Originally Posted by ozzman_8
I know a lot of people have been posting asking what HA they should buy for their home. I have searched them all and still having trouble figuring out what to buy. There are just too many. And I don't want to buy something that I won't like, or something I didn't want. So here's what I need. I need suggestions on what's best for me and my needs for my house. I don't want to spend over $2000 on a control 4 or some other system that I cannot do myself. I'm more of a DIY kind of guy. I already have an alarm system and I do control that with Alarm.com. It would be nice to control everything with one app, rather then having to open Alarm.com and then open another HA app. I am building a Home Theater system in my living room (since I do not have room for a dedicated HT room) so I would like to be able to control lights and HT equipment at the same time. I have looked into Smartthings, Wink, and now Vera. What do you all think would be the best for what I want to do.
These are some of the things I want to be able to control.
-Inside lighting (Dimming and non dimming, also ceiling fan control on and off and possibly controlling different fan settings)
-Alarm System (Currently using Guardian Protection Services. I don't mind buying a panel if need to. Don't really want to change companies)
-My Home Theater Equipment (Onkyo Receiver, Samsung UHD Blu-Ray Player, Oppo Players, Direct TV with DVR, Playstation 3 and 4 etc.)
-Garage Door (Maybe, still thinking about this)
-Thermostats / Climate Control
-Automatic Shades/ Blinds
-Security Cameras (Preferred wired cameras but not a must)
I would like to use my Harmony remote for my lighting, shades/ blinds, thermostats, and HT system as well when I am at home so I don't have to be taking out my phone or tablet. What would be the best HA system to control all of these things. What do you guys prefer in HA? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks..
It looks Guardian Protection Services provides monitoring, but I'm not sure what equipment they use. Do you know what panel they use?
As far as your overall goals, they're pretty close to my own. I'm using a HomeTroller Zee S2. I'm approaching 200 Z-Wave devices, which consist of:
ceiling fan control
HVAC damper control
garage door control
tons of sensors
power monitoring on certain appliances (ex. send emails/SMS when washer and dryer cycles are done)
I use Blue Iris for my security cameras, and I've plugged that into HomeSeer. All of my cameras are 1080p (or better) and are PoE units.
My audio/video integration consists of putting my projector screen control into HomeSeer, so it just shows up as another device in the mobile app. I have scenes that will power the projector, lower the screen, dim the lights, and bring the ceiling fan speed down to a level that won't buffet the screen. I have 4 Onkyo receivers (1030, 809, 636, and 535) that I control through my HA, and I made a couple network controlled audio zone controllers that work through HomeSeer.
It sounds like you would need one of the IR sender/receiver units that can tie in with HA. They are pretty easy to set up, and will let you automate your existing IR devices. If your Harmony remote is IR, then you should be able to use it to drive your scenes in your HA setup as well. I was going to go that route, but decided to tap into the RS-232 interfaces for the projector and projector screen instead. I'm not sure what you'll need to do with your PS3/PS4, as those use RF remotes. I would imagine that there's something similar to the IR units for RF applications, but I've never looked into it.