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grahamluckhurst 

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Hi all,

I'm looking to choose a hive monitoring system. There are quite a few out there, some with weight only, and some with sensors inside.

Of course, when reading on the webpages of the different suppliers, everyone seems to have the best system.

But nothing is better than user experience, so; Are there anyone here who is currently using a system like
Arnia
Beehivemonitoring
IO Bee

Or any other system?

I do not need a giant system, I have remote apiaries that I would like to monitor. One with 3 hives, and the other with 4 hives.
They are a few hours drive from home, and it is a corporate customer. Oh and no; We will still be visiting the apiary each week, but, I would sleep better if I knew that I had some sort of monitoring of the cubes.
Hostabee monitoring
I bought this from Thornes last year, not cheap. I had problems not the usual setting up problems I was excepting, there was no setting up it just worked. HOWEVER do check your hive is in a location that the strange radio signal it uses will reach your hive, both Thornes and the Hostabee website have a link to a coverage map showing signal coverage. It would work from home, Thornes called me check I new what I was doing, nice service. But it worked at the Apiary, as you can see from the image below, but not when I put it in a hive. The long straight lines are from when the monitor was in the hive and I tried it in two.
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As you can see it took me until March to fix it. Hostabee sell a Repeater (amplifier). After several attempt to by one (I had to use the French language side of the site) I managed to order one over Christmas, unfortunately Hostabee knew nothing of Brexit and the package was returned to them. In March it arrived with just two instructions to place the repeater at about 2m above the ground no more the 30m from the hive.
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It worked straightaway and still does.

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It also measures humidity. I am not convinced this is useful?

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Cral 

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Thanks, didn't know about that system.

We have purchased two different systems - smsscales (SMS varga) -This is more of a remote weight system, but, you can add temperature readings, and it will sms\send an email if there are sudden weight changes. And Arnias new system with hive monitor.

We are also looking into getting both of these system into "kubekort" an electronic hive record software we use.
 

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Sorry, repeated.
 
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Hostabee monitoring
I bought this from Thornes last year, not cheap. I had problems not the usual setting up problems I was excepting, there was no setting up it just worked. HOWEVER do check your hive is in a location that the strange radio signal it uses will reach your hive, both Thornes and the Hostabee website have a link to a coverage map showing signal coverage. It would work from home, Thornes called me check I new what I was doing, nice service. But it worked at the Apiary, as you can see from the image below, but not when I put it in a hive. The long straight lines are from when the monitor was in the hive and I tried it in two.
View attachment 25469

As you can see it took me until March to fix it. Hostabee sell a Repeater (amplifier). After several attempt to by one (I had to use the French language side of the site) I managed to order one over Christmas, unfortunately Hostabee knew nothing of Brexit and the package was returned to them. In March it arrived with just two instructions to place the repeater at about 2m above the ground no more the 30m from the hive.
,View attachment 25473

It worked straightaway and still does.

View attachment 25474

It also measures humidity. I am not convinced this is useful?

View attachment 25475
If you look on the 'resources' section, it will tell you that when the inside humidity matches the outside, you have problems, particularly if it reaches the pink section. Have you looked inside yet? Actually, reading it on a monthly setting, rather than daily, does make it look worse. I found my monitors useful for knowing when my hives had brood in the Winter, but it did make me fret too much over daily changes. :confused:
 

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