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Brand new... where to get started

Postby kers7754 » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:36 am

I am interested in getting lights, fans and my thermostat being controlled by my iPhone from anywhere.

I have been reading all around the Internet, and it seems that I will need to have GE-ZWave wireless outlets and switches? It looks like that sends radio signals to each device in a sort of radio network. Is this the network I want, or can I use WIFI?

Sorry for the stupid questions, but I am brand new at this.

So what hardware and software would I need to get this all controlled with my iPhone?

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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby Melloware » Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:18 pm

1. It's good you are doing your research. Do not spend a $ until you know exactly what you want.

2. Wifi is not possible the technology you want is Zwave. Stay away from X10. Zwave is wireless mesh network, the more devices you have the stronger it gets.

3. I prefer Leviton Vizia RF+ Zwave switches and dimmers because they are the most robust and reliable but they are also the most expensive. But you get what you pay for!

4. After that to use our Lightswitch app you will need a USB Control ThinkStick plugged into a PC.

http://www.controlthink.com/

5. You will need THinkEssentials software that you can purchase with the stick to set your whole network up.

6. Then you simply need to run our server application or this more advanced one called ZVirtualScenes to control your devices from the iPhone.

http://code.google.com/p/zvirtualscenes/
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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby kers7754 » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:21 pm

This seems simple enough. I am going to try this with a single switch.

So first I need the USB stick and the ThinkEssentials software, correct? I think I found it for just under $90.
http://www.asihome.com/ASIshop/product_ ... ts_id=3315
Is this correct?

I will also need a single rocker switch for a single on off light. Do you know where I can order one of these Leviton Vizia RF+ ZWave switch?
I found this, but I don't know if I need a 15amp or a 5amp switch:
http://www.asihome.com/ASIshop/product_ ... ts_id=3464

Once I have that all up and running, then I will check out your software or ZVirtual Scenes.

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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby Melloware » Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:08 am

You can buy this 45$ version... you don't need the professional version

http://www.asihome.com/ASIshop/product_info.php?products_id=3316

And that leviton rf+ link you sent should work fine for you.
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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby freon » Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:16 pm

Ready to dive into some home automation myself, Just curious if the items mentioned in this thread are still what you are working with or if something more robust has come along as far as hardware to work with the lightswitch s/w.

I have a dedicated hometheater and want to control my equipment in a closed cabinet along with some lighting from my Ipad. Right now I have a media server running 24/7 to some Jailbroken ATV2's running xbmc but I also have a HTPC with XBMC I could use instead. I also have a hometheatermaster mx-800 remote that does RF to the IR blasters which is how I used to control the a\v equipment before I moved to the new house. Just getting the room finished and trying to wrap my head around what I want to invest in to put everything together with the items I already own. I also have a paid version of Intelliremote as well.

any advise? Shopping List?
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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby Melloware » Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:13 pm

I try not to recommend hardware or devices etc.

But this thread I still stand by. I think Zwave is a great technology due to its wireless mesh network vs X10 clunky power line technology. I also will stand by the Leviton made lightswitches are just of higher quality than any other Zwave switches I have tried.
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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby freon » Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:21 am

ok, quick question then if you know. I have winhomeserver box running 24/7 and I would plan to install a thinkstick or the likes running on that box since its on 24/7. I could control my lights etc via my phones/ipads.

I have htpc for the theater room which will be using intelliremote and have usb/uirt box plugged in to recieve IR signals from my hard button remote when I dont want to use ipad/phone etc.

will the HTPC box with intelliremote server be able to send a command over the network to the home server machine which has the thinkstick plugged into it to control my lights?
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Re: Brand new... where to get started

Postby Melloware » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:57 am

Yes if you use ZVirtualScenes as your server on your WinHome Server offers and HTTP API which then you can script in Intelliremote with HTTPGet or HttpPost script commands.

http://code.google.com/p/zvirtualscenes ... pAPIPlugin
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