I am a newbie to home automation, but I’ve been scouring the internet, and I have been very surprised at what I have not been able to find, so I figured I’d ask here.
For context, we are building a new home, so I want to take advantage of the opportunity to put everything we are going to need/want into the walls. After doing lots of research, it looks like SmartThings will be my choice for home automation.
But before I went out looking at all the options, I admit I naively assumed that there would be ethernet based options. I understand the advantages of wireless protocols for controlling devices, but I have the opportunity to run Cat-6 cable anywhere I want, which should be great for speed and for reaching remote locations (we have 15 acres)…right? But as far as I’ve been able to discover, there may be no way to use SmartThings (or any other popular home automation systems I’ve found) to control devices by ethernet…? Can this possibly be true, or am I somehow just not finding some hidden treasure trove of information about this?
An acceptable alternative would be some kind of hub/repeater that would allow me to use ethernet to reach a remote location (like an outbuilding) without having to figure out some way to set up a string of Z-Wave repeaters. Something like a remote Z-wave hub that hooks into the ethernet? Does anybody have any solutions for how to do something like this? I guess part of what I’m wondering is, if the SmartThings hub has an ethernet port, what is that port actually usable for?
In summary, the main things I’m interested in doing are:
- Using ethernet to reach my smart devices so I get better speeds, unlimited connections, and don’t have to worry about wireless interference and other issues.
- Using ethernet to reach remote locations, so I can control everything using a single SmartThings hub.
Thanks in advance! I’m not sure I’ve expressed myself completely clearly, so I welcome requests for clarification!