Typical do-it-yourselfers begin exploring home automation with lighting controls and possibly voice integration with Amazon Echo or Google Home devices. Depending on the lighting system they chose, a home automation hub and a mobile app may be required to control the lighting from a remote location. Some solutions work with an Internet cloud solution, while others require the homeowner to alter their Internet router to allow certain access for external control.
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Door locks tend to be next on the DIY shopping list. There are 3 primary home door lock automation vendors: Schlage, Kwikset and Yale. Assuming the homeowner has one of these style locks in the home, they can order the automation door locks and take them to a local locksmith to have them keyed to their existing locks. All home automation locks also have a manual key control in the event of battery failure.
Next, they install the new lock and setup the security codes. Integration into the home automation network may be performed at this stage. Once again, a separate mobile app is normally provided for the homeowner to control the door locks remotely.
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Garage doors are usually the next capability considered. Homeowners must determine whether or not the existing garage door openers are pre-encryption. This means that they require a simple switch to operate. Later model doors have encryption between all controllers and the opener units. Each type requires a different solution.
Older openers require a home automation relay. This requires a homeowner with an electronics background or an electrician to perform the installation. The relay solution requires integration with a home automation system for control. It does not have a separate app.
The newer systems require compatible activation keypads and a hub to plug into the home network. These systems can be integrated into a home automation solution or used independently through another app.
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Thermostat control is a capability some DIY homeowners wish to leverage. The most popular brands are Honeywell and Trane. You don’t necessarily have to own a Honeywell or Trane HVAC system. Most of the thermostats are universal and will control electric, gas and heat pump systems. Research is required to determine compatibility.
Once the equipment arrives, the old thermostat panel comes out and the new one is wired into place. The new thermostat must be configured. Both Trane and Honeywell require 50+ configuration options which must be set precisely for the thermostat to accurately control the HVAC system. These units typically come with an App, which must also be configured to work with the thermostat.
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Security cameras are very popular with homeowners due to the reduction in price in recent years. While there are hundreds of models from which to choose, which one is right for you? If you need an external camera, is it fixed or is it a pan, tilt, zoom (PTZ) requirement? How well are the cameras sealed against weather?
Each camera type requires an app from the manufacturer. Some of these apps alert you when movement is detected or send you still and video images of activity. Each camera must be setup and configured to function as a security camera, motion detector and a permanent network device. If access to the camera from a remote location is required, the manufacture’s app should be cloud-based and provide that capability as not all cameras can be integrated into a central home automation system.
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Alarm system integration, motion sensors, temperature sensors, humidity, light and motion sensors all require independent solutions. Some of these come with apps, and some require home automation system integration. You can see that the DIY route requires 5-10 apps on your smartphone. All of these have to be maintained by the homeowner with login credentials, updates, etc. It is also important to note that these apps function as independent home automation systems with each geared for a single task. That means that the different devices have no knowledge of each other, and events involving multiple devices cannot be setup in this scenario.
This is the problem Agile Home Automation solves. We do all the work and provide you with an integrated easy-to-use system from a single smartphone or tablet app.