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DIY : A Step-by-Step Guide to Free Media Downloads 

At this point you may be asking yourself; what is smart home automation? What exactly is an automated media center? Prepare to have all these questions and more answered as well as learn to set up your first automated media center.

First of all there is no standard for what an automated media center SHOULD be. There is also no limit to what your automated media center COULD be. The general idea behind automating a media center, living room, home, etc. is to create a life of ease. An automated media center makes driving to pick up and drop off movies an obsolete task which results in saved time and money. Smart home automation can be beneficial and even fun for everyone. Automating your home or office media center is the perfect place to begin dabbling with home automation. Most, if not all, of the required software is free and there are no bulky messes of equipment to set up or install. What once was a plain old living room can easily become a destination of choice for friends and family. The only thing left to do after automating your media center is to add a party button (to be discussed later).

The great part about taking this first step towards a Jetson’s home is that no tools or handyman skills are required. Simply sit down at your computer and follow this article step by step. While all of this can be done on a Linux system as well; I will be walking through the steps using Windows. By the time you get through this your media center should be running itself. The only equipment needed to set up an automated media center would be a computer and a boat load of free downloadable software. Below I will explain what software is needed, how to download it, and how to use it.
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EVENT GHOST is a program that allows the user to create macros. Macros are the very core of what makes an automated media center possible. With that being said; EventGhost should be the first program installed and set up. Follow the steps below to install the EventGhost and create your first macro.

The first step is to download EventGhost from www.eventghost.org/downloads . Be sure to download the most recent version then follow additional instructions given by the install wizard.

The second step is to delete the examples file which EventGhost included in the download. This example file causes error messages which can be intimidating. It is best to just do away with it all together. To do this; go to “FILE” -> “NEW”. This will give you a blank template to begin work with.

Step three is to open EventGhost and access the main interface. The log panel is the panel on the left; everything that can be seen by EventGhost will be logged in here. The event control panel is the panel to the right; this is where events can be created, edited or deleted. Plugins are also managed here in the control panel.

Creating the first macro, naturally, is the next step. The basic idea of this macro is to launch a program such as internet explorer or Microsoft word by pressing a sequence of keys. Click on the “ADD PLUGIN” button and select “KEYBOARD” from the “REMOTE RECEIVER” plugins folder. That is the only plugin you need to get through this tutorial and have working macros. EventGhost does provide a significant a great deal of macros with your initial download. If you do find yourself needing other macros then it is as easy as copying the plugins folder and pasting it into “/program files/eventghost/plugins” Once you have added the “KEYBOARD” plugin you will see that all of your keystrokes are showing up in the logging panel. The next step is to add a macro. Click the macro button, then “SYSTEM”, then “START APPLICATION”, and then press “OK”. Next under “EXECUTABLE” browse for the program you wish to launch. The other options may be left blank as they are irrelevant in this case. Then go ahead and click “OK”. You have just created a macro but at this point the only way to execute it is manually. The next step is to add an event which will eliminate the need to execute the macro manually. If you want “Ctrl+Alt+1” to be the combination used to initiate your application, then press those or your desired combination now. The pattern of keys you press will show on the log panel. The next step is to drag the keystrokes/event into the macro above the action. You are finished with your first macro. Now anytime you press that “Ctrl+Alt+1” your desired application will launch.

                                    XBMC is a media center which provides an interface which is easy to use and navigate. In order to get the library mode of XBMC to work there is a specific file structure required in order to scrape or download information about media files. If you have a dedicated hard drive then all of your folders can go directly on the drive without any sub-folders. If you are using a hard drive that is shared with other files or programs then simply add a folder and and do the following steps within that one folder.

The first step is to create the following folders; TV Shows, Movies, Music, Photos, Unsorted Media and Misc.

We will start by preparing the movies folder. The movies folder should not have any files stored directly in it. All movies should be stored in a sub-folder with a name containing the movies name, year, and title. The movie file itself should be stored within this folder. When renaming the actual movie file; it should be named using the movie title and whether or not it is HD or not. An example of the file path could look something like this: /Movies/The Waterboy [1998]/The.Waterboy.1080p.BluRay.mkv.

