Home Automation for the Average Person

by | May 6, 2015 | Home Automation

Control4, Crestron and SkyNet all have one thing in common, well at least for me that is. They scare me. It’s not a world conquering artificial intelligence, or quantum computing. It’s not that at all. It’s the cost.

The problem I see with the big name brands is two fold. First, they just don’t play well with others. There is little to no interoperability. You are effectively locked into that one solution, and it will cost a lot to build out. Sure – there are definitely some benefits but I also see those are detractors. It will work with their solution, guaranteed. The negative side is that you can’t grow beyond their offerings and there is no customization outside of the packaged solution.

For the adventurous, and… those without the deep pockets for the turnkey solution, is the solution for the rest of us. All you need is the desire. It isn’t that difficult.

So ask yourself,
How far down the rabbit hole are you willing to travel? This hobby is dangerous. It is addicting? What started as a small whole home audio project, grew huge.

Over time, I have a few ideas on what works, and what doesn’t.