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Old 05-13-2017, 01:06 PM   #29
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Dan, I plugged my phone into the USB on the Gateway 1 and it started charging. Did you actually power the Gateway 1 by plugging a RavPower 23000 into the USB port with a male to male cable?
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Dan, I plugged my phone into the USB on the Gateway 1 and it started charging. Did you actually power the Gateway 1 by plugging a RavPower 23000 into the USB port with a male to male cable?
Yes, and the RavPower kept the gateway running for 24 hours and still had 50% charge. Important: don't have both the standard DC power plug and power to the USB connected at the same time; it has to be one or the other. Otherwise you may toast the gateway.

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Old 05-16-2017, 05:46 PM   #31
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Success!!!! I plugged my Gateway 1 into my RavPower USB 2 and had 24 hours of solid connectivity with my SensorPush sensor. I used my Verizon Jetpack for internet. I am only looking for maybe 3-4 hours of battery power so I'm very pleased with the set-up.
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Since I full time with two pets and am a big tech guru, I've done considerable research on this.

If you are relying on ANY type of WiFi connection/internet for sensor and alerting, you are asking for trouble. Any Wifi based system always has multiple points of failure. You never want any Wifi is your chain of communications for critical systems.

IMO Marcell is the only way to go. Zero wifi-nonsense. Extremely strong transmitter/receiver to reach even the most distant cell phone towers. Internal battery backup. Let's you know when temp/humidity hits thresholds, when the power goes out, when the power comes on, all via text, phone call and email.

The best solutions are always the simplest solutions.
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Success!!!! I plugged my Gateway 1 into my RavPower USB 2 and had 24 hours of solid connectivity with my SensorPush sensor. I used my Verizon Jetpack for internet. I am only looking for maybe 3-4 hours of battery power so I'm very pleased with the set-up.
Glad to hear it! Sometimes this silly IT stuff actually works... If you get a chance, let the SensorPush folks know; they're interested in feedback, good or bad.

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Old 05-16-2017, 07:28 PM   #34
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Zybane,

No argument from me, Occam had it right. And the more links in the chain, the more chance one of them will break. The issue I had with the Marcell was that while it was a complete solution it didn't allow the flexibility that I wanted. I'm also not wild about monthly subscriptions, the cost can add up fast. But it comes down to personal choice; as with all things pet related, each of us will chose the solution that gives us the most confidence that our pets are covered.

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Old 05-17-2017, 07:45 PM   #35
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I too don't like recurring payments. But the Marcell is such a brilliant simple and reliable solution, I figure a measly $8 a month (when you buy a year at a time) is well worth it.
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:05 PM   #36
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We bought a Nimbel temp monitor from http://rvpetsafety.com

It was shipped quick, got it in 2 days. We used it on a weekend trip and where happy with the results, we set it to alarm us when the temp hit 75, and it did! The iphone app is easy to use and it is super easy to change the temp settings.

It uses Verizon IoT service, and you buy the cell service from them, either by the month or by the year.

They just updated the iphone app so it will alarm if the unit looses cell service, or goes on battery power (ie you lose power). We have yet to try those.

So far we are happy. I would check them out if lookin for a temp sensor.

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Yes that one uses direct connection to cellular too, another good option (although about twice as expensive annually as the Marcell).
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Yes that one uses direct connection to cellular too, another good option (although about twice as expensive annually as the Marcell).
The Nimble is $179 for US only, or $199 for US/Mexico/Canada model. And the Verizon service was $150 for the year (even though the website says $200).

I do wonder if they are going to be around in a few years, as they sure look like a startup, but we took the chance.

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Heat sensing option- nothing is perfect.

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It could be that you just had the wrong cable. I've done more testing with the SensorPush gateway, and it works fine "off the grid". While it's built to take its power through the supplied 120V AC wall plug and DC connector, it can also be powered through the USB port on the side. The best ways to power it when you don't have hookups are:



1) Run it from a 12V DC cigarette lighter plug. To do this, you need a car charger/USB adaptor (like the "AUKEY CC-S1 Car Charger" you can find on Amazon) and a USB male-to-male cable (like the "C2G 54170 USB 3.0 A Male to A Male Cable", also Amazon). The specific cable should be chosen based on your length needs (3 foot, 6 foot, etc.), and while I didn't test it I don't see any reason that a USB 2.0 cable wouldn't work as well.



2) Run it from a portable charger such as the RavPower. In this case, all you need is the charger and the same USB male-to-male cable above. If you have a portable charger with a choice of USB outputs (1 amp or 2 amp), use the 2 amp output. In my test I found that the gateway uses very little power; running off my RavPower 23000 mAh charger I got 24 hours of power and still had over 50% charge left.



With these setups, as long as you have a Wifi signal (either someone else's or your own hotspot) you can remotely monitor the internal temperature regardless of whether you have hookups or not.



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I use RVPetSafety. Cost is around $200 and monitoring is $15 /month or less depending on the plan you pick. Simple plug in installation. It alerts for high or low temp and battery. You can also check where your unit is located. It is cell based, so you need to be in an area with cell service.
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Are you still happy with this device?
Yes, it has worked out very well. The things that we like most are that the SensorPush is multi-purpose, and there is no monthly fee involved. We have three sensors, one of which is fixed (interior temp in the trailer) and the others move around as needed. We use them to keep track of refrigerator temps, outdoor temps (late in the year's travels when we're watching for freezing), piano humidity levels (at home, not in the Airstream!), etc.

For all the discussion of running the gateway off of battery, we found that we rarely need to. Those times that it's hot enough that we're worried about pet safety it's also hot enough that we're probably on shore power for AC, and can just plug the gateway in. When we have been boondocking and wanted to track the temps the battery method does work fine, though.

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