When setting up the TV Shows folder you should follow a similar process. Each show will have a folder which is titled using the name and year. Each series of said show should go inside its series folder. Name each file as the name of the show followed by the series and episode numbers. You could also add the title of the episode if you so desire. An example file path of this could be /TV Shows/Roswell [2000]/Series 2/Roswell – s02e01 – Skin and Bones.avi. Adding the year to the movies and TV shows is not necessary but decreases the chances of the scraper collecting the wrong information.

Setting up the music folder is done the same way as the Movies and TV shows folder. Within the Music folder should be a folder for the artist and within the artist folder should be one folder for each album. It’s pretty safe to not add the years to your albums since rarely will an artist come out with more than one album of the same name.

The folder structure of your photos folder is completely up to you. Since your photos will not be scraped for information then it is not required to have any particular title or file structure. It could however be beneficial for you to organize them in some meaningful way so to make it easy to locate photos on demand.

The only folder left to mention is the unsorted media folder. This folder should be left empty as media will automatically be sent here until it is sorted by another application or you.Now that all of your folders are set up it is time to copy your media files to their designated folders. There is no need to copy the art files since your scraper will be taking care of these later.

Torrent software is yet another core piece to this puzzle. Any torrent downloading software will work fine as long as it has the ability to move files to a specific folder when finished downloading. uTorrent is the standard when it comes to downloading torrents. This software has been around forever and has proven itself to be worthy. The Episode Downloader (TED) serves the same purpose as uTorrent but it is easier to use. TED is a Java application that automatically finds designated TV shows and begins downloading them. We will walk through the process of setting up TED. The first step is of course to download TED from the link provided. Set up the torrent program to send only completed downloads to the “unsorted media” folder. Open TED and click “ADD SHOW”. A window will pop up and all you do is select the show you wish to download followed by the episode. You will have trouble with some of the older episodes; just a heads up. Once you have completed this then select the desired episode and click “EDIT SHOW”.

A few tricks to get better results are as follows; under “FEEDS” click on “+” and ass IsoHunt, click “YES” and a dialogue box will pop up. Click “FILTERS” and change the top numbers to 300mb and the max size to 1200mb. This will keep you from getting low quality files or odd HD files. If you do not wish to get HD files then set the max to about 750mb. If you download on a schedule and do not wish for TED to automatically initiate downloads then these settings can be adjusted under “EXTRA” -> “PREFERENCES”.

The Renamer is an automated tool that goes out, finds, and renames any TV show you have it set for. It can also be made to work with movies. Many BitTorrent files are not named using the scraper rules and file format therefore most scrapers are useless. This is where The Renamer comes into play. First thing, of course, is to download the program from the above link. Open the Renamer, click “SETTINGS”, then change your fetch folder to your unsorted media folder and change your TV shows archive to your TV shows folder. Check the following boxes: s1e01 , add “0″ for Season (only the first time it appears) , include sub folders , Auto move after renaming, Show name, Season, Episode titles , To TV Show Folder, To Season folder. You have just completed set up of The Renamer.

Ember Media Manager is a tool used to automatically find and download information for your movies. While XBMC has a decent scraping tool it is slow and forces you to re-scrape all files if you have to reinstall XBMC for any reason. If you use Ember Media Manager then there would never be a need to re-scrape in case of a reinstall. Why? Well this is because Ember Media Manager downloads the needed files directly to the movies folder. In order to set this up, go to “EDIT” -> “SETTINGS” -> “FILES AND SOURCES” -> “ADD SOURCE” and browse to the root of your movies folder. This process can also be done during the initial setup as well. Check the desired boxes based on personal preference. Return to the main menu once you have completed this and click “UPDATE LIBRARY”. Your list will then appear, and then click “SCRAPE MEDIA” -> “NEW MOVIES” -> “AUTOMATIC” -> “ALL ITEMS” and then sit back and watch it find all the data for you. Assuming you used the “AUTOMATIC” mode then this is the first and only time you will see this screen as it will soon become an automated process.

If you have followed the steps up to this point and you are still wondering how it will all work or what it will even do then fear no more for its all about to come together. At this point you have already downloaded a group of programs which will work together to download and organize your TV shows, movies and music. After your files have been downloaded and organized they will then be imported into XBMC where they are easily accessible from a user friendly dashboard.

