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Just starting out with home automation.

Can somebody recommend a system that has both off-the-shelf components and also provides DIY support (API, communication protocol, etc...)

 

Basically I don't want to re-invent the wheel and build the entire system from ground up, but I would like to be able to create my own controllable devices. I'm a ME/EE engineer with knowledge of embedded firmware so designing a PCB, implementing zigbee, etc.. doesn't scare me.

 

 

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You might want to consider CQC - Charmed Quark Controller





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Insteon w/ ISY
Z-Wave w/ Vera
Zigbee w/ Smartenit ZBPServer
Pytomation
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Thank you for the info.

 

Let me clarify: My concern was mostly about hardware comparability.

If, for example, I get a Vera hub, will I be able to build my own sensors / actuators as opposed to just using off-the-shelf modules?

Is the communication protocol between Vera and its devices open source ?

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If it is off-the-shelf in this category, chances are it is proprietary. So you should expect to run multiple networks (open and proprietary) side by side and use Vera or Raspberry Pi or other device you can run your own code on to bridge these networks.
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Thank you for the info.

Let me clarify: My concern was mostly about hardware comparability.
If, for example, I get a Vera hub, will I be able to build my own sensors / actuators as opposed to just using off-the-shelf modules?
Is the communication protocol between Vera and its devices open source ?

Yes you can build your own sensors/actuators. Vera software/firmware itself is proprietary but its interaction with devices is open, employing UPNP, http, Serial, etc. Z-Wave isn't open source except for Open Z-Wave which you might also look at. https://code.google.com/p/open-zwave/

Also @az1324 suggestions are a good way to add Arduino's, repurposed Pogo Plugs, or other I/O board options.
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