Originally Posted by pkarakis
I am building a new house and am looking hard at MainLobby. It is a software-based system like Homeseer, but I like the look of the interfaces better and it can be implemented totally DIY, totally programmed or in-between. .
You should ask on HomeSeer forums: a bunch of people have integrated HS with ML, which suggest ML doesn't do everything it needs to do. I use HS and it works great. Very extensible with VB
.net scripts (v2 supports vb
and jscript, but I think everything has gone to .net in the new 3.0)
I have HomeSeer integrated with my HVAC, Security, Siri, URC system, Sonos, etc. It does real cool things like dim the lights when I pause a movie (using a standard remote), drops temp when alarm is armed, has one "bedtime" button, Bluetooth proximity detection so it knows when I'm home.
I mostly use z-wave, IP and RS232, but it supports almost everything (except zigbee, which is way to vendor specific) User interface is entirely up to you - the stock one that ships for tablets/phones is very basic, but it's real easy to build your own. I designed my own screens for iPhone, iPad and Kindle Fire (Android). You can see many designs here: http://board.homeseer.com/showthread.php?t=131697
IMHO, many of them are dreadful. Mine aren't great (but I'm not embarrassed by them), as I'm not a designer, so I have to work within my limited artistic "talents" and use stock images. The latter is the biggest problem: easy to find sets of images online with 90% of the buttons you need, but there'll be one or two (maybe a lock, or a lightbulb) that are not in the set and you either have to make it yourself (I'm hosed) or use one with a different theme (looks terrible). I do have some photoshop skills, so when I re-designed, I went with plain B/W line graphics and added the background, "glow" and the reflection myself. This way, I have a massive pool of images to choose from and can apply my own theme with a simple photoshop action. I wish HS supported 9-slice vector graphics though. It's real pain having re-res for Kindle, IPad, iPhone, etc.
The nice thing about the way I designed my system is that all my systems work perfectly standalone (Security, HVAC, Sonos, AV, so that if there ever is a server failure, I'm not without critical functions, etc. It also means I use standard controls for thermostat, alarm system, etc. and the system still reacts as if I controlled it from a touch screen. IF I want to use my touch screens, I can.
HS has a very active community and lots of good, inexpensive plug-ins. Pretty sure there are Elk and Russound plug-ins
Unfortunately I know nothing about ML, so can't comment on that.
I wrote a few articles here that may interest you, or give you a deeper understanding of HS and integration:
(Part 3 is probably most interesting. I use the same technique to interface with several other systems (either over RS232 or IP)
(I've updated the screens since (now got fancy icons with reflections): http://board.homeseer.com/showpost.php?p=1058174&postcount=287