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    What is the gadget called that flashy celebs have in their house that controls everything??

    Currently away to have our new house re-wired, new central heating etc and wondering what the displays are called that house all your electronics where you can control lights, heating, tv's etc?

    I'm guessing its pretty costly but interested in seeing how much these things cost? Can't think what to call them when search on google.

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    Home automation system?

    home technology event / professional electrican and installer May 2011.

    sfe.

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    TUSSFC

    Home automation system?



    Thanks, looks like thats it

    a butler?

    ^^ lulz

    Mainly only at Lollington View - the 'social mobility' housing estate.

    The Mr's

    Banned

    Home automation need not be the preserve of the rich.

    BMS

    Home Automation and/or Building Automation.

    Not sure why the word 'automation' is used because usually almost nothing is done automatically. It would have been more accurate to call it Building Integration.

    Anyways there are wireless versions available such as X10 and Zwave that avoid the need to re-wire, but if you are going to re-wire the main thing is to get lots of CAT5e cable burried that goes back to a central location ('Node 0') which can be in the garage, loft or even under the stairs.

    If you label all the wires you can burry the ends of the cables in cavity voids within the walls, then as and when each lottery cheque arrives you can install the necessary equipment room-by-room until you whole house is integrated.

    Banned

    nick1austin

    Home Automation and/or Building Automation.Not sure why the word … Home Automation and/or Building Automation.Not sure why the word 'automation' is used because usually almost nothing is done automatically. It would have been more accurate to call it Building Integration.Anyways there are wireless versions available such as X10 and Zwave that avoid the need to re-wire, but if you are going to re-wire the main thing is to get lots of CAT5e cable burried that goes back to a central location ('Node 0') which can be in the garage, loft or even under the stairs.If you label all the wires you can burry the ends of the cables in cavity voids within the walls, then as and when each lottery cheque arrives you can install the necessary equipment room-by-room until you whole house is integrated.



    There so much automating that you can do which is why it's called Home Automation. Possibilities are near endless really. If you have the technical know how or are willing to learn then you can do it very cheaply.

    Banned

    home automation system is just a generic term used for all sorts of shizzle.

    master_chief

    There so much automating that you can do which is why it's called Home … There so much automating that you can do which is why it's called Home Automation. Possibilities are near endless really. If you have the technical know how or are willing to learn then you can do it very cheaply.


    Don't get me wrong, I think Home Automation can do great things. For example a couple of years ago there was a news story about someone who was one holiday when he got a text message from his burgular alarm. He was able to use his smartphone to watch the live security cameras and managed to co-ordinate his neighbours and police into capturing the thieves.

    But that's not really 'automation'. It's just remote control. Doing things automatically means stuff like turning lights on when you enter a room. Howver such systems rarely work properly, thinking you've left the room when in fact you are just sitting still, or turning on the upstairs lights when you walk up the stairs which wakes up everyone else.

    Genuine examples of doing stuff automatically that actually works properly without also doing stupid stuff are few and far between.

    Banned

    You've misunderstood automation.

    Imagine having a centrally managed lighting system. From any room you can control any light in the house. Now that isn't automation, what is automation is having a single button to turn off a bunch of lights or all your lights in one go. Also see the same for putting lights on a timer, that's automation.

    Automation isn't about something magically happening, it's the preset programming of a range of functions to happen at once or in sequence.

    remote control?

    mumbojumbo

    We just have a house wallah who runs around switching things on and off. … We just have a house wallah who runs around switching things on and off.



    wallah?

    wallahi allah akbar?

    wife?

    sickly sweet

    wife?



    husband??

    Banned

    Children?

    cousin???

    Does the home automation system Iron & do Dishes ?

    A serf ?
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