Is Activehome a place to start?

Well, that's the question. I'm just getting ready to have a house built (after old one burned) and I'm reading lots of wiring guides, etc. I guess I'm just wondering if Activehome stuff is good to play with early on to get a start in home control. It certainly seems to be pretty inexpensive.

Eventually I'm going to need ability to monitor a lot of temperatures to control semi-active solar systems -- Activehome stuff doesn't seem to have that ability at all. Have a long way to go in figuring out what the final system will look like, but thought this little module might be able to take care of a lot of the timed and photo-sensed control issues even after the new house is finished.

Any suggestions appreciated.

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Dennis Maloon
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Don't waste any time on activehome. Start by using Homeseer.

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You might want to consider the Elk M1 Gold as well. It does analog inputs -- something most other systems in its price class don't handle. If you plan to monitor and compare actual temperatures rather than simply respond when a binary sensor (e.g., a thermostat) reaches a given threshold, you'll want something capable of reading analog temperature inputs.

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