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    Remote Control System recommendations

    Hey guys, I've stumbled upon this site a few times while investigating issues with my pool so thought I would register and ask everyone a question!

    I'm thinking about taking advantage of the remote control functionality on our Raypack 266 heater and was wondering what system(s) are out there that would be compatible? Not looking for anything complicated just temperature would be fine. Any suggestions/Recommendations? I see in the manual and on the board that there are connections for such a feature. I am quite technical (IT pro by trade) so WiFi setups, etc don't bother me and would probably be preferred rather than burying a cable to run from my pool shed up to the deck or worse - inside the house (don't want to mess with insulation, drywall etc.).

    Thanks in advance guys!
    18 x 33 Above Ground w/Raypack 266 heater

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    Re: Remote Control System recommendations

    Welcome to TFP!

    I setup an Intermatic PE653rc to do the same thing and am happy with it (I lucked out and got it for $275 on amazon). There are a few other low cost options out there that weren't available when I got mine but I can't speak to those.

    The control unit goes outside by the pad ... it comes with a Z wave remote and the antenna can be relocated using CAT5e.

    TFP Moderator Chris V. ~16K Pool & Spa, 48NSF DE, IG Plaster Circa 2000, Intermatic PE653, Challenger pump with a 2 speed B2984, 20gal stenner chlorine injection, Houston, TX
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    Re: Remote Control System recommendations

    I would have easily pulled the trigger in the PE653rc if my pool equipment wasn't 100' from the rest of the house and my other automation equipment. I have a lot of Z-wave love.

    To the OP: Get the PE653, the two sensors for water & air temp, and a Vera Lite from Mi Casa Verde to control it. There's a huge thread on the PE653rc on the Mi Casa forums.

    I think I'm going to go with the Autelis for my EasyTouch since I have great WiFi coverage via a 2nd access point at my pool.
    1994 36K 20x40 IG vinyl, S240 sand filter, Pentair WhisperFlo, Pentair Easytouch 4 w/ IC40 SWG, Raypak P-R336A gas heater

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    Re: Remote Control System recommendations

    The Vera isnt 100% yet ... homeseer may actually get there first.

    As a standalone it is the bees knees, from a zWave standpoint it does some interesting implementation of things like the thermostat and switching from pool to spa if you make the Vera or the Homeseer the primary controller.

    Short version: it will do what you want NOW, in the future you may be able to program it into full house automation scenes with a zWave home controller.
    TFP Moderator Chris V. ~16K Pool & Spa, 48NSF DE, IG Plaster Circa 2000, Intermatic PE653, Challenger pump with a 2 speed B2984, 20gal stenner chlorine injection, Houston, TX
    One cannot follow Islam and Christianity at the same time, nor can one follow pool store methods and TFP at the same time.
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