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Re: Best home automation standard...
only go with open standard stuff not reliant on any company.
wifi is the best bet with open protocols. the stuff i have is :
3M-50 wifi thermostats with web interface.
APC PDUs with ethernet wired into the home LAN for power control (these also get hooked up to ventilation, garage door opening and lighting - they have 8 ports each and a web interface which can also be scheduled with a desktop pc). i bought them used from a dot bomb company bankruptcy for 25$ each. i have 4 with 32 power outlets total all controlled from a web browser.
elocksys with PC interface for opening/closing/double locking the garage door.
honeywell vista 20p alarm system with ADS2USB usb+ethernet interface. i can switch on/shut off my alarm remotely through a web interface+ it has the X10 add on board.
electronic front and rear door locks (schlage) with hookups to the alarm system. i can lock/unlock remotely even through a phone browser.
neato robotic vacuum - this is the only one not connected to the web but it schedules and runs itself.
X-10 garage lighting controlled through the vista add on alarm board, scheduled for 30 min auto off from switch on.
basically everything in the house is automated (short of the dishwasher and washing machines). all cheap automation (nothing over 70$) and wifi+ethernet/web based interfaces with no proprietary crap.