I’m getting excited about going to generic z-wave vs Iris which I was going to buy. I need a global perspective of someone who has built thier system and can tell me what not to do. I’m cross eyed after hours of reading posts. THANKS in advance for your time and help!!!
I do not want to get a dedicated security system!
I like the control and no fees of mi casa verde, but the video of iris (not the storage amount tho)
Would you get a vera3 or vera lite I cannot find clear reasons why I should get the vera3, other than vera3 is on it’s own wifi system and processes faster.Is very 3 needed for complex tasks or can vera lite handle this. What are the pros and cons of this? I have wifi, but I would rather buy vera3 for better camera feeds LAN ports vs WIFI, capabilities, etc if need be. I guess the vera3 system could stay in the home when I sell it and that person would not need wifi at all. I plan on selling in 2 to 3 years, if the market keeps getting better where I am. now that I think about it I could leave my old router as well bc I double V lite needs internet, but rather just the router, and I do have a router sitting around in a drawer. Thoughts?
My goal is: When a door is broken into, or motion sensor registers an intruder, a couple cameras turn on and either store the video on my pc drop box account and/or on the vera website; I would prefer to my phone also. I would also like a light in that zone to turn on and a notification to my cell so I can look at the video and call the cops if need be, or turn off the system at work from my cell if it’s someone I know or an accident. I would also like to be able to give a picture or video to the cops of the person and be able to zoom in on the video so see a face. I can easily get 1 to 3TB drive for little these days to store this footage.
Note: I already have the home depot 3m thermostat which may work with vera, but I don’t really need it to.
anything else would be wonderful e.g. lighting when getting home, curtains would be a dream, and home theater setups.
What I will probably buy in the first shot:
1.) Vera system 3 or lite
2.) schlage door lock
3.) 5 door sensors since all ground access is through doors of some type
4.) 3 to 4 cameras (1=garage, 2= main room/entrance, 3= rear entrance/kitchen, 4 camera coming up the stairs to the rooms if there is a time lag to when the video starts.
5.) probably a dozen light switches
6.) For my theater I would love curtain or blind motors that don’t cost more than $300. Otherwise I can walk 10 feet to shut the blinds.
I’m sure I will find more to buy
Please help recommend best cameras (I’m thinking foscam) and devices to get from your experience. I was going to get everything on Amazon probably due to the return policy and bc I am a Prime member, nut now I am thinking that may lead to incompatible or difficult devices for vera. Should I focus on radioshack with coupons/discounts instead?