|Part Number||TED 5000-G|
|Item Weight||2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8.4 x 6.4 x 3.5 inches|
|Item model number||5000-G|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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This item is required to be installed with access to the inside of your electrical breaker panel. Please consider hiring the services of a licensed electrician.
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I was an advocate for this until I noticed loads in my home starting and stopping with no reaction from the 'real time KW usage' display. A closer review of my logs revealed blackout periods in the graph where my KW locked in at a very low level. I found I can turn this on or off, ironically by switching on any of the overhead LED bulbs I purchased to save electricity. Based on this, I have to conclude the MTU / gateway communication is susceptible to noise.
This requires fixing whether it be a more robust communication solution, offer a filtration solution or at the very least tell the users they need to park the gateway close to the MTU. A better product management / engineering course of action would have been to work these issues out before marketing TED as a consumer product. Regrettable, but I'll try relocating the gateway and cross my fingers.
For if there's any source of noise... such as a couple of compact fluorescent lights... your Gateway may not get the signal. This is very frustrating. In the end, I had to run an Ethernet cable all the way across my house in order to reach the distant circuit where the Gateway actually reliably got signals from both breaker boxes. AND I had an electrician run a wire BETWEEN the breaker boxes so both MTUs plugged into the same circuit. I was very close to getting said electrician back to put a single outlet on the same circuit and plug the Gateway in there. Presumably, that would have eliminated all noise. As you can see, you need to be prepared to spend considerable time on your TED 5000 project. If only they had just used wifi to communicate!
But maybe the price point would have changed. Another reviewer said TED 5000 is the best of its kind it this price range, and I suspect that's true.
Don't waste money on the display, if you're the kind of person who regularly looks at a computer (or iPhone, etc.) anyway. It's not good enough to be worth much extra money in my opinion.
Our power company recently started sending out charts showing where we stand vs. 100 of our nearest neighbors. Unfortunately, we were #1 -- i.e., our energy consumption was the highest in the neighborhood. Determined to take a closer look, I started looking for energy monitors.
Some monitors "look" at the meter and watch the wheel spin around-- but we don't have that kind of meter. TED provides a more accurate measurement using current loops-- just like the ones you see in the hardware store on current meters-- but it requires installation inside your electrical service center. If you're comfortable doing that sort of work, it's really not all that bad. Just watch the install video and exercise caution. Or have one of your handy friends do it for you. : )
Unfortunately, as many have noted previously, TED decided to use the house power line as its communication channel between the sensor (MTU) and the gateway, rather than providing a separate CAT6, wireless, or similar strategy. Although I have been *reasonably* successful using X10 in my 106-year-old house, and have a logitech alert security camera system working just fine (it also communicates via house wiring), the TED system WOULD NOT communicate. This was particularly frustrating since my MTU and gateway were only about 3 feet apart, and connected to the same physical circuit breaker. Clearly there was something in the house wiring which interfered with the frequencies they're using to send data-- and with TED, it's all or nothing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned a TED 5000-G a few years with only a few months usable!
First it would not work reliably, even with filters, until I installed a dedicated breaker just for... Read more
Have had TED 5000 for several years, and it's just about at the end of its life for me. First the LCD display stopped working, then the data would stop transmitting for hours at a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Johnson
Lots of problems. Unstable. Locks up. Problems started at about 2 years. The energy detective customer support's solution was buy a new upgraded system. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ruth Wickliff
I had one of these in my panel for about 3 years..
First the good:
* This thing DOES work. Read more
The X10 connectivity couldn't overcome the CFLs noise and UPSs used in my home. I ultimately decided to sell it with the filters suggested. Read morePublished 13 months ago by RichieB
Great concept, VERY poor execution.
Unless you can mount the gateway within about a 10' radius of your breaker panel, you will not get the PLC signal. Read more
I have been looking for a long time for an energy monitor for our home. The TED5000 seems to always come up and it seems to always have mixed reviews, but decided to take a chance... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Technology Examiner
As a home improvement contractor, I have to say this product and company is a total waste of money and time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ML Stain Glass
This seems to be a dead product. There are numerous bugs reported in the TED forums which go acknowledged by tech support, but not fixed. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rob Zwissler