Bosch Connected Control Thermostat Review
The Bosch Connected Control Thermostat (CCT) is a home automation system designed to control heating, cooling, lighting and other appliances in your house. Its main advantages are its low cost ($250), ease of installation, and ability to communicate with various connected devices via Wi-Fi or ZigBee wireless technology.
In this review we will look at the following topics:
1. Pros & Cons
Pros & Cons
The Bosch CCT offers many benefits over traditional central heating/cooling systems such as: Low cost : $250 vs $1000+ for similar equipment. Easy installation : just plug it into the existing electrical wiring in your home and you’re good to go! No need to install any new ductwork or pipes. Ability to communicate with other devices through Wi-Fi or ZigBee technology (e.g.
smart locks, lighting, sensors). Each device speaks a common language (i.e. English) so they can all work together.
However, there are some downsides: Not compatible with traditional thermostats. You can’t directly control the temperature through a touchscreen or dial. You can only adjust it via a smart device or the Bosch Home app. No support for water heater, pool/spa heaters, kitchen appliances (stove/oven), or other specialty equipment.
For a more detailed list of pros and cons, please read my separate article here: Home Automation Pros and Cons .
The Bosch CCT is really easy to install. All you have to do is follow the step-by-step instructions that come with the unit. You can also watch this video:
If you need any help during the installation process, you can call the Bosch customer support line at 1 (800) 457-4582. They are available every day from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Smart Home Compatibility
The CCT is a Z-Wave enabled device so it can integrate with other smart home devices that support this technology, such as:
Smart lights (Philips Hue, GE Link, etc.)
Smart locks (Nest x Yale, August, etc. )
Smoke detectors (Nest Protect)
Cameras (Flir FX, Arlo Pro 2)
Robots (iRobot Roomba)
Thermostats (Cosm, Ecobee, etc.)
Air purifiers (Blueair)
Outdoor toys (Garageio)
And much more!
For a more detailed list of compatible devices and accessories, please read my separate article here: What Is Z-Wave Plus?
Z-Wave Plus Improvements
The latest version of Z-Wave technology is called Z-Wave Plus (ZWP). Compared to regular Z-Wave, it offers a longer range and better signal strength. This means your devices will communicate with each other more reliably.
The CCT is a ZWP device so you can rest assured that your home will be secure from hackers.
Smart Home Hub Required
Just like other smart products, the CCT needs to connect to other devices in your smart home ecosystem. It does this through a hub which acts as the brain of your entire setup.
The CCT is best paired with a dedicated hub such as Samsung’s SmartThings, Wink 2, or Staples Connect. Alternatively, it can also pair with the 3rd-gen Amazon Echo (which has a built-in hub) or the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen) which acts as a hub by default.
The first step in setting up your CCT is plugging it into a standard 120V electrical outlet. After that, you can place it anywhere in your home; just keep in mind that it needs to be near a window so it can receive the Wi-Fi signal from your hub.
To finish the installation, you will need to:
Add your CCT to the app on your phone Register for a free My Bosch account Add device(s) to the app (simple process) Enjoy!
The entire process should only take about 15 minutes.
If you’re having any problems with your CCT, please refer to the troubleshooting page here: Troubleshooting My CCT.
Where to Buy
You can buy the CCT directly from the My Bosch website for $219 (product link here).
It can also be purchased through Amazon for about $50 more. Buying through Amazon also entitles you to free 2-day shipping.
The CCT comes with a 1-year limited warranty that covers defects in materials and workmanship. If you experience any problems within this time period, please call MyBosch at 1 (800) 457-4582 to get your issue resolved.
Please note that the warranty will be voided if the device is: (1) modified or tampered with; or (2) used for commercial purposes.
The CCT is an essential smart home device that all homeowners should own. It can be used to secure your home and make life a bit easier.
The CCT’s built-in camera acts as a regular surveillance camera and can be accessed through the My Bosch app on your phone. It can also capture pictures whenever movement is detected. These images can then be saved onto your mobile device or uploaded onto the cloud for easy sharing.
The CCT can serve as a smart hub to control other smart home devices by itself. Keep in mind, however, that this device works best when paired with a dedicated hub such as the SmartThings Hub, 3rd-gen Amazon Echo, or the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen).
If you own a Wink 2 hub, I recommend that you buy the CSL instead. It’s more affordable and it does everything the CCT can do plus more.
To wrap this up, the CCT is a great smart home device that you should seriously consider if you’re into smart home technology.
Feel free to leave any comments or questions below. Thanks for reading!
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