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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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aqua pc timer system / logger

Im tired of having tons of timers under my stand. Seems every box has a timer!

I have:

1 for MH's
1 for PC's
1 for 13watt red PC
2 for mixing pumps
2 digital timers for dosing pumps

Its annoying and getting them all set just right? almost impossible!

*drum roll*...

http://www.electronickits.com/kit/co...lec/ck1601.htm

And a legacy equipped thin client and Im satisfied!

Ill be ordering the board soon, for another project.. (robot w/ the roomate)

Ill report back on how well it works! If its great Ill be using one!

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post #2 of 47 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 05:00 AM
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That is a neat idea, and the price is reasonable, plus old PC's are available almost for nothing. But, where do you put the PC? Under the tank? Not me! On a table next to the tank? My wife would kill me!

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Thin client. Use a low power thin client they can be had for under 60 bucks.

I think its going to be awesome. You would just need the thin client, and the board. You could admin it remotely. toss in a wifi card and your set.

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I've ordered kits from Carl's before. 'good place to deal with, and it's nice to know someone is still selling electronic gadget kits like this.
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Looks/sounds very promising. What is the precision of the timer/software? Second or minute?


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It goes down to the second....

Download the software for winblows and check it out.

Ill probably use some application monitoring software on my thin client. If the app crashes It will respawn it, if the client hangs, hard reboot. You could write a web GUI and software so you can see the status of your system. If you had enough space you could put a small LCD on the back side of a door and use that to view dosing information, chem logs, etc.

I like the idea of being able to see all your timer controls at once in a not quite so confusing format. For those that might do noon burst lighting have tons of diffrent things needing to be switched off and on. Also, It will account for DST!

This could work for everything. I did find a cheaper controller board for $17, were waiting on a response about some information..

We hope to order one this week to use on another project, Ill def get a chance to muck with it on my tank though!

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thanks for sharing!!!
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did you get the board yet? i really want to know how this turns out.
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Update!

I found a spare mini itx board I had laying around!

I have all the hardware except the interface board. Ill be posting pics of my chasis and wiring..

I was going to be running a solid state disk, but have decided to just use a standard 3.5" drive. At some point I may want a secondary file server..

I will have 6 indivually controlled outlets, 2 outlets controlled together, and one 12 volt for leds. Everything fits in a decently small box.

If I have to make any changes to the system I will vnc into it. I will also be streaming audio across my network to this box into my dining room. Should be very handy.

If the system goes down the relays will stay open to prevent tank overflowing or any issues of that nature. In case it does go down my roomates and I will be notified via text msg and email, and by a decently loud alarm.

Off for some sleep!

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I'm disappointed! It won't brew a good cup of coffee every morning? And, are there any English language equivalents for some of the terms you used?

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I'm disappointed! It won't brew a good cup of coffee every morning? And, are there any English language equivalents for some of the terms you used?
Ok, 2 laughs in 1 post...Not bad Hoppy...lol

I'll be following along to see how this project turns out myself.


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very nice. its like an aquacontrol jr but wayyyyyy cheaper. im definitely subscribed. i wana get rid of all the mess under my cabinet.

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I may joke a bit, but I'm obviously very interested in this or I wouldn't be reading it. Anything to make my timer setup less cluttered would be wonderful.

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Don't run your fluorescent/MH lights using one of those relays. You should add another relay to switch the 120VAC to your ballast. That relay on the board isn't rated to handle the inrush current of high power ballasts.

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Those relays are rated for 10 amps.

I actually found a cheaper board already assembled for $17 that uses 12 amp relays.

I will def be bridging the relay to the header with some wire instead of the tracks.

I looked up a spec sheet for 150watt mh ballasts.. Says starting current is 1.08 amps and running is 1.6 amps.


I didnt get any work done of the system tonight. Hopefully Ill get photos up tommorow!

night

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