Update 11/20/2010: Finally, these things are available now and at Home Depot for $99! The same thermostat under the Homewerks brand seems to be available at Amazon [amzn] for about the same price as Home Depot; take away tax and add free shipping and the price is comparable. See my other blog post on the subject. Read on for the original post…
I’d been looking for a WiFi thermostat that was affordable for a while; most seem to be vaporware or very expensive – but the CT30 from the Radio Thermostat Company of America looks like it may just fit the bill. It apparently has a Gainspan low-power WiFi chipset, and the online store shows it at $99. Unfortunately, shipping is $53 – overnight from China! But they tell me they’re working on fixing that, and they should be available to ship by next month. Apparently there is also an API to talk to the device, but documentation on that doesn’t seem to be available yet either. I did manage to find manuals for the more sophisticated device, the CT80, so it appears to be more than vaporware – I’ll be keeping an eye on it for sure.
Update 3/4/2010: Now it’s $119 … still backordered, still listing $53 shipping. Argh.
Update 4/19/2010: Now it’s $119 … and still backordered, still listing $53 shipping. Argh Argh. Losing faith!