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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 to
- Imagine all the cool stuff that home networks can do
- Make your home an entertainment center
- Plan a phone system
- Design a home-based LAN
- Wire a security system
- Install and configure all the gizmos
Smart 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 on
- Figuring how much you're willing to spend
- Connecting your kitchen appliances and more
- Feeding audio and video from your Media Center
- Accessing the Internet all over your house
- Integrating a satellite system to create a video network
- Untangling cables and components
- Seeing what's just over the horizon for telephone service
A 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.
Discover how to network your entire home and remote control everything with the "smart home" technology that's available today. Smart Homes For Dummies guides you step-by-step through everything you need to know about automating your home, from advanced security to home theater entertainment centers.
Welcome to the new millennium and the next step in home technology. Replace your telephone with a computer. Power up your burglar alarm from a PC that's miles away. Turn lights on and off with a click of your mouse, or plan and build your meals without stepping into the kitchen (well, almostthere's still dishes to do).
In short, discover how to network your entire home and remote control everything with the smart home" technology that's available today. "Smart Homes For Dummies guides you step-by-step through everything you need to know about automating your home, from advanced security to home theater entertainment centers. Find out what it takes to turn your home into a state-of-the-art entertainment and communications center, and discover the benefits of home networking, from Internet access in every room to monitoring the baby from your living room TV.
Decide what to buy -- and what to avoid -- in the absence of universal standards for "smart homes, " and get the lowdown on competing home systems from X-10 and IBM Home Director to CEBUS and Intellon. Explore a wonderful wide world of wireless products, and secure and protect your investment with an integrated security system. Build the home of the future today with the smart advice you find in "Smart Homes For Dummies.
This is the second edition of a beginner's guide to new and future technologies that can be installed in the home to encompass information on high-definition television, Web TV, telephone services, and Internet connections and discusses the systems and wiring required to create a networked home.
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
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 Dummiesis your plain-English, twenty-first century guide to a fully wired home!
Boost your home's comfort value now, and resale value later
Network your computers, phones, and home entertainment gear, and make your home safer
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.
Table of Contents
Part I: Future-Perfect Homes.
Chapter 1: Mi Casa, Cool Casa.
Chapter 2: Zen and the Art of Whole-Home Networking.
Chapter 3: Cool Stuff Home Networks Can Do.
Chapter 4: Timelines and Budgets.
Part II: Making Your Home an Entertainment Center.
Chapter 5: Breaking the Entertainment Bottleneck — Without Breaking the Bank.
Chapter 6: Getting Video Where You Want It.
Chapter 7: Wiring a Video Network.
Chapter 8: Bringing You Music.
Chapter 9: Running Audio Here, There, and Everywhere.
Part III: Now We’re Communicating!
Chapter 10: Planning a Phone System.
Chapter 11: Making the Phone Connection.
Part IV: Livin’ Off the Fat of the LAN.
Chapter 12: A Cornucopia of Computers.
Chapter 13: All Roads Lead to the Net.
Chapter 14: Designing a Data LAN.
Chapter 15: Choosing the Parts for a Wired Data LAN.
Chapter 16: Alternatives to a Wired Data LAN.
Part V: Keeping the Bad Guys at Bay.
Chapter 17: Home Security Boot Camp.
Chapter 18: Wiring a Security System.
Part VI: Putting It All Together — Home Automation and Control.
Chapter 19: Home Automation Extravaganza.
Chapter 20: Making Home Automation a Reality.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Common Pitfalls When Building Your Smart Home.
Chapter 22: Top Ten Toys of the Future.