Hi everyone, I was posting here for some advice, especially since I am new in the home automation field. I have been doing some research into two different products, Insteon and Control4. I know Insteon works out for DIY folks and Control4 obviously requires programming to be done by an authorized reseller. The costs are much higher in a Control4 system vs Insteon. Now, from what I have read, Control4 is a much more reliable system than Insteon (I could be wrong, I have found different topics in this forum that go either way on the reliability of Insteon). The thing that gets to me though is, I am a hands on techie type of guy and having to call someone to setup my Control4 system every time I either add a dimmer or a new TV or etc can be a bitdisappointing (compared to Insteon).
Now for the scenario:
I was looking into purchasing the HC300 model from C4, I found an online reseller called shophhts dot com that basically will ship out the product with the basic configuration of my gear and then ship it out to me and remotely program the rest of my dimmers when I install them myself. I am not sure if you guys think this is a bad idea or this is normal. I actually went the online route simply because the two authorized resellers in my area were charging me an arm and leg to configure this product (TV, A/V Receiver, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, DirecTv, C4 Thermostat & 8 Dimmers). Now if I go the Insteon route, well, it can all be done using a Logitech Harmony remote and buying the right hardware (at about half the price of a C4 system). So do you guys think I should just bite the bullet and go with a C4 lineup or am I obviously missing important info that I should look into? After reading a few months of magazines from Electronic House and online forums, I am not sure which route to go (and no, I do not have a budget for a Creston system lol). Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.