Canada_Guy
I saw reference to the GenLink and setting the clock on the generator remotely. I started me thinking of the items I can access remotely on my smartphone.

I have an iPhone and control the following from it:

Garage doors via LiftMaster controller
Alarm sysyem via Alarm.com
Thermostat via Honeywell
Home energy monitor via Bidgley
Sprinkler system via my Bluespray controller (I love this one)

Each of them I find handy/useful at different times.

Just wondered if there were things you access remotely on your smartphone that you find useful.
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MEC
This forum!
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BrentB
For now not much! Viewing status is about it. I have on star on my truck and other than viewing stats, unlocking the doors and starting the engine are about it. It's a $48000 truck. What do you expect from a $4000 genset? Side note. Remote start is in the works, as well as some alarm resets
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MEC
Yes, there is quite a bit planned for the MobileLink.
Steve is spearheading that project. Nice guy and very receptive to suggestions.

I was looking for a confirmation of transfer on utility loss via the CTs, but was told it would take an add on to make it happen.
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Dan N.
I have iphone 6 and access
ASee+ for my home security cameras
Drone Mobile my favoriate..... for wife, son and my vehicles, to start, unlock, gps track, to incude vehicle speed, text and e-mail notified if above our set speed, if vehicle/s is in forbidin areas if we list any specific areas and tempature inside the vehicle and any alarms that are triggered. Also has option to print a detailed report for any one of the vehicles. Love this one, when the son swears he was at school "all day" and not over at the girlfriends house for more than 2 minutes. :rolleyes:
ADT for alarm monitoring
Considered the mobile link but dont' want to pay the $100 per year to access it, don't understand why you can't connect the generator to the homes WiFi. It cost me $0 to monitor my cameras so surley the generator makers or a 3rd party can can come up with something that you don't have to pay annual fees for. However the Drone Mobile requires a annual fee to access the GPS functions. The remote start and key phob are standard without fees.
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ED01
Dan N.;36152 wrote:

Considered the mobile link but dont' want to pay the $100 per year to access it, don't understand why you can't connect the generator to the homes WiFi. It cost me $0 to monitor my cameras so surley the generator makers or a 3rd party can can come up with something that you don't have to pay annual fees for.


It would be nice to have WIFI as an option but they probably went with Cellular because it is far more reliable than WIFI. Home internet goes out a lot during storms but cellular service is usually still available. The cell towers around here have backup power so they are almost always working. They do get more hectic during wide spreed power outages but they still do work.
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Dan N.
Thats a good point ED, also I noticed when the power is out, not evey cable provider's cable and internet will work. The old cable company I had, would not work when the power is out around the neighborhood, and then I switched to another provider for better cost and packages found that their's did work in an outage. Was kinda supprised, cause I assumed no cable or internet would without power, but i guess it depends on the provider and how they send the signal. :confused:
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UPS
Dan N.;36240 wrote:
Thats a good point ED, also I noticed when the power is out, not evey cable provider's cable and internet will work. The old cable company I had, would not work when the power is out around the neighborhood, and then I switched to another provider for better cost and packages found that their's did work in an outage. Was kinda supprised, cause I assumed no cable or internet would without power, but i guess it depends on the provider and how they send the signal. :confused:


The cable systems have pole-mounted (or underground) power supplies every few blocks, fed from the nearest AC utility line. Those contain lead-acid batteries for backup. The power supply feeds 60 or 90 VAC superimposed on the coax, or a separate line for fiber, to power fiber-to-coax converters, line-extender amps, etc. Obviously if the lead-acid battery runs down, or is already bad, everything will go down.
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ED01
Around here we also have FIOS offered by Verizon. From what I am told the fiber optic line that comes into your house goes directly from the house to the substations without being boosted along way. The cables that leave the substations have many smaller bundles of fiber cables that are branched out to different areas. They have junction boxes along the way that they can tap off as many individual fibers that the need making a direct fiber line to your house. The substation at my shop is 1-1/2 miles away and the installed that brought the the line in said my fiber line to the substation is all fuzed together making it one piece. So unless the line is damaged along the way I should have a connection.

This is my understanding of how it works. It may not be correct but I do know that FIOS is more reliable during storms and outages around here
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Dan N.
Sounds very logical, when I had time warner, I lost power, generator started up, and no cable, no Wi-Fi, did have phone though. On a regular day just had bad picture quality all the time and a lot of pixilation, just be watching tv and the picture would freeze and look like back when I had the old 7 foot mesh satellite dish, remember when you would switch from one degree to another and more your dish, all the squares would pop on the tv as the dish moved, used to look like space invaders on the old Atari; anyway I called them and they put 2 or 3 of the boosters in the lines to boost the signal, it helped a bit was not enough, so changed to WOW, and they had better service when the power was off, because the rest of the neighborhood was out and I got all the signal, uninterrupted by the other houses. No-one else had power to have their Wi-Fi and stuff working, so my signal was awesome. Power came back on and it was right back to just below average service. I then switched to ATT cause of the option go mobile and watch my DVR recording on my tablet away from home, much better quality overall, and my cell phones were with ATT also. No noticeable change when power is out with ATT. Same consistent, good quality services. I know that ATT was pushing the promotional fact that they were different than all the others because they used a fiber optic cable that was solely dedicated to each house and the signal was in no way shared down the line, like the rest of them are, so to speak. Dunno but thought that was weird, I can’t see my cameras if my Wi-Fi is down. If Generac had a Wi-Fi option, I could not see my generator if my Wi-Fi was down, good reason to go to the cellular mobile link they offer, but I would offer both.:D
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ED01
Getting back to the original subject.

I now control my HVAC system from the Lennox Icomfort app. My system has 4 zones and the app will control all 4 zones. It shows the set point, current temp, and which zones are heating/cooling.
From the app I can adjust temps, fan auto/on for each zone or turn each zone on or off. It also displays the humidity of each zone. Basically it gives me the features of 4 thermostats on my phone. It does not allow program editing. Also this app does not tell me if there is something wrong with the system however the main thermostat will email me alerts of any problems.

Because my new Lennox HVAC system has a variable speed air conditioning compressor I could only use a Lennox Icomfort thermostat but there are a lot of WIFI thermostats out there now for anyone interested. For those who like to know how things are at home I would highly recommend looking into one.

So this app is now added to the rest of my obsessions.
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