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Old 03-20-2010, 01:56 PM   #1
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IS there any thing out the that would let my keep an eye on my basement or refrigerator using my laptop? I will be able to do a few lagers coming soon in the basement. Yea I could go to the basement but my basement is a crawl space and its not like I can open a door and walk down the stairs. Yea I know I can buy those wireless thermometers at wal-mart but I would love something I could check on a pc.


Anything out there with out breaking the bank?

 
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:03 PM   #2
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yes... a bcs controller can do that and a lot of other stuff...

You would have to give it a switch to take it onto a wireless network.
hmm... not breaking the bank.... that is always hard!

or a wireless weather station... several of them will take several bases. Not sure how you could tie it in to a laptop, but the weather applications have to have options for that.
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Old 03-20-2010, 02:06 PM   #3
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I use these devices in my basement and cold cellar. You can have them direct connected for continueous input or place them in the space and download data logged over a period of time.

http://www.onsetcomp.com/products/kits/kit-u10-001

Hope this is something to help you out.

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Old 03-20-2010, 02:25 PM   #4
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Take a look at the tweeting kegerator.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:17 PM   #5
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I've used the Maxim One-Wire sensors for this.

With a little programming, you can put together graphs like this: http://temps.palarchio.com/

Wireless is going to be expensive, you're either going to need a small PC or Arduino down in the basement or run at least one cable down there to connect up to the sensors.

 
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:53 PM   #6
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Davis weather stations allow extra temp sensors.
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:54 PM   #7
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I've used the Maxim One-Wire sensors for this.

With a little programming, you can put together graphs like this: http://temps.palarchio.com/

Wireless is going to be expensive, you're either going to need a small PC or Arduino down in the basement or run at least one cable down there to connect up to the sensors.
+1 for 1-wire. I use the 1-wire for various items in my house (Outside, inside, freezer, keg fridge, lager box, etc). You can run them all in series on a single pair of wires (bell wire or cat 5).

I use the Digitemp software to read the temps. You can then use the rrd tools to make the graph. IIRC, there was a detailed webage on the Digitemp website on how to do that.

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Old 03-21-2010, 01:51 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the replies and I definitely got some great ideas!!!

 
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:51 PM   #9
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I think a Xanboo device would be perfect for your application. They are wireless and not too expensive.

Here is a link to the page on Xanboo's site that has the wireless temperature sensor:

http://www.xanboo.com/devices/device...wirelesssensor

Here is a link to an ebay sale of the device:

http://cgi.ebay.com/XANBOO-HOMESIGHT...-/330407790413

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Old 03-21-2010, 04:59 PM   #10
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