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    I remember seeing Bob Villa do one years ago and of course the technology is way better and I'm guessing 'arrived'. Things will change of course and there will be something newer and better all the time. Has anyone done it or at least heavily researched it?
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    I have some smart home stuff for my rental house. I use it to control lights and to allow me to change the access codes to the entry locks. I use the Vera controller but the Samsung smart things is also good. All the items I control use z-wave communication.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Vera-Contro...&keywords=vera

    One thing that is nice is I can see if my garage door is closed or not by just looking at my phone. I can also open and close it with the phone. Since I don't actually put my car in the garage, I don't want a garage remote in the car.

    There are a lot of individual developers doing all sorts of things and come up with new products. One thing I need for my vacation rental is a way to change the keypad code for the garage door so that the code can be changed for each renter. When I retire in January, I am going to come up with a way to do that using something like a basic keypad and a Rasberry Pi controller.

    I did a program for light control where I used a z-wave switch that was dimmable plus a motion controller. Lights come on at sunset 100%, 30% at 10PM and 5% at midnight. When the motion controller senses motion, it sets the lights to 100% until it sees no more motion and then sets it down to whatever it was on previously to after 5 minutes. Lights go off at sunrise. I did this to allow renters or me to be able to see better when we arrive late in the evening. It's nice having the lights dimmer just to get rid of unneeded light.

    My friend at work has his set up so that when he arrives, a smart dongle on his key chain gets detected and the doors unlock. Not sure I would do that but it shows what kind of options you have.

    I also use internet controlled thermostats but they aren't hooked up to my Vera system.
    Last edited by bruceb58; September 27th, 2017, 11:50 AM.
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    • #3
      I see that Nest, which is a google company, has expanded their integrated system so should be more plug and play i would think

      https://www.cnet.com/news/heres-how-...ng-smart-home/

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      • #4
        Nest sure seems expensive for what you get.
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        • #5
          yeah didn't see all that, just was looking at workable. Not too interested in cameras other than maybe a doorbell. mostly lights, HVAC, garage door.
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          • #6
            Honeywell thermostat
            Ring doorbell

            Not integrated together but both work well.
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            • #7
              Joe,

              I primarily use devices such as smart light switches and outlets (TP-link, Smart Home) that don't require separate hub/s to operate.........e.g., device/s are operated directly from your wifi router. This helps cut costs at times

              I run smart cams (Samsung) and my lawn sprinkler controller (Hunter) are also direct connect to my wifi. The one exception to direct wifi is my hub based roof top electronic weather vain system (AcuRite) that also integrates several remote temp sensor (one in deep freezer, one in squirrel house with smart cam) and water detection/flood detector (several in basement at floor level)..............

              My amazon echo then operates lights/outlets directly as well since I want hands free voice activated within my house at times (coming in a dark house with arms full of groceries, you know......"Alexa, turn on the house" where I have grouped my family room, dinning room, living room and kitchen lights as "house" within the Echo app and of course each may be controlled individually by the Echo.......e.g., "Alexa, turn on the kitchen light", ."Alexa, turn on the coffee pot"

              All above systems can be ran/accessed and set via apps to generate alerts/notifications to my smart phones (or desktop/laptop PC's) of motion and/or sounds (camera/s), temp out of range, freezer/furnace crapped out etc (AcuRite), water detection/broken pipe, etc (AcuRite), over or under current usage on sprinkler solenoids and feed wires (Hunter internal), water usage out of range on zone, sprinkler feed pipe leak, head/s plugged etc (Hunter, external flow meter), real time wattage usage of plugged in devices (TP-Link), real time control, timer and away scheduling of lights and outlets (TP-Link).
              Last edited by sam am I; September 29th, 2017, 08:49 AM.

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              • #8
                I have Amazon Echo as well but don't use it for light control yet. It will integrate with my Vera Hub so I will be able to control lights with the Vera programming and smartphone app as well as with voice commands from Echo.
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                • #9
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                  I can’t say our home is a ‘smart home’ but my husband installed several light switches & outlets that are ‘smart’ and integrated with an App.
                  You can buy the switches online (can’t remember). We use both the iHomeControl app and the Lutron App. We also have Chamberlain garage door openers that can be opened/closed or check the status of them from anywhere thru Chamberlain App.

                  And all that - was done DIY and really inexpensive.

                  Having ‘smart lighting’ is especially useful when you go on vacation and need to setup timers for the lights to come on/off while your’e not at home.

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