Hello everyone. I’ve been lurking on here for quite awhile now trying to stay abreast of what’s possible and what’s new with C4. This is a great forum for guys like me!
I am in the middle of a significant renovation (more of a new build actually) and am really trying to nail down a home automation plan. Prior to the reno we had Nest t-stats, nest cameras, Lutron switches, Alexa, Google home (was trying to decide which one) and Sonos equipment (amps, connect, subs, play bars, play 1’s and 3’s). We loved the ability to tell Alexa to turn on and off the lights. Also having music streamed all over the house from Apple Music and Spotify was great.
The downside was that everything was an APP. And a busy kitchen had 5 gang, 4 gang and 3 gang boxes to control the lighting. We had to put labels on the switches to figure out what switch did what!
Now I have the opportunity to fix all that. However, the more that I read, the more I find compatibility issues. For example: I can not seamlessly use my Apple or Spotify music and I can not really integrate the NEST gear into C4.
I like the lighting solution using keypads to consolidate switches. My concern is that once I go down the road of panel mounted controllers, there’s no turning back as technology evolves. Do you see panel control as the trend?
Do you guys feel that Google, Amazon or Google are quickly taking over C4’s ability to provide a cutting edge whole home automation solution?