Reef Link or WXM?

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  1. Agraves77

    Agraves77 Member

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    I’m in the process of a build and can’t decide between a wxm module for the apex or reef link. The review for the reef link on brs shows a few people not happy with it.

    I have a gyre already for the tank and was thinking about a mp10 just to see whether I like the ecotech pumps better or maxspext. So if I decide to go vortechs which one is better for them to?

    I plan on having 3 xr15’s.

    Any advice or experience would be greatly appreciated.
     

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    ca1ore Valuable Member R2R Supporter CTARS Member R2R Excellence Award R2R TV Featured Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor

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    There is a quite involved process of calibrating the Radion lights with reeflink so that each light is exactly matched (or almost exactly) to the others. I do not believe this function also exists in the WXM. I use reeflink for my radions and Vectra; WXM for my vortechs.
     
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    AdamNC Lawnmower Blenny says nom nom R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Well I’ve never seen people on FB post “ Is the WXM down again?”
     
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    reefwiser LMAS R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2018 Article Contributor

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    The issue with the Reeflink is the wifi radio in the unit. I alot of people rely on it to work an it is real flaky. I just hooked mine into a power line Ethernet connection that I use for my TV boxes (Apple TV and Tivo) and it stays blue all the time. I play with water flow alot so I like being able to use the Ecotech app on my phone as I can fire it up and make adjustments real easy. Lighting is no something I believe in playing with a lot as the corals will never get into a pattern and will tend to stop growing if one is playing with lighting levels all the time.
     
  5. lbacha

    lbacha Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I have a reeflink and it works great if it's connected to the internet but typically I have to unplug it and plug it back in a couple times a week to get it to connect again as it easily loses connection
     
  6. g5flier

    g5flier Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I have both APEX 2016 and ReefLink now for over 1 year. Love the APEX for what its good at and LOVE the ReefLink for my Vectra pumps, Radion Lights and VorTech pumps. If I had a dollar for every time my Apex was disconnected in the past year I could easily set up a new system with money, I couldn't by an air stone with the money I'd get from the ReefLink going down. Mine experience has been fantastic with it.
     
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    lbacha Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    How is your reeflink connected? Do you have it hard wired to the router.
     
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    g5flier Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    My home WiFi network, it sits about 10 feet away from my APEX. The only time it has ever been disconnected is when my entire wifi system is down.
     
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    lbacha Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    That's odd mine is the same. My apex hasn't ever disconnected and my reeflink does all the time
     
  10. g5flier

    g5flier Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Very odd indeed! I even have my Apex hooked up with Ethernet instead of wifi because it used to disconnect from wifi so many times per day that it wasn't usable. Once I hooked up to ethernet, its down maybe 5-10 times per week. ReefLink is ROCK solid all the time
     
  11. Ranjib

    Ranjib Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    the network connectivity (wifi) depends upon a whole range of things including hardware (router and reeflink/wxm), software (firmwares in both side) and settings (what bandwidth etc).. its very hard to compare these setups without specifics. User's experience will vary wildly as those dimensions changes
     
  12. PEP12

    PEP12 Member UK Reef Club Member

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    I have 2 systems both with Apex 2016 both have Ecotech L1 main pumps and one with Radions I have not experienced any problems at all, I do use wifi extenders attached to my router to strengthen the range throughout my house
     
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