What can a Control4 home automation system do for you
Control4 isn’t a brand that sees much exposure in mainstream media, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a prominent and respected name in the smart home installation industry. In fact, it’s one of the more exclusive providers, and must be accessed through an approved supplier. So what is Control4? And what can you do with it?
What is Control4?
Control4 has been on the home automation scene since the early 2000s. It’s a system that’s able to control lighting, multi-room audio, security and more, and is compatible with a staggering 35,000 devices.
Far from being a simple plug and play solution, it requires the expertise of authorised dealers and smart home installers such as New Wave AV, in order to work efficiently. In addition to supplying and installing the necessary equipment to meet your needs, these experts will configure the system so that the attached devices are compatible with specific settings. All upgrades and monitoring are done externally, meaning you can relax in the knowledge that someone else is taking care of the hardware and software.
Of course, that’s not to say you can’t control various aspects of the system yourself. Control4 enables you to use a dedicated, universal remote control to operate audio and video feeds, connected lights, thermostats, security systems, and more. Alternatively, you can have touchscreen panels installed throughout your home where you can control various elements of your smart system. You might, for example, have an evening scene, which turns on specific lights in time for your return from work, turns the heating up to your preferred temperature, and switches on your favourite radio station.
What can you do with Control4?
With Control4, the possibilities are endless. In addition to creating automated scenes that suit your daily needs, you can sync up your media to create whole-home audio that even extends into your garden. This is ideal for those who often throw parties or host events. You may even be able to hide your speakers and other hardware behind artwork or in the ceilings, without losing sound quality.
Other options include a smart doorbell solution that enables you to view and communicate with whoever is at your door, even when you’re at work or on holiday; and security cameras and motion sensors that can trigger scenes or notifications to help protect your property.
Which devices are compatible?
As we mentioned above, thousands of devices, brands and services are compatible with Control4, including Philips Hue, Sonos, Apple TV, Nest, Netflix and Amazon Music. The home automation giant also produces its own range of products, which enable you to enjoy a professional-grade home network, a state-of-the-art media setup, and more.
Here at New Wave AV, we are a Control4 authorised supplier and can provide and install whole-home automation systems to meet your needs. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you enhance your living experience with smart home installation.
Article by Angus Murray
As Projects Director at New Wave AV I get involved in the detail of ensuring that the solutions we specify for our clients work simply to improve your lifestyle, enhance comfort, and add convenience. I have a particular interest in Home Cinema, Lighting Design & Control.