Web Servier is Garbage
If you want to hook the Seneye up to your WiFi network via the provided external/plug-in bridge...don't. You "might" be able to finally get the plug to connect to your network, but you'll have a hell of a time trying to get the SWS itself to pull an IP address...if ever. The only time I could get the SWS to pull an IP was when it was connected directly to my router. I am IT by trade, so I know my way around networking equipment and this is a huge disappointment. Now I can only utilize the SUD itself plugged straight into a laptop...I should have listened to some of the other reviews of folks who had networking issues. Waste of money. I will be attempting to use other network bridges to see if I can salvage my purchase...but my hopes are pretty low.
I bought the SenEye principally as a PAR meter so that I could put some intelligence behind my LED light settings... and based on the BRS YouTube review it's well suited for this purpose. I know have a *reasonable* understanding of the par values in my tank and hotspots.
I also bought it to monitor temp & pH, and considered the free ammonia a nice bonus. For those purposes, it does a pretty good job and if it saves my tank just once, it'll be worth it. I consider it an insurance policy in that regard.
The app & web interfaces are just "OK." There is a lot of room for improvement to bring it up to the level of something like AI (which does a beautiful job with their interface).
The WiFi adapter is straight-up garbage. DO NOT waste your money or time on it. I've worked in IT for 20+ years in very technical roles, and it's just an underpowered mess. I ended up moving some stuff around in my house so I could connect the SenEye with an ethernet cable to a quality WiFi extender.
What's frustrating is that SenEye has a really great idea with this product... they just need to place some emphasis on user experience.
Great Product, bad Documentation
I bought this mostly for the PAR meter aspects. Once it's up and going, it works great. Like Randy said in his video, it doesn't handle light coming in from an angle very well, but straight on is great.
Documentation is not in the box. Just links to websites etc. This can be pretty confusing. Just go here:
The setup is no more complicated than any other low budget wireless device.
1) register an account
2) register your device - using a supported browser
3) plug your device in
4)configure your device from the web
The wireless repeater that comes with has it's own set of instructions, but they are linked to by the above URL.
It's really not as bad as some people make it out to be, but it's not going to hold your hand either.
Cheap, cheap, cheaply made product that sells for a lot of money,
wifi adapter is crap, it sells for $10 on amazon but you would have to pay like $50 extra for it.
I waster hours setting everything up and its still not working.
Their web site is cheap (crap)
Very unstable, not recommended
I wanted to like this product, and I tried my darndest to get it working, but in the end it's completely unusable, so I'm set to return it.
From the get go the Seneye USB Device would not talk to the Web Server (they came in the same box, mind you, so you'd kind of expect they would have been tested to work properly with one another). After some back and forth with Seneye support, they were able to get it working after upgrading the Web Server to a beta version of their firmware. Unfortunately that caused a multitude of other issues in which the Web Server constantly drops off the network and/or refuses to take readings.
This product has some promise, but at this point I'd consider it Beta quality at best and not reliable enough to use in a live tank.
Took a chance and bought this during the 10 day sale. This isn't a plug and play item like most are used to, it took some time to get it setup while plugged into my router and then getting the Wifi to work has been a nightmare. The adapter that came in the kit still doesn't work after many hours of troubleshooting with the Seneye support staff and now the supplier of the adapter. I had a Wifi extender that had a LAN connection in it that I was able to get it to work with. So I have given up on getting theirs to work for now. Does what it says, but it really ended up being and expensive toy at this point.
I do not like how you calibrate the slide. It sits in a cup of tank water unless you have the gadget or something else to keep it suspended in your tank or sump. That being said my ammonia reads a constant 0.001 which make me think other parameters are off. It says it also can be used for water level but unless there's something I'm missing that just means the unit is either submerged or not, so I think that's a bogus claim to a feature. The set up wasn't too difficult if you follow all instuctions and take your time but they could of been made a lot more clear. The suction cups are garbage. There are definitely a lot of updates that need to happen and I'm curious to see what reading change after my second month slide. I think I may forget about this 2 months down the road and may really only ever appreciate it if it warns me of a tank over heat or ammonia spike. If you have other gadgets to alert you of this I don't think it's worth it. If you have the extra change and want to mess around with the par meter feature it may be for you. But that is really the only thing I see this being good for. If you have leds and know your par levels already I would pass on this. If you would like to see when your bulbs are needing replacing this could be a handy tool.
Once nihilistic, now a believer.
I have been in the hobby since 1997. I purchased this for the cycling of my 1000 gallon set up. I have had a 10 year old reef and wanted to slowly cycle my new tank, while making livestock transfers under calculated conditions. As an advanced aquarist, I always thought of NH3/NH4 as a new tank issue. about 5 years ago, my municipality switched their water source and my R/O unit couldn't filter the NH3 and chloramines. It took a lot of loss of large colonies of SPS for me to figure that out. Never again with Seneye.
The set up is easy, but you have to read the instructions first. It isn't plug and play friendly. You have to create an account, register your device, work around home wifi issues and connectivity and then register the slide. If you take your time and double check your steps, anyone can connect it. I have the SMS module (highly recommended) that allows me for real time info. Without it, you will have to connect a PC to the device in order to get data.
Having another system to send alert messages is very beneficial in a closed system. Redundancy of your pH is also helpful for maintenance and calibration of your probes. The incredible thing is the close range of PAR readings to the Li Core meter! The calculation of PUR gives you an added advantage for the optimal placement for your corals! Watching some of the changes of the ammonia over feeding and water changes is fascinating. I would love to see what the data plots for NH3/4 look like for someone dosing a bacterial filtration system (zeo/probidio/ETOH). Highly recommended! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ags0loe1uow&index=46&list=PLBaMLrfToJyybUT18OE3fMomFb9XU0ffC
Like it- Documentation is there, just needs better navigation
I've had salt water fish on and off for years. I was never very successful...fish and corals would die. I love the Seneye monitor. It alerts me when there is a problem...I've been alerted to ammonia and been able to correct it before the fish suffered! I found it really easy to setup, and I'm running this monitor with the Apex gold package. I calibrated the Apex and the Seneye temp/ph are different measurements...but close in range.
My only complaint is FINDING the documentation/videos. Once I found them...very helpful. I would suggest to anyone purchasing the Seneye to watch some of the videos...most informative.
Difficult to setup
I really wish BRS would do a video on the setup of this. They have countless videos for the apex systems and 1-2 of the seneye going over what it does. I'd recommend the apex over this system.