Remote WiFi Temperature sensors?

Discussion in 'Winterizing' started by Little Ducky, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    509
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Does anyone use any type of WiFi temperature sensors to monitor their boat.

    Looking for something to utilize the marinas WiFi network so I can pull up the temps remotely.

    Does anyone use these WiFi temp stick's?

    http://idealsciences.com/?gclid=Cj0...JpOpXBZab_HQxQcRg9km-7fv0jUxBAKoaAozLEALw_wcB

    If you have an alternative system for your boat please share what components you have with likes or dislikes.

    Thanks
     
  2. j98052

    j98052 Member SILVER Sponsor

    101
    Jul 17, 2015
    Seattle
    2010 Sedan Bridge 520
    Cummins QSM11
    I have installed a fairly low cost remote temperature monitoring system on my boat. We have had a cold snap in Seattle, and it's nice to be able to remotely see the temps on the boat.

    I purchased the Acurite 3-Sensor Temperature and Humidity Smart Home Environment System with My AcuRite for about $100 (I think Amazon has it for $90). It comes with 3 sensors and a base station, and they have a mobile app.

    The base station connects the sensors to the AcuRite cloud service which tracks temps and has alerts. Only problem is that it connects via wired ethernet - it can't connect to wifi directly. I bought an Ethernet to wifi bridge for about $20, connected the AcuRite base station to it, and then joined the wifi bridge to my hotspot (marina wifi would also work). It took about 20 minutes for their cloud service to connect with the base station, but it has status lights that tell you when it's ready.

    Next I placed a sensor in the engine room, fly bridge, and cabin, and configured each sensor on the mobile app. Finally I created alerts, so if the temp reaches a certain point, I will get notifications from the app on my phone, and via e-mail.

    Here are some screen shots of the app: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AvZTRb5DDV-kiec-39gg85dKUmB-mA

    Getting the wifi bridge connected requires a laptop. Our marina wifi requires a user login and password for each device, which didn't work with the wifi bridge that I purchased. But since our marina wifi is horrible, I got an AT&T hotspot, which works fine with the bridge.

    Total cost: $120
     
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  3. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    I installed SimpliSafe after our burglary 1 year ago. I have door switches, motion detectors, high water alarm, temp. alarm, smoke & CO detection alarms. This system is cellular based and is checked on any smartphone, computer etc.
     
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  4. gerryb

    gerryb Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    E120 Radar & Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    The solution options here really depend on whether you have wifi or not. We keep our boat in a yard with no wifi service for winter. In that case, I use BOATCOMMAND to monitor the main boat systems including temperature and it has performed flawlessly for over 3 years now. It uses data pings to a central server via a basic SMS/phone connection.
    During the summer I have an accurite system hooked-up to wifi.
     
  5. Russ Calasant

    Russ Calasant Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 9, 2009
    East Greenwich, RI
    2001 480 DB
    CAT 3196
    I just put in the Accurite system and connected to my wireless hotspot and it works great! - j98052 +1 !
     
  6. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    509
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Excellent..... I'm going to give Acurite a try.
     
  7. kysearay

    kysearay Member

    47
    Jun 15, 2017
    KY
    42 Sundancer
    8.1's gassers
    I put a nest camera and a cheap thermometer in view so I can keep an eye on the boat and also the temps. cheap and easy
     
  8. j98052

    j98052 Member SILVER Sponsor

    101
    Jul 17, 2015
    Seattle
    2010 Sedan Bridge 520
    Cummins QSM11
    The nice thing about the Acu-Rite is that you can have 4 sensors in different locations. I have 1 in the engine room, 1 in the cabin, and 1 on the fly bridge.
     
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  9. j98052

    j98052 Member SILVER Sponsor

    101
    Jul 17, 2015
    Seattle
    2010 Sedan Bridge 520
    Cummins QSM11
    How did you connect it to your hotspot?
     
  10. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    That’s interesting. I have no WiFi at my dock. How do you get the cell service? Is it some sort of SIM card that you pay a monthly fee for?
     
  11. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    The unit can come with either a T-Mobil or Verizon chip $25/mo includes key chain control, smartphone & computer app. control and 24/7 live monitoring...
     
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  12. Russ Calasant

    Russ Calasant Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 9, 2009
    East Greenwich, RI
    2001 480 DB
    CAT 3196
    I use a att wireless hotspot on the boat and connected it to a range extender that provided Ethernet ports so I could plug in.
     
  13. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’m an AT&T wireless subscriber so that might make more sense. What AT&T mobile WiFi device do you use?
     
  14. j98052

    j98052 Member SILVER Sponsor

    101
    Jul 17, 2015
    Seattle
    2010 Sedan Bridge 520
    Cummins QSM11
    I use a NetGear LTE hotspot.
     
  15. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    509
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Well I got my goods and have it all set up and working at the house.

    Tomorrow I'll be traveling to the boat to get it all set up.

    I'll be monitoring Engine Room, Cabin, and Outside temperatures.

    The WiFi extender with ethernet plug works like a charm and the Acurite unit comes with it's own ethernet cord so one less thing to buy.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
  16. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    509
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Everything is set up and works like a charm.

    [​IMG]

    :)

    Ice skating anyone? A nice thin layer.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2018
  17. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    509
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Burrrrrrrrr....... ice ice baby

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Blkbird

    Blkbird Member

    200
    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    Little Ducky and I have the same plan. I've tested the system using my home network and it appears to be working well. Just waiting for my NetGear WiFi extender to arrive so I can connect with the marina WiFi and that should be that.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2018
  19. Blkbird

    Blkbird Member

    200
    Jul 5, 2010
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1997 Sea Ray 450 Sundancer
    Twin 3126 CATS
    Acurite and NetGear extender installed and working well, and just in time for a cold front to sweep through Atlanta. However now I can tell when the Extreme heater cuts in down in the engine room and the cabin is also nice and toasty (55 degrees).

    Very happy with this product :)
     
  20. Sublimetime

    Sublimetime Member

    377
    Oct 22, 2007
    clifton nj
    420 da
    454
    Look into the "arlo" series of security cameras. They are a totally self contained camera/ battery / transmitter all in one that uses basic cell service for access. buy it/ set it up with your smart phone/ and wherever you drop it , as long as it gets cell phone signal you can remote access it. No router no wifi no wires, runs three months on a charge.

    This with the remote thermometer set up in view and your covered.

    If you purchase camera from your cell phone service provider the monthly charge is only five bucks a month.
     

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