Wiser Smarthome in the test

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The Wiser Heat Starter Kit
  • 2 radiator thermostats
  • 4 adapters
  • 4 batteries
  • 1 heat hub (gateway)
  • 1 power supply
  • Quick start guide (first steps)
  • installation Guide

Does a life without smarthome work?

Who calls now "I can not do without it!" should think twice about whether he does not have a few radio sockets, streams music from the home server or has programmable room thermostats. This is where smarthome or intelligent living begins.

However, the largest area is certainly the central and automatic control of lighting and heating. We were already able to present a few products on the topic of alarm systems and smart light. With the Wiser Starter Kit from Eberle, we have now tested the first radiator thermostat heating control system.

The components of the Wiser Heat Starter Kit

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A pretty simple but environmentally friendly packaging.

The delivery takes place in a small, simple and almost unstable packaging. Also inside there is no padding of the items, they are held only by thin cardboard inserts.

I have to admit that I am a little more used and expected in the Smarthome area. But I must also admit that I like the environmentally friendly packaging. Except for a small bag for the power supply was dispensed on any plastic waste.

As long as the content is in good hands, it is certainly a step in the right direction. Less is sometimes more.

The Smarthome center of the Wiser Heat Hub

Small and discreet it is and allows a wall mounting as well as the simple filing on a dresser or a shelf. Apart from a mains connection, no further supply lines are required. But I think it's better to have the choice between LAN and WLAN. Finally, the password for your own WLAN network must be stored in each WLAN device. For permanently installed devices I therefore prefer the secure cable connection.

I like the fact that after removing the rear cover, you have the option of removing cables in two different directions. For a hidden discharge into the wall, however, the cover would have to be drilled out. But ok, not everyone prefers an installation with direct cable removal. Therefore, you can live with it, that it would be at least possible.

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This allows the Wiser center to be fixed to the wall or simply placed on the dresser.

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The cable is connected concealed and can be removed in two directions.

Smart radiator thermostats for replacement

At first glance, the radiator thermostats seem quite large and clunky, but that is deceptive. Compared to an older thermostatic valve (workshop find), the difference in size is marginal. Considering that in the valve from Eberle still the control and receiving electronics is installed and batteries must find space, hardly a handy size can be expected.

There are two different adapters available for replacement. A threaded ring M30 x 1.5 and a plug-in adapter for Danfoss valves. This should replace the most common thermostats.

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It can easily be opened to insert the batteries.

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Hardly bigger than simple thermostatic valves.

The Wiser Heat App

Before I install an app, I look at the reviews. Wiser Heat App - 3.1! That does not look so good and unfortunately the comments give no information about why it was rated so relatively bad. So I'm surprised.

Installing the Smarthome app

The app is fast loaded and installed just as fast. Also in the permissions I see nothing unfounded. So far so good.

With the first launch, the app wants to connect to a heat hub, which follows a known process. Wi-Fi is activated on the hub and the smartphone is connected to the network provided. Afterwards you have to select your own WLAN network in the hub and save the corresponding password.

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In a few seconds, thermostatic valves are added.

Thereafter, existing radiator thermostats can be added, which is just as easy. Insert the batteries, turn the knob to the right for a few seconds until the connection mode is activated and start the search of the app. The connection is established immediately and the thermostat can be assigned to a specific room. In the same way more thermostatic valves can be added. Now the connection can be returned separately to the domestic network. Finished! The base can dial into the domestic network and is ready to use.

In order to be able to operate the smart heating control on the move, access via the network is required, which requires registration in the cloud. However, this only needs an e-mail address, which then has to be confirmed. Why then still the address is queried, does not open to me and I'm not ready to specify this. Musterstraße and Musterwohnort are easily accepted.

Overall, the setup is done quickly and intuitively. Although I took screenshots and looked closely at everything, only 10 minutes were needed.

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The installation of the app and the thermostats only takes 10 minutes and takes place in clearly understandable steps.

Operation of the Heat App from Wiser

The app comes with a very clear screen that shows the temperatures of each thermostatic valves. It is the set / desired temperature and the current temperature to see. It can also be seen whether the thermostat is open or closed. In addition, all thermostats can be set to one-click mode with one click.

Below the settings are then more details, such as the Define rooms, devices or the schedule, three different operating modes and basic settings of the app.

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The app is clearly arranged and very tidy - in the menu, the most important settings can be found.

The time program

For each room, several switching times can be programmed, whereby the temperature can be set to 0.5° C and the time to the minute. The settings are intuitive and can be copied with a few clicks on more days. I like the possibilities and really do not need more.

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The timer programming is extensive and easy to use - but it can also be intervened manually at any time.

The room details

Below this point you can define the different rooms and the thermostatic valves in them. So it is always possible to use a Wiser radiator thermostat in another room.

Interesting is the ability to detect an open window, which is to close the valve at a rapid drop in temperature. In addition, the manual operation of the thermostatic valve can be locked, which may be useful in the nursery.

