$35 Wireless Light Switch – 5 Minutes to Install

A wireless light switch can be mounted on the wall to operate fan lights, pull chain lights, and even lamps. You can add a wireless light switch for as little as $35 depending on how many bulbs are part of the light group. The best part is that it takes less than 5 minutes to […]

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In Floor Subwoofer Installation – Hidden Subwoofer

An in floor subwoofer is a great way to provide serious bass levels to your audio system without compromising the aesthetic of the room. Floor standing subwoofers are great, but interior designers and homeowners alike commonly ask, “Do I really need a subwoofer? I’d rather not have such a large speaker just sitting in the […]

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Home Automation Ideas for Smart Homes – List of Automatic Events

A true smart home will invoke events both manually and automatically. Manually invoked events are typically front of mind, as these are commonly linked with device control. Some examples would include adjusting thermostats with an app, setting a lighting scene, or even a one touch button to watch TV. These are all very easy to […]

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New HR10 Remote by Elan Home Systems

Elan has newly released the HR10 remote control and will be releasing the HR30 later this year. This marks the first time that Elan Home Systems is offering more than one choice in remote controls for the Elan g! system. The HR10 remote control will retail for $399 in comparison to it’s predecessor the HR200 […]

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Low Voltage Wiring – Structured Cabling Enclosure Termination

This is the fourth post in a series on how to prewire low voltage wiring and structured cabling in your home. We’ll be focusing on how to install a structured cabling enclosure. We’ll also discuss why you would want to do this. Purchase customized plans for a DIY Home Automation prewire. Why use a structured […]

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Strutured Cabling Wiring Guide – Low Voltage Wiring for Smart Home

This is a guide on how to prewire a house for smart home systems including distributed video, whole home audio, surround sound, ethernet network, and other smart home devices including lighting controllers. We’ll focus on the required low voltage wiring needed to build a structured cabling scheme that will keep you flexible enough to install […]

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Low Voltage Wiring – Ethernet Network Jacks & Smart Home Devices

This is the third post in a series on low voltage wiring and structure cabling, and this one will cover prewiring your smart home devices. This will include in wall touch panels, lighting system repeaters, z-wave controllers, surveillance cameras, wireless access points, network, and phone jacks. Purchase customized plans for a DIY Home Automation prewire. […]

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Low Voltage Wiring – Whole Home Audio and Surround Sound

This is the second post in a comprehensive series on low voltage wiring and structured cabling. We will address how to prewire your home for whole home audio and surround sound systems. Purchase customized plans for a DIY Home Automation prewire. Rooms Without Volume Controls In a whole home audio system, all of the speaker […]

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Low Voltage Wiring – Structured Cabling for TV Displays

This is the first post in a comprehensive series on low voltage wiring and structured cabling. We’ll be discussing how to wire your home for TV during construction or renovation in such a manner that leaves you flexible to either use an HDMI video matrix or local sources behind each display. There are essentially 3 […]

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Garage Door Control App – VeraEdge

Ever get halfway down the block just to question if you’ve closed the garage door? It’s a frustrating moment deciding whether or not to turn around and check. With a little bit of hardware and this simple app, never be in doubt again. The Vera platform consists of a small hub that can be bought […]

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Elan Home Systems Audio Video Control Interface Detailed

The Elan Home Systems media control interface is expansive, but we’ll try to do it some justice with a few screenshots that are fairly self explanatory. From our more general overview on using Elan Home Systems we know that from the main media screen we can select sources, control volume, and even see some basic […]

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Elan Home Systems Climate Control Integration Detail

From our general walk through of Elan Home Systems we see this main climate screen and that we can view and edit current temperatures. When you drill down further into the tab the detail is expanded greatly and you can edit heat cool set points, humidity, schedules, and even see a history of your climate […]

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Elan Home Systems Security System Integration Detail

As part of our Elan Home Systems overview, we’ll take a deeper dive into the security sub system of the Elan g! home automation system interface. To recap the discussion from the more general walk through, on the main page you see three devices available. The first is the home security system, which is communication […]

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Elan G Home Automation – Elan Home Systems Review

This is a long overdue update to the previous Elan G overview published in late 2016. Since then, Elan Home Systems has released the 8.0 core module update, which completely overhauled the user interface and added new feautures such as user editable channel favorites, dynamic zone grouping, and the ability to set alarms. This update […]

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Designer Lighting – Purpose, Nuances, Control

This post is the first of a series offering commentary and recommendation on implementing designer lighting. The series is focused on getting the most out of your lighting system by ensuring proper usage, more specifically on how to simplify control of dimness levels per individual switch legs. Certainly in the kitchen you’ll want full brightness […]

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MX HomePro Universal Remote Control

With a staggeringly low entry price of $299, MX HomePro packs a powerful punch. MX HomePro is a collection of products and software that comprises a multi-room home control solution with integration into other smart home devices. In this post, we will focus on using MX HomePro as a single room universal remote control. Follow […]

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Elan g1 Remote & System Controller for Elan g!

The Elan g1 was released as an economical entry point into the Elan g! home automation platform. Historically, the minimum entry level to achieve control from mobile devices and a handheld remote control was upwards of $2200 just for the base hardware, but the Elan g1 now lowered that price tag to just $800. This […]

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Elan g! Live Home Automation System Demo

I have setup a live Elan g! system in my office for the purpose of demonstration. I have included step by step instructions to be able to use your phone or computer to interact with the system. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to use the web chat in the lower […]

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Sonos – Design Guidance & Alternatives

Update: A link has been added to suggest a Sonos alternative. I’ve always been one to adapt to the newest trends in whole home audio, but ever since Sonos has become a household name I feel as though I’ve been fighting it. Sonos definitely has it merits. It’s easy for any homeowner to install and […]

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Niles Auriel DIY Whole Home Audio & Automation

The Niles Auriel, Niles Audio MRC-6430, is a whole home audio controller that integrates with automated lighting and thermostats. It is a DIY home automation solution that fits the niche of home a/v enthusiasts that want to program their own systems, but still want an elegant two-way interface with nTP7 touchpanels, remote controls, and Apple/Android app. At […]

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Elan g! Home Automation Overview

Simple • Reliable • Scalable We value repeatable, predictable results regardless of system size or complexity. Click here for instructions how to see a live system demo. An updated overiew has been made for the newest software, follow this link. Backbone We exclusively use Elan g! controllers as the backbone of all systems regardless of […]

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Elan gHR200 Remote Control Features & Demonstration

The Elan gHR200 remote control by Elan Home Systems is the only handheld user interface in the Elan g! home automation system, but it is a beautiful piece of hardware. In short, it has a 2.4″ touch screen display with two-way feedback. It operates on wifi instead of traditional RF or IR based systems. Let’s break […]

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Improving Wifi Signal Coverage and Reliability

In my experience as a system designer, I’ve learned that there’s no barometer of success that I’m more commonly measured against than my client’s internet speed. In my systems, critical network devices are wired, but the most critical device is always the one that’s currently in the hands of the end user. This device is […]

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