We support Individuals and small businesses in setting up and running their computers. We have had a few clients as about Home automation and controlling via their PCs (or Macs). Typically the brief is.

To be controllable via Ipod touch (wifi enabled house)

to be expandable

avoid proprietary systems unless good reason not to (x10 is mentioned a lot, also BBSB domia lite Harmony ?)

as well as on/off dim-able also programmable e.g. socket off at 23.30 > on at 6.30am

I think the best way forward is for us to buy a small system and just try it out then we can answer with confidence what the pros and cons are

What would be your suggestion as to the best system to go for given the brief above

Regards and thanks