ano said:Back in your first post you say you have lots of things to be controlled, and you mention a few hardware technologies. Really, most controllers that can control those hardware technologies should be able to do the job. Pretty much any. No do you want a UL listed security system? Remote access on a phone? Remote camera recording? Voice control?
If you expand on the list, you'll find out its not likely any controller will be able to do all that, but by combining two, you will likely get much closer.
Its a catch-22 dilemma. If you don't have a home automation system, you likely don't know all you'll need in a home automation system.
I'd say get a SmartThings for $50, start small and learn from it. Its cheap, and you can't find a better value. Then move from there, or maybe that's all you'll need. You can get all you need for that at Home Depot or Lowes. Add an Amazon Echo or two and some free open source software, and you will be very amazed at what you can do for under $75 or $100.
Do keep in mind, the biggest cost with home automation is NOT the controller, its the light switches, thermostats, locks, etc. The controller is only a fraction of these in terms of total cost.
I agree with the catch-22 dilemma and unfortunately I think that is what most noobs like me face to start.
Or maybe its just me diving into analysis paralysis.
Good point on the bigger cost being the devices as I have 7 Insteon switches installed currently from past planning during my basement/theater build.