2933669122_6f09a3da93_oThe idea of a smart home used to be something only the wealthy and sophisticated could afford. Not only that, but outfitting your home with various smart electronics such as security cameras and automatic lighting systems required the work of an experienced electrician.

Thanks to advances in the Internet of Things (IoT) networking technology, anyone can turn their home into a smart home with various pieces of equipment. Start off simply with networked light switches that can be controlled from your smartphone, allowing you to do things such as turn on your exterior lights from anywhere you have an internet connection. Or, connect your garage door opener to the internet and get notification on your phone whenever your garage door is opened, shut, or accidentally left open. Furthermore, thermostats are available that can connect to your home network and allow full control of your A/C and heat from any computer or smartphone, saving you tons of money.

How much does all this cost? Networked light switches can be had for as little as $40. Networked thermostats can be found for as little as $50. Garage door network devices can be found for under $150 in most cases, and full kits range in price from $200 – $400+. How does this all work? You can get server hardware that allows more storage, networking, cloud virtualization and much more. Visit http://www.avisolve.com/ to get your home (or business) more power.

The best part about the advancement in home networked smart devices is that they are easy to install. The light switches, thermostats, and garage door networking devices can be installed by anyone with basic electrical experience and typically just involved following a guide to match up the correct wires.

Adding security cameras to your home is also now easier than ever. 16556890624_6e3842e0db_kIt used to be that if you wanted to add security cameras to your home you would have to run wires to each and every camera. This is often a complicated procedure that proves to be complicated on existing construction. Newer “smart” security cameras only require a power cable, and the rest can be done over your wireless network. This makes placing your cameras a lot easier. Networked security cameras come in a wide range just like traditional security cameras, including PTZ cameras, outdoor cameras, night vision cameras, and more. There are also special networked DVRs that you can use to connect all these cameras together just like traditional cameras so you can view and record all the cameras from one place, but that isn’t all necessary. If you don’t want to spend the money on a DVR, you could easily use your existing desktop computer.