Smart Homes For Dummies
Create and Live In a
Cutting-Edge, Fully Connected Home Without Breaking Your Bank
By Danny Briere, Pat Hurley
The Latest Trends
and Gadgets in Smart Home Networking, Automation and Control
you long to listen to your favorite CD from anywhere in your house?
To set up a wireless network so you can access the Internet in any
room? To install an iron-clad security system? To fire up the coffee
pot while you’re still asleep and wake up with automated lighting?
Smart home technology can help you do just that!
Smart Homes For Dummies, Third
Edition, shows you how easy it can be to create and live in a
cutting-edge, fully connected home—without breaking your bank
account. With this user-friendly guide, you’ll discover all the
latest trends and gadgets in smart home networking, automation, and
control that will help you make life more enjoyable and comfortable
for your entire family. We help you plan for things such as
flat-screen TVs, intercom systems, whole-home audio systems, gaming
consoles, and satellite systems. We talk about your wiring (and
wireless) options and introduce you to the latest technologies, such
as VoIP and Bluetooth.
In Smart Home for Dummies,
you’ll see how to:
- Build your smart home network on a budget
- Turn your home into an entertainment
- Access the Internet from any room
- Get VoIP on your phone network
- Boost in-home wireless and cell phone
- Connect your computer to your TV
- Secure your home and property
- Increase your home’s resale value
- Avoid common networking pitfalls
- And much, much more
Complete with a resource list for more
information and neat toys of the future, Smart Homes For Dummies
is your plain-English, twenty-first century guide to a fully wired
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About The Authors:
Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications
consulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company.
Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking
industry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles about
telecommunications topics and has authored or edited ten books,
including Internet Telephony For Dummies, Wireless Home
Networking For Dummies (now in its second edition), Wireless
Hacks and Mods for Dummies, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 PC
For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He is
frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and
technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks,
providing analysis on the latest communications news and
breakthroughs. Danny splits his time between Mansfield Center,
Connecticut, and his island home on Great Diamond Island, Maine,
with his wife and four children.
Pat Hurley is Director of Research with TeleChoice, Inc.,
and specializes in emerging telecommunications and digital home
technologies, particularly in all the latest consumer electronics,
access gear, and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL,
cable modems, satellite services, and home networking services. Pat
frequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers,
equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players
in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat
is the coauthor of Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart
Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies,
Wireless Hacks and Mods for Dummies, Windows XP Media Center Edition
2004 PC For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He
lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, a fiery red-headed
toddler named Annabel, and two smelly dogs.
Table of Contents:
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of Contents (PDF)
Part I: Future-Perfect Smart Homes.
Chapter 1: Mi Casa, Cool Casa.
Chapter 2: Zen and the Art of Whole-Home Networking.
Chapter 3: Cool Stuff Home Networks Can Do.
Chapter 4: Timelines and Budgets.
Part II: Making Your Home an Entertainment Center.
Chapter 5: Breaking the Entertainment Bottleneck — Without
Breaking the Bank.
Chapter 6: Getting Video Where You Want It.
Chapter 7: Wiring a Video Network.
Chapter 8: Bringing You Music.
Chapter 9: Running Audio Here, There, and Everywhere.
Part III: Now We’re Communicating!
Chapter 10: Planning a Phone System.
Chapter 11: : Making the Phone Connection.
Part IV: Livin’ Off the Fat of the LAN.
Chapter 12: A Cornucopia of Computers.
Chapter 13: All Roads Lead to the Net.
Chapter 14: Designing a Data LAN.
Chapter 15: Choosing the Parts for a Wired Data LAN.
Chapter 16: Alternatives to a Wired Data LAN.
Part V: Keeping the Bad Guys at Bay — Security.
Chapter 17: Home Security Boot Camp.
Chapter 18: Wiring a Security System.
Part VI: Putting It All Together — Home Automation and
Chapter 19: Home Automation Extravaganza.
Chapter 20: Making Home Automation a Reality.
Part VII: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Common Pitfalls When Building Your Smart Home.
Chapter 22: Top Ten Toys of the Future.
Index. Read The Index (PDF)
Soft-cover, 432 pages