I looked briefly at whole home automation about six years ago but never wen too far because of the cost. Now we've just moved into a new home and have a little leftover to build my new theater here and I figured I should revisit this idea.
I know there are a multitude of options for controlling lights, some fairly new. I know Crestron, Control4 and others used to make stuff that controlled HVAC, lights and components to some degree. I'm hoping someone here can save me hours of scouring and let me know which, if any, solutions would let me use one app on my iPad to control:
- Indoor lighting
- Outdoor lighting
- Nest Thermostats
- A surround pre/processor (looking like a Marantz 7701 or 8801 most likely)
- A projector
- Blu-ray playback on a PS 4
In short, has any headway been made on reducing latency when controlling IR devices via Wi-Fi or some other wireless protocol, and is there an iPad-based solution that does all that stuff and lighting?
Are Nest thermostats compatible with any apps designed for AV control or lighting control?
If the only way to do this smoothly is via an expensive system, I might consider that, so I'm not necessarily looking for a cheap DIY cluster of products from differing manufacturers that sometimes work, I would prefer to control as much as I can with one single easy-to-use interface.
Thanks in advance!