What do we think?
After a week or two of using this system I was really impressed with how easy it was to set up. With day-to-day use though there are some shortcomings that we would have hoped might have been considered before promoting this product in the UK. Allowing for the fact that the manufacturers are unlikely to change the design of the product so that the display was the right way round on a UK radiator – in my system, like I’ve said, I very rarely need to look at the display so I really don’t see this as a problem – it is something that anyone buying this system.
More annoying though is the App that you can download to control your heating system. A ubiquitous tool for any networked control system nowadays the App downloads in German with no English version. I did a year of German at school about 20 odd years ago and the only phrase that stuck was “das ist einer flascher” (I apologise for any errors!), so understanding a heating control app entirely in German was a non-starter for me.
A big flaw for me was the time setting. The Cube LAN Gateway gets it’s time from Central Europe – an hour ahead of UK time. Fair enough I thought, it’s a German product, it’s only right that the time is set to German time. BUT why can’t you change the time? There are no settings to allow for the time to be changed according to your geographical location. More an annoyance than anything else and again, probably not something that would stop you buying – just something to be aware of and perhaps hope that things may change with a firmware update in the future.
The only other thing that might stop you wanting to buy this system is how noisy the radiator thermostats are. Noisy might be too strong a word, I would guess they are on a level slightly lower than a motorised blind but loud enough that when watching TV in the evening you can hear the motors wiring and I now wake up in the morning half an hour before I want to because the bedroom radiator is turning on.
All-in-all it’s a great system and cheap enough for most to consider. Installation and setup is a doddle and it does work well and can be integrated into a Control4 control system.