From: Scott Woods <bobcatwoods@sb...> - 2010-10-11 00:50:19
> >> Before you buy it, ask smarthome if the new thermostat allows this:
> >> 1) read the current temperature
> >> 2) read the current status (fan on? heating? cooling?)
> >> 3) reprogram setpoints for cooling/heating or force heating/cooling
> >> Please post back here what they tell you :)
> > I have sent them the questions and will post when I get a response. Their
> > site reports the following is new:
> > Rev. 2 New Features (as of 11/20/09)
> > * Reports changes in temp, temp setpoints, mode, and fan mode
> > * Controller functionality on heat call, cool call, and fan call (auto &
> > manual ON)
> > * Supports +1, -1 degree on incremental bright/dim commands
> > * Off Button functionality - If you want a link to respond to an Off
> > instead of an On command, send an Off command from the INSTEON controller
> > 30 seconds of linking and before any other INSTEON commands are sent.
So here is SmartHome's official answer to the questions:
If you have some sort of Insteon controller like the SmartLinc or ISY-99 or
Insteon compatible software, you would be able to do the following:
1) read the current temperature
2) read the current status (fan on, heating, cooling)
3) reprogram setpoints for cooling/heating or force heating/cooling</snip>
>> It never is, but if you're interested in home automation, at some
>> point you're gonna have the need to run a cable from here to there.
>> Creative cable installation is a great skill to learn!
>To be honest, having run a lot of Cat-5/6, 1-wire, and stat wires in my
>house (and had help from professionals because some required 3 foot long
>drill bits, making holes in walls that had to be re-patched, and more), or a
>stat wire which was installed when the house was built and _before_ a huge
>metal air duct was put in the hole, preventing wires from being reasonably
>fished later, my moto is:
>"If wireless does the job fine, go with it"
I have run several cables through my house and your motto are my thoughts
>From his reply, it sounds like the new insteon stat does not suck anymore,
>so it would "just" be a matter of writing the insteon code.
So I guess now I "just" need to write the code - or at least see where the code
that Tom mentioned he had done is at. I've been out of code writing for several
years, but I'll try to look into it.