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Smart Homes for Dummies (For Dummies)

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Do you long to listen to your favorite CD from anywhere in your house? To set up a wireless network so you can access the Internet in any room? To install an iron-clad security system? To fire up the coffee pot while you’re still asleep and wake up with automated lighting? Smart home technology can help you do just that!

Smart Homes For Dummies, Third Edition, shows you how easy it can be to create and live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home—without breaking your bank account. With this user-friendly guide, you’ll discover all the latest trends and gadgets in home networking, automation, and control that will help you make life more enjoyable and comfortable for your entire family. We help you plan for things such as flat-screen TVs, intercom systems, whole-home audio systems, gaming consoles, and satellite systems. We talk about your wiring (and wireless) options and introduce you to the latest technologies, such as VoIP and Bluetooth. You’ll see how to:

  • Build your home network on a budget
  • Turn your home into an entertainment center
  • Access the Internet from any room
  • Get VoIP on your phone network
  • Boost in-home wireless and cell phone signals
  • Connect your computer to your TV
  • Secure your home and property
  • Increase your home’s resale value
  • Avoid common networking pitfalls
  • And much, much more

Complete with a resource list for more information and neat toys of the future, Smart Homes For Dummies is your plain-English, twenty-first century guide to a fully wired home!

Synopsis:

Make your home safer and increase its resale value

Create a fully automated,21st– century wired home that meets your family's needs

Want to live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home? Now you can design the powerhouse network of your dreams without breaking your bank account. From listening to CDs throughout the house to connecting your PC with your HDTV to watching your house over the Web, you'll discover all the latest trends and gadgets in home networking, automation, and control.

Build your home network

Turn your home into an entertainment center

Access the Internet from any room

Boost in-home wireless and cell phone signals

Secure your home and property

Synopsis:

Make your home safer and increase its resale value

Create a fully automated,21st–century wired home that meets your family's needs

Want to live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home? Now you can design the powerhouse network of your dreams without breaking your bank account. From listening to CDs throughout the house to connecting your PC with your HDTV to watching your house over the Web, you'll discover all the latest trends and gadgets in home networking, automation, and control.

  • Build your home network
  • Turn your home into an entertainment center

  • Access the Internet from any room

  • Boost in-home wireless and cell phone signals

  • Secure your home and property

Synopsis:

Smart Homes for Dummies is an across-the-board overview for consumers who want to take their home from today’ s no tech dumb home – with its islands of technology (computers, phones, entertainment systems and more, none of which talk to each other and none of which can be accessed throughout the home) – into the future. Smart Homes is a book about creating the infrastructure that enables the consumer to use today’ s electronics to their fullest, while future-proofing their homes so that they can take advantage of new technologies as they come to market.

The book steps through each of the five major components of a wired home: Home Entertainment systems: including whole-home audio and video networks and home theaters Phone networks: including wireless, VoIP, home office and teen lines and multi-line key phone systems LANs: wired and wireless alternatives to connecting computers, peripherals and integrating all kinds of Broadband Internet access throughout the home Security Systems: wired and wireless home security/alarm systems Home Automation and Control Systems: systems which both provide Jetsons-style automation and integrate the other systems discussed

About the Author

Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company. Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking industry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles about telecommunications topics and has authored or edited ten books, including Internet Telephony For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies (now in its second edition), Wireless Hacks and Mods for Dummies, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He is frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks, providing analysis on the latest communications news and breakthroughs. Danny splits his time between Mansfield Center, Connecticut, and his island home on Great Diamond Island, Maine, with his wife and four children.

