I ended up choosing HomeSeer as my platform for home automation. One of the driving factors was price - they ran a half price sale around Black Friday. When I compared it to Charmed Quark I found that it was not only cheaper but easier to develop. Many of the Charmed Quark interfaces were outdated, and while they can be developed for a "minimal fee", I would rather have the freedom to browse devices without wondering if/how long it will take to get a driver.

The software was installed on Windows 2008 R2. The instance is one of 3 platforms being ran on my VMWare Dragon Box

  • Intel Xeon E3-1230 “Sandy Bridge” – 3.2GHz, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 8MB
  • Supermicro X9SCM-F – Intel C204, Dual GigE, IPMI w/Virtual Media
  • 16GB (4 x 4GB) Kingston 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333
  • Lexar Echo ZX 16GB Thumbnail drive
  • Rosewill 450 watt Platinum Certified power supply

It is a very "green" setup with no hard drives on board. The VMware boots from the thumbnail drive and the instances reside on a NAS box. Everything is powered through a UPS that gives 20 minutes for the entire network including the router. I have a single Z-Troller connected via USB directly off the Supermicro board.

For the CCTV I chose to use Blue Iris and the integration between HomeSeer and their package works well. For cameras I am using the Foscam-FI8910W for the inside locations. I like them, the detail is really good and they have night vision. They are my primary motion detectors at the moment. The rest of the hardware is Z-Wave. I am using a couple of wall switches and a thermal, light, motion sensor in the basement and upstairs. Once I have this running smoothly I will add smoke and CO2 along with a new thermostat. Eventually the humidity sensors will trigger the humidifier so it only runs when needed.

One last thing, if you happen to be using a Cisco RV110W you will find that there is a bug in the firewall regarding port forwarding. I was given a beta copy of new firmware and it seems to have resolved the problem. More information is at this thread on the Cisco forum. It has taken over 1.5 years for this fix to be put in place, making Cisco routers a choice of last resort in the future for me.