Control Your Home Lights and Appliances with Your Smartphone
Home Automation is Easier than You May Think
Mention home automation to many people and their eyes glaze over. “Too technical,” they say. “I don’t understand what you’re talking about.” But when you tell them that home automation can make their home safer, more convenient and more fun – their eyes light up and they want to know more. Is that you?
Think for a minute about all the tasks around your home that can be accomplished through home automation – turning lamps on and off via the internet, dimming lights from a distance, remotely controlling projection screens and window shades, adjusting thermostats while you are away from home via a computer or web-based phone, controlling garden lights.
Maybe you’re not interested in extreme home automation – or doing everything remotely. But there are one or two tasks that would improve your own life style – for example, remote control of thermostats and porch lights while you are away from home. You don’t want to spend a lot of money. And you want a system that is reliable. How do you get started?
You want inexpensive home automation
It wasn’t too long ago when home automation was the near-exclusive province of installers and high-priced equipment. And the technology wasn’t available for remote control over the Internet. Today there are inexpensive home automation systems that have been designed and produced for easy installation, and for control via the web.
If you already have a computer, a modem and a router, you can easily add an inexpensive controller and lamp control modules. They do not require rewiring your electrical outlets. Simply plug the modules into existing outlets and plug your lamps into the module. Plug your controller module into another outlet and connect it to your router.
You want reliable home automation
You want your system to work reliably. Improved products are on the market today that combine powerline and wireless signals to control your system seamlessly and reliably. Powerline signals use your existing house wiring to communicate between controls, and wireless signals are sent over specified radio frequencies. The combination of powerline and wireless technology improves reliability and extends the range of tasks you may automate.
Try a starter home automation system
You want to get started, but you don’t want to jump in with both feet. Many people getting started begin with an INSTEON Starter Kit -- Light Dimming system that you can control with your Smartphone.
Home automation is easier than you think.