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David Frangioni

Can I Upgrade My Older House with a Home Control System?


How We Install Smart Home Systems in Existing Properties  

As the smart home industry continues to boom, homebuyers expect new houses and luxury apartments to include automated technology. In fact, 81% of buyers now indicate they’d be more likely to purchase homes with home control systems. Almost half (47%) of millennials already own smart home products, including automated lights, thermostats, and security devices.

But what if you already live in a home that isn’t equipped with a home automation system? There are several ways to install an intelligent home system (like Control4, Crestron, or Savant) without tampering with your house’s charm.

Whether you live in a historic 1920s bungalow or a stunning modern villa, we install both wired and wireless home systems in Naples, FL, and cities worldwide. Here’s how it works.


SEE ALSO: Crestron vs. Savant: Comparing Home Automation Systems

Retrofitting with Wires

The purpose of a smart home is to have all your technology integrated with every element of the system. There are two ways to achieve this—over wires or via wireless networks. In general, wired home networks are much more reliable as wireless can be faulty and sometimes hard to extend across a vast property. The primary challenge with wired is getting Cat 5 or Cat 6 ethernet cables to all your smart lights, thermostats, shades, surveillance cameras, and more.

Most homes already have ethernet cables running to most rooms. In new home builds, we install low-voltage wiring through the walls to connect all your devices, leaving room for future technology. However, if you don’t want to open the walls, we can hide wires along the wall under attractive baseboards, trim pieces, or other accessories.

Wireless Home Control

In addition to wired, there are many applications where wireless is the way to go.  Many wireless devices can connect to a central home controller like Control4, Savant, or Crestron. Wi-Fi allows your technology to ‘communicate’ with each other, but you’ll need to ensure you have a strong network in every room. A smart home integrator like Frangioni Media enhances your network with Enterprise-grade Wi-Fi using the best wireless access points and switches.

But Wi-Fi isn’t the only way smart devices communicate. Many automation products use radio frequencies, like ZigBee and Z-wave protocols, that function on low-power wireless technology. Major smart systems like Control4, Crestron, and Savant use ZigBee for automation solutions, letting you control lights, thermostats, sensors, and shades wirelessly. Using these technologies and other proprietary gateways, devices can communicate wirelessly across your entire home.

Combine Wired & Wireless

We can always approach your smart home system as a hybrid system using both wired and wireless solutions. We can wire hard-to-reach areas that might not connect wirelessly and wire essential devices like surveillance cameras. Other devices can communicate over ZigBee or Wi-Fi, bringing everything under one convenient umbrella.

Are you ready to upgrade your home with smart home technology? Let Frangioni Media be your guide to luxury living. Contact us here to discuss your home’s project, and we’ll schedule a no-obligation consultation. We look forward to hearing from you! Also, subscribe to our newsletter for monthly articles about smart home technologies.

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