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This thread is a progress of my newly built (actually still being built) home. After years of researching, i finally was able to design and build a custom house with all the toys i wanted in it (on a budget of course).



I have a dedicated theater room in the basement with all the sound proofing goodies inside (see my thread in the theater construction forum). In regards to home automation, I went with an HAI Omni Pro 2 controller for alarm and automation duties. HVAC control, music, lighting, security, etc. It was affordable and did what I needed it to, so im happy about that. I like their touchscreens (if i plan on ever going that route.... and yes, i did prewire for them), but for the time being I'm going to be controlling everything from my iphone/ipod touch.


Lighting control is a Lutron Homeworks 4 system with keypads everywhere and one a handful of switches (bathrooms, closets, etc.). I initially was going to go with a Homeworks 8 system, but the added cost really didn't offer me anything more that the 4 could do. Instead of having the remote dimming modules, I placed the wallbox power modules in the electrical closet next to the Lutron control panel and have all homerun wiring to the basement. The system is designed to have 8 wallbox power modules to control all the home lighting and the closets/baths will have the maestro switches tied in. SeeTouch keypads are wired throughout the house so no more 10 switch banks on the walls.


Music control is going to be a Russound MCA-C5 controller with keypads in different locations. 6 zones and about 4 sources I will be going with in my home. Doorbell muting, etc. is going to be a nice feature.


The HAI panel with control everything and will be accessed via the iphone. It will tie in the lutron lighting (ie. turn on all the exterior lights when the alarm is triggered), music control, etc. via their customizable touchscreens (future idea for me).


Structured wiring is not as crazy as i've done in the past, but still quite extensive. Ethernet to all rooms, phone, and 2 caox. 1 coax for cable, 1 for camera. 3 structured wiring panels to house everything in, plus 1 panel for alarm and 1 for lutron.


Security has been prewired for 4 exterior cameras and will be plugged into a dvr. Alarm, motion, sensors, etc. in all locations.
 

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Structured wiring panel eye-candy!!!





Below are access loops i made so i can pull wires in the future from panel to panel.




Openings for power to plug into nearby outlets as well as battery backup plug-in.




Lutron Homeworks 4 panel




Other side of electrical closet. Note that I have not yet mounted the 8 wallbox power module boxes. They will be housed directly above the lutron panel.




note too that i need to install 2 more subpanels. 1 for lighting, and 1 for theater/music.
 

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rough-in bracket for russound keypad (on top) and lutron keypad (on bottom).



the equipment closet for ht and music control is located under the stairs with a door access. here is a pic of it in its raw state.




and finally, this is the view of the closet from my office. the opening will also house my 2 channel music stuff and will all be completely hidden under the stairs.
 

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Awesome!


I like how the Lutron HW KP is centered below the Russound KP. Nice touch.


Any conduit, basement/crawl -> attic? wiring closet -> display/projector? Makes it easier to 'upgrade' hdmi.


Print the pic showing the wiring closet door opening, and hand it to the guy who is installing/constructing the door. He'll be more careful with his nailer.
 

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thanks! yes, i did run a conduit from the attic to the electrical closet for future runs. no conduit from pj to equipment closet. there would have been too many 90 degree bends that it would have been near impossible to fish anything later on. i did however run 2 hmi cables and a component from pj to equip. closet. i just drywalled the theater this weekend to realize i forgot to run cat3 from the pj to equip. closet for ir control. so, i fished some in (good thing the other side of the theater was not drywalled yet), and i did a quick patch.


good idea about the wiring behind the door. don't want any screws going into the wiring!
 

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Did you consider the ELK M1 Gold when you chose the HAI OP3? If so, what made you go with one over the other? I know this is sometimes a touchy subject but I'm always interested in hearing opinions on it. Construction on our new home (designed it ourselves) should start within the month so I really need to make a decision on which one I'm going to go with!


I look forward to seeing your progress with this!
 

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You might want to consider running a couple cat6 cables to the projector, using the catx you just ran as a pull cord.


HDMI 1.4 specs released last April. Cat6 should provide some futureproofing - you'll likely be able to use a pair of cat6 in place of HDM 1.4 (and/or 1.5, 1.6, 2.14...), eventually, but the component isn't a bad fallback.
 

