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When virtual is better than real: the new HomeNET 3.5 is here!

Who says that real is better than virtual? Do you want an example? The new virtual thermostats in HomeNET 3.5!  🙂

We are really happy to announce that the new HomeNET 3.5 release is out for download. In this release we have introduced a new exciting feature: virtual thermostats.

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A virtual thermostat is a “software device” that allows to create a thermostat starting from a wireless temperature sensor and one or more AirQ Networks control boards. There is no longer need to use complex and dedicated rules to handle the temperature.

A virtual thermostat works in this way:

  • a temperature sensor is linked to the thermostat.
  • user defines the preferred temperature, the lower and the upper thresholds.
  • user defines the actions to perform when temperature goes down and up to the set temperature.
  • user defines the action to perform when the thermostat is turned OFF.

And that’s it. HomeNET will do the job for us!

Let’s do a real example. Let’s suppose that we want to manage the temperature on the ground floor, and suppose that the RELAY4 of the 6.0.1.10 control board drives a zone valve. We want to open the valve when temperatures goes down 18.7°C and to close it when temperature goes over.

You can setup the thermostat like in the following picture:

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A virtual thermostat has two working modes: auto and manual. In auto mode rules and scenes can change set temperature and turn ON/OFF the thermostat. When in manual mode, rules and scenes have no effect.

To setup a virtual thermostat you can go in Setup->Device Management->Virtual thermostats.

How to update

To update your HomeNET control unit to the latest version, go to Setup->Maintenance, click on the “Check” button and follow the instructions. Please, remember that to update the control unit you need to enter your MyHOME credentials in the Setup->Access Credentials section.

We strongly recommend to do a backup of the control unit database. To do the backup, go to Setup->Maintenance section and follow the instructions.

If you want to look these new features in action, visit our on-line demo.

 

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