I was about ready to pull the trigger on a Pentair Easytouch system with SWCG, until I read more about the ScreenLogic2 software. Apparently, you cannot control this via an Android phone. I can control pretty much the rest of my house with my Android loaded with MobiLinc, and my house wired up with Insteon switches, etc. I can control my whole-house audio with a Squeezebox app that controls two different Squeezebox duet receivers. I can even control my TV and BluRay player with Android apps. But, I don't understand why it's not possible to control such an expensive piece of hardware like an Easytouch or Intellitouch system with an Android.
So, for someone not needing lighting or landscape lighting automation, what would be a good automation system? I have pretty much all Pentair stuff, so the obvious choice is to stay with them. But, I think their automation system, and other major vendors that have their stuff based on RS485 is so 1990s. Given that microservers can be purchased for less than $100 these days, would it be that hard to incorporate a WiFi and/or Cat5e based system with a standard HTML web server so that you could access the controls via any web browser?
I've recently seen that Intermatic has put out a somewhat scaled down system that allows one to control multispeed pumps like the Intellitouch via an RS485 connection. Called the MultiWave, it appears to interact with wireless controllers via the Z-wave home automation protocol. Anyone have any experience with the MultiWave products?
Anyone else frustrated by this? What are the best options here?