I think I just have a few questions about HA (if you don't mind) regarding what I want to get from it, and what I should be looking for:
I really want to start simple at first, but eventually move to a full blown LMCE setup. To begin, I'd like to control just a couple lights. I want to be able to set timers so lights go on and off when my wife and I are away to discourage burglars and to have lights already be on when we come in after dark. Eventually, this may expand into more of the realm of security (motion detection, cameras, and maybe even some sort of integration to a full home security system, etc.) motion sensors to turn off lights, thermostats to conserve energy, etc.
What hardware could I purchase now that I can fiddle around with on my Windows Vista PC that will eventually work with a LMCE setup? Is the Insteon a safe bet? Would I need to purchase software to use now that I wouldn't need once it's in a LMCE core?
Also, I'm moving this weekend to a new apartment, so I'm not 100% sure which modules I'll need. I think the living room may have an electrical outlet controlled by a switch to plug a lamp into for the living room. In that case, I'd need a dimmer switch module, right? And for other outlets (not switch-controlled) I could do a wire-in outlet module... And for an outdoor porch light or flood light, I would use a switch module...
Do you have any advice on where to start?