When a thread poses a question like this, it seems to attract a variety of answers from fairly objective to fairly biased.
Originally Posted by ChrisCicc
INSTEON is all 99% of users need. Crestron and C4 are the old industry model - professional installers, proprietary products, lock in, need to be trained to program system, etc. The industry has moved past this with INSTEON, Z-Wave, and others.
I've been hearing statements like that on this board for over 10 years now, but it seems to be more wishful thinking about the way some people want the world to be, than the way it actually is. Like most analogies, this one is far from perfect, but it's sort of like proclaiming that Windows and Mac are the old industry model and the industry has moved on with Linux. Wishful thinking aside, Crestron, C4 and a few others like them are the dominant industry players, while Insteon based products barely represent a blip on the radar.
There is also nothing whatsoever that stops a Crestron system from being used with products such as Insteon other than whether that would be a questionable design move
I've also seen the "99%" argument used many times, whether it's "it does 99% of what Crestron can do" or "it does what 99% of users need"
. But for some reason the number is always 99%
. I guess at least that's some type of painful acknowledgement that maybe it doesn't do everything, but it's only 1% less
. I wonder if when you go to car forums there are people arguing that a Ford Fiesta is all 99% of drivers need?
Unless you have a massive mansion and want a status symbol, there is simply no reason to get Crestron. I think you'll be very happy with INSTEON.
I always get a kick out of it when someone who wants to criticize products such as Crestron tries to do so by making out that people buy them to have a "status symbol" or try to to work the "massive mansion" line into it
. It makes me wonder if they've ever had any actual experience with Crestron systems or Clients, my guess is they usually haven't. I've been involved in the integration industry for 20 years now and not once have I seen getting a status symbol to be the primary motive driving anyone to buy a Crestron system. The thread starter is a perfect example, he's doing research and trying to figure what he'll be happiest with in the long run. I suspect the last reason in the world he/she is going to spend 100K (or whatever he ends up spending) is so they can have a status symbol for a high-end automation brand that most people will never have heard of!
Please note, I am mainly debating some of the points here, not telling the thread starter to "buy Crestron", that's a decision only they can make. And I think it's great to see small companies like Chris' Castle OS bring products to market, I've been cheering on CQC and others like it for a long time.
Full Disclosure: my company uses Crestron for most of our integration work.