Originally Posted by dsteinschneider
I'm planning to phase out the X10 as soon as I figure out which protocols/platforms I'm going to use. A short list of the functionality I see using:
1. Electrical outlets (appliances)
2. Lights on and off (don't see myself programming scenes with dimming and colors)
3. Garage door
4. Thermostats (mostly for offset and ability to turn up on my way home)
5. Water detection alert
7. Front door lock
I had the same requirements, essentially, other than video. Are you meaning security cameras or AV distribution? The ISY does them all, as would HomeSeer or the like, if you have an always on PC to run it. The advantage of the ISY is that it is a tiny, low-power device, essentially like a router that is integrating a bunch of different protocols. I guess that's why they call them hubs, but this system allows real automation - trigger/response - not just remote control.
Insteon devices are pretty, and functional, particularly the keypads, but are known to fail from time to time. You have to factor in replacement cost if out of warranty. There are Insteon modules for all of those things, but the Zwave locks are much better, which is why I added that module. I also use a Zwave fan controller on one fan as it is more convenient.
I suspect you will find self using scenes even if it does not make sense right now. A key element of scenes is grouping things, creating virtual multiway lighting, for example. You can add a light switch to a circuit that didn't have one, or combine multiple lights to turn on/off together. I just changed the switches at the top of my stairs to control different lights downstairs than they were originally wired to control.
I have not used/seen Allonis, but this post is useful to anyone considering DIY. The same recommendations apply with the ISY, such as integrating the ELK M1. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/162-h...l#post59168784