Soilmote Thermote

What is IP67 and why our products are different

The Thermote is IP67 rated.

Did you know that Zynect sensors are IP67 rated? 

In simple terms that means they are water and dust proof. Now let’s break it down. 

IP stands for Ingress Protection. If you look up Ingress in the dictionary it means “the act of entering”. Makes sense right? You don’t want water or dust entering the sensor’s protective case. 

Now what do the numbers mean that come after IP?

The first number after IP is for the part’s protection against solid objects like dust and sand.  This number can range from 0, meaning no protection against dust and sand, and 6, meaning 100% protection against dust and sand. We have a 6. That means we are 100% protected.

The second number after IP is for the part’s protection against liquids.  It ranges from 0 to 8. The 0 means it has no protection and 8 means it’s protected against long periods of immersion under pressure.

We have a 7. This means it is protected against the effects of temporary immersion between 15cm and 3 feet. The duration of immersion is tested for 30 minutes. Because of this Zynect sensors are completely rain proof.

Soilmote with a Crocus

Why is our device different? We rate on the whole makeup, not just the probe. Because of this, you can use it indoors and outdoors in the elements. 

Why is this important?

If you were to use the sensor for something that was always going to be near water and may get wet from time to time, our sensor would hold up. 

Here are some examples of where you can use our sensors: 

Hot tubs/PoolsGardensPonds
BarnsOrchardsDuck coups
AquariumsDamp BasementsGolf Courses

If you want to use the sensor in a place is may get wet, you can use it. In general we always advise that you put the battery compartment in as dry a place as you can (not floating in the water) and the probe actually in the water, but if it does get wet, no big deal. 

In conclusion, IP67 is what sets our product apart from others. You can have peace of mind that you will get continuous updates at an interval you set whether the device is indoors or outdoors. 

Now the only question left to answer is, which sensor will you choose?

Check out the Thermote, Thermote X, and Soilmote on our website now! 

Help & Informational

How Can I Force a Test Alert?

You have your new sensor and you are super eager to test it out. The first thing you want to test out are the alerts. You want to see if it actually works. We get that. In todays blog we will discuss how to force a test alert.

One of our most asked questions is: Why do I not get an alert when I “test” it by making a sudden temperature change?

First let’s explain how the alert system works. 

The alert system detects changes in temperature. When the measured temperature moves from an “in bounds” temperature to an “out of bounds” temperature, without an intervening change in the min/max set-points, an alert will fire.

If you set the alert and the temperature is out of bounds when you start, an alert will not fire. This means if you set your alert points for the first time in your living room and the temperature is 62.2°F (See Figure 1.) and you set an alert set-point of 5°F, your app will tell you there is a hot alert (See Figure 2.), but will not send you an SMS alert.

Setting your alerts

You would need to put the sensor in the intended environment it will be monitoring (for example, a freezer) and allow it to measure that temperature before it would send you an out of bounds alert. 

How to force a test alert?

  • Put your sensor in an environment where the temperature is reported in bounds (like your freezer). 
  • Make sure you have the correct people you want to notify in the alert list. This includes yourself if you want to receive a text message.
  • Allow the temperature to be reported at the new temperature. (See Figure 3)
  • Move the sensor to an environment where the temperature will be reported out of bounds (like your kitchen counter).
  • Do not change the set-points during that process. 
  • The temperature will report “out of bounds”. The app will show a “Hot Alert” and you will get an SMS alert. (See Figure 4 & 5). *Note that generally the most recent measured value is displayed in the gauged slightly earlier than it becomes available in the graphed data.
Reporting and sending an alert
A SMS alart text

Some things to keep in mind

We do not encourage trying to make instant alerts happen continuously. The system is optimized to behave intuitively under real alert conditions. 

The system will NOT send you the same alert condition twice in any 15 minute period. This means you can’t, for example, repeat the process described above to get an instant alert and get two SMS messages within a 15 minute window. 

