Home automation systems can make anyone s life easier with hands-off control of nearly every light and appliance in your home. There are those of us, however, that may not feel comfortable installing and configuring a system without professional help. Control4, a home automation retailer with over 1,600 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, has seen this need and filled the gap. Now, no matter your needs or where you are, these home automation professionals can fully integrate all of your home s systems into a central interface. In this article, we ll discuss the pros and cons of this Control4 service and we ll delve into how they can place control of your home into the palm of your hand.

For a bit of background, Control4 is a company that specializes in home automation systems and solutions. They have a large online presence but distribute their products and services through certified home integration professionals in third-party companies. A convenient  Where to Buy  tool on their homepage will help you locate a Control4 dealer near you.

These Control4 systems are very convenient and simple; the entire setup can be controlled remotely through a smartphone, or it can be controlled locally with an iPad or custom touchscreen panel. The custom touchscreens provided by Control4 can be portable, placed on a table or even mounted into a wall. If a touchscreen isn t your thing, they also offer a sleek remote control.

The strength behind Control4 s service is in their completely customizable home integration. A trained professional can be called in to retrofit your entire home, gadgets and all, into a controlled system that is managed at one central hub. If you d rather install a few pieces to start with and increase the level of customization as funds or needs make themselves present, you can also elect to take that route. Control4 provides individual items and entire systems through their dealers. However, the basic systems will need to be installed by a certified professional before you install any extra components yourself.

Another major selling point behind Control4 s breakthrough in home automation systems is their commitment to the community. The Control4 system is open platform, meaning that any third-party developer can create software or hardware to integrate with their system. Their  4Store  is roughly equivalent to Apple s app store, providing free and paid apps developed by Control4 as well as by independent developers.

The Control4 home automation system offers a depth of customizability beyond many of the other home automation solutions we ve seen. Their software includes all of the useful triggers, like sunset/sunrise timers and other situational conditions, as well as the ability to create individualized macros.

While the software is impressive and the cost is reasonable, the real strength of the Control4 home automation system is in its customizability. With an application store dedicated to their products and a completely open-source platform, this Control4 system is adequately suited for every consumer s needs.

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