Hello, I have been searching the site, and the web for home automation. I have found a few FAQ/guides, but most seem to be outdated to a point. Some are from 4-6 years ago. Most talk about serial control (rs-232). Is this still the way to go?
I'm building a new house, still in design phase. Floor plan is done, elec and plumbing to go. Here is what I would like to accomplish, if the system is outside my budget, I'd like to rough in for the components. I don't have a total budget, but rather depends on what the house comes in at, and what I make on the current house.
-Dedicated theater lighting control from a remote, 4 scenes. All on, all off, low lighting (walkway/riser lights for movies), mid level light (for sports etc)
-home lighting control, with status. I'd like to be able to look on a pad in my room, and see what's on/off and switch it accordingly. Ie, I forget my office lights on, I can switch them off. Also remotely, from an iPhone. I'd like to be able to switch lights, and receptacles (if the wife wonders if her hair straightener is off, I can kill the plug).
-thermostat control with humidity, outside temp a plus. Remote access to thermostat, for turning temp back up on way home from a trip. Also dehumidifier in garage.
-door lock control.
-door status with voice (my friends have a cheap setup to monitor kids, let's you know when garage door, patio, or front is open.
-security system (wired? Wireless?)
-irrigation control (2 DO for solinoids, front back yard, this will be after the build
-photocell input through an HOA for exterior lights, and Christmas lights.
I'd also like the ability to control blinds should I go that route, so pre wiring would be done.
What products are for me? I was looking at mainlobby, but not sure that fits me, maybe something better.
*edit* can a mod please edit title, fat fingers on the iPhone don't help.