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From piping audio and video through the home to automatically watering the lawn, if you've got the inclination, there isn't anything that cannot be automated in your home. This complete, one-stop resource shows you how to plan and install Smart Home systems using clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Discover projects for automating entertainment systems, home security systems, utilities, and more. Plus, get plenty of cost-saving tips and advice on outsourcing. Build Your Own Smart Home is the definitive, project-based guide to the skills, tools, and accessories you'll need to install and program professional-level Smart Home features in no time.

  • Discover Smart Home advantages and assess needs, designs, and costs
  • Integrate and automate your home entertainment components
  • Set up lights with motion detectors, dimmers, and delays
  • Put together a phone system with smart components, design, wiring, and configuration
  • Automate kitchen and bathroom appliances
  • Enable a smart garage, outdoor lighting, and a watering system
  • Design, wire, and construct a smart security system
  • Run your entire household like clockwork around the schedule of family members
  • Tie everything together and Web-enable your home for remote monitoring and control

About the Author

Toby J. Velte (Minneapolis, MN) Ph.D., MCSE+I, CCNA, CCDA is a technology entrepreneur. He is co-author of the best-selling Cisco: A Beginner's Guide, Windows 2000 Enterprise Networking, E-Business: A Beginner’s Guide, Optical Networking: A Beginner’s Guide, and Windows XP Professional Network Administration. Robert C. Elsenpeter is an award winning journalist, freelance writer, and co-author of E-Business: A Beginner’s Guide, Optical Networking: A Beginner’s Guide, and Windows XP Professional Network Administration.
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Product Details

  • Series: Build Your Own
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (September 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072230134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072230130
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By ueberhund VINE VOICE on December 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a fascinating book which gave me a lot of ideas for home improvement now and for my next home. Building a smart home is actually a pretty easy process, especially with a lot of the equipment which is currently available. The whole point of having a smart home is being able to control every aspect of your house regardless of where you are-be it in the next room or across the world.
Several sections are dedicated to designing, installing, and programming a home security system. This not only includes installing motion detectors, but also configuring your heating and cooling system to be remotely programmed, as well as your lights. Additional chapters cover projects for your garage and outside, kitchen and bathroom (how about a stove that shuts itself automatically when you forget or a toilet that is smart enough not to overflow), and even audio/visual systems and distribution mechanisms.
While smart homes may not be for everyone, there are a lot of cool ideas in this book. If you know (or are) someone who is interested in the idea of a smart home, you should definitely pick up a copy of this book. You'll find a lot of cool ideas as well as good advice for making your first smart home enhancements.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By havet1 on July 5, 2014
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a little outdated
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1 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Guido Rodriguez on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is missing info about the control and equipment. How to cable the home is one thing, to make it all work is another, it's better to spend money on a contractor.
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