Different operating modes

In addition to the general programming of the switching times, there are three further modes available:

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Comfort mode shifts the switch-on time so that the desired temperature is reached at the programmed time.
  • Eco Mode - The controller learns the temperature behavior of the rooms, connects them with the weather forecasts and then adjusts the switching times automatically. In the case of radiators, this will bring few advantages in my view, as they react relatively quickly and planning based on the weather report makes little sense. With a floor heating that looks quite different. This takes about three hours, before doing anything on the feet. If a sudden change in weather is announced, it may be convenient to adjust the heating afterwards.
  • Comfort Mode - I like it. He ensures that the desired room temperature at a certain time is not first addressed, but should already be achieved. If the heating takes about 30 minutes to bring a room from the night setback to 22° C, then the desired temperature is not aimed at the programmed time, but already 30 minutes before, to ensure 22° C at the desired time. This is only effective if (as in Eco Mode) the temperature behavior of the room is learned and included.
  • Absence - Of course, here you can set the lowering temperature for absence or at night.

Overall, I like the Wiser Heat App with its features and overview very well. It works very fast, is easy to use and very clear. In test mode, there were no technical problems or crashes. The bad rating of the app is therefore completely incomprehensible to me.

The Wiser Heat Starter Kit in a practical test

The radiator thermostats take their place on a radiator in the living room and in the hallway. The reconnection after disconnecting the control panel is automatic and easy. Even with the many disconnections during the pre-tests, the thermostatic valves never had problems finding their headquarters.

What I noticed, however, is that they seem to have problems finding their temperature. At least that will take a very, very long time. Once warmed up by the hands, they indicate the elevated temperature for a very long time.

The installation of the thermostatic valves is relatively easy. Coincidentally, the two radiators, where the Wiser thermostats should find their place, even have different shots, so that the screw and the plug adapter must be used.

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The threaded adapter is first placed on the thermostatic valve.

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Then screw on the thermostat with the adapter.

The thermostatic valve with screw ring can be easily replaced with the old valve. Simply loosen the thermostat to be replaced, connect the Wiser Radiator Thermostat to the Gweindeadapter, position it, determine the position and tighten the threaded ring. That was it already.

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The plug-in adapter is fixed individually after determining the position.

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And then put the thermostat on the adapter.

If the plug adapter is needed, you should do something different, as it is difficult to operate the valve on the radiator and at the same time to fix the cap flush.

Therefore first turn the adapter onto the thermostatic valve, determine the position of the plug-in adapter (LEDs on the thermostat point upwards), disconnect the adapter from the thermostat again and fix it flush with the heater. Only now the thermostatic valve is put back on again.

During operation, there are few abnormalities. The thermostatic valves do their job and regulate the room temperature. Only to the now and then humming engines you have to get used. You can hear it by the transmission of vibrations to the radiator but quite clearly.

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On the thermostat itself, the room temperature can be adjusted by +/- 2° C.

What might be desirable is a manual temperature correction on the single thermostatic valve. 22° C on the radiator thermostat does not always correspond to 22° C room temperature. The one corner is due to the large window front is always a bit cooler or the couch corner should always be a bit warmer at constant room temperature. For this purpose, the thermostatic valves would have to be assigned to virtual rooms in order to make individual temperature adjustments.

It would be better to be able to correct each thermostat +/- 2° C. If you set the room temperature to 22° C, it is always a bit warmer in the couch corner or the radiator on the cooler front would not heat permanently.

Interesting is the ability to operate the thermostatic valves limited manual. It is thus possible to raise or lower the room temperature temporarily by 2° C. However, this possibility always refers to the current temperature and not to the programmed one.

What I miss a little is a temperature gauge. This can be read neither on the central unit nor on the thermostat. To do this, the app must be opened or invested in an additional room thermostat with display.

Conclusion: Eberle - Wiser Smart Home Starter Kit in the test

Smarthome stands for central operation, control and programming of various components, such as light, heat or ventilation, which improve living comfort and thus the quality of life. This point is fulfilled by the Wiser Heat Starter Kit to 100%. Once set up, the thermostatic valves used work reliably and completely autonomously.

In this case, no intervention in the existing heating system is necessary for this. Only the radiator thermostats are replaced, which takes less than two minutes per thermostat. No problem is different types, which are covered by plug and thread adapters.

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The base is a small central unit, which can be discreetly attached to the wall or stored on a shelf. The setup, programming or division into different heating areas (rooms) is intuitive and in a few minutes. The good usability is achieved by a very clear app, which is limited to the actually needed and meaningful. There are no superfluous functions, but no basic ones are missed either. Each menu item is quickly reached, whether you are now in the domestic Wi-Fi or on the road in the public network.

What is missing, however, is a temperature gauge on the thermostatic valves or the central unit. If you want to know how hot or cold it is, you need to open the app or use independent thermometers. Equally helpful would be the possibility of a temperature shift of the individual thermostatic valves. Who summarizes several radiators in a room, can adjust only the temperature of the room by app, but not set a permanent temperature shift of individual radiators. For this, living areas or radiators would have to be divided into virtual rooms.

In conclusion, although small wishes remain unfulfilled, the Wiser Heat Starter Kit does not make a mistake. What the set and above all the app offers, that works too. In some places, that might be a little more.

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