NetworkThermostat Lauches Two Ethernet Thermostats
NetworkThermostat, a leading communications-based thermostat manufacturer since 1995, confirms the availability of two new IP thermostats, the RP32-IP and the UP32-IP. The intuitive interface and powerful web engine puts the right amount of control at the right location. The web server automatically detects the type of device (PC, Mac, tablet or mobile phone) making the connection and delivers the right user experience with either the full webpages (PC, Mac or iPad), or mobile pages for small browser platforms such as an iPhone or Android phone. Both thermostats are commercial grade, and the UP32-IP includes the exclusive Net/X Advanced Remote Sensor Bus, allowing up to eleven (11) remote sensors to be attached for monitoring of up to 6 different sensor types.
"It’s gotta be simple…™" is the driving force behind the development, bringing together software, hardware and human engineering to create an Ethernet Thermostat product that allows for the perfect blend of aesthetics and technology.
While traditional programmable thermostats place a burden on the user to program every schedule from the front panel of the thermostat, these Internet thermostats allows point and click control from just about any browser on any device from anywhere there’s an Ethernet or Internet connection. Both versions are automatic changeover 3-Heat / 2-Cool thermostats with programmability from just a single schedule to seven days per week with up to four events per day. “Schedule programming is performed over the Ethernet connection, where it should be done, not from the front panel of the thermostat. ‘Thermostat hieroglyphics’ and the energy wasteful ‘hold’ button are a thing of the past. These are powerful new product with the perfect combination of simple front-panel operation and sophisticated control from the browser”, said Jerry Drew, NetworkThermostat’s President. In addition, creating an extended hold (vacation) can be quickly done from the thermostat front panel or from the Ethernet connection. The user simply enters the day and time to return to normal schedules, allowing energy savings when away and energy efficiency when not.
Because these are IP thermostats with full 10/100Mbps connections, PCI compliance for the commercial world is extremely simplified. Connection and control can occur from anywhere inside the home or business, and connection from the Internet if you’re not at the thermostat’s location. In addition, controlling multiple RP32-IP and/or UP32-IP thermostats is as easy as controlling one. Users have multiple options of using the free Internet-based Net/X™ Remote Device login tool, free Net/X™ Device Explorer tool for on-site LANs (both tools will list all of the user’s thermostats), the free Enterprise-Class Net/X-IP Command Center software for drag-and-drop scheduling of multiple thermostats.
Both thermostats have universal equipment control for conventional gas/electric, heat pump (including dual fuel), electric, and hydronic heat systems. The new thermostats engages both residential and commercial features, including Smart Schedule Recovery™ which allows intelligent temperature recovery, Efficient Equipment Restart™ which efficiently staggers scheduled start times to eliminate multiple units starting at once, adjustable override time and min/max setpoints, fan recirculation, vacation scheduling, keypad lockout, and many more powerful features.
The UP32-IP also supports a long list of auxiliary inputs and sensors, making it ideal for commercial use. It’s like having a miniature building automation system in a thermostat. Each UP32-IP supports one (1) occupancy sensor, two (2) digital inputs for condensate switch, dirty filter or other fault conditions, and the most advanced remote sensor bus on the market. The advanced remote sensor bus supports a total of eleven (11) sensors with up to six (6) indoor remote sensors, an outdoor sensor, a humidity/temperature sensor, plus configurable auxiliary temperature sensors that allows up to three (3) separate monitoring and alerting points on every thermostat… all on a simple 3-wire bus. The auxiliary temperature sensors can be used for a long list of measuring, monitoring and alerting including items such as supply air, return air, walk-in freezers, refrigerated display cases, computer rooms, wine rooms/cellars, cooling and heating water loops, pool/spa water temperatures and others.
Both thermostat platforms support up to 4 email and text message destinations which can be used for reminders and alerting of a myriad of conditions for both customer and service personnel. With the embedded secure email client, configuration for alerts are as simple as entering the email addresses and phone numbers. Then simply point-and-click the particular alert conditions and destinations. Alerts can be sent to the end user, service contractor, or both. Critical alerts can be repeated, if desired, until the alert condition has been corrected and the alert reset. There are a total of six (6) alert conditions for the RP32-IP, and sixteen (16) different alert conditions available for the UP32-IP. The alerts include filter change reminders and a powerful Inefficient Equipment Run alert, allowing the contractor to know when equipment is not operating properly and to provide proactive service for his customer.
NetworkThermostat also teamed up with the most powerful weather service, Weatherbug®. Weatherbug® is integrated right into the thermostat, allowing users to know the outside temperature (without the need for a sensor), full current weather conditions and seven day forecast, all right from the browser.
In addition, both thermostats employ NetworkThermostat’s open API, allowing software developers and hardware integrators the ability to quickly and seamlessly integrate the thermostat into other systems. Multiple iPhone/iPad and Android based applications from third parties are also released.
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