Control4 wall mount touchscreen with video intercom.
How much does a Control4 system cost ? And Is a connected smart home the right fit for you?
The central automation component that you might want in your connected home is called the controller.
This is the brain that allows all the control to take place.
Control can include music streaming to multiple rooms, lighting control, and security.
The controller is responsible for all of the functionality programming and customization that you can do. The programmed controller basically allows all the individual components of the home to communicate and coordinate with each other. For instance the controller is responsible for streaming music, turning speakers off & on & adjusting the volume.
There are several versions of controllers that can be configured to fit your different needs. The controllers have different capacities and functionalities.
An entry level controller is the Control4 EA-1.
What type of control could you do with this one series controller?
A One series controller is ideal for providing starter control of smart home features: limited lighting control, thermostat control, security system control, and audio video control. This device is ideal to pair with a single media room or TV room because it has an HDMI output. This allows for the user interface to be brought right up on the screen and activates a navigable menu.
The starting cost for this controller is $600. Deciding if this controller is for you depends on the number of devices you would like to have controlled and how large your home is.
If AV integration is not needed there is CA1 controller that has the same capability as the EA1 without the on screen menu, AV device control and music streaming. The price for this is $450.
The more devices you would like to control and the larger you home is the more expensive the controller becomes. The main controller can cost up to $2500. In larger homes there are scenarios in which one larger controller would be combined with a few basic controllers.
The following is a list of a few of the most common subsystems in the typical home . For more information on these subsystems and pricing please see the related posts.
Audio Video - includes TV and music streaming, Lighting Control, Thermostat Control, Security Integration, Smart Door Locks
What about “Smart Home” operation. You may be a little intimidated by the phrase “Smart Home” and understandably so. While there have been a lot of new advances in home technology you may not think of the word smart when you first try to use a new device. More often the words intimidating or cumbersome may come to mind before smart or intuitive. A good home controller should make technology easy to access.
What technology can a good home controller make easier for you to control?
You should be able to control things such as temperature, lighting, security, and safety.
The advantage of your house having a unified controller is that multiple systems can come together and be controlled from a single app.
The following is an example of how having a unified controller can work for you:
When you leave your home, do you have to use multiple apps (or walk to all different areas in the home) to get ready to leave?
Would you prefer to walk to the door, press one button on a keypad that turns the temperature to energy save mode, turns off all the lights, arms the security system, and locks the door as you leave?
If pressing a single button for all of those commands is appealing to you then a centralized controller is the right choice.
If you are not interested in integrating various systems and are comfortable using multiple apps and remotes, then a connected home with centralized controller like Control4 is probably not necessary.
Do you hate how it looks to have multiple remotes lying around on the coffee table or kitchen counter?
Do you like the idea of pressing one button to control various functions in your home?
You may decide that a Control4 centralized control system is the best option. As mentioned earlier you have an initial cost range that would be between $600 and $2500 for one controller.
You may have been considering other manufacturers of home control systems. It seems like the brand leaders have a disproportionate lead right now in the integration of multiple devices and systems. These companies are focused on providing you continuing updates in order to maintain this lead. Most of our clients are well served by choosing products offered by these brand leaders who include Control4, Savant, and Sonos.
The possibilities for integration are virtually limitless.
Start with options that are most important to you. The ones that meet your wants and needs now. Adding devices that you would like down the road is possible.
Whether this is the first time you have considered home control integration or if you have very specific customization needs we can design the system that is right for you.
In the next articles we’ll consider different subsystems and options and the costs related to each.