I will also volunteer my time to assist you. I have z-wave currently and am just needing to pick up a CM for x-10. Insteon didn't impress me much with the exception of their recent wireless lightbulb.
Yeah! The bulb itself is networked, not the fixture!
I am a gadget guy though and love to make old hardware hum in new ways. A zwave window blind is awesome, but so is custom wiring a step motor to one in the wall that pulls a chain hidden in the curtain rod. Welcome aboard and let me know if you need anything.
Thank you Armor for the welcome and the offer to help. I am beginging on the learning part, what I like about Insteon is the two way communication and ablity to program in java with the kit. The INSTEON-Compatible-Elk-M1-Gold-Kit-and-ISY-994i-with-Dual-Band-INSTEON-Interface looked attractive ( I cannot post links, but its on the smart home website), but looks like a bit too much to spend just on back end to control a relatively small setup like mine. Any suggestions on what should be the backbone of the home automation that can be paried with a laptop running LinuxMCE? My primary intention is to be able to do the following tasks:
1) Control flood lights at four corners
2) Have wifi external video camears controlled through linuxMCE
3) Abilty to control 4-5 different appliances (mostly light bulbs) inside the home
nest thermostat would have been a great option for HVAC but I currently have a old school split system which I cannot automate at this point (manual on / of switch on the two split unit).