27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
If you are seeking DIY instructions- pass on this one, July 30, 2003
By Manning (IN United States) –
This review is from: Smart Homes For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) (Paperback)
As the title implies, this book is intended for people seeking an overview of what home automation, networking, X10, security, a/v distibution. It is very comprehensive so kudos there.
However, if you are after more detailed instructions on how to hook something up, really plan & design your systems or prewire you new construction this book does not get that deep.
I suppose was hoping for more real examples, diagrams and do it yourself instruction. I’m trying to learn in order to avoid paying someone $2000 to install $200 worth of wire and outlets in my house (especially regarding X10 which is really cool). So I returned this book and am consdiering one called “Automated Home Control” by Bucceri. Haven’t found it on Amazon yet, but it’s on homcontrols.com and smarthomeusa.com
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Perfect guide to equiping your house for the 21th cen, October 14, 1999
By Angel Lee “Liocorno Amethyst Moonstone” (Cleveland, OH United States) –
This review is from: Smart Homes For Dummies (Paperback)
This is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to equip their home for the 21st century. The focus is on networking the home for audio/video entertainment, telephone, computer & security systems, & making it all work together.
Planning for the new home and remodeling options are covered. Practical tips tell you exactly what components are needed for various levels of automation, including what it will cost and how to stretch your budget.
There are enticing hints about technology to come, how to prepare for it now and what is worth waiting for. Specific brand name products now on the market are analyzed with warnings about conflicting standards.
For more in depth study of specific topics there are lists of web resources and print publications. This book will help you understand what is available in home automation and how to make it a reality in your own home.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Brier and Hurley Get Wired!, December 24, 1999
By Heather L. Read (USA) –
If you work in a multimedia company or a high tech multimedia laboratory, you probably have a systems administrator and lots of eager students of engineering that can help you design a media and data network infrastructure. However, most of us users who would like to design a network for security, multimedia and computing in a home or small business do not have a systems administrator. Brier and Hurley give an enlightened short course on media, data and electrical networking of your home and small business in Smart Homes for Dummies.
The big vision outlined in this book is simplicity afforded by thinking ahead. Save money and space by designing a network which accesses one main computer server; one digital TV; one VCR; one CD player; one radio; one internet or cable service line for multiple users within the home or business. All these media sources are routed via cables, modulators, preamplifiers and switch panels to each room so that users can choose what they want to play on their computer, speakers and video screens. They inform the reader about ‘multi-zone’ or multiple channel receiving and transmitting devices needed to to push your wired house to full capacity now and in the future. Costs, esthetics, and how to anticipate future technologies are considered. This book is a pleasant read and a fast way to get up to speed on how to ‘Get to Wired’. Think of it like an adventure tour of networking wonderland by Bill and Ted. At the same time this is a most excellent (easy to use) source of reference tables for those of us who prefer to bypass the ‘Bill sheet’ and get something done.
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