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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Quote Originally Posted by apdoc2004 View Post
    I bought a house where the previous owner had installed Control 4 (house was built in 2011). I have now lived in it for ~ 4 years. This is my experience -- not a single day goes by without me wishing I could get rid of this damn thing! Whole home automation is way overrated. I have been paying ~ 1500 dollars every year to my control 4 vendor just to troubleshoot and fix problems as they come up. I must have spent $5000 so far -- this does not include any system improvements (which would cost a lot more). A total money pit! Other people might have a different opinion.
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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Big B, thank you. I'm leaning towards skipping home automation, except for lighting.

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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke97 View Post
    Big B, thank you. I'm leaning towards skipping home automation, except for lighting.

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    Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    I would skip it all together.


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    I have amx creston RTI and Lurton systems in several location , it works wonderfully But.., I wrote the codes myself ! Without total control
    I wouldnít touch it!

    One of the biggest advantages is that all user interface in all the locations is identical, it makes life easier
    I build it to be super easy super stupid and very limited

    Btw I kept away from touch screens all together




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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    When we downsized to a more moderate home, I had "the" guy in town put in two systems. One plain AV system in the bedroom, and one a bit more fancy in the Den, which branched out to disparate speakers throughout the house. The was done with 2 Control4 systems. (2013 ish) Plain and simple - it sucked, it was slow, and more importantly, my wife could/would not use it. (hated it).

    I ended up de-activating the bedroom system, which we don't use. I ripped out the Den control unit, and sold it for pennies. I use Sonos to run the house audio, and a Logitech Harmony unit to run the Den AV system. Very happy wife (!!!) - happy life.

    I use a very simple harmony remote in my study to control the video gear. I use Alexa to control the lights in that room. The Bricasti has a simple remote.

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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Hi Mike, no32 & Bones 13,

    Thank you for your input. My decision is NO AUTOMATION SYSTEM.

    I'm surprised that no one on this forum posted a comment that basically said they were totally satisfied with a home automation system. I know of a few people that have had very good experience with home automation. However, these were all for very large homes and the cost of the original set-up and ongoing maintenance is major. Also, I figured that given incredible stereo systems on AudioShark, there would be a few people who went all-in on automation and really liked it. So far at least, that is clearly not the case.

    FYI, my wife started a similar thread on Houzz. She got a lot of comments similar to here (actually way more passionate "hell no!") The Houzz input was consistent: don't do it!

    Again, I appreciate everyone's input and really like this forum as a way to share information. And even better, I now have more funds to buy stuff from Mike!

    As a final thought, if anyone has a different perspective about home automation, I'd appreciate it if you post your experience.

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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    We installed Control4 in our new home 2 years ago. Yes, it was expensive to install but we have been very happy with it. Other than the yearly license, we havenít had any expenses.

    My only complain is that anytime we want to change a component, a configuration change to Control4 is required.

    Lastly, with systems like this, having an expert dealer with good customer service is essential.

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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Thereís nothing wrong with any of the products, the issue is the programmer , in most cases they donít really understand the needs and they copy paste previous projects. In other situations one programmer start the job and replaced with another that never interviewed the customer and patch the system.


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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke97 View Post

    ...I'm surprised that no one on this forum posted a comment that basically said they were totally satisfied with a home automation system...
    I'm totally satisfied with my CBUS home automation system. Doesn't cost me a penny to maintain. Any system changes I can tweak myself with the free toolkit software. And it was invented in Australia, which is where your Wifi was also invented.
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    Re: Savant vs. Control4 vs. Elan for home automation

    Quote Originally Posted by no32 View Post
    Thereís nothing wrong with any of the products, the issue is the programmer...
    Yes, that's the problem. These products intentionally lock out end users from making even the slightest changes to the programming. Yet the competencies of the "certified integrators", who are the only people who can, is the reason for much of the dis-satisfaction for the end-user experience.
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