If you have Opted Out of receiving SMS messages by replying to the SMS message -PAUSE (5-letter name of sensor), the system will NOT send you SMS messages about that sensor under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, unless you Opt Back In – Reply to the SMS RESUME (5-letter name of sensor). (See Figure 5 for an example of this)

We hope you found this helpful. If you should have any questions regarding this process you can always reach out to or visit


The Breakdown of Soil and it’s Moisture

Image Credit: Eco Life – Permaculture

Let’s talk about soil, soil moisture, and the Soilmote. Say that three times fast!

So, first question, what is soil made of? It is the mixture of minerals, dead and living organisms, water, and air. Pretty interesting right? Put all of those things together and they create soil. 

Soil is classified into 12 “soil orders” based on how it can be used. This takes a look at the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties. Each of the 12 soil orders end in “sol” which is derived from the latin word “solum”, meaning soil or ground. 

Did you know that each state and territory in the United States has a representative soil? The state soil of New York, where we make the Soilmote, is Honeoye Soil. Want to know what your state soil is? Check out Soil Science Society of America

Now let’s talk about soil moisture. 

According to the Earth Science Office at NASA, soil moisture is a key variable in controlling the exchange of water and heat energy between the land surface and the atmosphere through evaporation and plant transpiration.

Generally, however, soil moisture is the water that is held in the spaces between soil particles.

The data from tracking soil moisture can be used for many things. For instance, reservoir management, early warning of droughts, irrigation scheduling, crop yield forecasting, and keeping your house plant alive. Cornell University’s dept of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are currently using the Soilmote to measure seasonal changes to soil moisture.

It’s pretty important. 

So how do you measure soil moisture?  One way to look at this is recognizing soil as many different sized particles which don’t fit together neatly. This leaves empty spaces between the particles. Once you pour water onto the soil it fills those spaces. 

This is where the Soilmote comes in. 

When you stick the probe into the soil it uses capacitance to measure the soil moisture. Unlike conductivity or resistance based sensors which are biased by salts and fertilizers found in soil, it provides a fast accurate reading. (Those other sensors are also well known for “drift”. They work great for a few weeks, then become useless).

The Soilmote compares the empty spaces to the full spaces. It takes this comparison and calculates the volumetric water content. That is the reading you receive from your Soilmote on your Zynect app. It is also why it is important to completely push the green probe into the soil you are measuring

In conclusion, you can ask the app to alert you if there is too much water or not enough with setpoints. It’s pretty simple and this is one the most accurate ways to monitor soil moisture. 

Check out our YouTube informational video discussing the Soilmote and how it works!

There you have it. Soil moisture is pretty important. We have a way to monitor it. Get your Soilmote today!


Making sense of caring for your potted Christmas tree

Here at Zynect, we take saving the environment seriously. We are always looking for ways to lessen our carbon footprint. One way to do this during the holiday season is by purchasing a potted Christmas tree, rather than cutting one down. This way you can plant it back into the earth after the holidays are over. There are also a number of services which will look after the tree for you, so you can use the same one next year.

Potted Christmas tree with Soilmote

Now that you have decided to trade in your christmas tree stand for a pot with soil, you need to care for your tree a little differently. These 3 tips can keep your tree alive and at optimal health this holiday season.

The first thing you want to take notice of is that the pot has proper drainage. You will need to water your tree, just as you would a cut tree, but you don’t want to overwater which can cause root rot. Under watering could also cause the tree stress which can cause the needles to turn brown and drop. 

Soilmote inserted in Potted Christmas tree.

This is where the Soilmote comes in. The Soilmote measures soil moisture and can help you keep your tree well watered, without over or under watering. The sensor monitors 0% to 100% volumetric water content. The data comes straight to the Zynect app on your smartphone. You can set alerts so you will know if your tree needs more or less water for optimal health. Pretty cool right?

These next 2 tips are pretty important too, no app needed. 

Make sure you keep your tree away from excessive heat like your radiator or fireplace. This will make sure your tree doesn’t dry and get brown needles. It is also a safety precaution as well, making sure your tree does not catch on fire. 

Lastly, you want to wait as long as possible to bring in your tree. Keeping it indoors longer than 10 to 12 days can cause adjustment issues with the tree when planted outside. 

Following these tips will help ensure you have a happy and healthy tree. You get to be festive and kind to the environment. It’s a win/win.

Happy Holidays!