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New Home Automation

by cirruspilot / December 4, 2008 12:22 PM PST

We have just broken ground on a new home and I have been looking on the web for ways to 1)do now and 2)plan for the future regarding home automation. What I am finding is a little overwhelming. It seems that most people are creating technological showcases that require system integrators and a huge budget. I am not a high end audiophile and, frankly, I don't want to spend an arm and a leg. I am not palanning a home theater either.

What I want is multi-room (to include outdoor/patio) audio/video entertainment system that is not intrusive when it comes to speakers, wires, and amplifiers/DVD players, etc. all over the place - I will have a cooled closet for all the equipment. Audio/video sources will include cable, iPod, tuner with satellite radio, and several PC/MACs.

I don't have the need to control lights and HVAC remotely. The thermostats and light controllers I have found will do that inexpensively and nicely. Speak up if I am missing something here.

I have read a little about the Linksys Dual N band routers, Apple airports, and several other products. really don't know where to start. Are there individuals/companies that can help my plan a system if they have my house plans? Not counting video screens, I am trying to spend $2,000-$3,000.

I have the opportunity of a lifetime to make provision for something nice now and, hopefully, keep the future in mind as well.

Thanks,

Bill

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