I need some advice - and while netmf doesn’t need to be part of the solution (and in fact, most likely won’t) I know there’s a lot of people here who have experience in this area and can provide input.
I have a commercial device on my home network that has a web server that has a number of simple HTTP POST REST interfaces to control the device (my AC unit). There’s a proprietary method for controlling the device from an app on the internet, but it only supports iOS and android, and I want a more general (but still secure) way to control this so I can use it from my Windows PC and Windows Phone.
This seems like a “standard” home automation setup, of which I have nil real exposure. Like all HA systems, I can see this expanding to more than just the AC control (at least monitoring of temperatures, door states from reed switches via Fez devices, solar inverter status/output etc), so thinking that a more “robust” solution than a one-off might be longer term beneficial.
So I’m thinking about options. I don’t want to just open a port through the router - in fact that’s probably something I don’t want to do, I’d prefer to use a command-and-control channel like Azure IoT Hub does, that needs no inbound network access. I like solutions that are secure out of the box (I know, that’s a relative measure and probably a pipe dream, but I’m not a Linux security expert for example and I don’t want to become one, just to secure something - yes, I’m looking at you node-red). I don’t want to have to spend lots of time writing an app, so a pre-canned, simple to modify mobile web site would be a good starting point.
Anyone with suggestions? Anyone recently embarked on this and can describe their findings?