It's been at least 20 years since I've shopped for a ceiling fan. Now I need to shop for several for a home under construction.
As is typical in my area, all ceiling fan locations have a 12/3 with ground switch leg running from the switch wall box to the ceiling fan, the assumption being that one conductor will control the fan and the other will control the fan light, and the neutral will be shared.
It seems most better/best quality fans today have remote controls and (maybe) wall box controls included with the fans, and the controls are somewhat proprietary. I would rather have a dumb 3- or 4-speed fan with a dumb light that I decide how I want to control, e.g., with smart switches/dimmers/fan controls, or maybe stick with off-the-shelf dumb controls.
Do most ceiling fans with proprietary controls today have the option to use dumb controls and/or smart switches/dimmers/fan controls, e.g., z-wave devices? I'm fine with not using a manufacturer provided remote control.