Smart Home Installation
Easytek project management makes installation a breeze with step by step installation instruction and all of the required materials.
Pre-Wiring a Smart Home
The job is sold and now it’s time to start the installation, of which the first step is the pre-wire. The pre-wire phase starts after electrical crew has mounted all of the boxes and can light fixtures, and it must be complete before insulation. This is generally a 20 day window to install the pre-wire.
No knowledge of home automation systems is required. All that is needed is knowledge of general construction. An installer must know the mechanics of hanging drywall and other finish materials in order to safely conceal wire within the wall space. Installers must also have a working knowledge of materials that can be drilled through and those that cannot. The only other skills that are required would be an attention to detail and a solid work ethic.
Shortly after contracting Easytek’s project management service, a staff member will send a customized smart home pre-wire checklist. Before starting there is plenty of opportunity to review the checklist with Easytek staff to answer any questions and address any concerns. A week before the pre-wire is scheduled to begin, Easytek will ship all of the wire, cable, mounting brackets, and boxes that are required to complete the pre-wire.
At first, the pre-wire checklist will look daunting. It’s a lot of steps, but no single step is particularly difficult. When starting from the top and working down to the bottom, the steps tend to fly by. A typical pre-wire can take between 5 and 15 days.
Easytek’s pre-wire support comes with unlimited and timely technical assistance. We are only a phone call away and will get you the answers you need when you need them. We can walk you through any particular item step by step or even screw by screw.
The final installation phase occurs after the drywall has been taped, sanded, and primed. It’s recommended to hang speakers and wall plates before paint so that if any speaker rings or boxes were poorly cut by the drywall crew they can be repaired before the final finish. TV’s, touch panels, and other more expensive equipment should only be installed after paint. The finalization of the smart home installation is the last step before delivery of the home to the homeowner.
Similarly to the pre-wire phase, weeks before it’s time for the final installation Easytek will send over the final installation checklist. There is ample time to review the checklist and ask any questions pertaining to it. A week before the scheduled final installation, Easytek will send out all of the equipment including wall plates, speakers, touch panels, TV’s, and other devices. When the equipment arrives, it will have already been opened, configured, and programmed by Easytek staff.
The smart home equipment and device installation is more difficult than the pre-wire. The same general construction skills are required and are sufficient to mount speakers, TV’s, and other devices. However, some devices will need special wire terminations such as F and RJ45 connectors. Wiring must also be terminated into wall plates.
We are still here to help! It benefits contractors to take the time to learn this skills so that they can continue to use Easytek in the future. If you are willing to learn, its well worth your time in the expense you will save in future installs. However, if you are uninterested in learning then we will assist you in finding an inexpensive local satellite or telephone contractor to help you finish the installation. This should be built into your labor pricing, and there should still be labor margin above and beyond their hourly rate. Whether you do it all yourself or hire subcontractors for the specialty connections, Easytek makes the entire process easy and manageable.
Central Equipment Rack Installation
The installation of the central home automation hub is the most difficult and time consuming part of the final smart home installation. We don’t expect contractors to learn how to do this. There are three options for the rack installation, as follows:
Onsite Installation By Easytek.
This is our premium option. Easytek will ship the rack and central equipment in parts to your jobsite. An Easytek technician will be dispatched to your job site in order to assemble and wire the rack. If using this service, it’s recommend to be performing the rest of the final install at the same time so that the technician can answer any questions while onsite. The use of this option is suggested for contractors employing Easytek for the first time. It will allow the technician to assess your installation and make recommendations for the future, providing more confidence to sell more jobs.
As this is the premium option, there is a premium price associated with this service.
Shipping the central rack completed.
For contractors who have used Easytek services in the past, or for those who are hiring subcontractors with experience terminating low voltage cables, shipping the rack completed is a great option. With the exception of very heavy items, all of the equipment will come pre-installed in the rack. The rack will be heavy to put in place, but the only connections that will need to be made are the ones from the house to the equipment. All complicated interconnects are done. There will be labels on the equipment indicating which household wire to connect where.
There is a small fee for this service.
Shipping all parts separately.
This is only a good option for contractors employing qualified subcontractors. So long as they are experienced terminating low voltage wires and have an obsession for neatness they can perform this installation. Easytek will provide a list of inputs and outputs as a description of the necessary interconnects. Since the rack is delivered in parts, it will not be heavy or difficult to place. It will also allow someone local to be intimately aware of the connections, which creates a great working relationship for future service. This service is the best choice for contractors employing qualified subcontractors.
There is no fee for this service.
All programming is done by Easytek from out offices in Chicago. We will provide programming in accordance with the scope of work. After the initial round of programming the installation crew needs to test the system and report to Easytek with any errors. The errors will be resolved and the system will need to be tested one more time.
After the end-user has experience using the system, the may want some programming changes or some things to perform differently. This is expected, and the end-user has free 90 day support for most necessary programming alterations. This support can also be extended for the life of the system.