If you have ever watched the film Ironman you have probably wanted your own Jarvis, as it turns out you don’t need to be a billionaire to have your own voice-activated smart home. If you’re building a new home then you can put in the right wiring as you build. If you own an older home rewiring to a smart home can easily be done. Let’s look at what you need and how you can get your own personal Jarvis.
The Right Wiring
The first step to getting a new smart home is with the right wiring to power your automated systems and devices. Once you have the wiring in place everything can connect seamlessly. Getting in an electrician that specializes in smart homes can save you time, money, and a heap of frustration. Smart homes need what is called “Structured Wiring” and that will give you a whole network that includes audio, video, home automation, and even your security systems. Here are some of the elements of a smart home that you can include.
New Home or Older Home
When you’re building a new home you have the advantage of being able to put in any electrical configuration you like, it’s a blank slate. You can put together your plans well ahead of time and there are no limitations beyond what you can afford. In an older home, you have to be cautious about cutting holes into walls and disrupting your life. Nonetheless, you can rewire your home without ripping down walls.
Follow these steps for an existing home:
- Run Ethernet and Coax Cable Where Needed: Depending on what types of devices that you plan to put in your home and that you want to control from one central app then you will need to run the right cabling to them. Ethernet cable connects to anything that is going on your home network and that isn’t Bluetooth capable. For instance, home controllers, any touch screens, and even some of your appliances. If you want to connect thermostats or your lights then your electrician may be able to work with your existing wiring.
- Home Security Systems: First you want to check with the manufacturer to see what is needed. Most modern security systems can use a wireless connection. All of your automated locks, motion detectors, video doorbells can all use Wi-Fi and be controlled from an app on your phone.
- Audio and Video Connections: If you are running traditional cable or satellite into your home then you may need some coax running to your entertainment center. Although today most providers offer a streaming option where you can strictly use a wireless connection. Your sound system can also be wired in but you are better off going with a Bluetooth connection, it makes it easier to upgrade in the future.
Talk with a local electrician that knows and understands smart technology. While many devices can be connected wirelessly you may still need some electrical upgrades to accommodate your needs.