We own a self catering holiday let, the property being some distance from our home. Hive is ideal for our needs but would be perfect if it had a "Landlord" mode, for example, lock the thermostat controls to prevent:
- Users from configuring Hive from the thermostat.
- Or a complete lock to prevent any local adjustments.
- Set an upper and/or lower limit on thermostat temperature settings.
- Stop users from turning heating on during "Frost Protect".
All features to be optional.
This is a must have!
I have made a change to the server version of my app that allows multiple thermostats per account now. Let me know if it's working alright or if there are any bugs.
I will update the local code (in browser code) with this change soon also.
Grzegorz Dudek commented
Has anyone tested already?
I have fixed my app, please let me know if it stops working again:
I might look at improving it mid to late February.
I have had the same problem, I use IFTTT in conjunction with Hive which returns the heating to SCHEDULE every hour. This is brilliant, might be worth a try.
James Harrison commented
I have three self-catering properties. Guests constantly override the pathetic 'lock' feature. I find the heating on all day at 25oC when they are not even in the property! Come on Hive. Sort something out. Otherwise I will be replacing with something that works
I’m a landlord and can’t believe I can’t lock the temp ??thought I’d solved the the problem but it hasnt tenants in my hmo still turn it up full blast then go out to work all day ??? Makes my piss boil 😡
Robin Wilson commented
Seems very poor practice that the guidance is that you must give tenants your username and password for them to configure the device where they could easily change the password and lock you out rendering it useless when they move out.
I would have thought adding additional users was a fairly basic feature but is certainly one that is needed.
I have 5 HMO's and I had HIVE in them. It was useless as a landlord as so easy to bypass and I ended up with the tenants setting it to 24x7 heating at 25 degrees.
I hunted around and found a brilliant solution specific for rental properties. It is amazing. Already dropped from 13 hours a day heating to 2-4 hours and no one has complained !!!!!
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As I bought 5 I got a 7.5% discount which you should be able to use. I think it was meant for 15 purchases but I still got it.
The solution is called Inspire Home Automation. https://www.inspirehomeautomation.co.uk/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=105
Use the code ll-HMO15 for the discount.
This should now force the thermostat back to manual if boost or schedule exceeds the maximum temperature. Have tested it a bit and seems to work alright in both the cloud and local version. Let me know your findings if anyone gets a chance to try it.
This is the link to the local/browser version: https://hive.thomascoward.co.uk/local
Hi Pat. I have just added a version that only runs in the browser. This version does not transmit any data to my backend servers instead it all goes directly to Hive. The downside of this is that the browser must remain open at all times while it is running.
This sounds feasible and useful. I use IFTTT at present to return the heating to scheduled temperature if someone abuses the heating. Yours sounds even better. Look forward to seeing more about this.
I have made a small app for maximum temperature: https://hive.thomascoward.co.uk/
It's experimental and in beta. The main issue is that it requires the password to be stored in plain text. I wouldn't recommend using the service if you have any cameras attached just in case. Though I've taken standard technical procedures to secure the service, it unfortunately needs passwords in plain text.
The best way would be to host an instance of the server yourself on a VPS or a raspberry pi.
Hive are not interested in setting a maximum temperature, this is clear from their lack of development and total denial of a need for this despite many requests. We can only find ways round the problem by running additional software which Hive are happy for us to do. ?😡
Hive - why haven’t you given any comment on this item when it has many more votes than loads of ideas that are under consideration or even started!! This has to be a simple and low cost software change that would be easy to do when compared to other large items that have been developed such as the home camera
What stops a tenant from just moving the thermostat to a colder room. This is what my tenants are doing
Please add tamper proofing from the app this is essential for landlords.
Simply allowing the Maximum temperature to be prelocked would be an enormous step forward. I bought a Hive so I could control my temperature, not just watch it. Why is 32 degrees even an option? Pets could die.
Come on Hive. The bill payer needs to be able to set a maximum thermostat setting which can be locked.