TL/DR - Great portable a/c but with potential WiFi connection issues. Make sure your WiFi router allows you to choose between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band or you may not be able to connect this to your WiFi and Internet of Things (IoT) system. If you just need a portable air...
TL/DR - Great portable a/c but with potential WiFi connection issues. Make sure your WiFi router allows you to choose between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band or you may not be able to connect this to your WiFi and Internet of Things (IoT) system. If you just need a portable air conditioner, you may look at other models. If the connectivity is important to you, make sure you understand your wireless router ahead of time.
If you''re like me, you want all of your electronics to be connected to your Google Home or Alexa system. It allows for a lot more flexibility when you''re away, scheduling to save electricity or just downright convenience of being able to control things from your phone or with your voice. That said, it''s important to know that your IoT devices only work on your WiFi''s 2.4 GHz band. If you happen to have a router like a Google Nest, Amazon Eero or one of the like, you may find yourself in trouble when it comes to this unit. Like most WiFi routers, these "smart" routers have both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Unlike most WiFi routers, they don''t let you choose between them. Rather, the router itself chooses which band it believes a particular device should be on. For the most part, it gets it right...usually. In the case of this unit, it may not and you may find yourself with a "smart" air conditioner that isn''t so smart. That said there are a couple of potential workaround solutions:
Typically, when devices on these routers connect to the 5 GHz band and they need the 2.4, you can carry them to the edge of your 5 GHz band and the device should automatically switch to the longer-reaching 2.4. Since this thing weighs about 65 pounds, moving it to the edge of your 5 GHz band may not be an option. What you may try instead is moving your router temporarily far away from where your A/C unit will be located. This may prevent the 5 GHz band from even reaching your unit and then it will automatically connect to the 2.4.
Another option may be to set up a "Guest" network in your Google Home or Alexa app. Typically these additional networks are 2.4 GHz as they are really only meant to provide additional users the ability to connect a singular device without affecting the speed or bandwidth of the entire home. Thus far, these are the only two workarounds I have found.
Smart technology and connectivity aside, this is a really nice air conditioner. I live in an old house whose HVAC system barely reaches the top floor, where my master bedroom just happens to be located. In the summer, it''s not uncommon for my bedroom to be 10-15 degrees warmer than the floor below. Last summer was absolutely miserable and I found myself sleeping on my couch downstairs. This unit has been a game changer as far as being able to sleep comfortably. My room is a decent size but certainly isn''t 450 sq ft. I also don''t know that I would trust this unit to effectively cool an area that big so keep that in mind. A few oddities to note are
1. The remote. It has no backlight, which is kind of annoying if you''re trying to adjust any setting at night in the dark. Even in low light, you can''t see the screen. Perhaps they are relying on people to use the wifi or phone app option instead but either way, sizable design flaw there.
2. The unit comes with an exhaust hose and a plastic window partition with a hole cut out in the exact shape of the exhaust hose end to affix to. The idea is for you to be able to open your window as little as possible, slide the plastic partition in place and snap the exhaust end right into the partition. The issues come in 2 areas. The first is that the end of the exhaust hose sort of snaps in place but any slight movement or adjustment of the unit causes the end to pop out of the cut-out. You''ll need to get the unit and the hose in the correct spot before you go trying to snap it into the window partition. The second is the partition itself. it comes with an extender that slides into the track of the partition for windows that are larger in size, which is great if you have the perfect sized window. If your windows are like mine, you''ll find that the partition by itself is just a little too short and that sliding the extender in to the full width of my windows, now means that the extender is covering up the cut-out where the end of the exhaust hose goes. This means, you''ll need some sort of tool to cut the plastic extender to size, which is kind of a pain.
Overall, I''d give this unit 4 out of 5 stars for the aforementioned attributes and issues. If you''re just looking for a unit to cool down a room, you may want to find something less expensive. If you''re looking for something with smart technology to offer added flexibility, make sure you know your WiFi router specs.