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Published on October 30, 2010 By Draginol In Gadgets & Electronics

So we’re in the process of setting things up so that a series of computers runs the lights, audio, televisions, heat, etc.

We’re using Control4 and so far, I’m mixed on whether I like it or not.  It has both an iPhone and iPad app which is a major plus.  But its user interface (in those apps) is terrible and ugly (ugly to the point of being distracting).

Given the popularity of Control4, I wonder if I’m missing something given how awful and primitive it seems to be so far.  Its ability to hook up with Lutron (lighting) is nice and it does work but I guess I was expecting a much better experience with it than I’ve gotten so far in terms of usability.

I’ll keep you up to date on how it’s going.

on Nov 01, 2010

Just curious, but about how much does a decent setup using control4 and the needed hardware run you?  I've been interested in home automation for some time, but not sure if the cost to get it up and running is prohibitive. 

I'm curious to see how things pan out also as I might follow in your footsteps.