Hello there all,
Been going through the Interwebs like crazy to find a realistic way of adding some of features to the house. X10, Z-Wave etc.
Still don't know which solution I'll be using, but one thing I'm hoping on using would be a Raspberry Pi (low power, always on, GPIO, etc).
Pretty much trying to avoid a using a laptop, but also adding some difficulty factor. Of course the whole setup has to be "wife proof" so
can't go too hardcore DIY (if you see my meaning, no offense to wives out there).
So far I'm gearing towards the Z-wave solution. Took a peek at something called Z-Wave.me thing, but no cloud services for me.
There are other methods to controlling Z-Wave stuff, but I'll admit so far OpenRemote does offer the "cute-factor". Which for the wife is good.
The "cute-factor" offered here also equals easy to use for the end-user. And seeing this is an Open Source project, maybe I'll be able to get my
hands dirty in some code... Hated Java back in school, actually I still do, but that's my problem. Will need to get over it.
I've read some people has had success installing the Controller application on the PI. A few have seemed to experienced what seems to be some resource
issues when having multiple pages with several images (referring to another thread: http://www.openremote.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=20450400&focusedCommentId=20451159#comment-20451159).
Has this behaviour been an issue when testing with the Raspberry Pi?
Guess it's logical, the more pages/panels/images more the server application works.
How does OpenRemote compare when run on other systems? (i.e: basic laptop running either Windows or Linux)
I'm also curious as how many remote controls, or clients, are supported using the Pi? I've read a few threads with people using several tablets at once. Just wondering how the Raspberry Pi would
fare when servicing 5 or 7 Android tablets. Or is this not really an issue.
There's also the part about the require JAR file (still under beta) that cannot be distributed.
What type of information is needed when e-mailing a request for this?
How does OpenRemote's support with Z-wave compare to other technologies such as X10?
Would X10 be easier to use?
Odds are I'm repeating questions already answered on the forum. I do apologize, I'm probably blind as I haven't really found all the answers.
More questions to come for sure...
Edit: Oh one more question. As far as using an Android tablet to controls lights etc. It's software depended. As in any new/cheap tablet running Android will do correct?