It is now time to use EventGhost to tie all of these systems together. There are two plug ins that must be installed to EventGhost; “DIRECTORY WATCHER” and “XBMC”. To make 100% sure that your movies are scraped automatically you should install two copies of “DIRECTORY WATCHER”. Set one Directory Watcher plugin to look in the unsorted media folder and the other one to look in the movies folder. Then create a new macro called “MOVE NEW SHOWS”. Within this new macro tell it to launch The Renamer automatically (SYSTEM -> START APPLICATION), type “-FETCH” in the command line and set the window options to “MINIMIZED”. In the same macro add another action below it called “UPDATE VIDEO LIBRARY”. Tell it to update from the XBMC folder.

Create a new macro called “SCRAPE NEW MOVIES”, set it to open Ember Media Manager and type “-NEWAUTO –ALL” in the command line box. Still inside the same macro you must add another action below it called “UPDATE VIDEO LIBRARY”. Tell it to update from the XBMC folder. Inside the same macro create an event called “DIRECTORY.WATCHER.UPDATED” to the top of the first macro and one called “DIRECTORY.WATCHER2.UPDATED” to the top of the second and save this configuration. Finally, check and make sure that everything is automated to create shortcuts to TED in the Windows start up folder.

Now we shall dive into the setup of XBMX. Before moving on please be sure you are using at least version 9.11 of XBMC and are using the default skin. The first step is to add media files. Within XBMC, go to “VIDEOS” and select “ADD SOURCE”, locate your “MOVIES” folder and press enter. The source is automatically called “MOVIES”. Under “THIS DIRECTORY CONTAINS” select “SET CONTENT” then select “MOVIES” and set the scraper to the one of your choice. Under “SCANNING OPTIONS” select “USE FOLDER NAMES FOR LOOKUPS”. Under settings you have many options which you can select based on personal preference. The default selections should work for most cases. This same process is done with the TV shows and any other directory you wish to set up.

The following steps are done just to make sure everything will work properly. From the home screen of XBMX go to “SYSTEM”, select “VIDEO, and check all options under “LIBRARY. Do the same thing for “MUSIC”. Return to the main screen and under “HOME WINDOW OPTION”, select “SKIN”. The top four selections should be checked; the rest are up to you. Be sure that “HIDE MOVIES” and “HIDE TV SHOW” are deselected.

Restart XBMC and all of the media will begin to compile within XBMC. TV shows will automatically be downloaded as soon as they hit the internet. They will be organized, labeled, and added to your media center automatically. Downloaded movies will stay in the “UNSORTED MEDIA” folder until you move them to the “MOVIES” folder; at which point they will be found and cataloged by Ember and XBMC. In XBMC there is a “RECENTLY ADDED” box which can be used to see all the new media you have to enjoy.


The Basics of Smart Home Automation 

What is home automation?

     Smart home technology is used to automate a household. Home automation allows for most if not all household activity to be controlled remotely. Home automation is centralized control of HVAC, lighting, security, appliances and a limitless amount of other systems. Home automation is a great way to conveniently control the energy consumption, personal comfort, entertainment and security of your home. A home automation system links household electronics together with each other. Electronics within a household may be tied together by a computer network allowing remote access and control.

What can be controlled?

Lighting

     The easiest and most popular category to begin your home automation adventure with would be lighting. There are plug and play starter kits available for less then $60. These kits allow basic control of standard lighting fixtures such as power and dimming. Depending on the type of system which is desired; there are many functions and benefits of an automated light system. Using an automated system it is possible to have all of the lights in a house on a predetermined schedule. Motion sensors are able to be put in place to automatically power lights on and off as occupants move from place to place. Lights can be turned on, off or dimmed using a wireless device such as a smart phone, computer, remote or voice command. The brightness of lights can be controlled based on the level of outside light in the room. It is also possible to control the lighting in a home using automated window shades, awnings and draperies.

