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Home Automation Controllers Under 400 US Dollars Comparison


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Vera EdgeVera PlusSmartThingsIrisWinkStaples ConnectZipatoNexiaHome Seer HomeTroller Zee S2Home Seer HomeTroller SEL
Manufacture Information
SupportPhone / Ticket / ForumPhone / Ticket / ForumOnline Chat / EmailPhone / WebsitePhonePhone <31 Days / Ticket / ForumPhone <31 Days / Ticket / Forum
Hardware Controller PriceLess than $100Less than $150Less than $100Less than $60Less than $100Less than $200Less than $200Less than $400
Monthly FeesNONENONENo / Yes Premium Services0$ - 9.99$/Month Premium PlanNONENO / YES Premium Services
Physical Size of ControllerH4.55" x W3.13" x D1.2"H7.71" x W5" x D1.33"Hub V2:4.2 x 4.9 x 1.3 inches.H5.6" x W4.3" x D1.35"4.4" x 3.8" 1" (113mm x 97mm x 27mm) - Excludes Z-Stick
Processor(s)600 MHZ MIPS SoC: Invalid value (format is: [-]1234.56USD)880 MHZ MIPS SoC: Invalid value (format is: [-]1234.56USD)1GHz ARM Cortex-A9700 MHZ CPU: Invalid value (format is: [-]1234.56USD)1.5 GHZ Dual Core CPU: Invalid value (format is: [-]1234.56USD)
MemoryNAND 128Mb DDR2 128MbNAND 128MB512MB DDR3 RAM, and 4GB FLASH512MB512Mb / 8Gb2Gb / 32Gb SSD
Warranty12 Months Free Replacement12 Months Free Replacement1 year limited
How many devices managed200+200+200+60
Controller Wired OutputsLAN. USB 2.0Gig LAN. USB 2.0LAN, USB x2LAN, USB x2LAN, USB x2, HDMI, Composite Video, Split AudioLAN, USB x3, HDMI, VGA, Split Audio
WIFI802.11 B,G,N802.11 B,G,N,AC2.4 & 5 ghz
Power Useage5 Watts7 Watts
Programming / Control
Apps for Android / IOSAndriod / IOSAndriod / IOSAndroid / IOSAndriod / IOSAndroid / IOSAndriod / IOSAndriod / IOS
Computer ClientsBrowser BasedBrowser BasedBrowser Based IDEHS3 Windows, Mac, Linux / HST3 WindowsHS3 Windows, Mac, Linux / HST3 Windows
User / Programming InterfaceUI7UI7GroovyHS3 This version on the Zee is limited and does not include the plug-in updater.HS3
Controller Features
Main UseControl Automation SecurityControl Automation SecurityControl Automation SecurityControl Automation SecurityControl Automation SecurityControl Automation SecurityControl Automation SecurityControl Automation Security
Z-WaveYesYesYesYesYesYesYes (Requires Z-Stick at extra cost)
Z-Wave +YesYesYesYes
ZigbeeNoYesYes Zigbee HA 1.2YesNoNo
InsteonYes *Yes *- Some 3rd Party IntegrationNoYesYes
Proprietary SensorsNoNoNoNoNoNo
Plug and play network connectionYesYesYesYes
Works Without Internet ConnectionYesYesNoYes
Controller Has Wired Network ConnectionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Controller Connect to LAN via WifiYESYESNo onboard wifiYesWith USB Adapter (15.95$)YES
Learns Your Routine and AdaptsNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Controller Battery BackupNoNoYes 4 AA battery backupYesNoNoNo
SirenYes *Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes *
Key FobsYes *Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes *
Controller has Built In RouterNoNoNoNoNoNo
Controller Has Built In CameraNoNoNoNoNoNo
Controller Has Built In SirenNoNoNoNoNoNo
App Store / Plugin'sYesYesYes Hard to get apps published to show in app, can still install 'unpublished' plugins through IDENoYesYes
User Config AutomationYesYesYesYesYesYes
Works with IFTTTYesYes
Renter FriendlyYesYesYesYesYes renter would need a wink accountYesYes
Handles IP CamerasYesYesYes Only certain official cameras, many more community supportedYes ProprietaryYes Only official supported camerasYesYes
Records VideoYes *Yes *Yes * With paid/premium
Handles Security SystemsYes *Yes *- *Yes ProprietaryNoYes *
Handles ThermostatsYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Handles A/V EquipmentYes *Yes *Yes *NoYes *No- SOME *
Handles Pool EquipmentYes *Yes *Yes *NoNoYes *
Handles Window CoveringsYes *Yes *- *NoYes
Handles Water Shut OffYes *Yes *Yes *Yes *Yes
Handles Weather StationsYes *Yes *Yes *NoYes *Yes *
Energy ManagementYesYesYes *YesYes
Insurance DiscountYes *Yes *Yes *YesYes *Yes *
Email NotificationsYesYesNoYesYes
Text NotificationsYesYesYesYesYes
Push NotificationsYesYesYesYes
Verbal NotificationsYes *Yes *Yes *YesYes
Controller Requirements
Power RequirementsAC PowerAC PowerAC PowerAC PowerAC Power
Static IP At Location NeededNoNoNoNo
Controller Network Installation NeededPlug and PlayPlug and PlayPlug and Play
In the Controller Box(1) Controller, (1) Power Supply, (1) Network Cable, Printed Instructions(1) Controller, (1) Power Supply, (1) Network Cable, Printed Instructions(1) SmartThings Hub (1) Quick-Start Guide (1) Power Supply (1) Ethernet cable (4) AA batteries(1) Controller, (1) Power Supply, (1) Network Cable, (4) AA Batteries(1) Wink Hub, (1) Power Supply, (1) Network Cable (w/ hub ver. 2)(1) Zipabox (1) Power Adapter (1) Ethernet Cable (1) Z-Wave Antenna (1) User Guide(1) Controller, (1) Power Supply, (1) Ethernet Cable, & much more. See web site.(1) Controller, (1) Power Supply, (1) Z-Wave License, (1) Insteon License
NotesTo compare all details of HomeSeer Controllers: compare all details of HomeSeer Controllers:
Hardware VersionWink Hub V1, Wink Hub V2
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  • Jamr on Mar. 24th 2017 6:23:12 PM

    This comparison chart is publicly maintained. Please verify the information you find here.

  • Gnik N. on Mar. 9th 2017 5:12:23 PM

    Please add the VeraSecure to the comparison. Thx