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    Default Advice for an experienced user who has run out of puff

    Hello there, I'm new to the forum after extensive use in the 1999 - 2002 period, when I installed a Homevision and Cumfort system. Since them technology has moved on, HV is no longer made or supported, X10 annoys the hell out of me, ands in short the system need a thourough overhaul and update.
    My question is this, given that there is a huge spread of proprietory and open source HA options, and that life is too short to re-learn it all myself, how do I go about finding a systems integrator who will come up with the best option rather then the option which they happen to sell?

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    I was pretty much in EXACT same position as you! Initially in 2000/2001 built my house around x10,homevision and comfort, and overtime got rid of homevision. Also wanted to get rid of x10, but keep comfort, so did a bit of research and chose an alterntaive to x10 (had always looked at cbus or eib, but found it to be way too expensive for me).

    Anyway, wrote a bit of an overview of my move from x10 you can see it here if you want

    https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1z...GVJdnY3WGtYamM

    there are lots of options for different technologies, and lots of pros/cons etc, so the above is just my experience.

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    I think a solution similar to Wexfordman would probably suit you since you have the Comfort system.
    I rather like the Loxone system and its not that hard to learn, as the online video tutorials are great. I hope to get my hands on one early next year. You can have a play with the config software without the need for the miniserver. And there is also a built in simulator so you can simulate the set up before you upload it to the miniserver.
    The only other one I like is Idratek, and this has its own forum space on here.
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    Wexfordman, that is a very interesting document. My only grumble with Comfort is the unfriendly programming interface, but having said that I have a first generation board and configurator 1. I will look much closer at the options surrounding Comfort, if I can find a local dealer.

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