“Connected house” is an expression for a home where several elements are controlled remotely, possibly automatically: heating, light, alarms, etc.
When several devices are connected to each other via a central control, it is called a home automation system.
The first installations of this type used specific wiring to connect the different devices to the central control. From now on, no need for cables or complex installation: the devices are directly connected to the Internet, via Wi-Fi. You can control them from your smartphone.
Either you control each device separately, you control multiple devices via a dedicated application, Or you control multiple devices via a central Wi-Fi box, which you can then control from your smartphone.
How A Connected Home Works
The connected home, also called “smart home”, is based on a simple concept: the devices are able to communicate, whether between them, with you, or with an automated central control system.
To communicate, two types of technology are possible: cables or wireless.
Home Automation By Cables
Very reliable, allowing the management of its pieces of equipment completely and personalized, the installation of domotics by the cables can use several technologies:
CPL, which offers the advantage of using existing electrical circuits, Ethernet, BUS: low voltage wiring etc.
These cables can be connected together according to different diagrams. The wired installation is complex and requires the intervention of a professional.
Warning: during installation, be sure to anticipate the inevitable evolution of your needs: additional cables, etc.
Wireless, For A Simple And Scalable Installation
Wireless means several types of technologies: infrared, which however needs to be in the “visual field” of the equipment (remote control). The magnetic field, which perfectly meets the needs of an alarm for example, with the use of magnetic cards as a “signature” of recognition.There are specific wireless technologies for home automation systems, via relatively complex dedicated protocols (X10, ZWave etc.) that use radio waves, the Wi-Fi, through which the connected home has really developed, allows objects to be controlled from a computer or smartphone, and communicate with each other.
It thus becomes particularly easy to constitute, little by little, device after device, an adapted and scalable home automation system.
A connected house needs home automation boxes to connect them and smartphone applications to centralize the controls of the house.
Crestroninstallation companyare experienced in this field, on no account should you run cable connections yourself.