I've done a lot research about the several systems for home automation and I am deciding to go the DIY route because of the lower costs and expandability.
Currently, I am an ADT customer, however, I will be moving soon and this plan is for my new home. We're still in the process of looking, but the system will be the same in any house.
First, I need a security system. I am leaning towards Front Point. ADT is OK, but FrontPoint has better ratings, cheaper, more open about everything including compatibility. The biggest plus is the Simon Xt with the GSM/Z-wave module. This is where it get's hairy. I want an ENTIRe home automation system, but I am not sure if I want the security system and alarm.com as my main controller. If I want to take advantage of the door locks, thermostats, lights, I would pay slightly more and I fear I would be limited in programming and plugins. I do like the fact that alarm.com allows me to arm and disarm my system.
Next, I am also considering the Mi Casa Verde Vera as the main controller. This allows me free control of my system outside of the house. I can turn up the thermostat, roll the blinds, open locks etc. They do not have a list of limited devices as most of them work on their platform.
Here's the problem. I would love to save on my monitoring and have everything routed through the Vera. Can I make this happen? For those of you who have a Front Point system, can I program complex scenarios like I would be able with the Vera? Is there a possibility of having ALL my devices on the Vera and in the case that the alarm is tripped, armed, and disarmed, I can have different scenes for these events?
I will be using the Irule remote to control my A/V. I want to tie everything in, except the security system probably, into the remote. I think that Irule can talk to the Vera through HTTP gateway.
I want to arm/disarm my system remotely.
I want to set off scenes triggered by events FROM my alarm system.
I want a controller capable of many plugins/complexity and not limited on compatibility.
I am afraid that the FrontPoint system with alarm.com will limit me to a thermostat, lights, alarm, and locks. If I wanted shades, for example, to close every night I think I would need the Vera system. I am not sure if the Irule remote can control my scenes/lights/thermostat that's embedded on the Security System.
I fear that once I change security system providers anytime in the future, I will also loose all my home automation.