More and more people are introducing an element of home networking by connecting their stereos, plasma TVs, DVRs, PCs, laptops and gaming systems to intelligent entertainment systems. These systems are designed to record, store and share media across devices throughout the home.
In addition to catering to the entertainment side of life, some home networks are now incorporating practical appliances; security systems, lighting and energy management solutions are all gaining more intelligence, so consumers can now manage them in a more sophisticated manner. Such energy management solutions stand to save users significant amounts of money, however their exorbitant installation costs has presented a high barrier to entry in the past.
This barrier has slowly been chipped away. Rising energy costs coupled with the availability of cheaper home networking systems mean that more and more people are now networking their homes.
Here are some ideas for home networking, some of which could save you a bundle, and others that simply make your life easier to live:
- outside lighting
- connected interior lighting
- security measures (surveillance, intruder alerts etc)
- home theatre networks
- networked computers
Giving you more control and enhancing your comfort in the home are major benefits to be had from implementing your own home networking system. And it’s much easier than you might think.