One of the many joys of moving to a new home is that it gives me an opportunity to reevaluate some of my technology choices. The “smart home” landscape continues to evolve and I may make different choices as I outfit my new home.
Despite the evolution of wireless technology, including the popularity of “mesh” wireless networks like Eero, one of my first renovations, even before moving in my furniture, to my new was to hire a contractor to install Ethernet wiring throughout. This was a day-long project that cost about $1,500 running cabling to about a dozen different locations around the house back to a central "networking closet". (The prior owner used it as a coat closet - what a waste.). I have never regretted having an “ethernet backbone” in my home.
One area where I plan to look at alternative options is in security systems. I’ve always had a security system installed by a traditional contractor that requires long-term contracts. These systems are expensive and often not upgradable. I’m intrigued by the cost savings offered by DIY systems like SimplySafe or the features offered by more modern systems like the Canary or the newly announced (and HomeKit compatible) D-link Omna 180 Cam.
While the Nest thermostat was best in class at its time, it’s not HomeKit compatible and it’s acquisition by Google means it likely never will be. Perhaps it’s time to consider alternative options like the Ecobee 3 which offers standalone sensors and HomeKit support.
I’ll keep you posted. Look for an MPU episode with an update on home tech in the near future.
I still feel like we’re in early days for smart home technology. Security and interoperability remains an issue. While I try to buy devices that support both Apple’s HomeKit platform and Amazon Echo, it’s not always possible and I’m just not sure which technology will take off.
There is one lesson learned from this crazy month. I didn’t realize how much I came to depend on my smart home technology until I lost it.
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