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Old 01-25-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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I've been looking high and low at different internet enabled thermostats that are priced reasonably.
I am preferably looking for one that I am not forced to use the manufacture's cloud interface to remotely access it. One with a built in web server.
From I have seen the only one that can do that is the radio thermostat.
Has anyone else found another one that is capable of this?
I am leaning toward the Honeywell RTH6580WF because of it's low cost but I am still concerned that one day they may start charging for the service and then I will be back to square one without remote access to it.

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I doubt Honeywell will charge for it as it will be a HUGE batch of bad/negative publicity ( especially with social media nowadays) and I doubt they want that. They spend many millions of $$ developing their products and in the last 2 yrs I have seen them really try to get DIY friendly so why would they ruin all that work. Before they were mostly a Commercial and Industrial company with residential as the smaller line.

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I doubt Honeywell will charge for it as it will be a HUGE batch of bad/negative publicity ( especially with social media nowadays) and I doubt they want that. They spend many millions of $$ developing their products and in the last 2 yrs I have seen them really try to get DIY friendly so why would they ruin all that work. Before they were mostly a Commercial and Industrial company with residential as the smaller line.

I only mentioned them charging because I saw in another forum that when registering the device a notice popped up that stated they reserve the right to charge in the future.
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Like I said it would be very bad publicity, however I believe there are some furnace manufacturers who may be doing that or plan to do that. Lennox, Trane etc all have wifi tstats. I doubt Honeywell will go that route though.
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I don't see it happening. What will and is happening is the installation companies are able to monitor your systems remotely. The advantage to the ho is a problem with your hvac system is found before you are even aware there is one. The Advantage to the installer is they will get the info and will be able to respond by calling you to set up a service call before you get a chance to call their competition. And the manufacturer continues to dell a highly marketable product. Everyone wins
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Honeywell has released the API to developers, I believe... So, even if they do it will still be very likely that other platforms allowing access to control your thermostat will not. Beyond that, I HIGHLY DOUBT that HW will ever start charging for that service.
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I think the info/internet market is getting tighter and tighter and people are watching how they are getting nickeled and dimed to death. Heard today that cable companies are afraid and are losing market share and having subscription cancellations. Gen Y and X ers are watching TV on the internet and cancelling their cable. To start charging for that would make NO sense for HWell. Our cable co SHAW is giving away free wifi access at LOTS of hotspots all over the city and HWell will give away that access just to keep their customers happy not the other way around.

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