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Posted - 02/14/2017 :  09:57:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm in the planning stages of building a new home and I'd like to build smart home wiring and expansion potential into the construction. Lurking on the forums I've seen tips here and there, like make the junction boxes bigger, but I haven't found a list of things that are really nice to have. I've settled on the ISY controller using mostly Insteon devices and I know that I want things hard-wired as well as controlled with remotes. It may just be that I'm old, but I don't want to have to search for a remote or a cell phone to turn on a light or answer the door bell. It's a nice option, but so is hitting a wall switch. What should the architect be building in to the wiring and design?

What worries me is all the stuff that I don't know. I've talked to some home automation people where I live and they all want to sell me their preferred and proprietary systems that cost a fortune, have monthly fees, and they maintain. I'm not sure why the idea of a smart home that's not on the internet is such a difficult concept for them, but I think I'm going to have to do it myself. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

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Posted - 02/14/2017 :  1:18:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Virtually all Insteon devices can be installed using standard wiring throughout. It's important to have a neutral wire in each box, but that's standard code wiring now. But, on occasion a switch loop may not, so it's important to remind the electrical contractor of that requirement.

I recommend at least two duplex receptacles on each side of a bed instead of the usual one duplex receptacle. Load the kitchen with outlets, as well. For neatness, don't combine an outlet and switch in the same box, common in bathrooms.

A switch at each entry to a room and for outside lights, too. Tubing with a drag line for Cat6 and any other low voltage devices, such as video and sound. There are wireless methods, but wired is always more dependable.

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