Can I do a whole wireless smart home system? Can I have a wireless home theater?
We’re often asked, how good can a wireless Smart Home Systems really be? Our answer, they can be AWESOME! Sure, given the option there are certain things I would always prewire, but if thats not in the cards you can have a banging good Smart Home thats completely wireless. For clarification, ‘Wireless’ doesn’t mean your Home Wifi Network. It means that the equipment communicates without wires, often using a proprietary wireless technology like Bluetooth, WiSA, ZigBee, Z-Wave. So not to worry, it shouldn’t slow your WiFi or create interference.
Lets look at several of the components of a full Smart Home wireless system. We’ll start with the items that are usually most surprising to first time Smart Home buyers
Full Wireless Home Theater
Yep. That’s right. You can have a full wireless home theater, even the projector can be wireless. This one surprises people more than any other. What’s exciting is that you can get a wireless Home Theater on par with any of the systems your friends had hardwired. A wireless HDMI adapter is used to send the Video from the Surround Receiver to the Projector, and the video looks really really good. Just remember you still need an outlet for the Projector.
Klipsch Premiere HD Wireless Video
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Wireless Surround Sound
There’s increasingly more options for wireless surround sound. My two favorites at the moment are Sonos and Klipsch. In this application, Sonos is more of a value line. It’s good sound, but it’s price point driven. You can get a 5.1 Surround sound that’s completely wireless in the ball park of $2,500. Klipsch released there Reference Premiere HD Wireless Speakers. Capable of a 7.2 Surround Sound System. These are the real deal. If you bring your friends into the room, and don’t say anything they won’t have any idea they’re wireless speakers. Odd are, they’ll sound significantly better than anything your friends have in their home theater.
Wireless Entertainment Control
You can place a small wireless controller behind each TV, or in the Media Cabinet, and effectively control all your Video Components for each TV. You don’t need a dozen remotes anymore. Just use your phone. Chances are you’re already holding it.
See also: What is Entertainment Control?
Wireless Lighting Control
Light Switches are hardwired yes, but they can be triggered wirelessly. You simply replace the existing light switch with a Wireless Smart Switch, and you have control of that light switch from your Smart Home App. It makes it very easy to scale your lighting system, and add control over time.
Wireless Climate Control
You probably already know that you can control your Thermostat wirelessly, but you can also do Wireless Blinds, and even Wireless Floor Vents.
Wireless Security and Access
Anymore, most security systems can be wireless. Cameras, Door Locks, Garage Door Openers, all can be wireless. Just remember that Cameras and Keypads still need power. So you want to place them close to an existing outlet.
The best part about wireless, it’s quick and easy to install. You can have it set up and running in no time.
Professional Installation & Programming
Even thought the systems I’ve mentioned are wireless, they are still robust, professional-grade smart home and entertainment solutions, and can be professionally installed and programmed. If you think a wireless solution would be the best option for your home, contact us at TYM today for a free consultation.
Visit THE SMART HOME PROJECT™ page to learn more about wireless smart home solutions.
Matt is a co-founder and lead systems designer for TYM LLC. His smart home and audio/visual designs have won three “Home of the Year Awards” from Electronic House & CE Pro magazine, and two awards from the Consumer Technology Association, including "Home Theater of the Year", and "Custom Smart Home of the Year".
Matt is a golden State fan.