Q: What is Home Automation?
is defined as a process or system (using different methods or equipment)
which provides the ability to enhance one's lifestyle, and make
a home more comfortable, safe and efficient. Home automation can
link lighting, entertainment, security, telecommunications, heating
and air conditioning into one centrally controlled system. Automation
allows you to make your house an active partner in managing your
busy life. Your automated home is no longer a passive structure.
Instead, it becomes a tool in helping you make the most of your
time, enhancing your safety and security, even saving you money
on your energy bills! How does it work? A central microprocessor
(computer) receives signals from controlling devices, then forwards
those signals to the appliances and systems in the house you want
controlled.The central processor serves as a traffic cop by initiating
and/or routing communication signals throughout the house. As the
user, you can interface with the system via keypads, touchscreens,
panic buttons, TV screens, computers, telephones, handheld remotes
or other devices. >> READ
Q: How is a Home Automation system controlled?
It can 'intelligently' control your house for you (see question
number four below), or you can use regular wall switches, special
control panels, remote controls or a computer. For example with
one wall switch you could turn lights on or off, close the curtains,
turn on your TV and switch it to your favourite channel.
Q: I have an existing home. Can SHI Designs work with me to automate
Yes we can, there
are many way to complish this task and we begin with structerd
wiring that is the best way when the walls are open and the next
step is go wireless or "PLC" or X10 technology which uses
your existing wiring to do the job and also we have wirless RF that
uses air to send signals.
Q: Can I use CAT5 wire for audio, mics,temp sensing, etc. ?
would not use CAT5 for speakers - too thin if you turn the volume
up. Use 14 gauge or 16 gauge
As for mics, you really should use shielded wire for mics to prevent
You should use 18 gauge wire for thermostats. CAT5 for temp sensors
and such? It will work,
Q: What type of coax cable should I use?
We recommend RG-6 Quad Shield coax cable, this cable has a excellent
Q: Can I wire my RS-458 network in a star configuration?
RS-485 should always be wired in a daisy chain configuration. This
allows for two termination resistors on each end to prevent signal
Q: My lights turning on and off, or they don't respond at all is there
anything I am doing wrong?
It's either interference, or your module and transmitter are on
different legs of the house wiring, and aren't talking.
Q: I hear a click when the Appliance Module turns
on but not when the Lamp Module turns on. What is the difference
between the Lamp Module and the Appliance Module?
The Appliance Module contains an electro-mechanical relay (hence
the click) to control TV’s, stereos, coffee pots etc. The
Lamp Module contains a solid state switch called a Triac. This allows
the Lamp Module to dim and brighten incandescent lamps (up to 300
watts). You should use the Appliance Module for fluorescent lamps
which cannot be dimmed, but note that the Appliance Module does
not respond to the All Lights On code.
Q: Can I have more than one Controller in the same house?
Yes. You can have as many Controllers as you like. The Modules obey
the signals they receive if they match the Housecode and Unit Code
they are set to. The Modules don’t know which Controller the
signals came from