Just bought a house and I’m starting a bit of a DIY remodel on a room to turn it into a dedicated home theater room involving some rewiring of the power circuits, adding some new circuits for some lights, and running in wall speaker wire, HDMI, etc. Room will have three different sets of dimmable lights as well as a ceiling fan. I have my A/V gear controlled by a Harmony remote. I would love to have a single universal remote that can control my A/V gear and the lights, but everything I have been reading seems to say that isn’t possible in the DIY world. Would have to go to some proprietary remote control with proprietary software and pay a dealer for the install and programming. No thank you. Next best option seems to be staying with my Logitech remote for the A/V gear (hmm or maybe I can convince my wife to let me get the latest and greatest new Harmony remote) and using something like Vera to control the lights and fan using an app on my phone or tablet. Vera does open up a many other possibilities too, especially with regards to a security alarm and cameras. I have a couple of things that are hanging me up though.
I work from home so I have to be careful with my network security to make sure I protect my clients data. Who makes the guts of the Vera wireless router? Do I lose any functionality if I shut off the Vera’s wireless and stay with my existing router setup?
What are the functionality differences between the Vera 3, Vera Lite, and the Vera Lite G. The website isn’t very clear on any potential functionality differences other than controlling fewer devices.
Any other A/V enthusiasts been down this road? What did you end up with for a remote control in your theater room? Anything you would change if you did it over?