Good evening everyone,
Bought an M1 recently and found lots of useful information here. Not a stranger to home automation, but have been out of touch for almost 20 years.
My first system was a HAI Aegis. Had a great time playing with that. Integrated that with motion sensors (hardwired and X10) and the home thermostat (RC-80). It was truly a marvel back then as virtually nobody had a home controller more sophisticated than a light timer.
Long before there was Alexa and Siri, even before Google and Amazon, I was calling home and telling the Aegis to set the HVAC to "occupied" so temperatures would be comfortable when I go back. When we went out, the Aegis would "randomly" turn lights on and off to simulate someone at home. I remember one time using the client software to dial home from London so I can check status. IP cameras were many years away at that time.
After a few years of that, I moved to a new place where a Brinks (now ADT) security panel already in place. Didn't think about HA again until the system died a couple of weeks ago.
Decided to get back in the saddle and got an Elk M1. Sure brings back good memories! What's even better is I found my old box of X-10 gizmos, including the two-way module! The M1 doesn't natively support any of the newer protocols (like Z-wave), so will take my time and see what I can do with old-school X-10 first.
Spent a few days pulling out the old Brinks board and re-connecting all the zones to an M1 zone expander. The control is in a location that's much easier to get to and work on. Still much to do and learn.
Anyways, just wanted to say "hi!"