Reviews look good, price seems right and I like how it can use WIFI and cellular. Anyone use this company and their hardware? What do you think about it?
I'll look at Scout and see what they're all about and what they offer. Simplisafe uses WIFI and cell BTW.
You might check out the Smarthome site for INSTEON devices. They might by now have gotten their Insteon hub to work so you can do those intenet things. Problem with this home automation stuff is that they are all proprietary and cheaply made. If I were to do it again I would look into industrial PLC's and a single board computer to talk to the internet and do all the timing.When my beloved Lowes Iris system went away I looked at everything on the market to replace it and currently there is nothing that does home alarm and home automation for a cheap monthly rate like the Iris. I wanted to keep the monthly rate around $10 like the Iris and from some reviews I read the Simple Safe with basic fees would only sound an alarm on site and not text, email and phone you like Iris did. You had to go with the much more expensive professional monitoring to get alerts and have control via your phone.
After lots of searching I went with the Scout Alarm system. Its very similar to the alarm portion of Iris, was super easy to install and you get complete control of the system and alerts for $10/mo. The Scout base unit also has a built in cell phone in case your WiFi is out of commission and it needs to alert you.
I still miss being able to turn lights and things on and off or turn off my water main when on travel like the old Iris system and I'm still shopping for some basic home automation.
PRC guy, did you look into OpenHAB for the Iris devices? I think that's one that supported most Iris devices if I'm not mistaken.
IVery interesting. I threw out most of my old Iris devices but I still want to use an Iris remote controlled water main line shut off valve that is installed here. Thanks for the tip, I will see if it works out.
hadstill have 6 first gen Iris smart plugs and while I've been told they weren't compatible with OpenHab or any of those other hubs before the switch off date, it is my understanding that the Iris developers released the source code of those devices and so for all I know they might work now.
I actually migrated back to basic RF control of my outlets and does the same thing for a fraction of the price.
I never really cared about turning things on and off from an app. I just basically wanted to turn a bunch of stuff on with the press of a button and so these radio control plugs are more convenient. I don't need any of those more advanced features that some of them have and I didn't want to have to load up an app and depend on wifi working just to turn the lights on.I bought several EZ outlets that are controlled through a phone app. So far they are working great for turning some remote radio equipment on and off plus switching antennas remotely via a wall wart connected to a Dow Key relay.