Home automation is really cool, but it takes a hit because some of the products that are available are, well, crap. Like smart fridges. I don’t get those. Back to the point, though, people see these crap products and they bucket all home automation into this bucket of ridiculousness. This makes me sad, because I love technology and all the super cool things it can do, and all the ways it…Continue reading
As smart devices continue to amass, homes are beginning to connect and coordinate more and more. Even the simplest homes need automation horsepower, and the demand will only grow. For instance, the average Control4 home has 40 devices connected, with large homes having over 250. This…Continue reading
With the coming new year on the horizon, it’s a great time to audit your home for easy safety and technology improvements. There are many simple upgrades you can make to improve your home’s safety—all you’ll need is a few smart devices and some tried-and-true hacks.…Continue reading
We all know the real world benefits of home automation. For example the ability to connect it to your security system giving you the ability to monitor your home remotely, automatic temperature control to bring your utility bills down and combining all of your devices into one simple remote to use. When you install your system eventually…Continue reading
With all the Wi-Fi enabled devices that are available to consumers today the average home network is comparable to a small business network from a few years ago. Every member of a household has their own smartphone, tablet, or laptop and then throw in the Wi-Fi enabled appliances, gadgets and printers the average household of 3 people can…Continue reading
Voice recognition is starting to make a name for itself. For the majority of people voice recognition software was introduced into our world through our iPhones and Siri. Recently Amazon followed suit by creating Alexa. Alexa is now finding her way into more applications, including the Echo Smart Speaker, the Fire TV and soon the new fire…Continue reading
We may have an abundance of blogs in regard to automating the man cave in your home. I am aware that everyone in the house enjoys this space, but there are other spaces that can benefit from automation that others may enjoy a little more. For instance you would be amazed the things home automation can do for your closet.
Although no one is ready to admit it yet, many times Labor Day weekend is the last full weekend at the cabin. It’s time to start packing up the food, take the cans to the recycling and start getting the cabin ready for off season. Once the obvious things are done like taking in the dock and…Continue reading
Tiny homes are becoming more common today – the concept of being mobile while still owning a little slice of heaven is appealing to a larger percentage of the population. These homes manage to fit all of the necessities; a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining nook, and the occasional outdoor space whether that is a deck or a rooftop…Continue reading
Football season is approaching quickly – preseason started this month and fantasy drafts are in full swing and that means it’s time for the family to retreat to the man cave to watch the games. Man caves are the perfect place for lounging – typically they’re filled with furniture that wasn’t allowed in the…Continue reading
There seem to be endless new “smart” products hitting the market every day. Some have simple functions and others are capable of acting like an assistant to our lives. What I don’t understand is why all of these smart devices don’t work together to create a smart environment. We still have to deal with the devices…Continue reading
Summer is a treasured time of year for those of us that live in the Midwest. With three to four months of warm weather we tend to spend as much time as possible outside. With that being said we still like the inside of our homes to remain cool, which is achieved by us running our air conditioners all summer long. This can lead to quite an…Continue reading
Those of us that are used to working from an office building tend to be envious of the people who work from home. We daydream of sitting at our home desk in pajamas and attending video chat meetings dressed up on the top half only – that’s all anyone can see any way! But what we refuse to admit to ourselves is that without a…Continue reading
When you think of a home entertainment center certain products immediately come to mind. I think of large TVs, projectors and projection screens, and blu-ray players. But with the technology we have today we don’t just have to stop at products that allow us to enjoy movies. Your options to customize your entertainment centers are…Continue reading
No one is able to watch their surveillance feed 24 hours a day. But Alarm.com came up with a solution that allows you to view the important video clips so you can see what is going on at your house when there is actually something worth watching.
With Alarm.com video…Continue reading
It is becoming common knowledge that we have the power to control our lighting, blinds, audio/video and security systems through Smart Home automation. However the next level of home automation is starting to emerge and companies like LG, Samsung and Whirlpool are already jumping on the bandwagon producing a few of the first Smart…Continue reading
This week we had the pleasure of hosting a National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI) firm night event at our new showroom in Burnsville. Planning an event is never easy and often the most obvious details are forgotten until the last hour leading up to the event. After multiple trips to Wal-Mart, SR Harris Fabric and of course,…Continue reading
I don’t know how many of you have been utilizing sites like VRBO and Airbnb, but if you haven’t yet you must! It doesn’t matter what state or country you’re travelling to – checking out vacation rental websites will never be a bad choice. Sometimes you can stay in hotel suites that people have purchased, get an entire home and property to yourself, or just rent…Continue reading
As a society we are starting to understand the most common features of a home automation system. We know it can lock our doors, work our thermostat and control the entertainment system. But there are other features that can act like an at-home assistant so you know what is going on at your home even when you aren’t there.… Continue reading
We recently had the opportunity to work on one of the most unique projects we have seen in our 30 years of being in business. The concept was to create the ultimate man cave. The project turned into a 3,000 square foot building that features a place to display vintage cars, the ultimate office space, two bedrooms and a large area for…Continue reading
Written by Crystal Watts on January 26, 2016
Written by Guest on March 21, 2016
Everyone needs an escape from the real world from time to time, even if it’s just for a few minutes, to rejuvenate from the craziness of every day life. A good movie can “encapsulate” a person, and take them to a place they’ve never been before and inside characters that are nothing like themselves.
To get the ultimate viewing experience, it’s best to be…Continue reading
Written by Martin Plaehn, President & CEO on February 4, 2016
Valued Control4 Customers,
Today we announced the acquisition of Pakedge, a leader in advanced home networking products and cloud network-management capabilities for both wireless and wired networking solutions. Pakedge brings to Control4 deep networking…
Control4 Tabletop Touch Screens make it easy to control all elements of your smart home. See who is at the front door while you are cooking dinner or quickly and easily browse your playlists with a simple swipe. See how a dedicated Touch Screen can give you total…Continue reading
Written by Crystal Watts on November 13, 2015
Written by Guest on October 23, 2015
If you're a working parent with kids going back to school, a home automation system just might be the perfect thing for you and your family. Check out these 9 ways a smart home can help keep everyone on track, and give you added peace of mind!
As a parent, your first priority is certainly the safety of your kids. And if you are a working parent, the…Continue reading
This post comes to us from Brad Hintze, Director of Product Marketing for Control4.
We are excited to announce all-new 4K Ultra HD multi-room video solutions with new audio and video matrix switches. With the recent acquisition of Leaf, a leader in video and audio distribution, we built these switches to make it possible for you to distribute copy-protected 4K Ultra HD, and all of your…Continue reading