Security Systems

     Having an home automated security system offers many benefits and advantages. If there is ever an emergency within your home then you will be called by your home and alerted of the situation. Motion sensors and night vision cameras are able to be put in place to alert of any unauthorized movement within the household. With home automation it is possible to watch  and control household cameras remotely. Doors and windows can be locked remotely as well using any type of computer device connected to the Internet.  Magnetic contacts are able to be placed on all doors and windows to alert of and opening or closing activity. Pressure sensors are also able to be put in place to keep an eye on entranced to the home. There is potential to save significant amounts of money on other security services. It is even possible to monitor the home for events such as flooding, smoke or oxygen levels. Another great benefit of home automated security systems is that they can be programmed to simulate the presence of a family even while gone for an extended period of time or just the night.

Home Theater and Entertainment

     Automated home theaters help keep the living room clean and organized. Turn that pile of remotes into one ipad or android device. Multiple devices such as xbox, dvd player, radio, or computer can all be controlled using one remote device. Speakers are able to be placed throughout a home to brig the entertainment to each and every room. Each speaker or section of speakers is able to be completely customized. Customization includes volume, time of day to be played, play list to be played, mute for doorbell, intercom and more. Multiple audio and video sources are able to be plugged into this system. It is possible to have a different media playing on each speaker or set of speakers.

Phone Systems

     With home automation it is possible to screen phone calls accurately and effortlessly. Phone call settings are limitless. Certain numbers can be kept from making your phone ring while others will show up on and screen connected to your automation system. There is voice control software available that can turn each and every phone in your home into a voice controlled remote. Sensors can be put in place to alert of temperatures harmful to pets, pipes, instruments and more. Windows are able to be programmed to open and close depending on the temperature differences between inside and outside. This use of natural heating and cooling contributes to increased energy efficiency within the household.

Irrigation

    Sprinklers are able to be programmed for certain times of day or days of the week. It is even possible to have the sprinklers activate when there is unwanted motion detected in the yard.


Revolv Smart Home Systems For Home Automation 

Smart home automation system is trying to provide facility home, since twenty years and it has changed lots of things in these years. The market has rapidly accepted these changes. There are few automation systems in the market, which are perfect for any home. Nest, Sonos,  Philips Hue and Insteon are those brands, which has best of breed solutions and Rovolv is the only best solution, which tie them all together. I am using it in my home for two months and I like to share my experience with that device.

Whenever, anybody wants to have the smart home system, he sees three choices is available for him. Frist is going to end to end product, services and supports play like AT&T  digital life, which has the ability to change the everything for you. This kind of system is best, but also are too expensive. Another one is “worst of breed” solutions, but I am sure that no one of you, ever heard about this. Last one is best of breed solutions. This means choosing the device, which is best for saving the energy, lighting, music. Brands like, Nest, Sonos, Insteon, Philips Hue, Yale provides this kind of devices. These devices are also available at huge cost.

Here Revolv enters to solve all such kind of issues. Actually the main problem with the best breed approach is that, you also have to buy a different smart device using many different mobile apps and other systems. A mainly first problem arises with the mobile application. You have to manage many of the mobile applications for every kind of smart device.  Eery brand like Nest, Sonos, Insteon provide apps to controlling, room climate, music, home lighting etc. Using so many applications for each and very device is very difficult for me and my family also feels frustrated because of this.

What is Revolv, it is the one application, which  control all the devices of my home, office from Sonos, Nest and all other brands.

Revolv Home Automation

When it comes to other hardware devices, I use Sonos bridge, WiFi router, Insteon Hub and Z-Wave hub. Revolv is helping me here also. It removes the use of Z wave hub and Insteon hub and I have also heard that, it will also remove the use of Sonos bridge. In my family, we don’t like cords and cables in my house. Revolv helps to do so.

Revolv helps me to control all the smart devices individually and it also allows me to control them together. For example, if I am not on my home and far way from it, I can even switch on the lights and set the specific temperature in my room. It is the best device ever for my home. All my family is satisfied with this product.

You have to pay huge amount for best breed solutions, but Revolv is available in the market at very cheap prices of @299. Isn’t this cheap. When I didn’t have this device, I had to pay lots of money for every device like for Z wave hub, for Insteon hub and even monthly charges for Nexia services. But Revolv now, save all my money.

Having a home automation system in home is an adventure, but Revolv is much better than that. Maily when it comes to my family. I don’t like that my family face any kind of problem. Now Revolv controls 28 different lights, motion detectors, sound system, room climate and many other devices, which are from Nest, Sonos, Yale, Phillips, Kwikset, Belkin and SmartHome.

