Alternatives to LightwaveRF (without 3rd party server)?

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  1. itm

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    I have a bunch of HomeEasy remote power sockets, and would like to upgrade to a low cost alternative which I can control when away from home (I've found the HomeEasy SMS Basestation to be horribly unreliable).
    I like the LightwaveRF range as it seems solid and very competitively priced, but I don't like the reliance on a 3rd party server for control of appliances when away from home.
    Does anyone know of any alternatives which offer away-from-home remote control without the need for a 3rd party server?
     
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    It's not really a server more a wireless (sort of) converter, They call it the wifilink. It sits on your network and converts signals over the internet or your phone etc into the same frequency to LightwaveRF. You don't actually need a server or PC on.
     
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    Oh I see so there is no dependency on servers outside of my network? My concern was that the supplier would go out of business and render all internet connectivity unusable.
     
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    I don't have the system but looking at it but from what I can work out all the wifilink box needs is an internet connection to pick up the time, other than that it's self contained unless someone else knows different?
     
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    Hi

    I bought one of the plugs and the wifi link the other week . From what has happened to me so far if in the house it converts the signal from your iphone etc to operate what switches you have but if away from the property is does connect to the lightwave server to send the signal and operate the switches etc.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Ok so it seems that it does rely on a third party server. So if the company operating it goes bust, or decides to start charging for usage, you're not in a good situation I guess.
     
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    That's a shame but shouldn't be too much of a show stopper, In this thread it implies you could remote (via internet) into the Raspberry Pi which passes the command to the wifilink box.
     
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    To confirm...you only rely on the company's servers if you require the use of the system from outside you home or LAN.

    Even then, if you use the likes of demopad and create your own interface, and understand port forwarding you can do it all completely without their servers.

    I have a whole range of their stuff and it's really reliable, well priced and there is a great forum here... Forums Archive » LightwaveRF Community
     
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    Is there an equivalent to demopad for Android? (preferably free)
     
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    Demopad looks pricey though :(
     

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