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As someone who recently bought a wifi enabled wavemaker and normally buys very cheap stuff too, I can’t firmly say that the WiFi feature was a royal pain in the rear to set up and get working so I could actually use it, now it’s set up it seems more faffy to use than the old manual controller - it’s app also has its issue in that it doesn’t send a notification to the phone when the pump fails - just ones that’s only visible when you open the app. That said the ability to schedule automatically different wave patterns I do like, and it’s a fairly cool gimmick BUT I wouldn’t go out of my way to get WiFi enabled kit again - because of the faff of setting it up (hours of trial and error) and therefore the additional cost if not worth it in my opinion. I bought it because it was something like £5 more by the way on a £60 wavemaker (just to set the scale of my extravagance!) What I will add to the debate though is aesthetics - this is something I value highly coming from an aquascaping background. I feel this is one reason who some people will spend lots of cash’ - for a “cleaner” look to their tank. I bought the wavemaker I mentioned above because it was particularly small and unobtrusive to the tank aesthetic vs other more bulky models. I have a titanium heater - simply because it looks nicer - they are the only two pieces of kit on my tank and visible in the display and so getting something “small and plain” was important so as not to distract from the scape. My ATO is a bit of an extravagance and I wouldn’t have it unless it had been for another open top setup I was struggling with - it was however a knock off version of a much more expensive branded version (as is the wavemaker actually now I come to think of it).
Jebao is always a risk, sometimes they're great, other times, crap. For an example of how app control should be done properly, the current version of Mobious controls AI Nero wavemakers and Ecotech devices (incl lights) and works pretty well. And importantly, you can report bugs and they actually fix them! The app for my D-D P4 Pro Doser however is poo. E.g. it only sends alerts that your dosing container is empty if you happen to open the app! I also live in fear of them switching of the server randomly one day and killing my £350 doser in the process. In answer to the original question, yes, for example an AI Nero is much better than Jebao clone. However it's probably not as much better as you'd expect for the price being (more than) doubled.