It is every easy to install the Revolv hub. All you need to do is pair the hub with the iPhone through the internet. Whenever, you want to add new devices, just click on the button auto search and it will find the new device automatically. In this manner it is very easy to install this device. None find any kind of huddle in installing this device.

One of the most important things you all should know that, right now Revolv system currently only works with the APPLE operating system. Means, right now Revolv is dealing with the targeted customers, who are using iPhones. I can anticipate that, Revolv will also available for android and other operating systems.

Technology has solved many problems of smart home system in twenty years, but it also gives rise to other problems. A research finds that, people don’t want to use multiple apps to control each device at home. So this may reduce the popularity of smart home technology. Revolv is the only best device in market, which provides the best facility by controlling all the devices from multiple brands.


Hubbell USB15X2W USB Receptacle Tamper Charger and to Resistant Duplex, White 

Hubbell’s USB Receptacle Charger is providing both USB and power of electronics in a standard electrical opening of a single gang. It is designed for providing more options of charging for personal electronics, the USB ports would be capable of charging two tablets at the same time. The 15 Amp tamper-resistant Style Line® decorators have outlets which have been providing additional power for the use of appliance. It is ideal for using for renovating and replacing the existing receptacles for adding its capacity of the USB charging. Especially it is suited for using in universities, dormitories, hotels, restaurants, airports, classrooms and homes. It is perfect for construction also.

  • 3 Amps of USB Power that will be able to charge two tablets at the same time

  • Duplex Outlets for more Capacity

  • Two USB ports are available like 3 Amp, 5VDC, Type A, 2.0

  • It is Tamper-Resistant (TR) decorator duplex

  • Having Green LED indicator for showing USB power which is available

  • Also having Spec grade design for impact and chemical resistant

  • Having back and side wire for the solid and stranded wire

  • Having design of Flush fit

  • Its Electrical ratings are15 Amp, 125VAC, USB 3 Amp, 5VDC

  • Its Input voltage consumes 125VAC, 60Hz

  • Circuit can be fed through 20 Amp, 125 Volt

  • Having #10-14 AWG gauge terminals of wire

  • Having Dielectric withstand of 2000V

  • Its operating temperature can be maximum continuous 75° C and minimum -40° C

  • Also meets UL94 for 5V rating of flammability

  • It also complies the battery charging specification which is USB BC1.2

  • It is compatible with USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 devices, and also inclusive of Apple products in compatibility

  • Also complies of the Part 15 of the rules of FCC

  • cULus listings is UL498 and UL1310

 

Designed to be used with:

  • Apple Products, iPad®, iPod® and iPhone®

  • Computers Tablet

  • GPS

  • Smart Phones

  • Cell Phones

  • Digital Readers

  • Media Players

  • Other USB products that is compatible.


Scale Blaster For Residential Purpose, Explained! 

Scale Blaster- Water descaling System

Scale Blaster is the very useful product and a water conditioner. Scale Blaster will remove lime scale build up in your water heater and heating elements such as your dishwasher and washing machine, making heat transfer to be more efficient. A recent New Mexico State University study concluded that lime scale build up will increase your energy consumption by as much as 29% in gas water heaters and 21% in electric water heaters. Heating water is a major cause of high power bills.

What is hard water? It can be defining as water which contains very high minerals which make your pipes scary. Whatever is connecting to your home plumbing system like ice maker, dish washer, water heater, washing machine etc are getting damaging condition with the contact of hard water. Hard water is also very affecting for health

Scale blaster is totally different from water softener. SB is very affordable, has a life of 20 to 25 year with no maintenance cost, require no salt, safe for people that makes water fell silkier. In that way it is a water conditioner not a water softener. With Scale Blaster you won’t ever need another bag of salt. No maintenance, ever! No filters to change. The average water softener will waste over 6,000 gallons a year of water just to operate. Scale Blaster will require no additional water to operate, nor require any maintenance or filter changes.

