I have to strongly agree with upstatemike! I had a system eight plus years ago that used HomeSeer, SageTV, and MainLobby with hardware such as my Ocelot (with add on modules), Elk security, Davis weather station, WGL sprinkler controllers, etc... and all worked out great.upstatemike said:upstatemike, on 18 Nov 2021 - 07:15, said:
My problem is that I like using new stuff but I reject the notion that I should have to give up my old stuff in trade. I want platforms that let me expand my system and also let me keep things that I am happy with in place. There is nothing out there that can easily replace my Stargate or my 24 extension phone system so I don't see them going away any time soon. There is a lot more to Home Automation than Z-Wave, Zigbee and Wi-Fi so platforms that limit themselves to a handful of protocols like that are not going to score very high with me.
This was the best setup I ever had, but limited mobile phone user interface use.
Now it seems that I did get the mobile phone use (although very limited with HomeSeer), but the graphical user interrace (touch screens) went away with MainLobby's demise, SageTV was purchased by Google and vaporized, don't know what is up with WGL these days and just going with a non automated sprinkler controller, better options out there with Davis weather stations, but you have to use third party plugins with HomeSeer (good and bad there), Applied Digital seems to be going out of business with Ocelot products and stopped upgrading/supporting that platform years ago.
Looking at options, it seems I can get 'some' functionality, but not everything. Granted my Alexa use has risen dramatically, which brought me back to home automation (due to finally having a reliable voice interface) but the HomeSeer functionality is difficult and I really don't feel like getting a PhD in automation (with all the additional add-ons and learning curve) to have this working with my setup.
I now use an Arduino which is a close replacement to my Ocelot, but every now and then the HomeSeer interface to it locks up.
Still sticking with HomeSeer, but following this thread closely for alternatives!
Another point in posting this is the reality is, the automation we have/had will most likely change. Products come and go and it seems home automation will be a constant process of change as the years go by.