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