First at all I would like to thank you for the great site, the software and the getting started videos.
This is my first post in this site. I am used to work with Arduino, sensors, motors, etc. but I am new to Home Automation systems.
I need remote access to some sensors and relays for a heating system and I am considering two alternatives to build the nodes:
- arduino nano + nRF24L01 + sensor/relay
- esp8266 + sensor/relay
Let me ask my questions directly and then, later below I will give more details on my specific project.
- What could be easier to set up and get it working?
- What could work better in terms of less interferences from other systems or into other systems?
- What could be more durable in time (don’t want to replace parts or have to fix problems very often).
- Which one do you think it will be used more in the future or could have more support in the future?
I think factors like money, distance between nodes and power requirements may not be limiting factors for my specific project because both alternatives are reasonable cheap, I leave in a small flat (small distances) and I am not planning to use replaceable batteries in my nodes (will use wall plug power suppliers for the nodes).
If there is something else, I should be considering or a better third alternative please let me know.
I provide below details on what I will use this for:
I want to automate the hot water heating system in my flat. Also in the future, I would like to control some lights, motorise some blinds/curtains, etc but at the moment I am focused on heating system.
More specifically I would like to control a motorised valve of every radiator of my house based on a predefined weekly program plus information from temperature sensors plus possibility of overwriting program manually at any time by connecting to a web site (may be using domoticz or similar).
I think I have almost all hardware I need at the moment to start doing a prove of concept of the heating system except for the communications parts of sensors and actuators which I am not really sure.
I followed the links of mysensors store and I have just ordered a few pieces of both esp8266 and nRF24L01+. That section of the site is very useful to make sure I get the right thing.