I've been browsing the web for a while, looking at different options, and I'd like some advice on the following:
I'm looking for hardware and software recommendations. I will be moving to a recent construction (2003) with incorporated cat5e. The house is of typical US construction (wood/sheetrock). I will also have a linux box running 24/7, although I would not mind having an independent (USB?) controller. I also have a netgear b/g wireless router running.
My aims are to have the following:
Voice-controlled operation, voice messages from the computer on speakers throughout the house (which should also be able to play music). The speakers should also be selectable, so I can listen to different music/paging in different rooms simultaneously. How easy is it to install and run cabling for speakers? Which is a good set (I've seen the M60 a lot) for PA & music? How can I do multi-zone control?
Light control by web interface (and voice). Dimming is not a big deal, since I plan to put CFL bulbs wherever I can. Also controlling some basic appliances (eg automatic window blinds open/close, etc).
I would also like to have one or more security cameras running, monitored via web server/TV. Interface to TV, so I can watch movies on my network storage, etc. If possible, also include control of the TV by the computer.
I'd also like to include various thermometers (eg Tini/iButton/PICs), and would be happy to have PIC systems/controllers running the show. Although, for lights, it seems X10 is pretty much the standard.
I'd also like to have it look as clean/professional as possible... :)
As for software, I happy with anything that works; although I'm leaning towards MisterHouse.
Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated!