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Old 04-16-2018, 10:59 AM
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Default Turning on my crankcase heater

I need a method to turn on (and off) my crankcase heater. I was told in an EAA meeting that Verizon has such a device. I just got off the phone with Verizon and they say they do not. Keep in mind there is no wi-fi what-so-ever near the hangar, so this device must communicate with a cell phone tower and I assume it will have it's own phone number. Been hunting and hunting on the internet and cannot find one.

So I remembered Van's airforce and I figured you guys would have the answer.

By the way, leaving it on 24/7 is not going to happen, as has been suggested by my technical friends.

Thanks guys..
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:03 AM
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Www.switchboxcontrol.com
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:09 AM
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Default SwitchBox Control

I used one of these for 4-years.

I gave it to a friend when I moved as I now have 18-steps to my hangar and hangar is on the same WiFi network as my house. Yes I have a WiFi switch that I can now turn it on and off with.

The SwitchBox Control worked great and I had great communication with the owner. Using a T-Mobile SIM card it only cost $3/month to operate. The unit I had was an older 2G unit that is NOT upgradeable.

IF you are technically inclined like I am, you can build your own with parts you buy on the Internet but I did not have an issue paying a little more for a Turn Key system complete with App to operate it.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:33 AM
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Default Thanks, I just ordered it...

I just ordered it... I am not clear as to who or how I send the monthly fees, but I am sure it will be explained when I get the package...

I just hope some one else doesn't tell me about some other device that costs half as much. This was $300...
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:37 PM
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Does anyone know if the switchbox web app has an API?
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:10 PM
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I use Switchbox. What is an API?
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Old 04-16-2018, 01:32 PM
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What is an API?
Application Programming Interface.

It allows developers to write code that works with an application without having the vendor's source code. The vendor would provide documentation on the API functionality.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:10 PM
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Default Another $0.02 worth ....

Switchbox works great and support from Phillip is absolutely top notch. Anytime I've emailed a question to him, I get an answer within a matter of hours.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:32 AM
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Switchbox works great and support from Phillip is absolutely top notch. Anytime I've emailed a question to him, I get an answer within a matter of hours.
I second the motion...
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:40 AM
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Since we're experimenters.....

This is same box the Switchbox sells, but you have to set it up and configure it yourself. But you save quite a bit of $$$$.


http://www.wafer-shopping.com/4g-ver...l#.WtYjOjMUn5J
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