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Home Automation for Dummies

The easy way to control your home appliances Do you want to control common household appliances and amenities from your smartphone or tablet, wherever you happen to be? Home Automation For Dummies guides you through installing and setting up app-controlled devices in your home, such as heating and air conditioning, lighting, multimedia systems, game consoles, and security and monitoring devices and even suggests popular products to consider. The saturation of the mobile market with smart devices has led to an upsurge in domestic devices, such as thermostats, refrigerators, smoke detectors, security systems, among others, that can be controlled by those devices. Both Google and Apple offer fully-integrated solutions for connecting mobile devices to home theater and audio systems, and now Google has branched out into smart thermostats and smoke detectors. If you've caught the bug and want to get your feet wet in this cool new phenomenon, Home Automation For Dummies gives you plain-English, step-by-step instructions for tech-ifying your home without breaking a sweat. * Provides clear instructions on remotely controlling your home appliances * Shows you how to set preferences to automatically adjust lighting or temperature * Explores digital "life hacks" that explain how non-app-ready appliances can be controlled via smart phones using third-party go-betweens * Covers an emerging segment of the industry that was one of the primary focuses of this year's Consumer Electronic Show If you're looking to find new ways to simplify and better control your home environment using app-driven devices, your phone, or tablet, Home Automation For Dummies makes it easier.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Introducing Home Automation 5 Chapter 1: Home Automation 101 7 Chapter 2: What You Need to Get Started 23 Chapter 3: Determining Your Home Automation Needs (and Wants) 37 Part II: Automating Inside Your Home 49 Chapter 4: Keeping Your Cool or Turning Up the Heat 51 Chapter 5: Nice and Tidy Does It! 75 Chapter 6: I m in the Mood for ... Anything: Automated Lighting 89 Chapter 7: Safe, Sound, and Hunkered Down 109 Chapter 8: Home, Home on the Automatic Range: The Automated Kitchen 135 Chapter 9: Monitoring Water Use and Detecting Leaks 155 Chapter 10: Smart Home Entertainment 165 Part III: Automating Outside Your Home 189 Chapter 11: Checking the Weather 191 Chapter 12: Your Grandfather s Dream, Your Reality: Automating Lawn Care 205 Part IV: Taking Command of Your Home Automation Systems 225 Chapter 13: Working with Mobile Devices and Computers 227 Chapter 14: Controlling Your Home from One Platform 249 Part V: The Part of Tens 265 Chapter 15: Ten Easy Ways to Begin Automating Your Home 267 Chapter 16: Ten Great Websites for Home Automation 285 Chapter 17: Ten Other Options for Automating Your Life 301 Index 319

About the Author

Dwight Spivey has been a bona fide geek since the age of twelve, kicking off his Nerd Quest with a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 4P. He is the author of many titles on the Mac, iPhone, and Microsoft Office. His technology experience is extensive, consisting of OS X, iOS, Linux, and Windows operating systems in general, smart home automation, desktop publishing software, laser printers and drivers, color and color management, and networking.

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