Good Morning HE Community!
I've been trolling, reading, researching.... and have decided on HE to be the 'brains' of my new smart home!
Now, I say new and I mean new. Just purchased a new home and have plans of grandeur to 'deck it out.' The extent of our current 'smart home' is a handful of Echo's and smart plugs to control some basic devices/lights (night stands.)
In my vast amounts of research I believe I have a solid game plan, unless this thread ends up dropping some new knowledge bombs on this seemingly volatile market.
That being said, here's my tentative plan with a primary goal of light home security and light automation. With three little girls, Fort Knox Engineers may wanna take a peak when I'm finished.
Brains/Main Interface: Hubitat (obviously)
Assistant: Alexa (Shows/Dots)
Lighting: Philips Hue Everything
Ceiling Fans: Hampton Bay Zigbee controllers
Garage: Genie Direct Drive Wall Mount w/local relay/sensors for control
Speakers: Amazon, Bose, Sonos (seems integration is lacking here, but that's okay)
Security: Ring (Debated this one for so long... Originally was going Abode with my own DVR/BlueIris/Cameras, but the more I dug into that (needing Sentry.ai for good analytics, the on-site hardware, etc... I decided it was too much to maintain. As a CIO, I love tech and to tinker, but I do not even have a server in my home, that's what work is for. I want to simplify this smart home, not overly complicate the setup so you need a Structural Engineering degree to locate all the devices)
We don't get keys until the 26th, so I still have time to finalize my decisions (Not so much on Hue, because I've read soooo many good things I already invested $1k~ in sensors, dimmers, bulbs, strips, HDMI sync, Play's, etc)
Any input, thoughts?
What would you do if you were building a fresh, shiny, new Smart Home?