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Did you consider the ELK M1 Gold when you chose the HAI OP3? If so, what made you go with one over the other? I know this is sometimes a touchy subject but I'm always interested in hearing opinions on it. Construction on our new home (designed it ourselves) should start within the month so I really need to make a decision on which one I'm going to go with!


I look forward to seeing your progress with this!

to be honest, i think both brands are very capable and possible a toss up. i went with a dealer in the area whom i trust who happens to be an HAI 5 star integrator and had him do the entire thing, all the way to programming. i ran all the wiring, etc. myself. the nice thing about HAI is that they have new touchscreens which are fairly reasonably priced which can be customized the way you please using automation studio. you can make it look just like a crestron panel and the program is super easy to use. HAI website has webinars of how to use the program and any beginner can do it. not sure if elk has the same thing or not, but HAI seems to have a lot of integration partners and i haven't read of any bad reviews anywhere on their automation panels so it was a logical choice for me. the price really was the main determining factor as i spent all my money on the lutron homeworks setup.
 

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You might want to consider running a couple cat6 cables to the projector, using the catx you just ran as a pull cord.


HDMI 1.4 specs released last April. Cat6 should provide some futureproofing - you'll likely be able to use a pair of cat6 in place of HDM 1.4 (and/or 1.5, 1.6, 2.14...), eventually, but the component isn't a bad fallback.

thanks for the tip. unfortunately i already drywalled the second layer with green glue in between and "fishing" the wires had me cut a few holes in the first layer which i later caulked. i did get the blue jeans top of the line hdmi cables which are fully 1.3 certified so we'll see what happens in the future. if i need to run some new lines, i guess i could just sell the house and start all over again!!
 

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A lot easier to cut and repair drywall now, during construction, than in 7 years.


However, it's pretty unlikely that it's a 'bad' cable (I bought an hdmi cable from Blue Jeans), the connectors will probably never get damaged, you probably won't ever put a nail or screw through the cable (keep your nails and screws shorter than the depth of the DD), and new hdmi standards will likely be backwards compatible.


HDMI will always suck, until it can be 'field terminated'.
 

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structured panels all drywalled




lutron panel with wallbox power module boxes
 

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Those structured panels look great! I wish I had those in my house.
 

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im looking for some feedback on my theater control. right now, i have it wired for 2 keypads. 1 keypad would have the scenes on it (ie. movie, sports, etc.) and the other will have the actual light control. im now wanting to be able to control the lights through rf from a urc remote. i know that lutron has rf light switches that go hand in hand with urc remotes, but since i only have a double gang wallbox in the theater and don't want to have multiple switches on the wall, what are my options for rf light control? the 4 lighting loads are all controlled by the wallbox power module. would the cheapest solution be getting the wireless module tied into the processor?
 

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can anyone give me some suggestions on how to accomplish the wireless light dilemma?


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This HomeWorks question is probably best answered by your regional Lutron HW rep, the salesman, or the installer. You want 2 keypads next to each other - correct? Is there a single 10-button keypad that could be used instead, with an IR receiver in the other gang?


It seems your question is - 'how can I control the lights with a remote?'


I think the URC master controller MSC-400 can be linked with the HW4 P5 processor using serial control. So, the MSC-400 receives a command from the remote control, and the message is transferred to the processor via 232.


There are many other units, besides the MSC-400, that can convert IR to serial, at a cheaper price (MSRP $800). The MSC-400 would serve to control other AV equipment in the theater as well, via RS232. It would take some skill to implement this yourself, a skill that will take time to learn. I think Xantech makes a cheap IR to 232 converter (Edit - Xantech IRS232A ).


This is coming from someone who has never done this stuff, so make sure you do your homework, or consult a pro.


Edit - I've read that Celadon also make an IR-232 converter
 

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believe it or not, they were on clearance at a local home depot with disocunted pricing and included the hinged cover. they ended up costing me just slightly cheaper than if i would have gotten them from an electrical supplier. they can be had much cheaper on ebay though. i was strapped for time and just went ahead and paid a bit more and avoiding shipping, duties, etc.
 

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I use the Insteon stuff for my URC RF to IR controlled lights.


Let me know if you want more detail about it.
 
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