Using a remote control to turn on a light across the room or unlocking the front door as you pull into the driveway are examples of using home automation. Turning on your home sprinkler system with your cell phone or logging in from your computer at work to view your home security cameras are also examples of using home automation. Home automation includes anything that gives you remote or automatic control of the electronics inside it.

What’s Required?

Software: Whether you’ll be controlling your system via your desktop, smartphone, or tablet, you’ll need software to run the system.

A transceiver/coordinator: Your commands are useless if your master control software can’t talk to your peripherals. A transceiver or coordinator device is a box (or set of devices) that issues wireless commands to your network.

Sensors, switches, and peripherals: Something has to carry out your commands. Depending on what you want to automate, you may need to install wall switches, replace a door lock, or do other light maintenance.

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