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Time to upgrade

Postby yzpmpgq » Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:50 am

I built my home automation system 10 years ago and spent a couple of years getting it to do everything I want (mostly) and countless hours on the interface. I think it's time to update several things, so I'm asking for opinions. I need to:

1) Update alarm system (Currently HAI panel which is out of date) Any other systems you recommend?
2) Intercom system - Currently NuTone system (not part of automation) - Is there a way to replace the system with iPads/Android tablets and use ML or some type of app to work as an intercom?
3) HVAC - I have 6 AC systems with Insteon (worst) up through the latest Wifi (works great) thermostats. The Wifi doesn't have temp and humidity, so are there any recommended?
4) Cameras - I have 18 cameras on a Geovision system and have been replacing with IP cameras over the last year. Do these integrate with ML? If not, is there something else you would recommend?
5) Lighting - All Insteon, but after they stopped support for the iSY99, I went to the ISY994i and communication sucks. Constantly lights don't come on, go off, etc. Any BETTER systems I should look at?

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Re: Time to upgrade

Postby DaveB » Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:27 pm

Why do you say HAI is out of date? Just curious. You can order a new BIOS chip for the panel and it is just like a new system. It is still very viable today.

As for lighting, I have UPB running off of the HAI and all works very well and is very controllable from Cinemar.

Replace the Nutone with something more modern.

IP cams; you can view them fairly easily with Cinemar as long as they are accessible individually with a URL or if they run through a NVR, that the NVR is accessible.

HVAC- I have only one HAI tstat that works very well. It is controlled by the HAI panel and also controllable via Cinemar.

My system as mentioned above has been very stable, with minor updates for over 10 years.
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Re: Time to upgrade

Postby CinemarDave » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:55 pm

>>> 1) Update alarm system (Currently HAI panel which is out of date) Any other systems you recommend?

HAI is still very good. Just get an updated ROM like DaveB suggests. If you want to change then go with Elk.

>>> 2) Intercom system - Currently NuTone system (not part of automation) - Is there a way to replace the system with iPads/Android tablets and use ML or some type of app to work as an intercom?

We are working on a Intercom feature that runs inside the native apps on Android and iOS devices. Still in the works but testing here shows great promise.

>>> 3) HVAC - I have 6 AC systems with Insteon (worst) up through the latest Wifi (works great) thermostats. The Wifi doesn't have temp and humidity, so are there any recommended?

Venstar thermostats can report local humidity and support remote temp sensors. They work great in my home.

>>> 4) Cameras - I have 18 cameras on a Geovision system and have been replacing with IP cameras over the last year. Do these integrate with ML? If not, is there something else you would recommend?

Any IP based camera will work. However be aware that most of the IP cameras these days broadcast their live streams using H.264 encoding. While H.264 is very efficient and allows the camera manufactures to use lower end hardware it comes with the limitation that no web browser can natively decode and display an H.264 stream. It requires some helper app. If you have a video recorder then most allow you to access the streams off their built in web servers as mjpeg streams. This works well. If you do not have a NVR then you can use software like BlueIris to capture and rebroadcast the streams into something browsers can digest. In your case the GeoVision server exposes the individual cameras and you should be also to see them

>>> 5) Lighting - All Insteon, but after they stopped support for the iSY99, I went to the ISY994i and communication sucks. Constantly lights don't come on, go off, etc. Any BETTER systems I should look at?

I am not and never have been an Insteon fanboy. I favor Z-Wave these days. You can build a very nice Z-Wave controller out of a Raspberry Pi and a Razberry add on card. Worth an experiment.

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Re: Time to upgrade

Postby Krumpy » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:14 pm

i do not have any major issues with the ISY994i. Any issues i have are very minor.


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