Originally Posted by Ahoffy
I use a DLink WiFi cam to monitor the mash temperature and flow. If the flow slows or burner doesn't light you can hear the alarm on your computer.
Here is what I worked out (with some help) over the last day for a no cost solution. It helps that the previous owner of the house ran Cat5 to junction boxes in the garage and bedroom, where we have a desktop.
1. Run an Ethernet cable from the plug on the TOP to the junction in the garage.
2. At the junction in the bedroom, run the Blichmann cable from the Cat5 box to the USB port on the desktop (the Blichmann cable has a chip in it that does the conversion so the computer can recognize everything via USB.
3. Open LINK software on the desktop.
4. Use Logmein remote desktop software to monitor and adjust the TOP controller wirelessly either with my netbook or an iPad/android phone (there's an app for logmein. All free.
If I didn't have the Cat5 box in the garage, I could just hook it up to an old laptop and remote in to that.