So we are in the planning stage of building a new house. I’ve always assumed if I ever did this the new house would have to be smart. I’ve seen so many demos of ‘smart houses’ where it’s a combination of carry your phone around or have an alexa/google home in every room to make things happen.
In addition alexa/google home need a permanent internet connection and effectively all commands are going to the cloud and back. I’d rather keep everything local. So what I am thinking is wiring the house using cat5/6 mainly and putting a microphone that is always listening in all the main rooms.
They would be connected back to OH and ‘listening’ so in theory I could say lights on and if I am in the future living room only the lights in the living room would come on as the device would know which room it’s in. I was thinking of having something very discrete just poking out in the ceiling. Does anyone know a product that I could use, I’m thinking something that will work with PoE as I’ll wire the cat 5 everywhere.
The other thought I had is… having speakers in the main rooms (ceilings) so I could listen to music. But I was wondering how would that work with the microphone would you be fighting with the music playing in the same room you are trying to issue voice commands in?
All thoughts greatly appreciated. Cheers.