Maybe this is a stupid question, but…
Is a home gateway/controller like the Homeseer Hometroller basically an expensive Vera on steriods? What I mean is if I’m looking for a DIY z-wave home controller (like Vera), but I want the “Rolls Royce” version (and am willing to pay the premium), do I get everything Vera does for me today, with no compromises, and preferably more reliability? Or are there things that Vera can do that even something as expensive as the Homeseer Hometroller cannot? Is Vera more flexible? Or is the Homeseer what Vera aspires to be someday?
I’m asking, not because I want to get rid of my Vera, but because I use my Vera in my vacation home, and while it’s basically getting the job done, I sometimes feel like I just don’t know what I’m in for every time I login to Findvera.com. I’ve had device issues, dongle lockup issues, Findvera not accessing my unit, etc. All that stuff has been mostly manageable, except that I’ve come to rely on Vera to manage my vacation home remotely, and I just don’t have huge confidence in reliability. I guess I’m getting tired of wondering whether or not I’ll be able to turn on the A/C before my next visit - half the time it works, the other half of the time something seems to go wrong.
So, the thought was to go ahead and setup Vera in my main home - make it a little hobby/science project where I can at least have direct access to it most of the time - and put something rock solid in the vacation home so I don’t have to think about it anymore.
Would I be achieving my goal by spending a boatload of money on a Homeseer Hometroller? Or would I be wasting my money? Interested in opinions.