That's vancouver for you. It always rains everywhere here, especially indoors. You get used to it. Thats why people from vancouver all grow gills and webbed feet.
There is a module to attach the unit to my computer and phone. It's called the Redlink ternet Gateway, and costs $98. I don't own that piece of it yet, but its on the list to aquire. There is also a USB port on the bottom of the thing for backing up the internal configuration, and for uploading an installer logo if I wanted to do such a thing.
edit: Here's the remote:
and here's the outdoor temperature and humidity sensor
They also have additional indoor sensorss I can add if I wanted to average out the house temperature in different rooms, a humidifier control module if I wanted to install a humidifier (not that I need one with the huge ass fish tank in the house) and a few other toys. Installation was actually really easy. The only problem i had was the origional thermostat wasn't actually wired correctly, which given what I know about the history of the wiring in this house so far doesn't exactly suprise me. They never wired up the actual power lead to the old thermometer, so it was running constantly on the backup battery, which meant that the batteries were failing way faster than they should have been. I just figured the old design was an energy hog.
Once I do have the internet gateway part, I'll be able to control the temperature, in addition to the lighting and electronic controls I can already control via the smarthome modules I have installed. I can't open the door locks or anything yet though, mainly because I balk at paying brinks a monthly fee. Edited, Nov 4th 2011 10:56am by Kaolian