2014 New Product Awards

Facility Management

CloudConnect

The CloudConnect service from NetworkThermostat enables users of Net/X Wi-Fi and Ethernet smart thermostats to monitor and control their Net/X smart thermostats over the Internet.


WFM Staff  ·  August 1, 2014

MSRP $9.99 per thermostat per year

The CloudConnect service from NetworkThermostat enables users of Net/X Wi-Fi and Ethernet smart thermostats to monitor and control their Net/X smart thermostats over the Internet. It accommodates an unlimited number of thermostats and locations without the need for port forwarding or other router configuration.

With NetworkThermostat, there is no compromise when choosing between using a direct connection or cloud connection. Net/X’s exclusive DirectConnect method enables users to connect directly to the thermostats from anywhere on site or remotely, with no need for a “cloud.” This is popular for customers who are restricted from “going to the cloud.” Now, with the addition of the CloudConnect platform, NetworkThermostat customers have a choice. Both methods can be used simultaneously with the Net/X-IP PC Command Center software for unparalleled connectivity options.

NetworkThermostat’s approach to smart thermostats integrates all of the Web pages, schedules, date and time settings, alerts, passwords, network settings and notification destinations directly into the thermostat. The thermostats reside on the Local Area Network using Wi-Fi (UP32x/RP32x-WIFI thermostat) or Ethernet (UP32x/RP32x-IP thermostat). End users and support personnel can connect simultaneously to the thermostats using their favorite PC, Mac, tablet or smart phone, and CloudConnect adjusts the user interface to match the device being used, whether desktop, tablet or smart phone.

The CloudConnect service offers Net/X simple connectivity via an interface similar to that found in the Net/X-IP Command Center Software. The CloudConnect service enables NetworkThermostat users to monitor and control multiple thermostats at multiple locations from a single Web-browser page. Features include schedule and vacation updating, override settings, alert management, humidity control and many other settings.

CloudConnect represents the flexibility at the heart of every Net/X smart thermostat. All UP32/RP32 thermostats control conventional gas/electric (2H/2C) and heat pump (3H/2C) systems, and the UP32H/RP32H can also manage humidifiers/dehumidifiers and/or fresh air dampers. A lockout feature limits temperature overrides with an adjustable override timer. The recirculation fan timer can be used to optimize airflow within the conditioned environment.

In addition, integrated real-time weather forecasts based on zip code eliminate the need for outdoor sensors when setting heat pump balance points. Special algorithms even lessen energy usage peaks by minimizing the number of HVAC units that turn on at the same time.

The UP32x also supports auxiliary inputs — up to 11 remote sensors and an occupancy sensor input. E-mail and text message alerting is also supported for up to four destinations, sending reminders and condition alerts to both customer and service personnel. Critical Alerts can be repeated until the alert condition is corrected and reset.

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