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    Quote Originally Posted by DBMandrake View Post
    However even a list of bug fixes in current / past releases would be nice
    Agree. A standard schedule of fixes would be good. But for me I don't see why Honeywell can't post a note on the forum of any known bug fixes planned for future releases.

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    Honeywell likes to think of Evohome as (pretty much) bug-free. That's their corporate culture. I've heard it from more than one person working there.

    Given that, I think you're piddling in the wind to expect a bug fix schedule.
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    How do Honeywell's competition do software upgrades on the radio controlled devices? Eg Radiator controllers etc.

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    I spent a while researching Tado and Evohome and others as I'm sure others do. I went with Evohome because according to the documentation and Tado sales reps the Tado setup cannot function as a standalone system for scheduling. The Tado controller is just a dumb terminal all the automation and scheduling is done on Tado servers. This was always going to be a long term investment startups come and go. If the internet drops or Tado go out of business or have an outage all the automation is gone. You only have basic manual control. Evohome on the other had works perfectly as a standalone system.

    Obviously everyone's requirements are different just thought I'd share mine.

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    That is very true. Evohome just seems to work...independently of any network or anything. It's roots are as a stand alone system and all the connected stuff seems to be bolted on as a response to competition rather than by design.

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    Maybe I'm being overly cautious, but my boiler has a 10 year warranty I'm hopeful the controller will be still useable then. Yeh the app is a nice to have for me anyway. Controlling from your phone is a gimmick in my opinion, my setup works seemlessly without touching it which is exactly wanted, I use it very rarely to switch set/cancel quick actions which admittedly I could use ifttt to automate that. Evohome can be completely updated with new software & new features if Honeywell could be bothered as the controller supports OTA firmware updates, they're very quiet on that front which is a shame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBMandrake View Post
    Does anyone have any first hand experience of Tado V3 or at least pointers to proper reviews or technical information on the architecture ?

    I don't have any intention to switch (I'm too invested in Evohome now anyway) but given that the price is nearly identical to Evohome, the feature set looks very similar, and it seems to have swayed someone who was considering Evohome I'm curious about how good it actually is.
    I'll also be interested to hear how they compare in practice. Having installed Evohome in a scout meeting hall a year ago, I've been wondering about it for my own home, but Tado now seems to be a contender. (For me, it is individual control of rooms that is of interest.)

    One interesting advantage of Tado is that they effectively offer a free one year trial. Strictly speaking, they offer your money back if you feel your savings are lower than you expected. But it is for you to decide if the savings met your expectations and they don't require you to prove it, so effectively they are offering a no questions asked money back guarantee. That might convince me to take a risk on, say, whether the valves are too noisy or I would get the savings I was hoping for.

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    I'd like to see a contender to Evohome too.
    Honeywell seem to have forgotten about it and it's becomming the iPod of the thermostat/heating world.

    I too suffer from the boiler demand occurring after I've turned off the heating completely and when rooms are already over temp. Why on earth the Evohome controller doesn't tell the BDR91 to turn off the boiler immediately and then worry about the HR92's later is beyond me, it's simply dumb design. Before someone tells me it's because the HR92's are receiving the instructions first: 1) there's no reason the BD91 can't be informed immediately 2) we're talking 5-10 minutes after every single HR92 has fully closed does the BD91 seem to cease entirely.

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    Of course, Heat Genius also offers competition to Evohome, but it seems to get very little mention on this forum. I'm not sure if this is because there is anything in particular wrong with Heat Genius or just because Evohome fans happen to have gravitated to this forum.

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    I had a good look at tado before buying evohome back in November. I was turned off by some of the negative reviews of the existing tado thermostat - although there are no review out there (yet) for the radiator thermostat. The heating I need just to work without always having to troubleshoot it (it needs to be wife proof), and I wanted to see real world validation before I would go to it.

    Netatmo also have a radiator thermostat due for release (looks very similar to tado!?), but again no reviews. Lightwaverf is another option, but that has lots of negative reviews that stopped me, even through alot of my existing automation is lightwaverf based.

    Evohome, by comparison, has been around for sometime and has a good support network (Richard@evohomeshop has given me lots of invaluable advice). Yes, it has some limitations and I'm sure we'd all like to see the current software being evolved, but it has 95% of what I need and the wife feedback has so far been a good.

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