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I want to make a temperature reporting device that I can access remotely by telephoning to its location and obtaining the temperature at the location of the device.  I already have ability to phone and turn heat on/off.  I asume I will neet a digital thermonator .  Accurate temp. is not required, just  enough to know that heat is working properly and that freezing conditions do not exist, or are near.

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steveastroukBest Answer (author)2010-01-08

This is pretty easy, if you have a mobile phone with a modem connection. You can ring it, leave an SMS and get an SMS in reply. Its available "off the shelf" too.

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neblliw (author)steveastrouk2010-02-22

 Thanks, but I do not know what a SMS is, or where to look for the "off the shelf" item you speak of.  Would I find it at Radio Shack, or some better Electronics store ?
I just have a plain old fashioned phone at our 2nd home at Tahoe, so do not have a computer permanently stationed there

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steveastrouk (author)neblliw2010-02-22

SMS is the proper name for "texting" - it stands for "Short Message System", and you can send information with it, if you have cellular service in the area ?

If you don't, there are other ways, but SMS is probably the simplest. Would you like some parts and names for ideas ?

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neblliw (author)steveastrouk2010-02-23

We have cellular phone service in the area ( Version).
I'm real new at this.
 I need to know where to find the kind of thermometer I need to generate a signal to send (electronic/digital, I guess), and how do I connect it to the sending device ( Just wire it , I assume ?)
Also, I don't know where to go to find the "off-the-shelf" stuff I need.  
Any help, directions, info, is appreciated.
Thanks,    Ben

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steveastrouk (author)neblliw2010-02-23

I've found the perfect unit for you I think, but I don't know if its available in the USA for you ! Its actually part of a home security system, but plugs into your telephone to ring you when there is a "break in" my idea is to put a thermostat on the "alarm inputs", when it gets cold, it rings you, you press a number on your telephone keypad and turn the heating on.

Should be around 100 USD.

Steve

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neblliw (author)steveastrouk2010-02-27

I now have the ability to turn heat on/off;  Start /stop outside sprinkles, turn on/off lights. So I don't really need to do an on/off action.
I just need something to be able to remotely check the building's lack of heat -- say below about 40 degrees F. (8 degrees above freezing) or so.
I have my thermostat set at 44 degrees,  and can remotely switch it to 70 F. degrees prior to planned occupancy.
A low temp. condition may occur during an extended power outage.  I can check remotely, via web-site, when an extended power outage occurs, but now I have to travel 3 hours to see how cold the interior of the structure may be.
All I need to have now is a device to enable me, remotely, to find out if temps in the bldg drop below about 40. ( of course if the power is off any device probably would not function, but once power was on again ,I could tell how low things got, and possibly save myself a trip in stormy weather.)

Do you have any thoughts on this?   I thank you for all your input.

Ben






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steveastrouk (author)neblliw2010-02-27

Yes, what kit are you using at the moment ? There may be some sneaky way we can engineer feedback from the house.

Steve

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neblliw (author)steveastrouk2010-02-28

 I use an "X-10, Powerhouse Telephone responder, Model TR551" to connect my telephone to  wiring thru' a relay, an " X-10" modular unit, switching, and two thermostats. ---- a system  that I designed myself to remotely control off/on operation by phone..

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steveastrouk (author)neblliw2010-02-28

Can't see anyway to mod that.

What about this ?


www.audon.co.uk/iqsb.html

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neblliw (author)steveastrouk2010-03-10

 none of these things seem to be what I need.  I think I'll just drop this project for awhile.
thanks for all your input.

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neblliw (author)2010-03-07

 I would have to know more abut the device, but the brief description I read does not indicate that it will relay the actual temperature at the site -- only allows control.  I have that now.
Where can I get a more detailed  story on the item? I might be able to adapt it to the situation

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aeray (author)2010-01-09

Better yet, train a cicada to answer the phone...

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ry25920 (author)2010-01-07

 Maybe you could have some type of micro controller or circuit that will speed up or slow down according to the temp.... Sort of like a cricket... That should work out for what you need... It would be fairly easy to program, but anyone who calls will hear a cricket. Hope this helps. 

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