When it comes to managing your smart home on a daily basis, few items are more important than your smart home controller. Smart homes will contain several different specific elements, and the controller is the central connector through which you manage each of them.
At AVI Systems, we’re happy to explain the ins and outs of your controller for any of our products, from home automation or surveillance areas to central vacuum solutions and many others. Controllers are vital for any smart home system, whether a fully-installed professional system like ours or some of the self-installed options that can be purchased in stores. Let’s go over why controllers are important, the types of systems available and the factors you should care most about when selecting yours.
Importance of Controllers
Smart home controllers are important for a few different reasons. The first, and most obvious to many people, is the ability to manage all your devices and solutions from a single central hub, making things simple and convenient for you on a daily basis.
In addition, however, it’s important to note that some smart home installations will source specific devices from different manufacturers. In these cases, it’s vital to have a controller that can interpret the coding and language used by different devices, ensuring you can operate each of them without any hassle.
Types of Controller Systems
Generally speaking, there are a few types of smart home controllers on the market:
- Professional systems: Generally the type you’ll receive from us, these systems are installed by our team and do not require you to lift a finger. They control everything from temperature to lighting, music and more.
- Off-the-shelf: There are also many products that can be purchased in stores, such as SmartThings or Wink, though there is no guarantee that all systems will work with these – they are designed for average customers.
- Open source: Finally, there are various open source platforms that can be used on different hardware groups. These are pre-packaged solutions that require user input and installation, so unless you’re a software pro, you probably aren’t looking in this direction.
Factors to Prioritize
Here are some of the important factors your smart home controller should have (as you’ll see, professional systems are the best bet to check all these boxes):
- Versatility: You need a system that’s flexible enough to incorporate several solutions, all without losing any functionality.
- Scalability: The controller needs to be able to extend hardware or incorporate new protocols regularly.
- Budget: For obvious reasons, the controller should be within your budget.
- Vendor acceptance: The controller needs to be able to handle devices from various vendors if necessary.
For more on smart home controllers, or to learn about any of our home automation, hi-fidelity audio or other services, speak to the staff at AVI Systems today.