I am setting up a new office inside a house built in the 1960s. It is going to need a lot of electrical work including upgrading the service from 60-amp to 200-amp. I am thinking “Maybe this would be a good time to rip out all of the switches and outlets and replace them with the smart home standard.” But as I poke around I find that the smart home still exemplifies the old adage that “The wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.” smarthome.com offers INSTEON, UPB, X10, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and WiFi, for example.
“The dumb state of the smart home”, a January 2014 article, is not encouraging:
not all ZigBee products can communicate with each other, and that’s a major problem for what’s intended to be a standard.
Can it really be that a country that figured out to cover itself in McMansions while making German investors pay for it all cannot figure out how a PC can turn on a light?