- The IC4 and IC2 controller hardware has a simple and functional human interface design which has color coded labeling and grouped plug types to avoid incorrect wire connections.
- Standardized and robust wire connectors to help reduce design costs also makes is easily assimilated by the user but I wished they were spaced out a little more for my fat fingers.
- Redundant communication methods for improved reliability:
- Android/IOS Mobile App & Web Browser GUI,
- Wifi & Bluetooth communication to the hardware so you can be independent from the cloud.
- When controller modules are hardwired to each other they can act as redundant Wifi connection points for the system. Normally I would have preferred a hardwired network connection too for more stability but it has been fairly stable for the 4 months I’ve been running it.
- GUI design is simple and can be switched between Tiles & Text for the device screen you are using.
- Default common reef control parameters are predefined for each type of Input or Output which saves time and confusion when setting up equipment.
- Backup and Restore function for all settings so you can restore a new module quickly if it gets corrupted or needed replacing.
In summary, any product that is designed to be easily used out of the box and reliable allows more people to adopt it if all other variables are equal. The Coral Vue Hydros appears to be another great option worth considering in the market. This is great news for an industry that is constantly under attack and would only stay viable if the hobby becomes more sustainable and grows a larger population of successful hobbyists because of the new technology that supports it.