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I'm looking to install a home automation device in the UK. I require one that has an android app, so I can turn on and off my heating from my mobile phone even when I'm not in the house.

I'm not really interested in turning on or off any other devices (although this may be a bonus in the future).

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I don't believe "shop-for-me" questions are quite appropriate. If you have a few candidate options, asking about them is. Mods? – alt Aug 5 '13 at 17:44
I think it is a good "general" question. We might not be there yet but we are getting into the world of home automation. People will look for some general guidelines. – DMoore Aug 5 '13 at 20:32

If you want to be able to control it from your Android device, you can use a ODControl (we produce it in the company where I work in) and create a desktop icon. It will work just as a real app where you can switch on and off up to 8 devices (heating system, lights, etc). It has an Ethernet interface and a webserver, so you will need to configure your router to allow access from Internet (check DynDNS for that as well).

EDIT: All the material you need is:

  1. ODControl (the controller itself)
  2. 12V relay to open and close the circuit
  3. 12V CC power source, minimum 500mA

The controller has an Ethernet interface and web server embedded, so you can just connect it to the local network and access it via WiFi, or from Internet (after configuring your router properly).

But if you really want to have an Android App, in the opensource community (in Spanish) website there are several Android Apps being developed, and you can test them as well.

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What hardware do I physically install with this? – DermFrench Aug 5 '13 at 8:59
The complete setting would be: 1. ODControl (the controller itself) 2. 12V relay to open and close the circuit 3. 12V CC power source, minimum 500mA I assume you already have a router with an Ethernet connection, so it shouldn't be listed here as specific material... – opalenzuela Aug 5 '13 at 9:32
Ouch. Formatting here sucks. – opalenzuela Aug 5 '13 at 9:33
@opalenzuela There's no formatting in comments. If the information is important please edit it into the answer. Also while you are there please declare your affiliation with the company that makes ODControl. – ChrisF Aug 5 '13 at 21:13
-1 due to undisclosed self promotion. If your goal of being here is to promote your product, then you're here for the wrong reasons. Please see the policy on self promotion. – BMitch Aug 5 '13 at 21:37

I don't know if it is available in the UK, but the Nest system in the US can control heating and cooling from the thermostat, a website or a mobile app.


It uses a Wifi interface. There are other brands such as this one as well.

Obviously, you need to check on UK compatibility.

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Yeah that is the problem I'm having I can't see any of the main UK DIY shops supplying anything with an app. I wouldn't be comfortable buying something from the US, as then I'll end up not being able to use it no doubt due to electric differences etc and me being a clown. – DermFrench Aug 3 '13 at 16:50
The nest relies solely on low voltage control, so the 120/240 issue won't affect it's use. My nest is recognizing roughly 3v off the furnace control lines... I'm not a professional, but I would assume it should work. – Chase Florell Oct 3 '13 at 16:36

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