Firstly -I am new to home automation. I have a strong will to learn though. Just a quick question -where would you recommend I start? Books/sites?
I am in the process of installing a complete irrigation system to my home and began researching controllers. As I learned that there isn't currently anything on the market for irrigation integration (control4 has something pending though). In addition to this we purchased this home that has a Brinks security system wiring -glass breakage / door and window sensors. I believe the keypads are locked down. I began to research replacing the keypads and this has led me to investigate whole home automation as I am installing LowVoltage lighting along with the irrigation system.
I have a THX home theater system also -another back burner project that I have wanted to get started again is a LinuxMCE system and a whole house media server to begin the digitization of a library. Is is possible that a PC can perform the whole house automation eventually? Instead of a particular panel, perhaps a software solution and a specific kinds of remote devices that will perform functions? ie... turn on lights, lock doors, report openings... etc... (?)
In short I need to know where to start! There are a few technologies out there... Looked at the vede vera stuff and it seems to simplistic... I would like something perhaps a little more robust and future proof? I do not mind the idea of installing Cat 6 cable throughout... in fact the home is partially wired with Cat 6 cable.
Thank you in advance for information on where to begin to learn more about current trends.