1. Planning Together
With an iHome representative, begin outlining the features that you are hoping to include in your project, from lighting to heating and everything in between.
2. Wiring and Installation
The most important thing to consider after planning is the wiring. Without proper planning and cabling, you may find that it’s not possible to add in additional functions in the future. We recommend that you use CAT 7 cable for all sensors.
3. Point – to – Point
We recommend a point-to-point test of your your input and outputs after installation. This is to prevent any confusion at a later stage due to incorrect wiring.
Once everything has been wired up correctly, it’s onto the configuration. There are function blocks in iHome configuration which will help you to set up the major functions easily.
1. Allow enough Space.
The distribution board is at the heart of your Smart Home, allocate 20% as reserve for future expansion when planning your electrical installation.
2. Plan for renewable energy sources.
Install sufficient cable conduit to accommodate future technologies. Consider adding energy meters at this stage to measure consumption.
3. Think Switches.
Switches should be in easily assessable locations, and consider how many switches you use. One switch can have many functions and less is often more.
4. Consider AV & Networking.
To deal with rising data demands from music and video streaming, install a wired network throughout your house, especially in locations where you have a TV.
5. Control Sockets.
By controlling sockets in key locations, you can stop devices using power on standby when you’re not using them – use a ring main for the majority.
6. Use future-proof cable.
Use a data rated cable such as CAT 7 for all sensors and your network to ensure you’re not limited by what you install now in ten years’ time. 7. Sensors are essential. Sensors are the eyes and ears of your Smart Home. To enjoy the smartest features, use a minimum set of sensors that are essential in and around your home. 8. Consult a Smart iHome Expert. We know best!