I'm in the middle of the quoting process for my new pool. One of the items that I originally did not plan on was an Automation system. I figured I could do without it to save some cash, then later on I could add it myself. But, as I go farther into the project, I realized that it would get very old to have to turn all the valves, switches ect... to use all the functions in my pool. I'm having a VS pump, Pentair Intellibrite color changing LED's, Water features, Spa built into my pool and SWG. Not to mention landscape lights and cleaning system. In the end, I figure forking over the extra cash upfront for the Easy Touch 8 system will be well worth it.
So here's the question, my PB put together a full Pentair SWG system for me that included the Easy Touch with wireless controller. I figure that controller alone is a $500.00 add-on. So would it be worth it to have him delete the controller from the build and just purchase the Autelis w/ wireless bridge for $330.00 and use my phone instead of the Pentair wireless controller? If I went ahead with the Pentair controller which wouldn't give me internet based control and then later added the Autelis, I would pretty much make the controller obsolete?