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lsutiger2010
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Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
Going to be starting a full renovation of a house soon and want to get on top of the smart home features we want to include.

I am debating if I should go with all Nest stuff. We really like the thermostat as we has that in our last house. I was thinking of just going with the other Nest stuff for continuity, but Nest seems to be on the pricier end, so I am open to suggestions.

I'm not super particular on brand, but I want to have everything in sync, so this is where I start getting confused. I am assuming I will need to get a hub. I do know I want to use the Phillips Hue lights so I want my stuff to be able to work with that.

These are some things I know we want:

thermostat
security system
cameras
door lock
smoke/CO2 detectors
doorbell camera
lights

Anything else I should be looking at and considering?


TigerWise
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re: Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
Network, audio, video, control


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NYCAuburn
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re: Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
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I'm not super particular on brand, but I want to have everything in sync, so this is where I start getting confused. I am assuming I will need to get a hub. I do know I want to use the Phillips Hue lights so I want my stuff to be able to work with that.



Look at using switches and or something to auto switch on lights over bulbs in a lot of areas. Unless you are really wanting color changing ability.

For instance, my laundry room. I dont need color or anything like that, but having a motion sensor set up and a hard switch are 100xs better for areas like. no need to have an expensive bulb there

Also, not sure how far you are going in the automation world, but touch pad controls where switches might normally go for key areas is a plus also. Like a wall touch pad in your kitchen and family rooms, then some sort of touch pad for night stand

One more thing, get the wall outlets with USB's built in
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ashy larry
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re: Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
I'll list what I have, but your needs may vary.

Ring - Security cameras, doorbell, and alarm system. If money wasn't an issue, I would have gone with nest. I would avoid any battery powered cameras if you can possibly do it. I'm perfectly happy with my Ring system (Ring spotlight cams wired & pro doorbell). The alarm monitoring is included in the cost of my ring protect plan that stores camera recordings. I wish I had a little more control over the alerts on the cameras and I could easily silence all alerts at once as opposed to having to do each camera individually. I have 4 cams plus the doorbell so when I have company over, my phone can go nuts.

Door Locks - Schlage connect controlled by Samsung Smartthings. Definitely recommend these. I have this on all of my doors. I had one stop working and I made an easy call to schlage and they send me a brand new replacement with no hassle.

GE Smart switches controlled by Samsung Smartthings. I have about a dozen of these and haven't had any issue. I have an Echo Show linked to my samsung smartthings and can use voice commands to control lights and fans.

thermostat - I actually have both Nest and ecobee. i'd be hard pressed to tell you which I prefer. They both have pros and cons. Nest - I prefer the app and look of the device. Ecobee - I prefer the touch screen and the real time feedback on how long the system has been running. I originally bought ecobee b/c I needed the remote sensors. I bought the nest b/c I lived somewhere temporarily that didn't have a C wire and nest will work without it.

smoke/CO2 detectors - standard, not automated


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SLIMNOLA
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re: Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
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I am assuming I will need to get a hub. I do know I want to use the Phillips Hue lights so I want my stuff to be able to work with that.


Amazon Echo Show Gen 2, has a built in hub. You can use Philips smart bulbs instead of buying a hub/starter kit. I want to say google does too but I haven't researched Google.

I agree with another poster, look into smart light switches if you're going to lots of lights hooked to a pole. I went with Lutron Caseta's, however there is a bunch out there and all good products.

Home A/V? Pre-wire ethernet? Mesh wifi? I got an A/V rack with cooling to house all of my A/V wires, ethernets, switch, modem, etc.


lsutiger2010
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re: Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
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Home A/V? Pre-wire ethernet? Mesh wifi? I got an A/V rack with cooling to house all of my A/V wires, ethernets, switch, modem, etc.




I'm not looking to anything crazy for A/V. I just want to have little setup in my main living area and I would like to have options for speakers and a TV on the back patio. The wall my TV will be on backs up to my patio so that should be easy to get wires to it. I have to replace and old drop ceiling in the main living area so I'm thinking about putting in in-ceiling speakers.

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I agree with another poster, look into smart light switches if you're going to lots of lights hooked to a pole.


I'm curious about the Phillips Hue Dimmer since I want to get the lights also. They seems to be a pretty good inexpensive option. I read on a review that they only work with the Phillips Hue lights. Does this mean I can't use them with standard light bulbs? I don't think I would need the fancy light bulb capabilities in every room.


SLIMNOLA
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re: Need help planning out my smart home features before renovation
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I'm not looking to anything crazy for A/V. I just want to have little setup in my main living area and I would like to have options for speakers and a TV on the back patio. The wall my TV will be on backs up to my patio so that should be easy to get wires to it. I have to replace and old drop ceiling in the main living area so I'm thinking about putting in in-ceiling speakers.


I didn't go crazy with my a/v sound system and it still ran me about 3000. That's with 3 zones (2 speakers outside, and 4 living/kitchen). You can use Sonos Connect Amp, I believe you can get them at a good price.


Not sure on Philips as I went with Lutron and Lifx for my lighting.




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