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    Programmable or wifi switches?

    This could be a dumb question. I'm not an electrician. My pump is a 1hp AO Smith that is presently on a generic toggle switch. Is it possible to swap that out for a programmable or wifi capable switch? Versus buying a timer or super expensive control center?

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    Re: Programmable or wifi switches?

    Are you switching 120V or 240V?
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    Re: Programmable or wifi switches?

    This is an example of how you could switch a pump remotely -

    Remote Controlled Heavy Duty Switch 60 Amp, 240VAC Relay - SmartHomeUSA.com

    It's basically a 240VAC relay that is activated by a 120VAC control signal. If you power this relay using WiFi plug adapter (like a WeMo switch), then the WiFi controlled outlet will activate or deactivate the relay.

    It's still probably going to cost you ~$200 when all is said and done so I'm not sure how much something like this is going to save you over just installing a standard Intermatic timer box. Not to mention the usual problems with WiFi related gadgets - when the router goes down, nothing works....
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    Re: Programmable or wifi switches?

    Do you already have a home automation system that you want to extend to the pump operation?

    If so, then we can figure out how to interface with it. If not then it's probably not going to be any less expensive than a dedicated timer, as Matt said.
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    Re: Programmable or wifi switches?

    I believe it's on 120v. Good points. I'll probably just go with an old trusty Intermatic then. Thanks folks.

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    Re: Programmable or wifi switches?

    Quote Originally Posted by dsanford455 View Post
    I believe it's on 120v. Good points. I'll probably just go with an old trusty Intermatic then. Thanks folks.
    This is what I use and it works great. I just swapped out my analog timer with this timer.

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