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OWL USB Connect for Wireless Electricity Monitor
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2010
I bought this at the beginning of the year and the early version of the software worked but you had to remember to run it each time your computer rebooted. Also in order to keep a full history of energy usage you had to keep your computer running which was a bit ironic since you probably bought this device to save energy costs! If you don't keep it running then the historical analysis is meaningless. For a while that was OK, I ran it 24x7, and it produced nice reports but I found that the longer I ran the monitoring software the slower my computer became.

A subsequent version of the software in July 2010 claimed to fix the slowness and make the monitoring software run automatically when your computer restarted but that version of the software did not work for me on Windows 7. It failed to find the transmitter. I have tried it on 2 machines both with clean installs of Win7.

Due to lack of support on this device it's now just a paperweight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2012
Worked for a few minutes out of the box on my Win 7 64 bit machine, then nothing. Repeated re-installs and trying all manner of suggested actions leave me wondering why I bought it. (Not from Amazon, I hasten to add). Now condemned to be a paperweight until OWL get their finger out and come up with a workable driver. Till then, a waste of money - don't bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2011
Live view is useful as you can review the last 2 minutes. The historical view has controls to select start and end dates but they can not be selected. When selected I only get a single bar which seems the show the total used. Would be good if the views for the current day and the current week. The historical views would benefit from being able to compare the same week and the same month over a number of years. I have two unit to monitor which the system does, but when swapping between them the graph defaults to bar graph. Would be great to have the database schema publish, then someone in shareware community may take up the challenge of producing a display.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2013
This unit woks very well and now I can see the pattern of electrical usage.
My only criticism is that the software id windows only - Linux is better for data garnering and displaying the data with a web page.
Also for it to work with Apple OSX would be good. Having exported the data to a spread sheet it can be manipulated.
Now to find out what's turning on at 06:00 !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2009
It was easy to install and understand. good clear display and query to OWL answered very satisfactorily. Check compatibility before ordering as only works with some models.
Good product at a reasonable price
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on 7 August 2015
Great service by the Seller.

USB Connect software not perfect, but gives useful guidance.

I understand the software for the newer OWL model USB+ is being re-written, shame it seems unlikely they'll do the same for this unit. An obvious missed opportunity.
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on 27 September 2010
The monitor is very easy to set up and gives a clear indication of electricity consumption.
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