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post #1 of 5 Old 07-31-2013, 07:24 AM - Thread Starter
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We are shifting to our new house so I'm thinking of getting a home automation setup. I want to be able to control lights (well, lamps really), home theater (mostly audio, including set zones around the house) from a central touch screen/smart phone/web interface. I'm also looking into pet feeders as well, that you can load up with dry food and set to a timer. Will list down some more things that could be automated.

However, I am unable to decide which brand to go for or where to get more information on home automation. I want to be thorough before making any decision.
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How much wiring is in your home? Did you wire during construction, or is this an existing home? Do you intend to open walls so the home can be updated with wiring as necessary?

A lot can be done without wires, but there is still a certain amount which needs wires to be run properly.

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Its an existing home. Therefore, no additional wiring has been done so far. We don't want to mess up the house for automating it. Lesser the wiring better it would be.
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I would look at z wave if you have the money (they are more expensive than x10 or other wireless protocols) it is all wireless and the devices act as an extender eliminating dead spots for every device you add. They also support 2 way communication. You will need a controller (mecasaverde is a network controller) that is what I plan to use once I settle into my new apt and you can use an android or iPhone as a controller via local wifi or over the internet.
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Hello jandcreative

Im writing blog about home automation.
There you can find manny answers about that how HA works, what you need for selfinstalation, you will find manny reviews of products and much more.

http://homeautomationsmartik.blogspot.com

You are welcome

If you have any questions dont hastitate to contact me
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