Originally Posted by kingjnod
Although the last post in this string is from 2018, this question is even more useful today. If you have a very strong network with Access Points where you need them for saturation coverage, and hardwired access for every TV, why do you need anything other than cable or satellite feed from your AV closet? You can accomplish that with DirecTV Genie system and Tivo Bolt and Minis, and some cable companies have their own whole house solutions. Even more pertinent, if every TV is a smart TV with streaming apps built in, why do you need anything but the TV and strong network?
I am remodeling and putting in a full Unifi Network with UniFi UAP-AC_IW Pro US and will send everything out from a central closet. With Lutron light switches and a Lutron bridge, I can handle lights, shade, thermostats, security cameras, and doorbells with phone or Alexa devices for voice control.
That only leaves whole house audio and whole house video. I don't think I need Crestron, or Savant, or Control4 to handle the audio, and I don't see the need for the video at all, for the reasons mentioned above.
I am hoping to get some new responses to this or a pointer to another relevant thread.
How many displays do you have? How many sources do you have? How many people stay in the house on a regular basis?
The three most important questions I need to get answers on before I recommend video distribution to anyone. If you only have a handful of displays, and a handful of sources, then more than likely you don't need distribution. But if you've got a dozen displays serving a house of 5 or 6, with nearly 10 sources, then video distribution makes good sense.
However, for example, in my own home I have 9 sources (5 Comcast boxes, Roku, Tivo, Kaleidescape, Oppo BR Player), 10 displays and anywhere from 5 to 6 people in the house at any given time. The last thing I would want is a Comcast box, Roku and K Player at each display. With video distribution, sources are available from any display in the house, which helps me maintain clean installs, and have extended functionality.
Now when it comes to the need for a control solution, some find it easier and more convenient to have a single App control everything. Lighting (both C4 and Lutron), Audio, Video, Thermostats, Security, Shades, etc. all in one, as opposed to an App for this and an App for that. So a C4 or Crestron would make more sense. However, if someone is only concerned with a few systems, then you may not need the robust nature of a complete automation system.