Smart Homes For Dummies

Smart Homes For Dummies

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by Danny Briere, Hurley
     
 

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Ever wonder what would happen if your PC and your stereo could talk to each other? Want to know how you can watch DVDs from any TV in the house? Let this book show you! From security cameras you can view from work to a house that lets you access the Internet from any room, this easy-to-follow guide will help you create the smart home of your dreams. See more details below

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Ever wonder what would happen if your PC and your stereo could talk to each other? Want to know how you can watch DVDs from any TV in the house? Let this book show you! From security cameras you can view from work to a house that lets you access the Internet from any room, this easy-to-follow guide will help you create the smart home of your dreams.

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Instead, get Smart Homes for Dummies, published by IDG Books. Written by Danny Briere and Pat Hurley of telecommunications consulting firm Telechoice, Smart Homes is unusually up-to-date, with mentions of digital-audio distribution, splitterless vs. conventional xDSL, wireless KSU phone systems, and other new technologies. As for the manufacturers mentioned in the book, I couldn't find any information that was obsolete.
But Smart Homes is more than simply accurate, it is truly useful, with an abundance of call-out tips ("The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association...offers advice on how to shop for a security system and the names of contractors who have qualified for their 'Installation Quality' certificate."); warnings ("If your modem connects to your computer with an Ethernet interface...you actually need to install two separate Ethernet Network Interface Cards in your proxy server..."); and sound opinions ("You can build a very similar video distribution network that forgoes the second RG6 cable to each outlet....[but] at the risk of being repetitive, we think that this kind of abbreviated network is probably a false economy...").
Rightly, the authors separate the really technical tips from the merely useful stuff. It's clear by glancing at each page what you really need to know and what is gravy (delicious as it is) for the techie.
I like that the book mentions many of the standards that we hear so much about, but doesn't dwell on them. Honestly, how much does a consumer (or installer) really need to know about the intricacies of CEBus?
Lastly, Briere and Hurley aren't too proud to credit their information sources, which include many familiar names in home control and networking.
The best thing about Smart Homes for Dummies--it's a wonderful guide for smart people, too

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764525391
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/27/2003
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.86(d)

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