OK, I've spent a week getting my head around as much of LMCE as I can, I've set up a couple of MDs (using lightweight orbiter UI, but I've ordered a graphics card that will hopefully let me use UI2), got a USB remote working and media playing in different rooms. I'm now ready to dip my toe in the Home Automation water. I've read the wiki and the forum entries and browsed a couple of UK home automation etailers (http://www.letsautomate.com
) and still can't figure out which way to go. Here is what I do know:
X10 devices are cheaper, but for security sensors you need wireless as well as mains electrical. This means you need a standard CM10/11 serial interface for the computer to control the X10 stuff plus something to grab the wireless signals and translate them to the electrical wires to get to the computer like TM571. The combined CM15 device does both but seems to not be stable according to what I have read on the forums. It also looks like X10 is harder to setup and signals can be lost when sending across mains electrical. Is X10 that hard to setup?
Z-Wave devices seem to be more expensive but easier to setup, but I can't figure out what the minimal starting point is. The UK home automation sites suggest that just having a PC serial to Z-wave interface like ZWave ZCU201 (like this http://www.letsautomate.com/12434.cfm?
) will also need a Z-wave remote control (like thishttp://www.letsautomate.com/11109.cfm?
) in order to setup all the devices like a motion or door sensor. But reading the wiki it sounds like I can get by with just a Z-Wave USB stick like this http://www.letsautomate.com/12799.cfm?
to setup all the z-wave devices and have the LMCE PC control them, is that right?
If someone can enlighten me I'll gladly try it out then write a wiki entry on easy entry to LMCE home automation.