Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. But before you dive into your own do-it-yourself debacle, allow me to share a few of my hard-earned discoveries from my own attempt. By cdepaola , September 30, in General Control4 Discussion. The typical person who gets the itch to automate their own home is a lot like me: My house is now automated!

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I have been looking for a good solution also over the past year or so but the thing that annoys me about all the ones i have found are they are reliant on the manufacturers servers, what if they go out of business, then controk4 energy monitoring is down also.

You can find a hundred examples on YouTube. Flip through an inexpensive book from a home improvement superstore for several ways to approach it. Making it simple to use is a complex task.

Posted September 30, But with the usual smart devices that the typical DIY enthusiast installs, the setup requires a couple minutes of juggling between different apps to get everything set just right for relaxing.

The DIY Delusion of Home Automation

A Sonos whole-home audio system, grand. My house is now automated! In fact, I resent it Your son downloads a game to his laptop.


Register a new account. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. There is simply no way for a DIY enthusiast to achieve that kind of background and expertise.

This was certainly the case for me. Visit a Control4 Certified Showroom to sample incredible smart-home solutions. Very interested in finally adding some sort of energy monitoring to my home, bills have been insane as of late and I have no clue controk4 using so conrol4 energy.

Fix an uneven subfloor? Ted brings over 25 years of experience from the enterprise and confrol4 technology fields and the work from his team has led to multiple industry awards for first-class online and in-classroom training programs. Essentially, the professional installer clears the air for your best experience by designing a wired network tailored to connect any device that can congrol4 it. A Ring doorbell, convenient. Already have an account?

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The work of professional installers gets you an entirely different experience. Don’t really care if it integrates with C4, though its always a plus just not required.

I can replace a light switch, install a hardwood floor, replace a sconce or appliance, and patch a wall and then paint it. Seriously, how hard could it be? Sign In Sign Up. A professional installer knows that the only devices that should use wireless are wireless-only devices. You come home to relax, pour a glass of wine, and read for a bit.


Like that of a crystal-clear, unpixellated Netflix movie night.

Your daughter starts a YouTube video on her tablet upstairs. Sign in Already have an account? Likewise, a network security camera or a Philips Hue smart light bulb.

Submit We take your privacy seriously and we promise we won’t spam you; please see our privacy policy for details. Asking them to show you a project site or give you an idea of what you can do in your own home costs you nothing. The DIY hobbyist typically ends up with an array of light switch buttons, entertainment system tde, and other interfaces that contgol4 anyone but him or herself.

Just getting the shades or lights automated feels like a major accomplishment.