Dispatch from Department 72°

You know what I think of thermostats: there is the classic Honeywell Eyeball, and then there is all that other crap.

But hey, nobody has to believe me. Will Truman decided to try something new:

Honeywell made the high-tech thermostat we have in our house. It has wifi, can be programmed on a computer to dates and times. It’s pretty neat.

When you get that high-tech, though, you have to worry about things like software and firmware upgrades. It has sent me three emails informing me that I need to upgrade the software. And in none of those emails has it explained to me how. A quick surfing of the control panel has come up with nothing.

In other news, our power has gone out three times in the last 24 hours.

Life is too short to spend reprogramming stuff.


  1. fillyjonk »

    27 June 2015 · 6:46 pm

    Mine at least holds its settings and so far all I’ve had to do is reset the clock. (I don’t have it synched up with wi-fi; I’m a little concerned about the possibility of some joker figuring out how to hack into these things)

  2. McGehee »

    28 June 2015 · 9:30 am

    Mine use the guest network, because when I upgraded my router I couldn’t get to the controls on the thermostats to update their wifi settings. I put the old settings on the guest network, and they logged in just fine.

    So, now even if someone did hack into them they wouldn’t be able to access anything else. Unintended benefit.

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