I’m fairly technical and have worked in IT for 25+ years and have (finally) decided to do a bit more with home automation but I have a few questions that I hope you don’t mind answering. I’m planning to start fairly easy but progress over time. Currently, the house (3 stories) has excellent WiFi courtesy of Linksys Velop mesh so have signal everywhere - Google Home is my preferred automated assistant and have a few around the house along with Chromecasts.
So, what do I want to do - few easy projects to start with.
- bathroom lighting. Just re-fitted the bathroom and will be fitting LED lights after Christmas but I’d like multi-coloured, dimmable, remote control. I think my preferred way of doing it is with a dimmable z-wave switch (or just the dimmer unit behind existing switch).
- ‘welcome home’ on dark nights by switching on lamps as I approach the house (probably using IFTTT or Android Tasker
- TV automation. No idea what I can do with my Samsung telly but very interested to find out and in particular, if I can access Plex media server on it via Google Home
- starting / stopping PCs using ST IDE (once I’ve gotten used to it)
- thermostats when boiler gets replaced next year
- smart kitchen appliances (when I win the lottery !!)
- anything else I can glean from the forums
I’m slowly updating lamps / lights / switches to be efficient LEDs and will buy based on whichever standard I decide on. I think my preferred method of controlling lights is by switches rather than HA bulbs but open to comments / suggestions based on experience.
Does the ST hub ‘talks’ directly to the z-wave devices or does it use existing WiFi ?
Based on above, what is the range of ST hub - will it reach throughout the house bearing in mind that a decent WiFi router doesn’t and I want to avoid repeaters (hence the mesh network) ?
I know you can get repeaters but do they interfere with ‘normal’ WiFi or other signals (TV senders on 5GHz) ?
Apologies if these seem like noddy questions but although I’ve read loads, I’m still not clear on the basics and whether or not z-wave should be my preferred technology.