Explains how to automate one's home, select equipment, create state-of-the-art entertainment centers, and integrate Internet access with home security and telephone and PC networks.
Most people have had some contact with a network through their work environment – computer local area networks (LANs) in the office, control networks in factories, telephone networks in many mid-sized or larger businesses. The Internet itself is one big network.Although some folks may think of a network as simply something that helps them do their work, the network concept has begun to move from the workplace to the home address. Smart home builders and remodelers (and forward-looking owners of otherwise perfect existing homes) are starting to think in terms of wiring (or wirelessing) their homes both to make use of a network today and to prepare for future structural requirements.Smart Homes For Dummies, 2nd Edition, lays out a richly landscaped spread of possibilities in networking your home devices – for convenience, cost control, time-savings, safety, and increased property values. This forward-thinking, fun guide spells out how toImagine all the cool stuff that home networks can doMake your home an entertainment centerPlan a phone systemDesign a home-based LANWire a security systemInstall and configure all the gizmosSmart homes never want for innovation; people are constantly inventing things. Stuff that seems niche-oriented and expensive today may be high-volume consumer products tomorrow. Smart Homes For Dummies, 2nd Edition, invites you to take advantage of the latest techno developments as you rev up for the upcoming gee-whiz things that'll make your home a twenty-first century castle. You'll meet the most recent information and insight onFiguring how much you're willing to spendConnecting your kitchen appliances and moreFeeding audio and video from your Media CenterAccessing the Internet all over your houseIntegrating a satellite system to create a video networkUntangling cables and componentsSeeing what's just over the horizon for telephone serviceA home network opens the world to your entire household, and Smart Homes For Dummies, 2nd Edition, provides a plan for your home, sweet home to enjoy all that awaits in an infinite space.