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The IP Thermostat - Remote Furnace Control From the Internet or Your iPhone
A newer development in home furnace thermostat technology which included:
- Mercury Contact (older style)
- Mechanical Contact
- Electronic Programmable
is the newest technology:
- IP Thermostat.
The IP Thermostat is short for Internet Protocol Thermostat which means it is a thermostat that can be controlled from the internet via a secure website control panel or in some cases, such as this Energy Star compliant IP Thermostat made by Proliphix™, the thermostat can even be controlled from an iPhone™. Now that's cool!
It used to be that a remote controlled thermostat accessed from the internet could only be done as part of an expensive home automation system. But with these newer IP thermostats you get the benefit of remote access and control at a fraction of a home automation price.
Let's walk through this representative product from Proliphix and see how it works.
Proliphix IP Thermostat
Proliphix Installation Guide
Manufacturer Product No.: NT10e
Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Operating Temperature: 14° F to 104° F
Modes: Heat, cool, auto changeover, off
Fan Control: Manual, automatic
Approvals: FCC, CSA, Energy Star CompliantContinue to 2 of 3 below.
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The IP Thermostat Overview
The IP thermostat looks like any other electronic thermostat and has a backlit graphic LCD control screen. It provides single-stage heat and cool controls and integrates into your existing heating system. The thermostat installs on your home's Local Area Network (LAN) and is controlled by a web browser on your networked computer. For remote access and control outside your network, Proliphix provides you a free Remote Management account to control your IP Thermostat. There you can adjust settings for energy savings or comfort as you desire.
You can also obtain email alarm notifications of low temperatures, danger of freezing pipes, and other critical alerts in real time so that you may respond quickly to avert major damage to your home when high or low-temperature alarms are triggered. This is especially useful for a vacation home or other residence when you are away for a prolonged period of time. Frozen or burst water pipes in unoccupied homes are a huge risk and you now have the ability to prevent this disaster.
I like the IP Thermostat since it is compatible with most HVAC systems such as:
- gas furnace,
- gas or oil fired boiler / hydronic (hot water) heating,
- electric heat pump system with auxiliary heat,
- central air conditioning.
To use the IP thermostat you need a few other components besides the thermostat itself. You’ll need an IP thermostat Power Adapter to receive power over the Ethernet cable (Cat 5 or Cat6). You may power up to two thermostats from one power supply. If you wanted more than one IP thermostat you can buy a kit from Proliphix that contains a six-port power adapter for controlling up to six thermostats.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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Control Via iPhone or iPod Touch
One really nice feature is the ability to control your Proliphix IP Thermostat with an iPhone/iPod Touch application for up to six IP thermostats. With the $20 IP Thermostat Controller application, you can control:
- Set thermostat temperature for a specific period of time
- Easily set thermostat to HOME, AWAY or OUT
- Remotely check zone temperature and adjust heat/cool settings
- Display temperature / zone information (if sensors are attached).