Would you buy one with the remote control feature again?

tenderfoot

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Bronze Supporter
Aug 10, 2017
111
North/TX
I am gonna have to buy another pool cleaning robot. The one I have had remote capabilities through Bluetooth. However, I know that the robots these days come with WiFi remote capabilities instead.

In any case, if you have remote control capabilities in your robot, what do you use it for? Could you live without it?

I only found one semi-useful purpose for the feature: it allows you to see the error code that is causing the malfunction. That's cool and all, but it did not help me resolve my issue, so I don't need the information if I am not going to be able to use it. :)

Thanks for your input!
 

Toxophilite

Silver Supporter
Feb 23, 2022
1,106
Dickinson, Texas
Pool Size
15500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
I use my remote drive to turn to me and and climb out. Only other option would be to try to do it from the control panel, which is too far under porch, or pull on cable, which I don't want to do with swivel. Live without??? How much we talking in $$$ would decide that.
 
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Jimrahbe

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LifeTime Supporter
Jul 7, 2014
28,155
Bedford, TX
TF,

Using the cable to pull the robot over to the side of the pool has no effect on the cable, swivel or not. Obviously, you can't use the cable to lift it out of the water.

Years ago, I bought a Dolphin Premier with a remote. I used it once... the day I got it, and never used it again. All my new robots are the Dolphin S200 "style" robots with no bells and whistles that I will never use. No sense paying for something unless you really need it.

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

1poolman1

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In The Industry
Jul 14, 2014
3,182
Sacramento
I am gonna have to buy another pool cleaning robot. The one I have had remote capabilities through Bluetooth. However, I know that the robots these days come with WiFi remote capabilities instead.

In any case, if you have remote control capabilities in your robot, what do you use it for? Could you live without it?

I only found one semi-useful purpose for the feature: it allows you to see the error code that is causing the malfunction. That's cool and all, but it did not help me resolve my issue, so I don't need the information if I am not going to be able to use it. :)

Thanks for your input!
How frustrated will you be when the Wi-Fi quits working?
 

SteveK52

Well-known member
Mar 11, 2019
203
Taylors South Carolina
I have a Dolphin M500 which I am able to control with an app on my phone. If I didn't have that ability I would have had to buy a new controller as the controller has stopped responding to touch. I think the controller is about $300. The Dolphin is almost 5 years old and still going strong. From what I have read here, it is probably near end of life so don't see buying a new controller at this time.
 

Katodude

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Silver Supporter
Aug 22, 2017
2,245
West Palm Beach/Florida
Pool Size
15000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-15)
The only feature I would like to have with a remote with WiFi is the ability to start the cleaning process remotely. On days when I play golf, I would like to put the robot in, and then on the 15th hole start the cleaning cycle. Then have a few beers after my round and come home just as the cleaning cycle is finishing so the pool is perfectly clean. I know I can probably do this with a smart outlet but I would like the robot to have that functionality.

I understand that this is a first world problem.
 

SecoSteve

Silver Supporter
Jul 28, 2020
266
Lincoln University, Pa
Pool Size
25000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
I have an Active30, that has remote controls through my phone. I use it when the robot's clean cycle is nearly done and there's some stubborn dirt near the steps that the robot keeps missing. It's the only way to get the robot in the perfect position to ride along the edge of the step where it meets the floor.
 

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