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Here is where we can talk about turning your house into a space ship and eventually HAL 9000 yourself.

Things are getting easier than ever.

Using Smartthings integration, a single "smart hub" that can now control almost anything via a single app.

App doesn't exist? Some guy on Github has probably already written the code for a "virtual device" that mirrors and commands the real one.
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Rocking the iAD DLC 1000 with garage door control, wifi camera system, smart thermostat, remote sprinkler system control, remote door locks and complete home security with fire and CO2 detection. All controlled within an APP.

The cameras run a couple hundred a piece so I am slowly adding more.

I also have an automation app for the pool on a separate APP that allows me to turn on everything remotely and even heat the hot tub while we are out to dinner.
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Here is the 2nd Gen Smartthings Hub



Amazon.com: Samsung SmartThings Hub: Home Improvement Amazon.com: Samsung SmartThings Hub: Home Improvement

Yes there are other options out there, but Smartthings and the community work to make things simple and intuitive.

I currently use the Nest thermostat, which I love, but I am going to move to two of the Zen thermostats at the new house:



ZEN Thermostat - White - - Amazon.com ZEN Thermostat - White - - Amazon.com


It's cheaper than the Nest by 60 dollars, and I want to focus on "bigger picture" smart devices instead of things that require more attention at the device. It is also officially supported which will ease installation and use. What good is a smart house if it isn't user friendly?

I currently use, and will be moving to the new house this:



Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage Controls Your Garage Door Opener with Your Smartphone - Garage Automation Products - Amazon.com Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage Controls Your Garage Door Opener with Your Smartphone - Garage Automation Products - Amazon.com

The chamberlain MyQ. It works great for what it is, and I really like it because I'm very good at forgetting if I shut the garage door.
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Rocking the iAD DLC 1000 with garage door control, wifi camera system, smart thermostat, remote sprinkler system control, remote door locks and complete home security with fire and CO2 detection. All controlled within an APP.

The cameras run a couple hundred a piece so I am slowly adding more.

I also have an automation app for the pool on a separate APP that allows me to turn on everything remotely and even heat the hot tub while we are out to dinner.
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Rocking the iAD DLC 1000 with garage door control, wifi camera system, smart thermostat, remote sprinkler system control, remote door locks and complete home security with fire and CO2 detection. All controlled within an APP.

The cameras run a couple hundred a piece so I am slowly adding more.

I also have an automation app for the pool on a separate APP that allows me to turn on everything remotely and even heat the hot tub while we are out to dinner.
Do you have a link to the iAD stuff?
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So... as someone anticipating my building permit in November, what tech gadgets are much haves?

I was thinking about some type of camera at least, but most of them are just live streams and not recording. That doesn't really help me at all.
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I'm starting to look into these automation things but since I'm still probably a couple years out from buying a house I'm waiting to see what tech becomes available in the near future and figure out something.

Pretty sure Amazon/Google are putting a lot of effort into things like this what with the Google Nest acquisition and Amazon Echo being able to control things by voice commands.
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So... as someone anticipating my building permit in November, what tech gadgets are much haves?

I was thinking about some type of camera at least, but most of them are just live streams and not recording. That doesn't really help me at all.
I think the best bet is like yours, "built in" from the get go. But the way things are moving its getting easier and easier to add a little at a time.

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I'm starting to look into these automation things but since I'm still probably a couple years out from buying a house I'm waiting to see what tech becomes available in the near future and figure out something.

Pretty sure Amazon/Google are putting a lot of effort into things like this what with the Google Nest acquisition and Amazon Echo being able to control things by voice commands.
The amazon echo actually works with smart things. Its like the clapper of the 21st century.

God help you if someone named Alexa lives in your house though

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So... as someone anticipating my building permit in November, what tech gadgets are much haves?

I was thinking about some type of camera at least, but most of them are just live streams and not recording. That doesn't really help me at all.
home server/RAID setup for video recording purposes?

would be my guess
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ugh, I'm making a leak detector exactly like that smartthings one out of a raspberry pi right now.

do you guys plan on having (or already have) a UPS or whole-house generator with an ATS so some of these things can still work while the power is out?
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home server/RAID setup for video recording purposes?

would be my guess
That's probably overkill though. I have no monitoring at my current house (6 years) and live in a virtually non-existent crime area. Just have mulled it over for peace of mind really.
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Do you have a link to the iAD stuff?
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I was thinking about some type of camera at least, but most of them are just live streams and not recording. That doesn't really help me at all.
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ugh, I'm making a leak detector exactly like that smartthings one out of a raspberry pi right now.

do you guys plan on having (or already have) a UPS or whole-house generator with an ATS so some of these things can still work while the power is out?
I plan on getting a generator the next time they have an employee sale.

But I also have no intention of being dependent on any of this in case of an outage.
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Does att have packaged discounts? we have ATT internet +wireless

They also show that they can use/expand preexisting wired security systems, which is awesome.
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Does att have packaged discounts? we have ATT internet +wireless

They also show that they can use/expand preexisting wired security systems, which is awesome.
They do indeed. They were running a special not long ago that included a few of the more popular items for $99 plus a 2 year monitoring contract. The equipment in the package was worth like $800.
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ATT thing isn't available in my area. I may just look into getting a couple of wifi cameras on the network and seeing how hard that would be.
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They do indeed. They were running a special not long ago that included a few of the more popular items for $99 plus a 2 year monitoring contract. The equipment in the package was worth like $800.
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But I also have no intention of being dependent on any of this in case of an outage.
Yea, it's the leak detection I was concerned about.

If my house floods, it's most likely because the power is out and the battery back-up on the pump also failed. So that means my internet will also be out, so my detector won't text me so I can get home and try to get things under control.
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Yea, it's the leak detection I was concerned about.

If my house floods, it's most likely because the power is out and the battery back-up on the pump also failed. So that means my internet will also be out, so my detector won't text me so I can get home and try to get things under control.
I didn't think about things like leak detection etc

Have you checked out the watercop?

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Yea, it's the leak detection I was concerned about.

If my house floods, it's most likely because the power is out and the battery back-up on the pump also failed. So that means my internet will also be out, so my detector won't text me so I can get home and try to get things under control.
The AT&T system has a huge battery back up and moisture detectors can be added to your package.
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Anybody know of a wifi door lock that would work with an apartment building front door?

kevo would be perfect if it wasn't a dead bolt. Need a locking latch, like any commercial door.
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Anybody know of a wifi door lock that would work with an apartment building front door?

kevo would be perfect if it wasn't a dead bolt. Need a locking latch, like any commercial door.
I think there is a way with the schlage connect
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So... as someone anticipating my building permit in November, what tech gadgets are much haves?

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I have wifi and apple TV and it's like I am living with the Jetsons. I am almost living in the 2000's but only 2 of my 3 garage doors have a garage door opener.
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does anyone know how these automated locks work? I'm looking at the Danalock one right now, but they all seem to be the same pretty much.

If you have it set to auto-unlock it says it locks behind you once you're in the house. If I go over 30' away, the doorbell rings, and I come back will it auto-unlock again? Or does it know which side of the door you're on somehow?
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