Smart Home Products for your Home
Remote Lighting Control
Remotely Controlling and Monitoring Your Garage Door
Remote IR Control
Remote Temperature Control
What do I do if I don’t have a neutral wire?
Double-tap an Insteon Switch to Turn the Lights Off Throughout the House
Control Your Personal Steam Bath with Insteon
Controlling and Automating Pool Attachments with Insteon
Outsmart a Burglar – How to Automatically Turn On An Inside Light With Outside Motion
Control All the Lights in the House from a Single Location
View a Camera at Your Front Door and Control Your Porch Light from a Smart Device
Know When Your Kids Turn Their Bedroom Lights On or Off from a Keypad in Your Bedroom
Get a Text Message or E-mail to Your Cell Phone if a Door or Window Opens
Automatically Turn Off Lights When You Arm Your Security System
Control Insteon Devices with HomeLink
Have Your Lights Turn on Automatically When You Open Your Garage Door
Lighting Control Solutions & Audio/Video Solutions
Never Walk to Bed in the Dark Again
Set the Perfect Mood for Valentine’s Day
Don’t Come Home to a Dark House
Fun, Easy KeypadLinc Scene Ideas
Make Any Built-in Light an Insteon Light
Possibilities of an Insteon KeypadLinc
The Different Types of Wall Timers
Energy Efficient Substitutes For Incandescent Bulbs
Timer-Activated Holiday Lights
Holiday Lighting Made Easy with Insteon
Controlling A/V Components Through Walls
Attaching a Subwoofer to a Home Theater
Enjoy the Big Game the Smarthome Way
Whole Home HD Video Distribution
What Kind Of Cable Is Right For My Home?
Protecting Electronic Equipment
Distributing Music from a Smartphone or Tablet
Security Solutions & Convenience Solutions
Monitor Your Home From Anywhere
Using Motion Sensors Outdoors
Keeping an Eye on Your Children
Know When Someone Enters Your Driveway
Never Get Locked Out Of Your House
Building a Home Surveillance & Recording System
Water Heater Shut-Off
Smart Home Product Recommendations
Prevent Car Dings and Marred Walls
Intercom Systems that Connect in Seconds
Products that Make Seniors’ Lives Easier
Upgrade Your Thermostat in 5 Easy Steps
Automate Your Fireplace
10 Products That Can Save You Thousands
Energy Saving Solutions Pet Care Solutions
Innovative Products to Lower your Electricity Bill
Keep Your Attic from Overheating
Save Energy the Smarthome Way
How Solar Technology Benefits You and Our Planet
Save Money with Zoned Heating & Cooling
Gain Control over Rising Energy Costs
Find Which Appliances Use the Most Energy
Train Your Pet The Smarthome Way
Take Care of Your Pets While You’re Away
Keep Unwanted Pests Away From Your Home
Home Automation Software
Various home automation software programs allow you to control your home with ease by utilizing programs that allow you to remotely control various home devices from any computer around the globe with internet access. The hardware and software used to help automate your home can easily and cost-effectively help to monitor various devices throughout your home and control them through your home computer network.
With easy to use interfaces, home automation software can be programmed to communicate with electronic devices that use the X10 technology, Z-wave, RS485, and many more… Some controllers allow access from your web browser or WAP enabled cell phone; adding additional control to you, the user.
Home Automation Systems
With a centralized control system you are able to setup timed events that will execute when designated. This can include turning on lights within your home, setting up your alarm to enable before you go to sleep,dimming lights and coordinating music with your home entertainment center to create a relaxing theme throughout your home.
Using X10, Insteon or Z-Wave protocols and technology, home automation systems allow ordinary products to communicate with one another using the existing wiring found throughout your home.
Home automation security systems that utilize the latest technology, utilize controllers that allow remote sensors to communicate with one another. This allows monitoring of access points throughout your home, such as windows, sliding glass doors as well as the front and back doors of your home. With the touch of a button you can simply arm and disarm your system at any time of the day or schedule these events to occur at timed intervals. Often times home automation controllers are set up on security systems to:
- Arm the system when you leave for work
- Disarm the system when kids come home from school
- Disarm the system when you come home from work
- Arm the system before you go to sleep at night
All of these tasks can be automated with ease once you initially set up the home automation controller with your designated timed intervals.
Home automation systems also allow for complete control over your home entertainment system. Now you can create a theme with dimmed lights and relaxing music at a specific time that you have preset. Having friends over Friday at 8? Simply program your home automation system to turn on the football game at 7:58 and turn down the lights! Home automation can be as simple or as sophisticated as you allow.
Home Automation Controllers
Home automation controllers offer various home automation solutions. Depending on your needs, these controllers can automate your home theater system, air conditioning, irrigation equipment, outdoor lighting, security system and even your spa and pool. Many automated tasks can be setup and controlled through your PC. Home automation software helps to coordinate when tasks are carried out and assists in networking the devices to work in sync with one another at the times you have designated.
Access control is a system which enables an authority to control access to areas and resources in a given physical facility or computer-based information system. An access control system, within the field of physical security, is generally seen as the second layer in the security of a physical structure.
Access control is, in reality, an everyday phenomenon. A lock on a car door is essentially a form of access control. A PIN on an ATM system at a bank is another means of access control. Bouncers standing in front of a night club is perhaps a more primitive mode of access control (given the evident lack of information technology involved). The possession of access control is of prime importance when persons seek to secure important, confidential, or sensitive information and equipment.
Item control or electronic key management is an area within (and possibly integrated with) an access control system which concerns the managing of possession and location of small assets or physical (mechanical) keys.