Is anybody using Z-Wave directly in Misterhouse?
From: Rick Naething [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:16 AM
To: The main list for the MisterHouse home automation program
Subject: Re: [mh] open-zwave
I jumped into z-wave with both feet early 2011 during the big radio shack sale. I've since added quite a bit of Intermatic devices when they went on sale. Probably about 35 z-wave devices online right now. After using a Micasaverde Vera 2 for about a year
and a half I just upgraded to the Micasaverde 3. I've been very happy with both devices, although the extra ram in the Vera Light and Vera 3 (64 and 128MB) make them big improvements over the Vera 2 (32MB).
The provide a nice external interface that you can easily interface with Perl. As Chris said you can use Lua on the device itself to write plugins. There are a few very nice free mobile apps for the Vera. Even if you want to use Misterhouse for all your
control the fact that Vera hides all the z-wave implementations for you may make it worth it. It also has a nice interface to DSC (and other) alarm panels. Any security sensors could easily be exposed over the Perl interface.
Incidently, there is a store called Automated Outlet (http://www.automatedoutlet.com/
) out of Houston that has quite a bit of Intermatic still on sale. Through their ebay store (http://myworld.ebay.com/automatedoutletstore/
they still have some Intermatic CA600 dimmers on sale for 6 for $99. I know nothing about them other than I've placed three orders that were fulfilled promptly. I've been averaging about $20 a device which is probably low for Z-wave, but if you shop around
(and maybe have a bit of luck) it doesn't have to be too expensive.
On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 6:56 PM, Michelle Dupuis
I'm about to buy my first zwave items too....so I was hoping for a better response on the misterhouse list...
>I'd love to hear about this as well. Is anyone using Misterhouse with zwave?
I was one of the very few using Z-Wave with Misterhouse and did so for 4 or 5 years. About 8 months ago I switched to a VeraLite from Mi Casa Verde. I still use Misterhouse but a lot of what it did has shifted to the VeraLite.
Just a few of the benefits of the VeraLite is it works right out of the box. You can write code for it to suite your needs, plus there are a lot of others that can help you with everything from scene scripting to writing in Vera's native language. The main
user interface is Web based and can be logged onto via a secure channel with about anything with a browser such as an iPhone.
The Vera is very small, draws very little power, runs Linux and uses Lua as a programming language.
I am not knocking Misterhouse but if you want to go the Z-Wave route on it, you are going to be very much on your own. A Z-Wave USB stick is $50 and no support, the VeraLite $180 on Amazon and plenty of support.
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