Smart Homes for Dummies

Smart Homes for Dummies

Book - 2007
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Do you long to listen to your favorite CD from anywhere in your house? To set up a wireless network so you can access the Internet in any room? To install an iron-clad security system? To fire up the coffee pot while you're still asleep and wake up with automated lighting? Smart home technology can help you do just that!

Smart Homes For Dummies, Third Edition, shows you how easy it can be to create and live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home--without breaking your bank account. With this user-friendly guide, you'll discover all the latest trends and gadgets in home networking, automation, and control that will help you make life more enjoyable and comfortable for your entire family. We help you plan for things such as flat-screen TVs, intercom systems, whole-home audio systems, gaming consoles, and satellite systems. We talk about your wiring (and wireless) options and introduce you to the latest technologies, such as VoIP and Bluetooth. You'll see how to:

Build your home network on a budget Turn your home into an entertainment center Access the Internet from any room Get VoIP on your phone network Boost in-home wireless and cell phone signals Connect your computer to your TV Secure your home and property Increase your home's resale value Avoid common networking pitfalls And much, much more

Complete with a resource list for more information and neat toys of the future, Smart Homes For Dummies is your plain-English, twenty-first century guide to a fully wired home!

Publisher: New York : Wiley, [2007]
Edition: Third edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780470165676
Branch Call Number: 643 BRI
Characteristics: xx, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hurley, Patrick J. 1942-


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Jan 03, 2011

A lot of this material is already out of date, as this book was written @ 2007. Also, I feel there is a great deal of overkill (the author suggests between 4-16 MONTHS to set up home networking/automation); while at the same time not going far enough (the book talks about working with a specialized "Network Designer" - that's what I thought this book was supposed to help me avoid!). Some okay basics on stuff otherwise, but you'll find more up-to-date info on this by Googling it.

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