What is a Standalone Home Automation System?
A Standalone Home Automation System is a smart home system that doesn’t use a personal computer as it’s controller. Although, a personal computer may be used to program some features of some of it’s components. Nowadays, standalone home automation systems are at par with the features and capabilities of a PC-based home automation system. MediaComs can help you design a standalone system to start your way in having a smart home.
Characteristics of a Standalone Home Automation System
1. Features – As mentioned above, standalone systems possess almost all of the features that PC-based systems has to offer you. The only features where a PC-based system is superior is with telephony and internet connectivity. Some standalone systems can send you text messages to inform you if there is a problem in your home, such as a possible water leak or unauthorized intrusion. Keep in mind, though, that the components for this system is usually manufactured with their software already built-in, so there might be some issues when you want to upgrade the components.
2. Costs – Standalone systems are inherently cheaper than a PC-based system. Sometimes, you only need a single controller unit to control the components of your smart home system. If you are just starting with your home automation, then you must seriously consider setting up with starter kits that are being offered out there. This will keep your initial investment cost at a minimum and you can upgrade later by adding additional components to your system.
3. Power Consumption – This is where a standalone system trumps up all other home automation systems. With modules that are small, and with state-of-the-art components, they draw so little power that they do not add much to your electricity bill. Some modules need as little as 1 watt to function properly. The controller units often runs just at 5-6 watts of electricity.
4. Noise – With no fans needed for ventilation, the system runs without any annoying noise. The only noise that you may hear may be the clicks of some relay switch working. Also, the components for this system does not take up a lot of space due to their inherent size.
5. Reliability – This is where the standalone home automation systems is superior than a PC-based system. This system typically avoids reliability issues that are connected with PC-based systems. While components of standalone systems can be affected by power interruptions, most function immediately within a fraction of a second when power supply returns. If the component is deemed important, such as those related to security, it can even be powered by UPS units since they draw so little power.
Just give MediaComs a call today and our years of expertise in the sourcing, designing and installation of standalone home automation systems can be at your service.
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