ok, so i am sure there are thousands of post in here that are the same opening line, but i am going to give it a try. I am brand new to HA i was looking at the lowes IRIS system only because i was not aware that the systems had come so far, from poorly built relays and highly expensive professional installs. After about 3 days of forum reading I am definitely looking to go with ST, here are my questions (I am traveling outside of the country right now and a 30 second youtube clip takes about 5 minutes to load so i am sure its addressed somewhere i am just not able to find it).
How intuitive are the rule engine’s can i set up if___ then ____ without using another platform like IFTTT?
if it is intuitive can a single device be linked to multiple scenarios? if in night mode and motion detector 1 detect motion turn on hue at dimmest setting and also have it used for a date night scenario if in date night mode same hue light glow red and dim? if in away mode and motion 1 detects motion turn on light (ultimately i will add a camera system to send a video feed but i cant seem to find a supported camera system yet) and send video to a mobile device or a link via sms to direct you to the feed.
I cant seem to find a clear answer on what scenes are, my understanding is something like this for example if the system detects via geo fence user A approaching home it can turn on the outside lights (if it’s z wave and programmed) unlock the side door and turn on a specified light open the garage? am in on the right track?
4.I plan on having several devices around the house, my phone and tablet wife’s phone and tablet and an extra ipad we have to use as a stay at home remote, will i be able to add the app to this many devices and control the same system? and will i have to set up all of the rules on each individual device or does the cloud setup circumvent that?
- my entire house has plantation blinds in every room but the bedrooms i saw the shuttereze in another thread and would love to have there everywhere paired to a aeon
multi sensor to let light in the morning shine through but as it warms outside change the angle to allow some light in but keep the heat out. I looked at the kickstart site and the web site and they just seemed to be abandoned any word or any other similar products out there?
6.This one is a little complex and i am sure open to discussion, I know not a z-wave devices are compatible as of yet I see its been around awhile but it looks as if the technology has finally come around. how quickly can i expect smart things to be supported. example i was looking on the web and found a z-wave spa pool controller, GENIUS i have an older hot tub and would love to be able to leave it at a lower temperature and then remotely heat it up and turn on a music player like sonos and a relaxing hue light after a rough day at the office all by telling a UBI in my den i had a rough day.
- I know i am asking allot here but the reason i looked at the IRIS system to start was ease of integration but after doing research I realized the system would not grow the way i would like it to and be able to handle all of the smart things I envision integrating into our home, on top of the proprietary application and fees.
I know i am going to start out jumping in with both feet just looking for help, manuals, ect. I understand very little about software but am a hardware guy i am by no means a programmer or developer so i would like to be able to have an easy to setup system but i also enjoy tinkering and can be pretty patient when it comes to new technologies.
We just moved into a new house and are already renovating and am really wanting to get creative and start making this a really smart house.
So please HA ST users help out the new guy am i getting in over my head? i know i will have a sharp learning curve but like everyone I value my time and really want a easy to use system (if it is not the wife will surely make me rip it back out). I am ok with hiccups and headaches along the way or is what i am envisioning still out of reach unless i hire a programmer part time?
Thanks in advance! I Look forward to getting my creative juices flowing and hopefully contributing some really great ideas as well!