Sometimes it looks like you have to do everything yourself…
While testing the ELV MAX system, I noticed that the Radiator Thermostats were off-schedule quite often. I don’t know why, but it’s a fact, and I have to deal with it.
The weekly program I used in the past days was specifically created to monitor the accuracy of the Radiator Thermostats. Every 2 hours the temperature set-point was increased with 1°C; starting with 10°C at midnight, 11°C at 02:00, 12°C at 04:00 and so forth. This way I had enough switch-points to see how these Radiator Thermostats would perform. Well, as you can see, the temperatures are totally wrong! Grr.
Why? I don’t know. But they are, for some odd reason. And the worst thing is, there’s nothing you can do to resolve this. Once the Radiator Thermostats have a wrong sense of time, you’re doomed and you’ll have to wait (for how long?) till the Cube resolves this for you. Hmm.
It seems that the Cube periodically retrieves the date & time from a time server on the Internet, so I wanted to know how often; I took an old 10/100 Ethernet hub and connected the Cube and a laptop with Wireshark installed to this hub. Even after 36 hours, only 2 IGMP packets were seen. Even a power cycle didn’t make the Cube check to see what time it was. Too bad, I hoped I could find something that would trigger the Cube to check the date & time, but I’m lost. The Cube will probably check date & time once every few days or even a week, probably.
But can I live with Radiator Thermostats that are totally off schedule? No, of course not! So I had to write my own code to handle the weekly program and use that to control the Radiator Thermostats, until there’s another way to get the RT’s (Radiator Thermostats) working the way they should.
Autonomy is good for things like controlling the temperature in the house; it should be able to function all by itself, without the need for a Home Automation system to constantly dictate what the temperature should be – only when the residents want to overrule the default weekly program, Home Automation should kick in in my opinion. For now, that doesn’t seem like an option with the MAX system. It just doesn’t look completely finished yet? So much for the “Deutsche Gründlichkeit”.. I guess this is another examples of a product being pushed to market a bit too soon..
Nevertheless, 4 new Radiator Thermostats are coming this way; moving on! 🙂