Pat Hurley is Director of Research with TeleChoice, Inc., and specializes in emerging telecommunications and digital home technologies, particularly in all the latest consumer electronics, access gear, and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, and homenetworking services. Pat frequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat is the coauthor of Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, Wireless Hacks and Mods for Dummies, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, a fiery red-headed toddler named Annabel, and two smelly dogs.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Future-Perfect Homes 9

Chapter 1: Mi Casa, Cool Casa 11

Chapter 2: Zen and the Art of Whole-Home Networking 23

Chapter 3: Cool Stuff Home Networks Can Do 47

Chapter 4: Timelines and Budgets 63

Part II: Making Your Home an Entertainment Center 71

Chapter 5: Breaking the Entertainment Bottleneck — Without Breaking the Bank 73

Chapter 6: Getting Video Where You Want It 95

Chapter 7: Wiring a Video Network 109

Chapter 8: Bringing You Music 129

Chapter 9: Running Audio Here, There, and Everywhere 145

Part III: Now We're Communicating! 165

Chapter 10: Planning a Phone System 167

Chapter 11: : Making the Phone Connection 193

Part IV: Livin' Off the Fat of the LAN 203

Chapter 12: A Cornucopia of Computers 205

Chapter 13: All Roads Lead to the Net 223

Chapter 14: Designing a Data LAN 247

Chapter 15: Choosing the Parts for a Wired Data LAN 259

Chapter 16: Alternatives to a Wired Data LAN 273

Part V: Keeping the Bad Guys at Bay — Security 295

Chapter 17: Home Security Boot Camp 297

Chapter 18: Wiring a Security System 313

Part VI: Putting It All Together — Home Automation and Control 323

Chapter 19: Home Automation Extravaganza 325

Chapter 20: Making Home Automation a Reality 345

Part VII: The Part of Tens 365

Chapter 21: Ten Common Pitfalls When Building Your Smart Home 367

Chapter 22: Top Ten Toys of the Future 373

Index 383

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470165676
Author:
Briere, Danny
Publisher:
For Dummies
Author:
Hurley, Pat
Author:
Hurley
Subject:
Remodeling & Renovation - General
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Household electronics
Subject:
Remodeling & Renovation
Subject:
Home Improvement
Subject:
Home Construction-Remodeling Specification
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20071119
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.14x7.42x.97 in. 1.36 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Make your home safer and increase its resale value

Create a fully automated,21st– century wired home that meets your family's needs

Want to live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home? Now you can design the powerhouse network of your dreams without breaking your bank account. From listening to CDs throughout the house to connecting your PC with your HDTV to watching your house over the Web, you'll discover all the latest trends and gadgets in home networking, automation, and control.

Build your home network

Turn your home into an entertainment center

Access the Internet from any room

Boost in-home wireless and cell phone signals

Secure your home and property

"Synopsis" by , Make your home safer and increase its resale value

Create a fully automated,21st–century wired home that meets your family's needs

Want to live in a cutting-edge, fully connected home? Now you can design the powerhouse network of your dreams without breaking your bank account. From listening to CDs throughout the house to connecting your PC with your HDTV to watching your house over the Web, you'll discover all the latest trends and gadgets in home networking, automation, and control.

  • Build your home network
  • Turn your home into an entertainment center

  • Access the Internet from any room

  • Boost in-home wireless and cell phone signals

  • Secure your home and property

"Synopsis" by , Smart Homes for Dummies is an across-the-board overview for consumers who want to take their home from today’ s no tech dumb home – with its islands of technology (computers, phones, entertainment systems and more, none of which talk to each other and none of which can be accessed throughout the home) – into the future. Smart Homes is a book about creating the infrastructure that enables the consumer to use today’ s electronics to their fullest, while future-proofing their homes so that they can take advantage of new technologies as they come to market.

The book steps through each of the five major components of a wired home: Home Entertainment systems: including whole-home audio and video networks and home theaters Phone networks: including wireless, VoIP, home office and teen lines and multi-line key phone systems LANs: wired and wireless alternatives to connecting computers, peripherals and integrating all kinds of Broadband Internet access throughout the home Security Systems: wired and wireless home security/alarm systems Home Automation and Control Systems: systems which both provide Jetsons-style automation and integrate the other systems discussed

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