Another new home thread...
I have noticed a few other threads started by members and wanted to startone for myself. For one, not to hijack their threads, and two, my situationwill yield different results. I am hoping to document my process and use it toeducate myself and others that have similar questions. So, here goes...
I should be getting the first run of blue prints back on my ranch stylehouse today. We hope to be moved in by January. Around 1850 upstairs and 1600 downstairs, subject to change if we makechanges to the plans. I have an IT background, so have a general understandingof things. I have been doing a lot of research the past few weeks and stillcannot come to a final decision on things because DIY home automation seems tostill be in its infancy, but things like Vera, Nest, and Revolv are changingthat.
What I will have:
1 x Cat5e ran to every room.
2 x Cat5e ran to every TV.
I plan to use SONOS for most of my home theater and speakers throughout.Expensive, but amazing and convenient.
I will have a networking closet in the basement.
I am leaning toward Leviton Z-Wave.
VRMX1-1LZ, for everywhere I will need dimming. They are newer and a littlemore expensive, but they support LED and I would rather spend a couple extrabucks for something that works.
VRCZ4-M0Z zone controller as a remote where needed.
VRCS4-M0Z as a scene controller.
Simple On/Off switches everywhere else to save initial costs until I canreplace them with Leviton RF+ devices.
One reason I am trying to stick with one brand is to keep the programming ofit easy. I believe all it takes is a USB from Leviton and you can use theirfree software (RF Installer Tool) to initially program everything.
I was looking at Insteon, and while it they have tons of options andproducts, there are a lot of complaints on switches failing after a coupleyears.
I like the potential of Revolv, they seem to be ramping up their developmentand addition of features. I also like the geo sense aspect of it.
Garage doors, I would like to get doors with MyQ, unfortunately that only seemsto be planned for control with the Wink hub from Home Depot. I am sure Revolv will pick it up in thefuture, until then I will be content with using a separate app and externalsensor. Revolv also supports Insteondevice which there garage door sensor/opener seems to work fine.
I don’t need a robust security system. Probably won’t get one supported by a third party. We live in a small Midwest town. I plan on using a couple Dropcams or IPcameras for monitoring things like garages, basement, and front door.
I am sure there are things I am missing, but just looking for someadditional input from people that have experience with these things. I am looking forward to anything anyone hasto add. Thanks.