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    Default Let's talk DIY smart home

    Been doing a lot of research on diy smart home, security, and thermostats. So far I've only had the nest and im not a big fan, looks like we will be switching to the ecobee thermostat with multiroom sensors, so finding a smart home system that is compatible would be nice.

    I've looked into smanos, Panasonic, wink and samung smart things but just can't narrow it down.

    What's everyone using? Combining?

    Mkay go!!

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    I have had the ecobee for over a year; only using one external sensor and that is in my youngest's room. It functions well and is pretty intuitive. I'm not sure what else I could ask from a thermostat. Only benefit I see to multiple sensors through the house is if you plan on regularly adjusting your furnace vents to even out temperatures. Also, for winter, frost control setting for the humidifier is the tits.

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    If you're into DIY have a look at Home Assistant. I run it on a Raspberry Pi3 with Philips Hue and a z wave stick to control my house.

    https://home-assistant.io/

    Check out the vides by Bruh Automation on YouTube for his walkthroughs and decide if open source is the way you want to go. I'd watch the videos " One Step Home Assistant Instal and the Zwave tutorial

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    Quote Originally Posted by apecush View Post
    I have had the ecobee for over a year; only using one external sensor and that is in my youngest's room. It functions well and is pretty intuitive. I'm not sure what else I could ask from a thermostat. Only benefit I see to multiple sensors through the house is if you plan on regularly adjusting your furnace vents to even out temperatures. Also, for winter, frost control setting for the humidifier is the tits.
    My knowledgeable friend is excited to get an Ecobee3.
    My personal opinion is that smart thermostats are 10% better than programmable thermostats and cost 10x more. Without automatically actuating dampers in all rooms, there's only so much you can do.
    $0.02

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    DMP makes solid security products as well as integration with z wave devices.

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    Well so far here's the list, nothing is setup until next week but we did test out 5 bulbs with wink robots and pretty neat so far...

    -Wink 2 hub
    -Wink relay wall controller
    -Ecobee3 with 1 extra sensor
    -5x ecosmart bulbs temp adjustable and dimmable
    -gocontrol home security
    -kidde fire/monoxide detector

    Will also be picking up a couple z wave dimmable switches.

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    Here's an updated list. We've really kicked it into high gear over the last 6 months. I've also demo'd our house to a few people that we're interested.

    Wink 2 hub
    2x wink relay
    Ecobee3 with 2 sensors
    7x ecosmart bulbs with temp/dimmable
    Gocontrol home security
    Kidde fire/monoxide detector
    5x leviton switches
    3x Chromecast
    Ihome outlet
    2x Google home
    Weiser smart deadbolt lock
    Philip's hue under cabinet lighting strip


    If anyone had any questions feel free to ask!

    One example of robots were running..

    **Wife comes down for work at 5:15am.
    -upstairs hallway lamp turns on 10%
    -under cabinet lighting turns on 60%
    -kettle has just boiled water
    -thermostat turns from 18 - 20
    Last edited by BrightWhite; December 28th, 2017 at 10:03 AM.

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    I am just slowly getting into this.. My set up is very basic and I only add things in when there are sales.

    So far I have:

    Google Home
    2 smart plug ins to control living room and bedroom lights.
    Ecobee thermostat.

    What I plan to do next:

    Chromecast audio to control soundbar and play music thru this.
    Google home mini for bedroom
    Chromecast to control tv in living room
    Smart switch for fireplace
    Motion sensors for bathroom and closet lights (always dark in these rooms)
    Phillips hue (I want to get a few of these to try out and set up some natural lighting in the bedroom as an alarm clock)

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    What kind of kettle do you have? Or is it just an always on kettle with a smart wall plug outlet?

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