I have recently built a new home in australia, nsw. I am an electrician by trade so I Wired the house myself. I had hopes of making everything in the home connected but at the time of the build I hadn’t decided on a controller but I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to achieve which is:
-all lights controlled by any device in the home (phone, tablet etc)
-simple and easy to use interface
-easy to add devices, different brands
I wanted to wire the house so I could use whatever type of hub I chose to fit. So this is what ive done so far;
-data cabinet, located in the garage
-cat 5e cable ran to each switch
-Each switch is wired as a 2way switch to a 5v relay (located behind each switch) which uses the cat 5 cable for power and control
I discovered the smartthings hub, It ticks most of the boxes for me and it was cheap, I like the way it connects most of my things easily and they are easily controlled. The hub is located in the data cabinet which is connected to my gateway.
What I now need help with is choosing and configuring a device that has multiple inputs and outputs at a reasonable price. I’m after something like an arduino board that I can connect to smartthings and configure it in such a way that each pin will act as a thing. Ie i want pin 5 to show up as dining room light, and toggle it on and off using smartthings. I was hoping for an 8 or 16 channel ethernet relay board that Could intergrate with smartthings. I am no good at coding but I can handle the hardware side of things. I will upload photos soon so you can see what I’m achieving.