- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (January 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764525395
- ISBN-13: 978-0764525391
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
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Smart Homes For Dummies Paperback – January 3, 2003
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Ever wonder what would happen if your PC and your stereo could talk to each other? Want to know how you can watch DVDs from any TV in the house? Let this book show you! From security cameras you can view from work to a house that lets you access the Internet from any room, this easy-to-follow guide will help you create the smart home of your dreams.
The Dummies Way
* Explanations in plain English
* "Get in, get out" information
* Icons and other navigational aids
* Tear-out cheat sheet
* Top ten lists
* A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
Danny Briere is a regular on-air commentator and telecommunications consultant.
Pat Hurley is a noted expert on home networking and high-speed Internet access.
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Anyhow, I find that the book is a treasure for information on what is available today to ensure you are up to date with the latest technology (at the time of writing). It enabled me to update my home system in ways I did not think possible. I thought I was doing well, until I read the book. One really good thing I like about the book, too, is that it mentions companies and products that are available for the area of discussion. Something as seemingly simple as introducing me to baluns, is a point worth noting. I always thought I'd have to get really long line level cables for long runs. Also, I thought a "zone" was simply somewhere where I've run speaker wire from my receiver, where it would have to play the one source that was playing. I didn't know there were specially built multi-zone/multi-source amps out there and that Russound and Niles Audio were even companies. These are simple examples of how you can learn new stuff by reading the book. Of course, there are so may others. I have done so many upgrades since reading this book. e.g. my Roku Soundbridge (never knew it existed until reading the book), my D-Link DMA (which is now my most used piece of equipment, outside of the tv and receiver), my Russound whole home audio upgrade. That's just to name three.
Bottom line, if you want to increase your home electronics/automation knowledge, you cannot go wrong with this book. You will not become a CEDIA ESC after reading, but you'll be on your way!
Anyway, it also lacks much of the humor I normally find in "dummies" books - so it was pretty dry reading.
Bottom line - not very impressed.
Just shows how quickly the technology changes.