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  • Looking for missing ideas!

    Greetings..

    I am in the process of building a new moderate sized house and will be using Homeseer as my automation controller. In my current house I use an OMNIPro with UBP light switches and a few other misc interfaces with some success, but UPB has been a bit difficult due to noise sources and a split panel house wiring layout.

    I have a build thread on the garage journal about the house build itself:
    https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/...d.php?t=409988

    And here is a picture of the current build status:

    http://www.sponaugle.com/newhouse/DJI_0724a.jpg

    I”m doing the low-voltage wiring myself, and have developed a pull plan for the drops. I would love to get any feedback on my plan so far. I am especially interested in areas that I am forgetting about as it relates to low voltage wire. Based on what I have planned right now I’ll have:

    ~54 camera drops
    ~22 Wireless AP drops
    ~90 data drops
    ~40 speaker drops

    All of the network related drops will have 2 Cat6A cables, and there are also some dedicated conduits to TV locations, as well as 6 fiber drops from the dedicated server room to some strategic places in the house. The high number of AP drops is to provide support for future 60GHz line of site standards, as you would certainly not need that many APs for 802.11AC. I am mostly concerned with areas of the house I will want to automate that I have not thought of, and will have not wire for.

    My current automation plan includes:
    All of the light switches (Homeseer Z-wave)
    All of the cameras
    Presence detection in most rooms
    Some type of lock integration, although that is mixed as I want to use Abloy Protec 2s.
    Garage door integration
    Blinds Integration
    HVAC integration (3 furnaces, plus a dedicated HVAC for the server room, and an evac system in the shop)
    Doorbell
    Some utility measurement integration (water flow, gas flow)
    Front gate and driveway sensor integration ( and a CAN based lighting system)
    Alarm integration (I am planning on a hardwired OmniPro)
    Fire alarm and smoke detector integration
    Some AV integration (speaker/sound distribution in particular)
    UPS integration
    Power line monitoring integration for all circuits (2 meters, 600amp and 200amp) CTs on every branch.
    Solar Panel integration (primarily just power production monitoring)
    Generator integration ( 36kw Genset with load shedding)
    Antenna Integration (for a telescoping antenna mast for ham radio)
    External Infrared heaters, Pool heater integration.

    Is there anything obvious missing from that list? I"m an electrical engineer, so my focus has been on system integration, so I have probably overlooked something obvious!

    Jeff

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    Nice project!

    -This plugin here : https://forums.homeseer.com/forum/3r...-soon-meiunifi is a must have.

    If you are doing solar consider this bad boy here : https://www.warmteservice.nl/Elektra...00W/p/07701560 or similar as you are the US.

    And AV this here : https://www.pulse-eight.com/ is one hell of a unit.


    Tip : I don't know if you like Windows but you will find Windows Servers good on auto backing up your systems (especially HomeSeer), you just roll back in a few simple steps and you're up and running!

    Eman.
    The Closer.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Eman View Post
      Nice project!
      -This plugin here : https://forums.homeseer.com/forum/3r...-soon-meiunifi is a must have.
      Excellent, as I am running Ubiquiti APs and switches.

      Originally posted by Eman View Post
      If you are doing solar consider this bad boy here : https://www.warmteservice.nl/Elektra...00W/p/07701560 or similar as you are the US.
      Interesting. On my current house I have 44 panels with microinverters, and I would be tempted to do the same on the new house. Microinverters have some significant advantages when you are in an area with highly variable shading across the panels.

      Originally posted by Eman View Post
      And AV this here : https://www.pulse-eight.com/ is one hell of a unit.
      Tip : I don't know if you like Windows but you will find Windows Servers good on auto backing up your systems (especially HomeSeer), you just roll back in a few simple steps and you're up and running!
      Eman.
      That is a nice looking matrix! Thanks! I'll run homeseer on my VMWare cluster, so it will auto snapshot, migrate in the cluster, and have offsite backup. For the new house I'm building a new 3 node VMWare cluster with fiber SAN storage, so that will be adequate for the automation plus all of the video storage. I currently have a 40TB ZFS backend, but that will be 200TBs in the new setup. Thanks for the tips!!

      Jeff


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      • #4
        Hi Jeff,

        don`t forget to install Irrigation system.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Adamo View Post
          Hi Jeff,

          don`t forget to install Irrigation system.
          Yea, I didn't put that on there as I was originally trying to avoid having one. This house is in the forest on a 20 acre lot with about 90% tree coverage. However, there will be some irrigation for plants near the front door, so that is a great catch, and I'll add it to the list. Thanks!
          Jeff

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