C4 Home Automation

The Keypad: The Ideal Interface for Personalization

Last year, we saw a dramatic rise in smart home reports and surveys popping up everywhere. As a manufacturer with over 180,000 smart home systems in the field, we receive a ton of great information from our customers when we issue our own surveys. Our feedback shows that homeowners desire personalized experiences in the home with regard to entertainment, comfort, security, and more. In fact, we estimate that 60 percent of them want their homes to react according to their predetermined preferences, just as they walk through the door.

Personalization is what sets Control4 apart.

Take the keypad, for instance. One of the most compelling features of home automation is the ability to press one button that spawns multiple actions. Outside of the archetypal lighting control, the keypad presents many advantages that a homeowner may not be aware of. Once a homeowner knows exactly what they want their scene to do, it's fairly easy for a Control4 dealer to create it. And while it may seem like a minor convenience in thought, once lived with, it's quick to realize how much value it really adds in the home. For instance, pressing one button as you leave the house that turns off every device, every light, locks every door, and arms the alarm. Pretty amazing, right?
 
Control4 has seen a consistent rise in homeowners adding whole-home audio into their homes. And while the keypad offers an ideal interface for smart lighting, it’s also perfect for the music-loving customers. For example:

 

  • Each member of the household can have a personalized button in each of their most frequented rooms that is set to their own playlist.

  • Up and Down arrows can act as volume control or be programmed as “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” for Pandora.

  • Music and lighting can be tied together easily, when you want to relax or create a specific mood.

Homeowners have spoken. Rather than one-off devices and one-off apps to control them, they want personalized experiences that are tailored to their lives. Visit our keypads section to find out more about personalized scenes.

If you have any questions or would just like to get a free smart home assessment, please feel free to give us a call at (386) 789-5555.

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Total Home Automation is Just a Button Press Away

Over the past couple of years there has been a rapidly growing trend of wearable smart devices. People are wanting access to the hundreds of thousands of apps they can download to their phone quicker and so the smart watch was developed. Forbes estimates the in the year 2019, 245 million smart watches will ship to people around the world.

With this new technology and the home automation industry expecting to hit 58 billion in 2020, you better believe that home automation companies like Control4 have developed apps so you can have total control of your home right from your wrist, no matter where you are in the world.

A Deeper Looking into Smart Watches and Smart Homes

 

Control4 quickly noticed the trend of smart watches and developed an easy-to-use app that gives you control over the most important things in your house. So what exactly does the Control4 Andriod, and Apple apps do?

One of the coolest features of the Control4 app is its ability to have custom actions programmed into it. This means that you can set custom lighting scenes, the ability to turn on the TV and select your favorite station, or just turn on the music to a certain level throughout your house. Frankly the possibilities are endless.

The next button that you will find on the app is Media. This single button gives you full control over the audio and video sources in every room. This means that you can change the channel, skip to the next track or adjust the volume. Pretty cool if you ask me…

The third button on the app is, Thermostat. This button allows you to control not one but all the thermostats in your home. Now you can set the temperature in your home from even the comfort of your bed.

Is that all? Nope. The following and last button on is Security. You can check and make sure your front door is locked when you are away from home or even open and close the garage door.

But wait there is more… You can not only control all of these features while you are home but also from anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in finding out more about these features or Control4 as a whole, please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to answer any questions that come up.

 

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Control4 Vs. Crestron... Which is the Best Automation System?

The battle between two of the top home automation companies, Control4 and Crestron, is over. And the winner is… Control4. Both these platforms have a lot to offer and are extremely versatile. Crestron has been on the market since 1971 and for a long time was the top choice for corporate board rooms and large custom homes. Control4 on the other had was started in the early 2000s by three technology moguls, Eric Smith, Will West, and Mark Morgan. At first Control4 had its problems like most other technology companies when they first start.

 Their first controller, the Home Theater Control, moved at a snail’s pace compared to its competition. Despite it’s slow processing power it’s interfaces were easy to use and programming these systems took a fraction of the hours that a similar Crestron project would have. Control4 pricing was another major advantage over Crestron. Crestron’s pricing made it impossible for the everyday home owner to have a home automation system. Control4 on the other hand put affordable home control in the hands of thousands of people.

Still though with the limited capabilities of the first generation C4 home automation systems, Crestron had them beat. Control4 was quick to their feet with the release of the second generation HC-300 and HC-1000 which blew away their predecessors in terms of speed and capabilities. More and more integrators started moving over from other automation platforms to Control4. This soon became a movement and large players in the audio video market, like Sony, started integrating Control4 into their products.

I think one of the biggest indicators of Control4’s rapid race to the top, was when MGM Grand in Las Vegas decided to install Control4 controllers in all of its new rooms. There are two BIG reasons why Control4 was selected to be their automation platform. First off Control4 is so easy to use anyone can do it. On the other hand, its competitors require you to demo the equipment to a user so they can figure out how to control everything. The second reason MGM chose Control4 is because of their price. Since Control4 is just a fraction of the price of Crestron, and requires less programming time, MGM was able to keep their budget inline.

In the past couple years since Control4 went public they partnered with and bought several technology companies to advance their product offering. They purchased LeafAudio, an audio and video matrix company; Pakedge, networking company; and Extra Vegetables, a driver development company. Control4 paid top dollar for all of these companies because they knew it was just being what they need to perfect the home automation for everyone from your average Joe to your billionaire clientele.

With its newest release of the EA line of processors, competitors cannot compete on price, quality, or speed. The EA-5 boasts five independent audio outputs—two digital coaxial, two RCA stereo analog, and one HDMI—with an audiophile-grade signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB. A built-in music server delivers immersive, multi-stream, high-resolution audio with five built-in simultaneous audio streams from your local music collection, a variety of streaming music services, or from AirPlay-enabled devices using native Control4 ShairBridge technology.

I personally have owned, installed, and programmed both Crestron and Control4. With Control4 you not only get a price that cannot be beat but a system the is unmatched in speed, versatility, and ease of use. Control4 is so easy to use a 4-year-old can do it. I did just that when I taught my little niece how to use our home theater in just a few short minutes. Don’t over complicate your life with a system like Crestron. Why overpay for something just because it has been around longer. How many of us chose Google over other search engines like AOL because it just works better? AOL was around years before Google and we all know it just can’t compete. When you make the decision automate your life go with a product not “like Control4” but only Control4. You will not be disappointed… I guarantee it. 

 

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in getting a quote on us to design and/or program your Control4 system. We offer programming of Control4 systems nationwide. If you enter you information below you will receive 25% off your programming labor. 

 

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