A ST v2 UK hub and starter kit. Easy.
Well, no. I started out putting it in what’s known as ‘the old office’: it’s the small alcove off what used to be an antiques shop in which our broadband terminates, where one of the WiFI APs (a Mikrotik Routerboard 951) is and where all the structured cabling terminates.
[As an aside - we ran about 8 pairs of CAT5 runs to double RJ45 walls sockets around the house when we bought the place. This isn’t enough, any more than the /27 of static IPs we thought would be all we’d need!]
Unfortunately, the rest of the house is the wrong side of three stone walls, two of which are separated by 3’ of rubble infill, so my first test (a smart socket on the TV in the living room) didn’t pair up with the hub. Ok. Plan B - move the hub to the living room.
This - almost - worked - see, there are two RJ45s in the living room: a WiFi AP uses one, and the other… appears to need some TLC from a punchdown tool before it’ll pass Ethernet. Ah well - time to swop out the cheap T-Link AP for one of these: http://linitx.com/category/mikrotik-cap-hap-map-wap/1121 These are fab: not only are they tiny and dirt cheap, the guys from LiniITX.com are fab, and the AP takes Power over Ethernet (please, Samsung, make the next hub do that?) and they act as a two port hub when in bridge mode, which means I can hook the ST hub into the second port. Et voila! The socket pairs up! I left that and moved on.
For my next trick, I swapped out a bulb on the inner landing for a Lightfiy RGBW (plus screw to bayonet adaptor), installed and set up @Sticks18’s custom device type for it, and left a motion sensor on the bookshelf. Five minutes with a SmartApp later, and we have a motion-activated landing light that is full spectrum daylight during the time we’re awake, and a low (10%) warm orange glow after bedtime. (Precise definitions to ST of ‘bedtime’ and ‘awake’ are being worked on, never fear.)
This met with considerable SA (spouse approval): it’s been in for a couple of weeks now, and everyone (wife, son and me) just accepts it - you walk into the (usually gloomy) landing and the light comes on. And the cats don’t trigger it
Next? The TV.