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When buying security system equipment, the choice is wide and varied. Different packages include different forms of protection and its important to know before you begin looking what each component is and what it does.
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Why Network Your Home?
A network allows you to do a bevy of things. For instance, you can
Remotely control your home: After your home network is connected to your other networks, like the Internet, you can suddenly do amazing things from almost any interconnected spot. The ability to control a device after it is hooked up to the network is limited only by the openness
of the device itself. (As the number of home networks grows, you can expect more devices to be open to remote control as well.) Want to turn off the lights downstairs from the bedroom? Click your remote control, and out go the lights. Want to check the babysitter while at your
neighbor's July 4th bash? Just log onto their machine and check up on things.
Save time: Think about how much time you take every day to open the shades, turn on the morning news, let the dog out, and so on. Wouldn't you like to do all that (and more) with one command? By programming these chores into task profiles, you can.
Save money on electronics: With a true home network, you have to buy fewer devices to outfit your home. Instead of having a VCR hooked to every TV set, for instance, you can centralize this functionality and distribute the signal around the house via remote control as you need it.
The same is true of almost any network-connected device -- tape decks, DBS receivers, cable boxes, and so on.
Save money on communications costs: By centralizing access to certain telecommunications services, you can cut your monthly service costs. For instance, with a home-network backbone, both you and your spouse can connect to the Internet on separate computers while sharing one line and one account.
Whats more, you can now get a high bandwidth option -- like a cable modem, DSL link, or DirecPC-type satellite service -- to share with the whole family.
Save money on your home expenses: A wired home can turn back those thermostats when you're cuddled under your blankets at night or away on vacation.
It can turn lights off automatically, too. Over time, you may save a surprising amount in heating, cooling, and electricity expenses.
Save money on the future: At different times in your life, you may find yourself changing the way you use certain rooms.
A guest room becomes a nursery or the garage becomes an office, for example. Changes like these can be expensive if you try to bring your network along for the ride.
Rerunning wiring through walls can be expensive and sometimes impossible. Wireless options can be limiting in what they offer in terms of bandwidth and distance.
Planning ahead by having an articulated home network strategy -- one that is future-proofed for all sorts of contingencies -- simply saves you money down the road.
Be more flexible, and comfortable, with your technological assets: A home network frees you from being tied to one spot for one activity. For instance, when working late at night,
we sometimes like to move the laptop to a comfy recliner instead of a damp basement office. However, without a distributed means to access the Internet (and therefore our centralized e-mail,
calendars, and contact databases), we would have no choice but to stay in the office.
Lose more fat: A smart home will spice up that exercise room of yours. You can run Internet access, CNN, or exercise videos over your home network to help you keep pace and pass the time on that treadmill or bicycle. And, with your Internet access, you can access many of the neat new software programs that combine with new exercise equipment to provide you with passing scenery or live competitors as you row, row, row, your rowing machine!
The Solutions to the left are for examples, ideas, and information about whole house automation, digital convergence, home entertainment, and security.