It’s alive! My Control4 system is alive! It turned out higher than anticipated and we couldn't be happier. When you’ve got been on this journey, you most likely already know that I didn’t know what to anticipate after I began. Now I’ve an entire system with all of the bells and whistles (even a number of additional bells that I didn't plan on!). With the assistance of our companions Control4 and Hylang Electrical – our Control4 professionals in Southern California – I used to be in a position to set up my full system and get it working on the identical time. However even when I couldn't have executed all the things on the identical time, I may have constructed the identical system one part at a time. I've stated it earlier than and I assist it: among the finest elements of my expertise has been the power to do as a lot or as little as I needed at any given time.
That stated… I ended up discovering that I needed issues that I didn't even know I needed – and even existed! To start with – the NEEO distant management. I solely heard about NEEO every week earlier than my set up (about eight months after I began planning the venture). However after I noticed it, I knew I needed to have it. And now that I take advantage of it, I do know I made the appropriate name. It's nice, it really works completely, and it's the epitome of "much less is extra".
The design of the distant management is elegant and easy with few actual buttons. It solely consists of the fundamentals like a "again", "menu", "okay", quantity and channel buttons, in addition to a directional circle to the primary iPod (however waaaaay extra refined). There’s additionally a beneficiant shade LED display that shows extra superior options and choices relying on which mode you might be in. In fundamental operate mode, it shows the varied capabilities accessible, particularly listening, watching, house, lighting and luxury. These capabilities are always up to date routinely (so long as the distant management is on the charger at night time) and you’ll quickly have the ability to entry all elements of your system on the display like safety, door locks, and so on. Thrilling!
Along with being purposeful and aesthetic, the distant management is extremely user-friendly and intuitive. My eight yr previous daughter all the time requested me to activate the TV and alter the channel for her. Now she took the NEEO distant management and instantly began utilizing it. She was so proud to have figured it out for herself that she began to boast of with the ability to management her personal reveals.
One other a part of the system that I didn’t count on to love as a lot as I did was the lighting. Prior to now, lighting for us was simply wall switches, so … not tremendous thrilling. Nevertheless, on this home utilizing Control4, we have been in a position to put our important lounge, our bed room and our exterior lights on wifi switches. At first I believed it was an exaggeration, however in observe, it actually isn't. I like the flexibleness of with the ability to function the lights remotely and begin a number of capabilities on the identical time. I'm already considering of what different rooms / areas I can add switches to. One of many cool elements of the wifi switches is that I can entry it from my NEEO distant management and the Control4 app. I by no means should get off the couch or the mattress to show off the lights (the NEEO can function one or all of the elements of your system). The opposite bonus of wifi gentle switches is the power to attach the lighting to the astronomical clock contained in the EA-5 controller. In different phrases, after I set the outside lights to activate at nightfall and switch off at daybreak, he all the time is aware of when that is primarily based on my contact info. – no adjustment is important for summer season. And talking of coordinates, the system incorporates geo-fences, which I used to program my lights in order that they gentle up after I'm lower than a mile from the home and it’s darkish outdoors. I used to be additionally ready to make use of the wall controllers to program complicated macros. I’ve set a customized "good night time" button that I take advantage of to arm the safety system, lock the doorways, flip off the lights and set the thermostat to the best temperature whereas I sleep. (Jaime's notice: rattling it!)
Trying again on my Control4 expertise, I might say that the pre-planning for cabling and planning / buying of hardware was each overwhelming and exhilarating. Even now that my system is put in and I dwell with it, I’m nonetheless excited by it every day. I bear in mind being a toddler and having to rise up from the sofa and stroll to the TV simply to vary the channel or should go get a log and throw it on the hearth if I used to be chilly ( Observe from Jaime: sure, we’re previous!). Now I really feel like I’m residing sooner or later; I can watch TV or hearken to music, flip off the lights, see who's outdoors, flip up the warmth, management the blinds, lock the door and discuss to somebody on the entrance door with out even transferring from my chair. I actually by no means imagined that each one of this was doable, and Control4 made it a actuality.
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