I wanted to reach out to this forum get some feedback/opinions/information regarding the creation of web pages to control my home. I originally purchased Homeseer and used the web-based pages to control my homes lighting, temperature, security, etc. I quickly found that MainLobby scenes would take the visual interface to the next level. I purchased ML and created scenes that I now use for my control when I am at home. I would love to extend the professional look/feel of ML to flash-based web pages that can be used to control my home from the internet.
I did some research on both the Homeseer and ML forums and realized that there has not been a lot discussion in this arena. From a technical perspective, it does appear that web pages can be created to interface with ML or Homeseer. I have reviewed the samples provided in the .../html folder of ML and it seems like the barriers appear to be more around the time/effort needed to generate the web pages. I am currently trying to gather information to determine if it is worth the effort. I have a series of questions/statements that I am looking for feedback on. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I also think that a professional looking web-based interface would be a great addition to my overall solution and may eventually have commercial potential to sell to secondary home owners to control/monitor their homes remotely.
1) I would like to have a uniform look between both my ML scenes and website. Is there any way to utilize the existing flash objects contained within the ML libraries in the web page?
2) Is it best to interface directly w/ Homeseer (events, scripts, state info, etc.) or interface directly w/ ML? HS is interfacing with all of my lights, cameras and thermostats so I am assuming that I should communicate directly with it. Can HS handle calls from a web page? Are there any advantages/disadvantages to this?
4) I am assuming I will also need to utilize AJAX technology for accessing current state information (volume, light status, etc.). Anything I should take into account for this?
Any thoughts/advice on this would be great. I don’t have a lot of experience in HA or web development but I thought this would be a great addition to my overall HA solution.