How To Wire A Hive Receiver To A Combi Boiler?

How To Wire A Hive Receiver To A Combi Boiler

Do you want to know how to wire a hive receiver to a combi boiler? In this guide, we will explain the same to you so read on..

A hive receiver is used to turn on and off your Hive Receiver remotely which is great for the Winter when you want to take care of your bees but it’s too cold outside. If you’re not sure how to wire a hive receiver up, this article will show you step-by-step how!

I wanted to take care of my bees in the winter, but I didn’t want to go out in the cold. It was a lot more daunting than it seemed when I had my thermostat set to “on” and was sitting in front of my heater. So I decided to wire up my hive receiver with a combi boiler and just turn it on when I needed, without leaving the comfort of my home.

I got the Hive Receiver which controls the boiler up to 12 wirelessly. It wasn’t too hard at all! Once you know what wire goes where, it’s pretty simple. However, if you don’t feel confident doing this yourself or just want us to do it for you, they offer a Hive Receiver Installation Service which includes installation and a fitting fee.

What is a hive receiver?

The Hive Receiver is a tool to turn on and off your heating or cooling system remotely. This is important because it can be so cold in the winter, and hard to go out to check your bees. The Hive Receiver comes with 95% of Hive Systems , but if you need another one, they are around £20.

The Hive Receiver only works with the Hive Thermostat which is sold separately.

How to wire a hive receiver to a combi boiler

To attach a hive recevier to a combi boiler you will need the following items

  • A combi boiler with a wired back panel
  • Hive Receiver – either Fixed or Dial version
  • An ethernet cable for wired connection top the Hive receiver, if this isn’t available you can use 2 x phone cables instead.
  • Two wire clips to connect the wires together and a length of wood to hold the receiver in place.

Some way of securing the wood to your boiler i.e a piece of hogre with self adhesive pads, a heavy duty stapler or screws

First measure how far from your wired back panel you will need to mount the Hive Receiver. In my case I had to make a square hole for the receiver’s face to fit in. Drill a pilot hole through your boiler and use a jigsaw to cut out the square shape for the receiver.

Take the back off your Hive Receiver and attach with two wire clips, one on each side of the wires. Take an ethernet cable and cut it so you have both ends, or if using phone cables strip off a few inches from both of them. Strip the wires on your ethernet cable and attach with wire clips to the appropriate Hive Receiver terminal, use either red for live or blue for neutral. On your combi boiler you will need to make contact between two terminals, if unsure consult a professional

The two terminals do not have names but will either have a line going across the top of them or a picture on them. Connect your ethernet cable to these terminals and screw down.

For Wired connection you will need an outdoor ethernet cable so it’s weather proofed, connect one end to the Hive receiver and other end to a wall plug for power. If this is not available connect two phone cables in the same way and make sure to protect with an RCD.

If you do not want to use a wired connection and prefer a wireless one, follow the steps in Option 2 below:

Option 1:

For Wireless Connection : To attach a hive recevier to a combi boiler using WiFi you will need the following items

  • Two phone cables and a wireless transformer or outdoor WiFi box.
  • Wire clips to attach your wires together and a length of wood to hold the receiver in place.
  • Some way of securing the wood to your boiler i.e a piece of hogre with self adhesive pads, a heavy duty stapler or screws

First make sure your combi boiler and Hive receiver are both WiFi enabled and if not follow the steps under Option 2 below.

Take the back off your Hive Receiver and attach with two wire clips, one on each side of the wires. Strip off around 5 inches from both of them. If using a wireless connection you will need to strip off a little more and twist the ends to form a pigtail. Connect the two phone cables together with your stripped wires, attach this to one of your Hive receiver terminals using wire clips and secure down.

Wireless Connection:

If you have an outdoor WiFi box use ethernet cable and attach as under wired connection.

If you do not have an outdoor WiFi box you can use a wireless transformer. You will need to attach the ethernet cable to the back of this and take it outside close enough so your Hive Receiver can pick up a signal. Use two phone cables to connect from the transformer to your receiver as with wired connection above.

Option 2:

For Wireless Connection : This option is not recommended by MWS because the phone line/cable connection will be affected by lightning strikes. To attach Hive Receiver to a combi boiler using WiFi you will need the following items

  • 2 x phone cables and a wireless transformer or outdoor WiFi box.
  • Wire clips to attach your wires together and a length of wood to hold the receiver in place.

Wiring a hive receiver to an analogue (i.e., not digital) combi boiler is pretty straightforward. It’s easy to do in under 20 minutes if you have an electrician’s screwdriver on hand, or up to 45 minutes if you’re doing it without one.

First, you’re going to need to take off your old thermostat switch. This means that the lead which connects the thermostat to the boiler must be disconnected (it should lead into a box or behind an extravagant desk), leaving just the circuit wire connected to the thermostat. So, grab your electrician’s screwdriver. If you don’t have one, no worries.

First, turn off the power to your boiler (follow the instructions on your digital thermostat). Then, take off the old thermostat switch by unscrewing it with the electrician’s screwdriver or a flat-head screw driver. Then, follow the wires that lead into a box or behind your desk to disconnect the thermostat from them.

After this, you can just screw on your new Hive Receiver in place of the old switch! It’s great for before and after work when it’s dark outside! Just make sure to turn off the power again by following the instructions on your digital thermostat.

That’s it! Congratulations on wiring a hive receiver to an analogue combi boiler!

The benefits of wiring a Hive Receiver to your Combination Boiler

The Hive Receiver is used to turn on and off your Hive Receiver remotely which is great for the Winter when you want to take care of your bees but it’s too cold outside.

It also can be helpful in the summer season because someday you might forget to turn it off before bedtime, or the electricity might go out unexpectedly. The Hive Receiver can be wired to any type of boiler. It has a plug, so it’s very simple to wire up.

How you can save energy and money by connecting your Hive Receiver with your Combination Boiler

If you are using a combination boiler that sends hot water to the central heating system and your Hive Receiver, then you can save energy and money by connecting them together. You will need an extra wire to connect the Hive Receiver with the Combination Boiler. The Hive Control Panel will have to be configured manually so that it knows how to react if it’s turned off or on with the Combination Boiler.

In case the Hive Receiver is turned off, it will no longer heat up. And if you use a Hive Active Heating System that’s connected with a combination boiler then your heating system will not be activated when you’re turning on your Hive Receiver.

If you have a Hive Active Heating System with a CombiBoiler and haven’t connected the two together, it’s not to late. They are very easy to connect without much work or cost needed. The Hive Receiver will have to be configured manually in the Hive Control Panel so that it knows how to react if it’s turned off or on with your Combination Boiler.

Setting up a CombiBoiler with a Hive Receiver is easy and doesn’t need any work on the boiler, all you need is a wire to connect the two together.

How To Wire A Hive Receiver To A Combi Boiler

Conclusion

In conclusion, connecting your Hive Receiver to a Combination Boiler is an easy way of saving energy and money. If you have a Hive Active Heating System with a Combination Boiler that’s not yet connected together then it can be done in minutes without much work or cost involved by following the steps provided above.

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