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Hello again! Been a while.... and here's a cheap alternative to Seneye wifi web server...

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Hi all, hope all is well with you.  I've been busy being a nursing student and haven't intentionally avoided the forums.  Anywho, my little nano tank is still chugging along and seems to be fine.  Then I got a big one last week....   it was a nightmare to move but I had it for a bargain!

So while the new tank does its thing, I bought a seneye for it to monitor ph and ammonia temp etc.  It was pretty easy to set up (except I had mine calibrated for freshwater which screwed up my ph readings and i dosed when I shouldn't have).  The seneye is a pita to have to connect to with your laptop to get readings so I looked at their wifi web server....  toooo pricey.

I have a cheapo windows tablet floating round that works perfectly well; But it doesn't have the USB ports on it, just the micro USB for charging.  However, they make OTG hub/cables with pass through power.  Bingo! 

So to build yourself a Seneye web server (which also does Netflix, aquarium logging software etc) here's how I did it:

Cheap windows tablet pc (I'm using Linx Vision 8) approx £50
Micro USB power pass through OTG hub £15
Velcro £5
Micro USB charger (might need to be higher powered?)

I installed the seneye connect app on the tablet, went to power settings and ticked the boxes to keep power on when plugged in.  Plugged in the seneye into free USB port, keeping that open will monitor the parameters...  it's a seneye server now!

A picture is worth a thousand words....  so



Hope this helps other out who don't want to fork out for the overpriced seneye wifi server...



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Reply #1

Hi Russell, welcome back  8D

Thanks for posting this, I've been meaning to do something like this for ages!

How is the passthru cable/hub connected?

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Nice!

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Hi Russell, welcome back  8D

Thanks for posting this, I've been meaning to do something like this for ages!

How is the passthru cable/hub connected?

MicroUSB on the bottom of the tablet.  The OTG plugs into that, then you have power port and USB ports!  I hope that clears that up.  Make sure you get the OTG hub that passes through power (basically charges the tablets and powers the seneye).  Even better, you can Bluetooth to it and even project to your smart telly...  look online for a Linx Vision 8,  I got mine a year ago for about £50.  Been sitting in a drawer for ages.  Seems I have a use for it now lol.


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MicroUSB on the bottom of the tablet.  The OTG plugs into that, then you have power port and USB ports!  I hope that clears that up.  Make sure you get the OTG hub that passes through power (basically charges the tablets and powers the seneye).  Even better, you can Bluetooth to it and even project to your smart telly...  look online for a Linx Vision 8,  I got mine a year ago for about £50.  Been sitting in a drawer for ages.  Seems I have a use for it now lol.


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This will have to do until I qualify and can afford the apex systems.  By then I'll probably be on another even bigger tank lol

New tank I got was 400 litre and all the bits including AFM skimmer and TMC lumenair, plus a small fortune in fish, coral and more for the bargain price of £450.  The moving sucked a lot, crushed fingers, blood, sore back and some animals died.  It took ages to fill up with my RODI.  Sadly temp tank for a massive nem became a blender for said nem and all fish in there died.  Funny how that happens overnight when you're sleeping.


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This will have to do until I qualify and can afford the apex systems.  By then I'll probably be on another even bigger tank lol

New tank I got was 400 litre and all the bits including AFM skimmer and TMC lumenair, plus a small fortune in fish, coral and more for the bargain price of £450.  The moving sucked a lot, crushed fingers, blood, sore back and some animals died.  It took ages to fill up with my RODI.  Sadly temp tank for a massive nem became a blender for said nem and all fish in there died.  Funny how that happens overnight when you're sleeping.


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The cabinet needs a repaint but it works well! 



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Reply #6

That’s very neat mate :)

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Reply #7

With a lot of different equipment using more tablet apps through wifi to control pump speeds and lighting etc I wonder how long it will be before a tablet could replace the likes of the apex . I think it would certainly tidy up all that wiring and many speed controllers for all the heads and pumps .

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