When are you going to build your new home?
The reason I ask is if its a ways off I would try to wait. The reason is my
sources tell me that HAI may actually come out with their own brand of UPB!
Right now UPB is pretty expensive. Its technology is revolutionary though as even though they still use the power line for its data communication, they do NOT use the zero crossing of the AC sine wave for its "data bits" signal as traditional X-10 systems do. Instead they use the noise that is inherent on AC lines and "modulate" that for their data communications. The result is a faster signal response (don't have to "wait" for a zero crossing to transfer data) and more reliable signal immune to noise (which is the main problem with X-10 signals). I believe UPB will be THE way to go for reliable automation components. Its main hurdles will be compatibility with existing software and controllers such as Homeseer and the Ocelot, but if HAI comes out with their own line, maybe all of that will break soon.
I'm not a big fan of HAI, but it may well be worth considering if they truly come out with economical pricing of UPB components.
Hopefully HAI will come out with some sort of announcement to confirm
this rumor. For now we will just have to sit and wait to see what the future holds!
You can currently get this technology from places like Automated Outlet
. I also like that fact that UPB systems will have those multiple switched faceplates so you can get "multiple" transmitters to control "other" UPB products much like the current Keypadlinc8
technology. When UPB controllers come out these switches would also be great for toggling macros. There seems to be a lot of potential with this product line!