Originally Posted by SMHarman
Control, ooh look I can turn this light switch on with this app on my phone, and I can stream music with that app, and adjust the temperature with another app, and look at the video cameras with another, all while sitting on my sofa.
So I want to watch a movie and am feeling lazy. I'll open the nest app and adjust the heat, I'll open the hue app and adjust the lights, I'll open the august app and check I locked the front door. Then I start with the TV
I press Watch Netflix, on the Control4 remote. This then adjusts the lights, the heat, checks the doors are locked etc, all from that one action.
I leave my home. I set the alarm to armed away or in my case tap the front door light switch off three times.
All lights in the house are switched off as are TV and music. A mock occupancy program is enabled that adjusts all lights on the home on and off in line with usual use patterns.
All that from three taps of a light switch.
And another regularly used.
There is a night button on a keypad near the bedrooms. Press it and all lights in the vicinity dim to 10%. Music and Tvs in the bedrooms go off. Press a second time and all lights go off.
So at bedtime this sets a soporific mood quickly and in the middle of the night this allows sufficient light in sufficient rooms for checking in on kids or kids taking a trip to the bathroom.
This correct. But I at a base level, the so-called DIY hubs do allow for automation and not just control. I don't want anyone to read this thread and get the impression that they don't. Now, will a DIY hub automate all of the items that a integrator based system can? Certainly not. And I'm not trying to make that case. But for what most Americans would want to automate: lights, HVAC, garage door, door locks, a DIY hub will do those things.
I can only speak for the hub that I use, but I also have mock occupancy scenes (I read the Control4 blog) that I've created for when I leave to go on vacation. I tell Alexa or Google Home to turn on Vacation and all the lights will turn off, the HVAC will be set to the appropriate temp and the av system will turn off. After 5 minutes the garage door will close and all motion sensors will be set so that if there is movement in the house every light will turn on and the alarm will sound.
I can tell Alexa or Google Home to turn on the movie and my lights will turn off, the garage door will close, the mud room door will lock, the avr will switch inputs, the blu-ray player door will open and the projector will turn on. If I wanted, I could include my blinds in that automation so that they close when I give that command.
I also have a Good night scene, where I can tell Alexa or Google to turn on Good night and the family room lights, av system and kitchen lights will turn off while the master bedroom and bathroom lights turn on as well as the master bedroom tv. After 15 minutes the motion sensors are set so that if I get up in the middle of the night to use the master bathroom, the light in the master bathroom water-closet will turn on; the same thing happens for the bedrooms at the front of the house.
I have a Good morning scene that I only use on Saturdays, where I turn over to my night stand and I say to Alexa, turn on Good Morning and the lights in the kitchen turn on, the tv in the family room turns on changes to my favorite station and the master bathroom lights turn on.
I also have a Welcome Home scene where on Mon-Fri when I enter a the geofence I've established near my home, the av system in the family room turns on, the garage door opens, certain lights in the house turn on or dim to a particular percentage and the hvac turns on to appropriate temp. On the weekends, whenever I enter the geofence I have it set so that only the garage door opens; no lights turn on. During this time of the year, when I enter the geofence during the work week, my Christmas tree lights also turn on when the other lights turn on. I used to have it set so that when I entered my code on the door lock the Christmas tree lights turned on. On the weekends, the Christmas Tree lights turn on when the sun sets.
My outdoor lights turn on when the sunsets and they turn off when the sunrises.
I have an automation where I can tell Alexa or Google Home to turn on Chromecast or the Amazon Fire Stick and the avr will go to the correct input. I can also ask either assistant to watch Stranger Things on Netflix and Stranger Things will start to play.
I also have automated my ceilings fans. I have a temperature sensor in each room. I can designate a temp for each room so that when let's say the master bedroom reaches 78 degrees, the ceiling fan will turn on to whatever speed I've designated (I like medium for the master). When the temp in the master reaches 76 the ceiling fan turns off. I can also tell Alexa to turn on the ceiling fan and it will turn on.
I never open a single app to do any of these things when I'm home. No need to. If I wanted I could buy a wall mounted tablet-like controller that the company that makes my hub sells and use that to kickoff scenes. But I use voice exclusively to kickoff scenes.