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Internet Thermostat Comparison
Posted 1/9/2010

WHY BUY AN INTERNET THERMOSTAT:

  • Control and monitor your HVAC system from anywhere in the world over the internet.
  • Receive alerts via email when your home temperature exceeds limits you set.
  • Compile energy usage statistics for your HVAC equipment.
  • Warm up or cool down your vacation home before you arrive.
  • Monitor temperature, HVAC usage and occupancy at vacation rental properties.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION:

  • "Always on" broadband internet connection.
  • Available ports on internet router (BAYweb, Honeywell) or wireless router access (Ecobee, ColorTouch, Honeywell Wifi VisionPro).
  • 4-conductor wire to thermostat (BAYweb and Ecobee).
  • 110V Outlet for interface module or power adaptor or 24VAC available from HVAC system transformer
  BAYweb Internet Thermostat Kit Ecobee Internet Enabled Smart Thermostat
  BAYweb Internet Thermostat Kit

Honeywell RedLINK Internet Gateway

Ecobee Internet Enabled Smart Thermostats

Venstar ColorTouch Thermostat With Wifi Key

Honeywell Wifi VisionPro Thermostat

Price: Starts At $195 (BW-WT1 Basic Kit) Starts at around $109.95. Must be purchased along with RedLINK thermostat. Starts At $209.00 For SmartSi-01 Thermostat - $179
Wifi Key - $69.995
Thermostat - $154
Network/Internet Control: Hosted internet control only via BAYweb.com website. Limited functionality available locally on thermostat. Hosted internet control only via Honeywell website. Full functionality available locally on thermostat. Hosted internet control only via ecobee.com website. Full functionality available locally on thermostat. Hosted internet control only via venstar.com website. Full functionality available locally on thermostat. Hosted internet control only via Honeywell website. Full functionality available locally on thermostat.
Unique Features: Plug-N-Go networking means limited networking experience needed to connect. Wired inputs for alarms and occupancy sensors. Built-in X-10 wireless compatibility. Must be connected to another Honeywell RedLINK product (Prestige Thermostat, Prestige IAQ Thermostat, Wireless FocusPro Thermostat, EConnect Thermosat, etc). Wireless connection from thermostat to internet router. Color touchscreen interface or non-touch screen. These features depending on model. Wireless connection from thermostat with wifi key to wifi network. Color touchscreen interface. Wireless connection from thermostat to wifi network. Touchscreen interface.
Connections: 4 conductor t-stat wire from thermostat to control module. Cat5 ethernet cable from control module to router/internet. Required HVAC wiring from control module to heating/cooling equipment. Connects to thermostat wirelessly. Also connects to internet router via Cat5 ethernet cable. For EB-STAT-02 - 4 conductor t-stat wire from thermostat to interface module. Wireless connection to wireless access point/internet. Required HVAC wiring from interface module to heating/cooling equipment.
For EB-SMARTSi-01 - At least 3 conductors directly from thermostat to heating/cooling equipment. Wireless connection to wireless access point/internet. Required HVAC wiring from interface module to heating/cooling equipment.
At least 3 conductors (including "common") directly from thermostat to heating/cooling equipment. Wireless connection to wireless access point/internet. At least 3 conductors (including "common") directly from thermostat to heating/cooling equipment. Wireless connection to wireless access point/i nternet.
System Compatibility: Basic Kit (BW-WT1) supports most 24v single stage gas, oil, electric heating and A/C systems. Advanced Kit (BW-WT2) supports most 24v heating and A/C systems, up to 3 stage heat / 2 stage cool heat pump systems. System compatibility is dependent on RedLink thermostat coupled with the Gateway. Supports most 24v heating and A/C systems, up to 4 stage heat / 2 stage cool heat pump and multistage systems. Supports most 24v heating and A/C systems, up to 4 stage heat / 2 stage cool heat pump and multistage systems. Supports most 24v heating and A/C systems, up to 3 stage heat / 2 stage cool heat pump and multistage systems.

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