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That's the plan. I've already got my lighting figured out and I'm going to buy an ecobee pretty soon here, after that I'll have to figure out what my next priority is.

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As Schoondoggy says, no better way to learn than actually using the gear.  Just suggesting that you keep an overall roadmap of what you are trying to achieve in mind as you pick amongst all the products vying for attention.

 

e.g. if HomeKit is a must, that will narrow the list considerably.  If working without Internet 100% of time is a must, then Internet-required hubs are probably not going to make the cut, etc.

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