Simple is the easy answer for your home automation project. Simple is of course the basis of the blogs I’ve been writing over the past week. I have argued for many years that the very process of designing solutions themselves should incorporate the rules of simple. I call it the simple architecture process. The goal of the simple architecture process is to make things simple from design to documentation. The solution can be complex, the documentation needs to be simple.
Your home project is the same. The first recommendation I made is make sure you have a solid network. Design and segment your network. Remember how things are connected and remember where things are connected. Create zones and if there is an issue verify your problems.
The other side of complexity is Murphy’s law, adding things to your system to improve it and eventually something will break. More layers of functionality create greater issues of complexity. Murphy said “work on something long enough to improve it and it will break.
So the recommendation for today’s Home Automation blog is to document your system. Document how your network and evaluate what you are documenting. Make sure you know where all their connections should be. Document the what and how of the device you have. What is expected, how is it delivered.
Just to recap:
- Design your network with segments.
- Make sure you Wi-Fi works all around your house.
- Document where things connect and what you expect them to produce.