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Seems like a good deal. $35 lowest price on Amazon for only 1.
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Last FP deal was $17 for a single pack
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Is this version 1 of the device?
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Is this version 1 of the device?
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Is this version 1 of the device?
yup, it's a DSB09104.
just get amperage from it, since that's what it measures, the newer versions just monitor voltage as well... not really necessary or worth the increase in cost in my mind. you're not going to be using this for accurate comparison to power company anyway, so the voltage is in reality meaningless, simply a multiplication factor to get a relative wattage.
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yup, it's a DSB09104.
just get amperage from it, since that's what it measures, the newer versions just monitor voltage as well... not really necessary or worth the increase in cost in my mind. you're not going to be using this for accurate comparison to power company anyway, so the voltage is in reality meaningless, simply a multiplication factor to get a relative wattage.
Thanks! I believe the gen5 is a plus device, which would be the difference maker to me.
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Thanks! I believe the gen5 is a plus device, which would be the difference maker to me.
no problem.

just for reference, even the Plus addition in the Gen5 device really isn't worth the cost increase (currently 95$ on Amazon) for me. the only real useful change in the Plus revision is the distance from 40ft to 60ft, nothing else in the new standard is really going to affect day to day usage of devices. i have several of the first generation Aeon Labs Smart Switches outside my house, one on the porch providing power to my chicken coops/run, and the others in the coops/runs about 75ft away controlling lights/heaters/fans. i've tried other companies products with less than positive results at distance.

just something to think about when purchasing this stuff...
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how do these work? If I rent an apartment, where would this be installed?
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no problem.

just for reference, even the Plus addition in the Gen5 device really isn't worth the cost increase (currently 95$ on Amazon) for me. the only real useful change in the Plus revision is the distance from 40ft to 60ft, nothing else in the new standard is really going to affect day to day usage of devices. i have several of the first generation Aeon Labs Smart Switches outside my house, one on the porch providing power to my chicken coops/run, and the others in the coops/runs about 75ft away controlling lights/heaters/fans. i've tried other companies products with less than positive results at distance.

just something to think about when purchasing this stuff...
I've been considering using Smart Switches connected to cheapo sound generators and the motion sensors (if they are outside rated) to make an anti-bird/deer network for my thornless blackberries. Problem will be setting the motion sensors at just the right level, though the good news is that the birds robbing them are typically robin sized or bigger. I've not used Smartthings yet, do you have a link for extending range (which since it's a peer-to-peer net should be easy, but I'd like to use my home network for a big increase and then go peer-to-peer). Will have to find a good guide. Blush
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how do these work? If I rent an apartment, where would this be installed?
Fuse box, take panel off, you'll prolly need to cut power from outside.
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I've been considering using Smart Switches connected to cheapo sound generators and the motion sensors (if they are outside rated) to make an anti-bird/deer network for my thornless blackberries. Problem will be setting the motion sensors at just the right level, though the good news is that the birds robbing them are typically robin sized or bigger. I've not used Smartthings yet, do you have a link for extending range (which since it's a peer-to-peer net should be easy, but I'd like to use my home network for a big increase and then go peer-to-peer). Will have to find a good guide. Blush
they do make range extenders, but i've seen less than stellar reviews on them... i don't own any, only in-wall switches/dimmers (GE/Linear/Zooz), plug in switches/appliance monitors (Aeotec), multisensors (Aeotec), the HEM (Aeotec) in this thread and various bulbs/light strips (OSRAM).
it's a mesh network, so in reality if you have enough devices spread around your house, you shouldn't need an repeaters... like i said previously, to get out to my coops/runs i have a smart switch plugged in on the porch and several switches out in the coops. it's a mostly line of sight run, aside from the switches inside the coops, so there isn't much in the way of interference. i have tried other switches in the runs, the Linear in-wall, but they would constantly drop connection and sometimes never come back until a power cycle and it felt like it... the Aeotec hardware has always been top notch though, fantastic stuff.
if you want control all around the house, you're going to have to make sure you have other hardware either in the house near the area or outside plugged into weather-tight boxes (i use the larger in-use covers on metal boxes everywhere, they work great). if you're looking to go further away from the house, like to a garden or something... it might be worthwhile to just locate the SmartThings hub out there and WiFi back to the house. although i have no idea what type of temperature extremes the SmartThings hub can operate in... you would further need an access point out there, plug the SmartThings in to that and have the access point WiFi back to the house network.

remotely locating things gets a little troublesome. yes everything is supposed to adhere to the standards, but in the real world not everything does...
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Why would someone need two? Two houses? Or is there a use-case for one home I'm overlooking?
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Why would someone need two? Two houses? Or is there a use-case for one home I'm overlooking?
A user might have a second distribution panel in a garage or out building. One on the main would tell you the overall consumption, and a second one on a secondary box would give you specific info on the draw only from that box. For instance, a garage could have a air compressor or electric heaters ect. that you might want data on aside from your usual home appliances. Its a rarer instance case, but its not a bad idea to have a spare (or gift) either.
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