I keep reading more and more, but I don't really feel like I know what I should be looking for. I'm interested in the home automation part of LMCE (i like the rest, but that's just the most fascinating for me) but I don't know which standards I should be looking at. I thought the wiki said z-wave was the only supported home automation standard, but it seems like development has stopped some time ago and there are no new usb controllers that are supported. The wiki says not to use Insteon, but you say you've now added support for this. But is this just the PLM/PLC support? That's not RF, right? I think I understand the differences between how PLM and RF networking works, but why would I choose one or the other (other than it being supported, of course)?
Sorry for all the questions, I am just feeling a little helpless and lost!
There's more and more HA support every day... EIB is supported, ZWave (I don't know which controller though), X10, and I'm just finishing up the Insteon support for PLM.
Insteon is a DUAL MESH protocol - that means it's RF AND Powerline..
Normally, the RF side is used for remotes and Automatic Phase Coupling.. (Look up Access Points..)
The big situation IMHO is which protocols support BIDIRECTIONAL communication. ZWave supports PIR sensor inputs only..
That's why insteon is such a hot topic, the driver I'm writing is FULLY bidirectional.. meaning, when you turn on a switch manually, the system will see that, and update it's status.
Another side effect of Insteon bidirectional support with the PLM is X10 bidirectional support since Insteon is backward compatible with X10, and can send/receive X10 signals.