Hi Mark, thanks for this input. I’m definitely leaning towards Z-Wave so as to create a good mesh network for other devices to communicate with the hub. I have a lot of concrete walls so this is important.
In terms of Wifi, it seems to me that over the past several years, as the wifi chips have gotten smaller (in size, price and power requirements), more-and-more home automation products have adopted it. From the perspective of the manufacturer, it reduces complexity because everyone has a Wifi router in their house that’s connected to the cloud.
First it was products like Nest and DropCam, but now it seems that even light switches and light bulbs are coming out with Wifi chips. I can see a future where Wifi routers will start to include home automation functionality built right in.
So that’s my only reason for thinking that Wifi is a safer choice. My view is also tainted having been “burned” by Insteon, which I invested a fair amount of money into, hoping that the adoption of home automation would compel them to focus on integration and interoperability.
But clearly Z-Wave does not suffer the same problem as Insteon, since it is a somewhat open standard with lots of manufacturers are behind.