Smart Home Controller and Operation

How you interact with your smart home is one of the most important elements of a system.

If the lighting, heating, security and entertainment systems are all working beautifully but your control system is causing problems, it can render the whole system ineffective or unusable.

Smart home controllers can typically be broken down into five groups. Each controller is suitable for specific functions and many will contain a combination to give you complete control over your home.

 

Wall mounted touch screen panels

Crestron and Control4 wall mounted touch panels mean you don’t need multiple controls for the different systems in your home. They’re quick and easy to operate and, unlike a phone, can be used instantly as you don’t need a passcode to access it.

 

Smartphones

Smartphone apps are convenient and help you manage your home from anywhere in the world. They can carry out the same functions as a wall mounted app but may occasionally be difficult to use because of the limited screen size.

 

Tablets

Just like a smartphone, tablets can be used for all aspects of controlling your home without the restriction of a small screen.

 

Smart Remotes

Smart remotes aren’t essential as you can control everything from a tablet or phone. However, they are useful for rooms with a TV as you can control the channel and sound. A good smart remote will be used frequently and is also useful when you have guests who are choosing what you watch!

 

Amazon Echo

Voice control is a relatively new and fun way of operating key functions in your home. These are complementary technologies and, currently, aren’t flexible or robust enough to be the only control in a smart home. Voice activation can be used for major rooms functions like “welcome home” to activate heating, lighting and TVs or “lounge evening mode” to turn on the fire and dim the lights for a cosy atmosphere.

28th Feb 2018
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  • “The lighting design was very key to the projects success and we felt we were in a safe pair of hands dealing with Finite especially as they were also involved with the wider smart home system and were responsible for the smart lighting control so it meant services were tied in to a single package which was easier for us to manage. Ultimately the lighting has delivered exceptionally well and added the value we expected to the finished project”

    Ali Berktanin (Clients Representative / Estate Manager – Chelsea)

  • “Delivered on promises made and managed expectations throughout, thoroughly impressed with the system and I would recommend your services to anyone looking for a large yet simple to use smart home system or Cinema room that will blow them away.”

    Mark Priest – Harrogate

  • “This was the room in the house that I was most excited about but also least clear on where to start. Demonstrations, design, hand holding and the reassurance of previous projects made us feel comfortable with Finite Solutions ability to deliver the solution we wanted and they have delivered superbly. Beyond making time for demonstrations and signing off the design and overall cost in the first couple of months I have been able to leave the whole project to Finite and we are delighted with the finished room and the picture and sound quality which are simply amazing. Thank you.”

    Collin Smith - Worchester

  • “Having called the team in to “sort out” an installation we had several years prior by another company we have been very impressed with the honesty, determination and quality of consultancy and workmanship at our home by the whole team. In what I’m sure could have been viewed as an opportunity to have us spend a fortune unnecessarily by many companies, we always felt comfortable with Finite and the solutions they recommended were cost effective and delivered us a system which finally works perfectly.”

    Martine LeBanner – Surrey

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    Richard Grafton - Richard Grafton Interiors – Ilkley and Harrogate