With the ever increasing popularity of tank less water heaters in the United States, owners are finding out that, in hard water areas, precautions are needed to protect their investment.  Calcium build up, a direct result of hard water, wills build up in the heat exchanger over time.  This could be a period of just a few months, or a couple of years, but eventually, it will shut down and require maintenance. By installing Scale Blaster, the scaling up will come to an end.  No more cleanings required, the downtime involved (no hot water at all), or expensive filters to change.  No expensive water softener is required and the costly bags of salt to add, not to mention all the maintenance they require.

It is designed to indoor use and its operations it quite easy. There are no pumps in any king of moving part. It is the simplicity of that product that makes it great. Scale Blaster SB-64 water conditioner comes with a water conditioning unit, one adopter, one 46 feet signal cable, four nylon ties, one warranty card, one more extended warranty card and with one manual.

The SB-175 from Scale Blaster Inc. is designed to be an Eco-friendly solution to your home’s hard water. Instead of having to use salt, the SB-175 conditions water using a unique signalling process that generates a frequency response from 1,000 – 20,000 Hz at a rate of 10 times a second. This signal causes ions within water to collide with each other making calcium crystals grow very large in size causing them to lose their adhesive properties which allows for healthier plumbing and heavily reduced lime scale deposits. The SB-175 works with an incoming pipe size of up to 1 ½ inches and can be installed indoors or outdoors and is NEMA 4 rated. The technology used in the SB-MAX promises to save you money by eliminating salt pellet purchases and damage from pipe corrosion.

All water softeners use the same operating principle: They exchange calcium and magnesium ions with twice as much sodium ions. The process is called ion exchange and can be labelled as “ancient” or outdated technology. They are very expensive to purchase and maintain; require a lot of salt to operate. They also require a lot of extra water to regenerate. Water softeners pollute our precious environment and can be harmful to people on salt restricted diets. Water softeners are a maintenance nightmare, discharge chlorides into our water stream, waste tons of water, requires heavy bags of salt on a regular basis. They are not good for the environment, like Scale Blaster is. Scale Blaster is a compact, state-of-the art, computerized system that is installed on the incoming waterline of the house or building. This innovative product produces an oscillating electric field using a unique and complex modulating frequency wave form that changes the physical shape, size and charge of the calcium molecules and causes them to lose their adhesive properties.


Smart Home Automation Software (Savant) 

Savant

Savant is the first and only Apple based smart home automation system. All of your video, audio, security, lighting, communications, internet, climate and all other devices are all brought together under one smooth operating machine.

Home Automation and Control

With the Savant smart home automation system it is possible to automate just about anything in your home. The ease and efficiency in which you live your life will be at an all time high. Your entire home could be controlled by an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The user interface is modern and sleak; its easily navigable and intuitive. The Savant system allows each household member to have their own preferences. Each time that member presses the “home” button their lights, music, temperature, etc. are activated. The same is for an “away” button. Time based settings are available to allow you to wake up to open shades and sunshine or go to bed to a perfectly dark and quiet room.  The Savant smart home automation system will automate audio, video, media, lighting, hvac, widows, shades, drapes, surveillance, communications, doors, gates, entries, pool, spa and an endless list of other electronic devices.

Climate Control

Using Savant’s TrueImage Control it is possible to browse through real images of each room and adjust the climate and window shades to preference all from the convenience of an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Macros can be set so that shades automatically open and close at specific times of the day or due to changes in temperature. Automated blinds increase the efficience of any climate control system as well as keep household goods from being ruined due to over exposure to sunlight.The smart control system allows temperatures to be set throughout the house using any of the compatible remote devices. Thermostat levels are able to be adjusted as a consequence of outside temperatures.

Multi-Room Audio and Video

Control your jukebox using an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or touch panel that is integrated with an iTunes based server. All music, movies, shows and photos stored on the iTunes server are quickly and easily accessed and distributed throughout the house from your choice of control centers. Four different medias are able to be broadcasted throughout the home at any one time. Any iPod or iPhone is able to become the house hold media player just by being plugged into the Savant Media Dock.

Safety and Security

The Savant smart home automation system allows outside doors to be locked and security cameras to be activated with a single press of a button on the users choice of touch panels. Video serveilance can be done remotely over the internet giving the user the ability to check on their home from any remote location. With the Savant system the possibilities are endless. Press one button to activate cameras, motion sensors, lights, blinds and door locks depending on whether the user is home or away. Activate lights in the yard and home due to motion in the driveway. Receive text messages and emails from your home to alert of motion in the home, opening of cabinets or an endless array of other activities taking place in the home. The Savant smart home automation system allows elderly to be watched and taken care of remotely using cameras, motion sensors and other healthcare sensors.

