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new smart home

stingygrrl 534 161 August 24, 2016 at 11:20 AM
Hey guys and gals, we're moving to a new, custom home. We're having 2x cat6 runs and rh6 rums and all that. But I'm wondering about the other stuff like smart blinds, smart ceiling fans and anything else.

So far, thanks to my SD buddies, I have a wink hub, harmony remote, HUE bulbs (and some other thing)and some gocontrol? Security sensors.

I want to add a smart ceiling fan and smart blinds that will go up and down on schedule or by app. Homekit and echo a plus.

So, my question is which
Way to go now for blinds and ceiling fans. These are $$$$ and I want to have the most compatibility and future proof. Not that I need to spend more, but what else should we consider for the new home? I certainly don't want to be replacing things in 2 years or something silly



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I think you mean RG6 coax. Good on you for running ethernet to every room, at least 2. I would (and did in my home) run a few areas for access points and then security cams too.

I would strongly recommend you read and follow this guide to securing your IOT home.

Honestly for me it's too early to spend a ton on smart home things. I am a firm believer that there will be a couple of standards that emerge in the market place rather then every manufacture rolling their own (and doing a poor job of it).
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A lot of the current products for automated blinds are battery operated. That may mean getting on a ladder, taking part of the blind down and stuffing 30 batteries into it twice a year. Also battery operated ones may behave erratically if they get too hot. I would mainly try to pre-wire for blinds if you think you want to go that route (decide on the actual blinds later). Some 18-2 should do the job (distance and if you run a dedicated wire to each dependent), but check specs for various products.

On security, I'm a sucker for a well done hard wired alarm system. Reasons:
-No sensor batteries
-Reliable quick sensor activation suitable for home automation no battery saving sensor timeouts. You can either get a smarter panel like a HAI or Elk or a home automation interface module.
-Cheaper sensors
-Easy to install smokes, glass breaks, motions, etc that just work.
-Hidden window and door sensors
-It's easy to hard wire for multiple keypads during construction

I'd run ethernet near the front door should you want an intercom in the future.
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