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22jctiger22
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Smart Home Technologies

For those of you that have implemented smart home technologies (e.g., lighting controls, whole home AV, etc.), can you provide any advice or input for someone building a new home? What are your favorite systems, features, things you wish you had done or had not done?


ronk
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I was excited to get all of the smart home products installed in my house. First the Kevo lock kept burning out batteries in a matter of 10-15 uses. Had the lock adjusted an it didn't fix anything. The honeywell smart thermostat kept going offline and needed to be reset. I've disconnected it from wifi. The rukus wireless access point stopped working. I hooked Alexa and the ring doorbell back up to the regular router. I never bothered to hook Lutron back up. The ring broke about 6 months ago. My house is 4 years old.

Can't say I'd recommend anything at this point.


LEASTBAY
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Lutron caseta has been awesome for awhile now.


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22jctiger22
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Thank you for the feedback! This is one of my concerns…


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LSUFootballLover
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Have a kwikset lock which goes about a year without needing batteries. Love my nest thermostats. Cameras are nice as well.


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bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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I have the Google mesh wifi that we really like. It’s been great. I have 4 of the pucks around the house.

I have Phillips hue and several lamps connected which we like as well

Rachio sprinkler system is pretty great. Don’t have to worry about much with it.

Last is the chamberlain garage door openers are both connected and work well.

I use the Apple home app to control most everything.


LSURoss
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The Google mesh wifi is awesome. Those combined with att fiber I can get streaming speeds all the way out in my shop.

Ring doorbell and floodlight camera have given me no issues. I'd recommend the hardwired floodlight camera.


22jctiger22
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Did anyone hire a company to design/implement/build your systems?


SlidellCajun
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I use the apple HomeKit and like it.
It does not have the expansive list of offerings like the google and Amazon environments but they promise more to come. I think security is better with the apple home kit.

So far, I have camera’s light bulbs, smart plugs, and thermostat.



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Puffoluffagus
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Things i like the most:

I have a rainbird wifi controller for my irrigation system(I've heard Rachio is good and may be preferred as mentioned above). I like the ability to just change my schedule, delay it if I'm going to spray for weeds or mow, do a quick irrigation after putting fertilizer down etc all from an app on my phone.

I have a myQ garage door opener. It works well. It's nice to be able to open the garage if I'm having a big package delivered and have them place it in there instead of on my frontsteps. Also have it scheduled to close the garage in the evening at a set time. There are some garage door openers that have them built in to the system.

I have a wifi schlage door lock. It's nice to be able to program codes for certain people (parents, cleaners etc), you'll get notifications when those numbers are used. You can also remotely lock and unlock the door as needed as well. Usually the batteries last about 1 year with my use.

Aside from those:
I have a ring doorbell, 3 camers(two wired spotlights and one wireless spot camera with solar panel). I like them okay. I found myself over time adjusting it to almost the point where I didn't get notifications from it. I also don't like the delay in recording. If I was building, I would favor doing cat5/6 runs to areas where I want cameras and having a dedicated PoE system.

If building, I would do a dedicated media closet with all the cat5/6 runs terminating there. Place for your hub, router, etc.

I have some Phillips hue bulbs. Mostly useful for table and floor lamps. I wouldn't personally use them in any other light fixtures. Honestly mostly use them for dimming quickly with my app on my phone when putting kids to sleep. I haven't installed any smart switches. But truthfully, I think I would not really use them. Unless you have things set up on routines, I'm not sure how much I would use lighting vs just flipping a switch.

Eta: I have a couple nest thermostats. Probably would do ecobee or Honeywell next time just due to the reports about nest stats killing hvacs in certain situations. I almost made the switch when one of my nest thermostats but the dust but they sent me a free replacement. Truthfully though I just use it be able to adjust the temp from my app, but for the most part the temps stay the same and are on a schedule which is no different then what I would use with a non smart thermostat. I do like having the remote temp sensors for certain rooms and having the a/c adjust for those rooms at certain tims(i.e. follows my master bedroom at nighttime instead the tstat location.). I don't use any of the learning features. And someone is nearly always home so I don't make use of the home/away features.
This post was edited on 5/8 at 7:45 am


ColdDuck
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Holy crap Puff, me have all the exact same stuff minus the sprinkler system. MyQ, Schlage, Nest, Phillips, etc. we do Nest for the cams and doorbell though.


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cgrand
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y’all wouldn’t survive a week at my house LOL. We barely have wifi, otherwise everything is manual

I do invest heavily though in internet-of-things technology. Just don’t want that shite in my house (as I post from a smartphone)


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pwejr88
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Member since Apr 2007
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We have Nest door lock, Ring doorbell and three floodlight cams, Hue lights, two Nest thermostats, MyQ garage doors, firesticks, and some Alexa’s and smart plugs throughout.
I love each one of these and will always have them minus the Hue lights, those are just cool.
We have Cox panoramic Wi-Fi and two extenders, one in the living room and one in the garage. Works perfect with no interruptions of buffering.
The doorbell and cameras are hardwired and the door lock takes 4 AA batteries that last forever.


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bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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Completely forgot that I do have two ring doorbell's as well.


coonass27
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shreveport
Member since Mar 2008
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I have 3 houses and a shop at the moment and I have been transitioning to google nest products and am very pleased with the way one app has everything organized and in one place as well as has voice control with no hub

Google mesh network over 3 of the areas that’s awesome. Also have 3 different networks with it as well as guest networks. Have about 10 of the pucks and height soles int in every corner and outside

Just about everything is on smart switches (Kasa). I like them as they are easy to install and works with google. Also have timers with sunrise ti sun set

Nest hubs. Once you start playing with them and seeing what they are caliber of, it’s amazing.

Nest doorbell and cameras. Just switched from ring and man what a difference. Amazing clarity and ease of use. The plan is cheaper as well. I’m in the process of replacing all of my cameras with these. I think ring is junk compared to these. I have the battery powered doorbell and had the ring prior. So much better. All of my current cameras are hard hired and have a DVR. The google cameras are cloud based

Nest thermostats. Have had them for 8 years. Worth every penny. However get the higher end one. I had bought the lower line one for a rental and had nothing but trouble


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LSURoss
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Nope.

The Google app will help you place them to get the best coverage.

The hardwired ring floodlight I just turned the breaker off, unhooked the current floodlight and installed.

I bought a $3 light switch cover so no one would turn the switch off that goes to that light.


Wraytex
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San Antonio - Gonzales
Member since Jun 2020
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I want to say Dad told me one time that if there had been wireless remotes when i was born, I wouldn't be here.


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willynilly
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Member since Jul 2021
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Home automation is either Control 4, or Crestron. Either of these systems provides a single point of control for lighting, home security, multi-room audio, home theater etc.

Control 4 is the best integrated solution for residential by far.

You can also use an app for control of each system as others have previously posted. Certainly more cost effective, but not integrated on a single platform, and with less flexibility.



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