Home Theater

The Savant smart home automation system allows your ideal movie environment to be set with the simple press on a button. By the press of that button lights will fim, curtains will close, temperature will drop and your list of movies will be brought up on the screen. From the Savant SmartSystem it is possible to control surround sound, HD Video, access YouTube and Hulu, control lights, curtains, temperatures etc.

Lighting

The lighting tied to the Savant smart home automation system can be controlled using preset times or any number of other programmed macros. The Savant TruImage Control system or iPhone can be used to activate lights and lock up the house for the night. The Savant system has an Eco-friendly lighting control that acts in your best interest whether you are home or away. The light control integrates with motion sensors to dim or turn off lights when a room is unoccupied. It is possible to program specific intelligent lighting to go on and off depending on the amount of sunlight entering  any given room. Initiate a “Goodnight” scene to deactivate all interior lights as exterior floodlighting is turned on all with the press of one button. They even provide the option to remotely monitor and adjust the lighting in your home while away from home using your iPhone or iPod touch.

True” lighting Control

With Savant’s TrueImage™ Control technology it is possible to use an iPad interact with lighting in the house. Touch an image of the actual light in the room that you want to control and the light will turn on/off or dim. The light will illuminate on the iPad to confirm the command.


Mi Case Verde: A Cost Effective Home Security Without Monthly Contracts 

Mi Casa Verde smart home technology is the way of the future. With everything from toasters to sprinkler systems being automated it only makes sense to have automated security. With the rapid advances in technology the possibilities of smart home automation are seemingly endless. There is great potential to save time, money and effort by utilizing a smart home system. With smart home technology becoming cheaper and easier to use it is no longer reserved for the tech savvy crowd. These great advances are at the fingertips of your average consumer and for this reason it is no wonder they are gaining in popularity so rapidly.

There are many categories as far as smart home technology goes. The most common place to start in home automation is with security. It is important to first protect what is already had. Then build upon that. With smart home surveillance it is possible to monitor any room in the house or office with wireless cameras, microphones, sensors and any combination of the bunch. The installed smart home system allows the home to be monitored from any location via any compatible smartphone or computer. How is that for convenience?

Side-Side-Comparison of home aumomation security systems

There are numerous benefits to owning a smart home security system over a month-by-month, contract binding security system.  The first and most obvious advantage is the freedom of a contract free security system. There is no monthly or yearly contract required to live in a home secured by Mi Casa Verde.  Freedom and flexibility are what these systems are all about. While most other security systems require a contract and a monthly fee; Mi Casa Verde does not. By not having a monthly payment it is possible to save up to $5000 a year making this system affordable for those of all income levels.  The consumer is not bound by any contract so that means the system can be packed up and moved house to house; thus creating a completely portable system. With so many different smart home technologies being bought and produced it is important to have a system that is highly compatible. The Mi Casa Verde system is compatible with over 700 products available on the market today. This gives the consumer flexibility to mix and match between brands and products. Side-by-Side comparison of Mi Case Verde system to other conventional contract oriented systems.

Owning a smart home security system has never been easier. Prior to Mi Casa Verde it took hours of research and installation only to end up with a system that may or may not even work. Mi Casa Verde has eliminated the need for all that research by putting together all inclusive kits based on the consumer’s desired set-up.  Mi Casa Verde has put together a package for just about any location and purpose. The pre-built packages include the starter package, energy package, security package, family package, deluxe package, and the small business package. Controllers can be bought separately from the packages if desired.  By providing the consumer with easily purchasable kits at a fair price they bring the smart home solution to the average household or business.

Assuming that saving money and being the proud owner of a secure home or office sound positives thing then look no more. All your smart home needs can be met with Mi Casa Verde’s all inclusive kits at with a one-time purchasing fee and no monthly contract or bill. Be bound no more by obsolete contracts and monthly payments. Instead break free and explore the possibilities of a flexible smart home security system by Mi Casa Verde.