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Blue Line Innovations BLI 31100 PowerCost Monitor WiFi Gateway


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  • Enables personal real time electricity data to be fed to applications
  • Track your current and historical electricity usage
  • Understand where your home's energy goes and how you can start saving today
  • Engage with the Hohm community to get and share energy saving tips and to compare results
  • Compatible with Black & Decker Power Monitor
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Technical Details
Part Number BLI31100
Item Weight12.8 ounces
Product Dimensions9.4 x 7.9 x 2.1 inches
Item model numberBLI 31100
Item Package Quantity1
Warranty Description1 year replacement warranty
  
Additional Information
ASINB003RRY8VK
Best Sellers Rank #164,618 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.8 ounces
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 27, 2010
  
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The PowerCost Monitor Wifi Gateway enables personal real time electricity data to be fed into Microsoft Hohm. The PowerCost Monitor WiFi Gateway is compatible with the PowerCost Monitor by Blue Line Innovations and the Black & Decker Power Monitor. Better information leads to informed behavior changes in the home and is a key tool to lowering your monthly electricity bill. Connect via the internet to Microsoft Hohm - analyze your energy usage and find out how you can save money each and every month. Track your current and historical usage. Understand where your home's energy goes and how you can start saving today. Engage with the Hohm community to get tips, share your own and compare results. Build a project list based on how much you want to spend or save. The PowerCost Monitor WiFi Gateway is an upgrade accessory - a Blue Line Innovations PowerCost Monitor or Black & Decker Power Monitor and an in home wireless router are required. Includes AC Adapter, USB cable and installation instructions. Customer care support is available 7 days per week 8AM EST to 11PM EST.

Product Description

The Blue Line PowerCost WiFi Gateway is the perfect accessory to the Blue Line PowerCost Monitor sold separately. It works with accessible wireless broadband routers sold separately, and your WiFi information is secure and protected. With the WiFi Gateway, you'll be able to analyze the energy use in your home through your computer - anywhere you have internet access. You choose which portal you want your information directed. NOTE A FREE account with either Microsoft Hohm or Google PowerMeter is required. Material Type Plastic, Thickness in. 1 1/2, Dimensions L x W x H in. 5 x 5 x 1 1/2, Color White, Mounting Hardware Included No, Power Cord Included Yes. PowerCost Monitor and the WiFi Gateway lets you determine where your home's energy goes, track current and historical energy usage in both numerical and graph presentations, then develop a plan to start saving on energy costs

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I love the PowerCost Monitor, but the WiFi Gateway not so much.
Kenneth Hamer
There is a tech support number for Blue Line you can call, but it appears to be an answering service where they take your name and then never call you back.
smcahee
I first have to give the wifi bridge a static ip with my router and then had to edit the Windows hosts file so it could be seen by the router.
Eric LeMarier

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By gregger on January 14, 2011
This is a great way to bring the "Prius Effect" into your house... you can totally geek out, annoy your children, and alienate your spouse by watching a graph of your energy consumption while pointing at the culprit disapprovingly.

Or perhaps, you could put an "Energy Jar" in the center of the living room where you can collect funds for your next trip to Disneyland or start that fund to buy everyone extra sweaters and blankets as you crank down the thermostat during the winter.

The basic utility of the device is to show you when energy is getting used and potentially identify areas to improve. If you see something happening at 3AM every night, but everyone's asleep and it's winter, perhaps your irrigation system is still running (even though the water is turned off).

A tip: anything with an "analog" clock or timer is chewing up energy. My front-loading washer eats energy while doing nothing (there may be a solenoid holding a door lock open). My microwave eats almost as much energy as my laptop just telling me the time. How you "solve" those problems will definitely depend on how popular you'd like to be in your house.

Depending on your energy "rate structure", you may be able to identify ways to stay out of certain "zones" where things cost more. I live in a place with "Tiered" rates. When you exceed one level, the price per kWhr goes up. So, peak use doesn't matter as much as reducing the "base load" of the house.

I was able to identify a hundred watts of power vampires (and maybe more) in surprising locations, and verify their effect with this setup. By turning those things off, I might stay out of the next higher energy rate tier. If you live in a "time of use" rate area, you might use the data differently.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By smcahee on October 31, 2012
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I bought this product knowing that Microsoft Hohm and Google Power Meter had been discontinued. I had hoped to use it with PeoplePower and a mobile device but was unable to link the unit with my PeoplePower account. I was able to get it to work with PlotWatt, but this is not why I bought it. There is a tech support number for Blue Line you can call, but it appears to be an answering service where they take your name and then never call you back. I called twice with the same result. Emails to Blue Line went unanswered. There was a glimmer of hope when I received a reply to my email to PeoplePower after one week. I immediately sent them the requested screen shots and heard nothing further for two weeks. I returned the device on the last day of the return period. I must admit I didn't try the static IP/hosts 'fix' since it worked with PlotWatt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James C. Mills II on May 29, 2013
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This unit broadcasts the current status on the network every 31-32 seconds. If you have a Linux or Windows computer, you can capture the results for later use via this command:

nohup socat -u udp-recv:30278 create:EnergyUsage.txt,append &>> EnergyUsage.err &

socat should be in most distros (zypper in socat, sudo apt-get install socat) or here for windows [...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By atlas on January 24, 2013
Scored this one for around $40 at Amazon.com. Set up wasn't a breeze. You need to have an average or above know-how on ip settings, router configuration, and most of all, plenty of patience. Used Windows XP SP3 for installation, with a 2011 Linksys wireless N router that's backward compatible to b/g. Just like what the other reviewer said, I edited the 'host' file via Notepad app to add the ip address, that was assigned to PCM Wifi by the router, at the very last line to make this work. Likewise, as another reviewer said (and this was what happened as well in my case):

"...It appears to me that the unit is ready to pair as soon as you disconnect it from the computer and move it to where you'll be "installing" it (near the power meter). The light blinks red and amber at that point. Pressing the reset button didn't change the blinking pattern, and pressing the button on the sensor outside on the power meter immediately paired the WiFi device to the power meter sensor."

Holding the reset button until the light is solid red is inaccurate, wasted some time with this flaw in the instructions, heed the quoted advise above instead. By the way, SSID is set to broadcast on the router.

I've been using this with People Power mobile app, and it works great on both iOS 6 and Android 2.3. No web counterpart though, for that use myEragy or PlotWatt (with a very simplistic mobile app). Blue Line has a web-based data page for your PCM Wifi but contains sparse information. I use the ip address assigned by the router on the PCM Wifi to access this webpage.

Blue Line's customer service was kind and polite to talk with, you know they were trying to do their job but I got the sense they were following a script and beyond this, you're on your own. In short, don't expect too much.
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