I think it is great that you’re looking at expanding your role as electrician by entering the home automation field. Over the last few years, I have given lots of advice automation products. I always get a little concerned that folks get in over their heads.
You have listed a lot of great product and technology, but I tend to start with looking at the areas that you’re trying to focus on and issues you want to resolve:
Disaster- fire, smoke, CO, water leak, temperature,
Comfort- temperature, humidity,
Once you determine needs/wants in each of these areas you can build a plan. Then you can start to fill in the technologies that makes sense. You may want select technologies that work together to standardize on a single control system or hub. For the entry level marketplace, I still find Smartthings and Insteon to be very good hubs to build a system around.
I use a SmartThings hub, Schlage locks, GE Jasco switches, Cooper outlets, SmartThings arrival sensors, SmartThings water leak sensors, Aeotec water sensor, Nest thermostat, Nest protect smoke/CO sensor, First Alert smoke/CO sensor, Sensative door sensors, HomeBoy cameras,
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It's good enough for our family and Unlimited takes it up a notch. I agree with Spotify being a great new music discovery service but I think each service has its pros and cons. It comes down to what benefits you more. Amazon, Apple, Spotify. The three heavies. A family with an 8 yr old and 10 yr old, pop music kind of rules. "Alexa, play Top Pop." I hear that SO many times during the day!
An interesting project ...
... but I am too old-fashioned to be bothered.
Nonetheless two ideas:
- do the major players in the arena have some complete system configurations? (Useful as templates - even if you swap out individual components)
- NASDAQ:AAPL? How about LINUX and NASDAQ:MSFT control centres?
Amazon has a deal for Prime Members. Try their Unlimited Music subscription for .99c for 4 Months.
They have several services for music. You can get Music Unlimited on a single Echo device for just $3.99 a month. Not a bad deal.