THANKS FOR MAKING MY THERMOSTAT HACK-PROOF
Sometimes the modern world is just SILLY.
When we got our first wi-fi accessible thermostat, years ago in New Jersey, I thought the concept was silly. But the thing needed to be tweaked many times to keep us comfortable (okay, me comfortable – the husband doesn’t notice a range of temperature of at least 20°F), so I found it convenient to be able to do so from my office, without having to go down to the dining room, which was at the far end of the next floor down.
This was a time when I was often having to drawl back upstairs due to back problems, so the wi-fi enabled thermostat was a convenience.
But we’re in a two-bedroom, one-floor apartment now
and it is fewer than twenty steps from my desk to the thermostat by the kitchen.
Nevertheless, we got the wi-fi enabled thermostat because it was the only one available that would let us keep the apartment comfortable by allowing a RANGE of temperatures, instead of just cooling and heating settings.
Yup. We looked for a long time, and couldn’t find, in most thermostats, the most obvious necessity for a thermostat: the ability to go through a California day, heating in the morning, and cooling in the afternoon during the summer, without having to switch manually from heating to cooling or back. Every day.
So. We got the fancy one.
And it came with an app for the desktop (and one for the mobile phones – but that’s just ridiculous).
And it requires an account.
And a password.
Keep in mind that this is a SINGLE thermostat
for maintaining a SINGLE heating/air conditioning unit in a small apartment.
To keep me from walking fewer than twenty steps.
Because, even though it’s the fancy one which can maintain a RANGE, it still needs tweaking by a human, during the peak heating or air conditioning seasons, several times a day.
So I created an account, and a login, and a password – probably 6-8 characters.
And today I get this letter.
So I’m venting here about the ridiculousness of the whole concept of needing a 12-digit password and all this rigamarole for a THERMOSTAT for an apartment.
Because I doubt that if I write to the company they will take me seriously (and I’m not taking them and their 12-digit hack-resistant thermostat seriously).
And I cannot imagine why it is necessary, and I thought it would amuse my readers.
The thermostat can handle far more than our little apartment, and has settings for zones, and several stage AC units, etc., etc., etc.
And I still can’t imagine why it needs a non-hackable password.
I should mention the thermostat does work, after I do all that tweaking, and that the tweaking is probably necessary because of the stupid place the thermostat temperature sensor was installed – probably right next to the thermostat – something over which we had NO control, but I know I will have to go through this procedure whenever they tell me to, and this is my revenge on people who waste my time.
And yes, I know I’m wasting more, but it makes me feel better about the future.
Plus I haven’t blogged for a couple of days from the inside of the CCRC in total lockdown, and small things can be annoying. Such as losing your 12-digit password.