Please allow me to re-introduce myself. I was a Developer Advocate when I started working at SmartThings two years ago and I used to be a lot more active on the community. Between moving into an apartment to take the job at SmartThings and moving to a more behind the scenes role (Software Engineer), my participation has diminished. Even so, I never stopped advocating for developers inside of SmartThings and I am excited by what the future holds. Onto the project.
I am moving from my apartment and into a house. I will be blogging?posting about the process of starting from scratch building out my SmartThings and home network setup.
One of the main reasons I got into home automation was that my parents were getting older and I started thinking of ways I could automate and simplify things for them so they could continue to live on their own. They had SmartThings and I had SmartThings, but they refused to use smart phones so for them SmartThings was just something mysterious that happened in the background.
We Bought A House
Fast forward two years and my parents have decided to move to California. I certainly could not accommodate them in my two-bedroom apartment, so we bought a house. Moving day was yesterday and I just erased my old config from the apartment and will be starting from scratch building out the SmartThings setup in my new home. I will be posting here with updates each weekend as I add more to the build.
- Six Occupants
- Two Stories
- Six Bedrooms
- Two Kitchens
- Two Laundries
- Two Living Rooms
- Three Bathrooms*
- Attached Garage
- Detached Garage/Workshop
- Three Sliding Doors
- Two Entry Doors
- No overhead lighting upstairs bedrooms (All are an outlet controlled by the switch)
If you are interested in seeing what should be a complex SmartThings build out, then follow along. This weekend I will be pulling Cat6 cable to various areas of the house and starting my zwave/zigbee network configuration. I will try and document things as I go and take a few videos where possible. There will be some networking, electrical work, a bit of construction, and a ton of smart home devices as I progress so if you have requests; get them in now.
Things are a bit messy in the photo, but in the rack now are
- Unifi Security Gateway
- Unifi 24 Port PoE Switch
- Synology DS416 Configured with 14 terabytes
- Ooma Telo
- Cable Modem
- Intel Nucs (Future Project)
- UPS holding it all up
Offscreen there is a server that I picked up on a refurb deal that is hosting six VMs at the moment and more on the way.
IBM X3300 M4
There are also 3 Unifi Access Points to be spread throughout the house.
I think that about covers the starting spot.