Best startup Setup in 2020?

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Best startup Setup in 2020?

#1 Post by Solidcromer » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:36 am

Hello All,

Ok, so I have been interested in home automation for quite some time but never invested in the hardware. Now I am wanting to get started with a fresh build from scratch and was hoping that I could get some advise on what is this most economical and works the best as far as setup goes. I work as database developer and am a bit tech savvy, so I am up for technical hardware or software challenges if needed. My goal is to created the best most flexible stable system that would be able to scale as my home and imagination grows. Any advice on what base hardware is the best start? Thank you all in advance for your help.

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Re: Best startup Setup in 2020?

#2 Post by kherron » Sat May 23, 2020 5:18 am

Sorry for such a delayed response.

This question actually gets asked quite a lot. However, the answer is ever changing.

For starters, it really depends on what you plan to accomplish now and down the line, and if you want OSA to bring them all together under one server.
You can research any of the equipment that is listed on the wiki here http://www.opensourceautomation.com/wik ... d_Hardware

For example: X-10 are very inexpensive, however, it is "Old School" and with the release of Windows 10, some devices no longer work. Not due to OSA, but due to X-10 not releasing new drivers.
On another hand, I understand that the OSA Z-Wave support if fairly strong, and a lot of newer devices are coming out with Z-wave compatibility. But its not cheap.
I believe there are also plugins for Nest. I also have a "Skill" for Alexa that will connect to your OSA. It does require the REST plugin to be running.

Last, if you find a device that is NOT listed on our supported page, research the device further and see if they offer an API or PSK. If they do, we can build our own plugin and make that device compatible.

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Re: Best startup Setup in 2020?

#3 Post by kherron » Sat May 23, 2020 11:08 am

Sorry for such a delayed response.

This question actually gets asked quite a lot. However, the answer is ever changing.

For starters, it really depends on what you plan to accomplish now and down the line, and if you want OSA to bring them all together under one server.
You can research any of the equipment that is listed on the wiki here http://www.opensourceautomation.com/wik ... d_Hardware

For example: X-10 are very inexpensive, however, it is "Old School" and with the release of Windows 10, some devices no longer work. Not due to OSA, but due to X-10 not releasing new drivers.
On another hand, I understand that the OSA Z-Wave support if fairly strong, and a lot of newer devices are coming out with Z-wave compatibility. But its not cheap.
I believe there are also plugins for Nest. I also have a "Skill" for Alexa that will connect to your OSA. It does require the REST plugin to be running.

Last, if you find a device that is NOT listed on our supported page, research the device further and see if they offer an API or PSK. If they do, we can build our own plugin and make that device compatible.

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