How many posts are there from HAI here helping people out? Now how many from Elk? Heck, there is one right here in this thread! Elk support is second to none. Nuff said.
True, but you have to admit that this board has an ELK tilt to it. Not saying that's bad (quite the opposite), but that doesn't fairly represent the support for HAI products, either. For instance, you'd find an entirely opposite tilt on the Worthington Distribution board.
Not trying to stir anything up, but I don't want someone to get the wrong idea regarding HAI support based solely on the content of a single message board.
Disclaimer: I have absolutely no affiliation to HAI or any other HA or related solution. I am, however, a very happy HAI Omni Pro II owner using HLC/UPB and other HAI products throughout my home. I regularly read both cocoontech and the Worthington HAI message board and enjoy each.
I both agree and disagree on some of your thoughts here. True, there seems to be a large percentage of Elk installs here, but I attest this to the fact that the Elk is recently new (over the last couple of years) and a lot of people are jumping on it. It brings a lot of combined resources for a reasonable price.
There are a lot of people here still using the HAI, Applied Digital (Ocelot), and JDS systems. I think as time goes on you will start to see a "normalization" of posts here.
This board, in the past, was also thought to be a "HomeSeer" forum as well. As you can see it now represents more of a general population between home automation software products (CQC, etc...).
A large factor that I ALWAYS try to discern when ever anyone wants information or recommendation on an automation system is price
! This is a very large factor as some systems offer more advanced custom integration options than others. So it is not fair to compare these systems unless the price option is weighed in as well (compare apples to apples for instance).
This factor is especially apparent when HAI is mentioned. They have a custom hardware integration system that includes touch screens, camera digitizers, etc... Though Elk is just now incorporating some of these features, the HAI system is far more integrated into a total package (it's just because they have been doing this longer).
Of course all of this integration comes at a price. Can you replicate these capabilities using the Elk or other automation control systems with some â€œcustom featuresâ€ form other companies? Probably, but again, it depends on the person and the trouble he/she is willing to go through figuring out all of these options.
Another example would be the Russound whole house audio system. Here again is a nice system that represents total integration of a whole house audio distribution system complete with remotes, multiple touch pad keyboards, multiple zone/source independent control, IR distribution, etc... Of course again, this comes at a hefty price.
If someone did not want to incorporate a Russound solution, they could simply ala carte some of these options by incorporating say a matrix speaker/zone selector and custom IR distribution methodology. As you can see, this represents a lot more work and investigation/integration than a "canned" system.
So again, these decisions can NOT be lumped into a "package A" or "package B" without considering all the facts mentioned above.
Of course, this is the beauty and strength of this board. To my knowledge we have never censored nor edited ANY post that is related to any of these topics (and we had to stretch that "related to" at times
In other words, everyone should feel free to suggest any methodology as it will only benefit our forum membership in the end! We also look towards the experienced forum members with particular systems to help out our newer members!