The TED 5000-G Energy Detective helps you save your energy dollars by monitoring your energy use and showing where, how and when you are consuming electricity.
The Ted Has several components 2 current transformers that go on your main supply cables; a measuring transmitting unit (MTU) that measures current and voltage then transmits this information to the gateway via your house wiring; the gateway connects the TED to your router ; a display unit with charging stand; all the connectors and cables required.
Hooking up the TED is straightforward but you do have to work in the electric panel. If you are not completely familiar with this equipment do not attempt installation yourself. Installation took about 30 minutes.
Now the fun started.
I could not get the MTU to communicate with the gateway. In the troubleshooting guide it states that some lighting and electronics can interfere with the transmissions. I had to install two noise filters between the TED and the panel. I also installed a separate outlet to plug the gateway into. Still no luck getting the TED to work. However, once I configured the IP address of the gateway to my router the system started working like a charm.
The computer portions of the setup is simple. You just enter the id’s for the components and you are up and running. The Footprints software presents your consumption in various ways.
I noticed that we are more aware of how we are using electricity and TED helps us identify and get rid of those ghost loads that steal our dollars.
Overall impression: Buying the TED was well worth the investment.
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