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Its been a long time since I posted hear, but wanted to give an update.....


I pulled the trigger on the Insteon and now have 7 dimmers installed in my basment.
Pretty easy to install.....but it makes for a lot of wires on the line and neutral, especially when you have multiple zones on one cuircuit..... the one cuircuit needed 7 neutrals to all come together for three zones and the line...... that three gang box was getting pretty full.


No controller purchased yet but I am pretty sure it will be a ISY with zwave
 

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Thanks for coming back in and updating. HA seems like a subject that is hard to get real detail on like the theater builds have.
No problem, I hope to do more updates here and in my build thread in the future as I get things figured out.
I agree there isn't a lot of nitty gritty detail like the build threads.
 

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I will subscribe to the build thread in your signature line to follow along there as well.
Thanks for following along in my journey..... any input is always welcome
 

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Back again..... no update on automation..... got preoccupied with other theater stuff.


I am curious about OpenHAB.... recently came across it online.
I didn't see much on it when I did a search in AVS..... anyone out there look into it?
 

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It's an open source project, and Home Assistant is another. Both show their open source roots. Whereas a product like CQC is all point and click and very well documented, because it has to meet the needs of professional installers, those two products are much more difficult to use (lots of editing text files and writing scripts) and much less well documented. You do get what you pay for.
 

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It's an open source project, and Home Assistant is another. Both show their open source roots. Whereas a product like CQC is all point and click and very well documented, because it has to meet the needs of professional installers, those two products are much more difficult to use (lots of editing text files and writing scripts) and much less well documented. You do get what you pay for.
Hi Dean,
I hear what you are saying...... opensource typically has a steeper learning curve that other "point and click"
I spend some time reading about it and searching around in the forums.
Looks like they do have a wide and growing list of gear that can be connected to..... I'll be curious to see where they go.
Personally I have not dove into the programing of any home automation systems like your CQC, Insteon, openHAD, etc.
 

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I looked into openhab and all the others when I switched a year or two ago. Much like Dean said, I didn't want be be coding in text files and tinkering as much. I ended up going Homeseer and have been happy. I had a Vera 3 for many years before that. And it's like going from a bicycle to a Corvette. And costs accordingly, though.
 

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I looked into openhab and all the others when I switched a year or two ago. Much like Dean said, I didn't want be be coding in text files and tinkering as much. I ended up going Homeseer and have been happy. I had a Vera 3 for many years before that. And it's like going from a bicycle to a Corvette. And costs accordingly, though.
Thanks Nick, what made to make the switch?
 

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Thanks Nick, what made to make the switch?
I don't really have an "a-ha" moment but more of just grew tired of Vera and all the little 'bugs.' I had to start rebooting it every so often days or weeks apart. Programming scenes was okay, but more complicated stuff took some manual coding (PLEG) which I didn't know, and didn't really want to have to learn. There'd be delays in command executing, more than I could attribute to my Z-wave network. But it got to the point where I couldn't completely trust it to do what I needed to. Nothing worse than needing a light on in the baby's room and have to go downstairs and power cycle it. :rolleyes:

Now in Vera's defense, I paid $300 for my Vera 3, and had it from early 2013 until I fully migrated to Homeseer in late 2016/early 2017. I'm probably into Homeseer for double or triple that, factoring in the PC, the software, and some plugins. But Homeseer is easily 2 or 3 times as powerful and runs far faster. And i'm really only scratching the surface of what it can do. :)
 

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I don't really have an "a-ha" moment but more of just grew tired of Vera and all the little 'bugs.' I had to start rebooting it every so often days or weeks apart. Programming scenes was okay, but more complicated stuff took some manual coding (PLEG) which I didn't know, and didn't really want to have to learn. There'd be delays in command executing, more than I could attribute to my Z-wave network. But it got to the point where I couldn't completely trust it to do what I needed to. Nothing worse than needing a light on in the baby's room and have to go downstairs and power cycle it. :rolleyes:

Now in Vera's defense, I paid $300 for my Vera 3, and had it from early 2013 until I fully migrated to Homeseer in late 2016/early 2017. I'm probably into Homeseer for double or triple that, factoring in the PC, the software, and some plugins. But Homeseer is easily 2 or 3 times as powerful and runs far faster. And i'm really only scratching the surface of what it can do. :)
Thanks Nick, great feedback!!
 
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