Smart Home from Scratch

Dear Friends Gurus and Smart people,

I am constructing my home in India and with my little reading i am convinced that smart switches are way to go (matter compatible) along with option of Dimmable LED’s and Smart Leds.I want the option of both Smart and Manual and hence smart switches. I know i have a long way to go but for now i am focused on lighting fans Aircondition curtains and smart door bell automation. I have following questions.

  1. Does this require any special Wiring ? I need to guide the electrician
  2. What are the best Matter compatible switches (Legrand India) ?
  3. Am i correct to assume that smart switches (matter compatible) will sync with my Apple Home and i will be able to use voice commnad and app ?
  4. Should i conisder Cat 6 cable where ever i have switches ?
  5. What is the best practice and deisign for exmaple i have Ground floor , first floor and second floor should i go floor by floor or centralise ?
  6. If the questions are very naive can you guide me to a forum - or blog or consultant who i can speak with consult - i plan to do this on DIY basis of course with certified electricians et al.

SIncere thank you for your answers in advance

Sounds like an exciting project!

This forum was set up a number of years ago so that customers could help other customers with the Samsung SmartThings ™ Home Automation platform. So all of the questions and answers are assumed to be in that context. And those may not be the answers you’re looking for: for example, Legrand is not presently compatible with SmartThings. And people in this forum would be using the SmartThings app, not the Apple home app. :thinking:

Since you mentioned Apple Home and Matter, you might get better answers by asking in an Apple forum. The one on Reddit is quite good:

https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeKit/

There is also a brand-agnostic Home Automation forum there which can be very helpful to people just starting out:

https://www.reddit.com/r/homeautomation/

I don’t know anything about wiring in India, you may need to find some country specific forums for that. But the folks at Reddit should be helpful in recommending resources, they have a large international audience.

Good luck!

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