We built 3 years ago and I hardwired Niles Audio Volume controls and IR w/ in-wall speakers along with CAT6 (x3) and RG6 (x2) to each room. I’ve picked up a few “smart” WiFi devices here and there which have their own supporting Apps. Thinking of putting in a SmartHome hub and I noticed that openHAB has a version that will run on QNAP NAS, but curious if I want to take on the hassle what my gains might be by doing so?
What I currently have:
- ADT Alarm System (Internet claims Samsung SmartThings and ADT are similar products lines)
- Bali Shades (battery remote on a few high up ones, the rest are manual. Internet claims the battery ones are Z-Wave)
- Deebot RoboVacuum (2 dumb ones that just bump around and WiFi back to base)
- RainBird Irrigation (I added the WiFi module and do use this to adjust it)
- RuneAudio Network Player (not a biggie to integrate since I have to manually turn on the stereo anyway)
- Wink WiFi Propane Tank Monitor (silly but still kind of cool)
I also added a non-WiFi keypad lockset to the side garage door, but will NOT add one to other doors due to looks.
What I think I might add:
- Tilt monitor for the garage door(s)
- Smoke detector / carbon monoxide (The new building code has us with 8 freakin’ units. so I’ll probably just get one of those audible monitors that Kiddie made)
- Thermostat. Seems like a given to do this but since it is a dual zone house I’m gun shy on the off the shelf Home Depot stuff. Our current one is a programmable Emerson unit, but we just set it and forget it.
Do I really need lights? If I did it, I would use hardwired replacement units that look like regular toggle switches.