts, phone home to check in once a week or so. You would also have to check cell coverage. Both carriers mentioned use the Sprint network.






     


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