I'm working on a project for my blog called Smart Home on Wheels. Basically, I want to create a series of articles for others that live in their RV full time like us to bring the automation of their traditional home into their new mobile life. I had been tooling around with different computers and software, trying to figure out what to use that would work the best, be customizable, and be able to instruct others how to do it on their own.
I came across a few posts here about Smart Home automation with a Raspberry Pi, so I figured I'd give it a shot. If anyone can help me with this, I'd appreciate it.
Basically, I want the Smart Home on Wheels to have a media server (I can do that with Plex and Raspbian), have file sharing (we have two MacBooks, and I'd like to have TimeMachine backups over Wifi), and be able to control everything through either our iPhones or our Android tablet. I have no problem with those three features being different Pi's. They are cheap enough and small enough that I can put a few in and not worry about it.
I was searching here and came across Prota OS, which seems like a great idea for the Smart Home on Wheels, but each post I read about it made it seem like an advertisement and not an actual walkthrough. Does anyone have any experience with Prota?
I'm going to be adding a DC powered Zwave unit for the lights in the RV since they are all DC powered. I'd also like to add security cameras both inside and outside that I can access remotely. The RV almost always has an internet connection, so that's easy enough. I'm not sure what else I'd like to build into it though, maybe a thermometer inside and outside that we can access from our phones. If its possible, I'd also like something that alerts me if the AC power goes out. Right now, the LTE modem is connected to DC power and the RV batteries, so even if power goes out, internet still is available.
Cost really isn't an issue, but as I proceed with these articles, I have to be able to tell non-techy people how to do it, so the less soldering the better. Hell, if I can somehow figure out how to set up the core Smart Home Pi as a hub, I could even resell them as complete packages if that's allowed with raspberrypi.org.
Any one have any additional info to share or have anywhere I can read more info to get a better handle on this all? I'm not a super user with Raspbian, I've built a couple and am comfortable enough with a command line, but I'm not really much of a programmer either.