How to remotely monitor your homes temperature?

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Old 01-19-05, 03:13 PM
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How to remotely monitor your homes temperature?

I want to be able to see what the temperature is in my home remotely through the internet while I am at work. With these cold northeastern days I am afraid if my heat stops I will have a huge problem. Currently I have one of those Oregon Scientific weather stations with remote sensors all around my house and one outside. I can see the temperature in my rooms and outside from one unit. But I would love to get this info into my computer so I can view it remotely over the internet.

Does anybody know if there is a device that plugs into your computer to receive these wireless sensor readings? or is there some other product that would allow you to do this?

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Old 01-19-05, 04:01 PM
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Not exactly what you asked for, but ...

There are devices you can buy which are connected to a phone line. If the temperature gets outside limits you have set, it calls you and delivers a prerecorded message. These are mainly intended for cabins and vacation homes.
 
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Old 01-19-05, 04:59 PM
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buy a web cam, put it in front of the Oregon and remote desktop to your home PC to view the cam?
 
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Old 01-19-05, 05:04 PM
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Might try Honeywell. They have a Microelectronic communicating program with remote communication module. With air temperature sensor and telphone assess module. You can dial in for the temp and it will dial out for preprogrammed alerts for to hot, to cold ,power outage.

I think thats all They didnt say the cost


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Phone-based and pretty pricy:

http://www.smarthome.com/7005.html
 
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well I went the webcam route, the webcam just looks very crapy with the text, the text is sorta blurry, because I have the webcam so close to the oregon scientific unit.

It would be probably so easy and great if Oregon made a computer interface and software...
 
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Old 01-20-05, 09:57 AM
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Oregon doesn't seem to have a unit that interfaces with the computer, but several other manufacturers do. Webcam idea seems like about the best if you can clear up the image. Have you tried adding some light over the whole thing?

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yeah it's not the lighting that's the problem, it's just the crappy webcam resolution and being that the webcam is sitting 4 inches infront of the oregon's lcd, the text is just not very sharp, it's sorta blurry, I can make out the numbers , but just not that great
 
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Old 01-20-05, 12:58 PM
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yeah it's not the lighting that's the problem, it's just the crappy webcam resolution and being that the webcam is sitting 4 inches infront of the oregon's lcd, the text is just not very sharp, it's sorta blurry, I can make out the numbers , but just not that great
i think you need to adjust the focus for a close-up. I work in IT and there are plug-in devices capable of doing what you need but come with high price tags since their customers mostly aren't home users.
 
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yeah I don't have a focus setting on this webcam Id on't think
 
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