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Sensi UP500W Wi-Fi Programmable Digital Thermostat for Smart Home
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Works well, easy install, 07/10/2016

This review is from: Sensi UP500W Wi-Fi Programmable Digital Thermostat for Smart Home

Pros: After looking into Wi-Fi thermostats for a period of time, and seeing a lot of high prices, and a lot of user issues, the Sensi was my choice. The price was right (bought on sale) and a lot of favorable user reviews on several different seller web sites. It helped that the maker is White-Rogers, an old time name in thermostats. I have previously owned two other White Rogers thermostats, one with the Emerson name, and one with the Sears name, and they worked well and were trouble free. Installation was simple following the instructions, and it worked first try. I did have to remove it once, as I was not told to connect the unused wire (C wire) and after installation the option to turn the backlight on was not present. Customer support answered quickly, and told me to connect the extra wire to "C" terminal, after which the backlight choice of off/on was present in the menu. It dropped the wifi connection a couple of times in the first few hours of use, but I then discovered a red banner on the top of the Sensi home page that there were server issues. Customer support did tell me that the thermostat would not work with an Asus router, although the web site lists only one particular model of Asus router as not working. It is working fine with my Asus RT-AC66U router.

Cons: The major con I have is that it cannot be programmed from the thermostat itself, but only from the app. I know, it is a wifi thermostat, but sometimes, computers, devices, net connections, routers, fail, and it would be nice to know that if for some reason I do not have internet, I could still use this as a programmable thermostat. The other slight con, is the temperature differential, (range between unit on/unit off) has only three settings, and with mine on highest differential, I still feel the AC unit cycles a little too often.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this product. After only a couple of weeks of use, in AC mode, it works well, has lots of features, and the purchase price was reasonable.

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Panasonic KX-TG4225N 1.9 GHz DECT 6.0 5X Handsets Expandable Digital Cordless Answering System Integrated Answering Machine
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has good range, and excellent call quality

Cons: My wi-FI interferes with the phones. Can't use any of the handsets in the same end of my house as the router is located. My router has both 2.4 and 5.0 ghz signals, and I am guessing it is the 2.4 that interferes with it. Makes an annoying clicking noise in the phone every few seconds.

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Ooma Telo VoIP Internet Voice Home Phone Service Box-Factory Recertified
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Easy install, good voice quality 09/10/2013

This review is from: Ooma Telo VoIP Internet Voice Home Phone Service Box-Factory Recertified

Pros: Simple to install, good voice quality, low monthly cost, connects to phones in house.

Cons: They'll try to up sell to Premiere service, which costs another $9 a month, but might be worthwhile. Premiere includes free number porting, call forwarding and call blocking, enhanced fax service, free Canada calls, and more..

Other Thoughts: I bought a new unit, but guess the refurb, with 2 year warranty should be just as good. Needs a good solid Internet connection. Has lots of blue lights on the box, which are kind of bright at night. Don't think they can be tired off.

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Date Joined: 05/22/07

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  • Last Review: 07/20/16
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