Ok, just moved to a new place, and managed to relocate all my HomeKit and other automation to the new house.
So at the new house, I run 2 x HomePods and 1 x ATV4 as the home hubs.
I’ve got Telstra NBN, and run their v2 modem as the main hotspot, covering the front of the house, and a Netgear R9000 as an AP covering the rear. The house comes with CAT6 with ports down and up, which is helpful.
I’ve got August for the front door entry, iSmartGate for both garage and gate, Eve door sensors for doors, including for our fridge doors (as kids sometimes leave them open), Eve watering system, and Eve switch for our printer. I’ve also put up the six OMNA cameras around the house.
I’ve decided to leave out the Philips Hue lights (can’t be bothered upgrading the downlights) and Soma automated blinds (they are not as useful as I thought they were).
Re non-homekit stuff:
I’ve added internet modules to our heating/cooling and security systems too.
I’ve added two Ring doorbells to front door and front gate.
The house came with 24/7 CCTV cameras, which are internet enabled already.
So all in all, I’m quite happy with what’s been set up.
An example of a real life use case:
Last week, a delivery man rang the front gate Ring, carrying a box. No one was home. I answered the Ring on my phone from work, opened the front gate via the Home app, and told him to leave the package near the front door. I watched him do it via the Ring and CCTV cameras. When he was done, I closed the gate remotely.
I could have let him into the garage or house even, but didn’t need to.
So far, so good.
What am I thinking of adding? A lawnmowing robot actually. Will let you know if I get one. Would be interested to know if anyone here has one.