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To Elk or not to Elk ...
Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:41 AM
I'm looking to do "basic" HA stuff (turn lights/HVAC on with occupancy sensors) with either CQC or HomeSeer. I hear a LOT of people using Elk ...
... but are you using Elk AS WELL as CQC, HomeSeer or the like. And ... would I need to use Elk?
Posted 17 July 2012 - 10:54 AM
Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:02 PM
I also own Elve - been meaning to make new screens for well over a year now, but haven't yet - still just using it for some more advanced rules that are a bit beyond what the Elk can do (like fetching weather data from wunderground.com and feeding it to the Elk for the thermostats).
Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:24 PM
There are lots of ways to configure the cat.
Edited by Dean Roddey, 17 July 2012 - 05:25 PM.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 08:41 AM
OTOH if you don't need or want security but rather just automation, I would explore some of the software offerings like CQC/Elve/HS, etc. As Dean said, you will get an almost unlimited amount of control from these. They are great if you have digital media libraries, control a home theater with various equipment, etc. The negative to them is you have to build it up yourself, although most of them have wizards to help you build at least some generic interfaces. You can even run them on some of the modern low power devices out there or get it prepackaged in a controller like the Homeseer Hometroller.
You really need to sit down and analyze your needs and go the route that makes sense, but be aware that you may now say basic but you will catch a bug and want to grow, so try to anticipate future growth. But the good news is you can start with one or the other then add the other aspect later to have the hybrid which will give you the opportunity to do almost anything you would ever want. Just get the checkbook ready
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