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Welcome to the Intelligent Home Blog. Here you'll find all the best ideas, hints and tips you need to design your smart home. Blog posts are written by industry experts and the guys that design smart home systems every day...our team!

Retirement living & technology

Retirement living & technology

July 10, 2019 4 min read

Where you live in retirement is important. Should you move or stay? Renovate? Renew? Downsize? Upsize?
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Why you need surge protection

Why you need surge protection

June 25, 2019 2 min read

When everyone thinks of a surge protector, they think of needing to protect against a lightning strike or...
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What is a Smart Home OS?

What is a Smart Home OS?

June 05, 2019 6 min read

Smart home tech is changing the way we live. The benefits of technology in the home are...
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How to wall mount a TV without cables showing

How to wall mount a TV without cables showing

May 01, 2019 2 min read

You’ve moved house and now your old 40” TV just doesn’t cut it anymore. What you'd really like is a bigger wall mounted TV and to somehow make those cables disappear. One of our customers recently purchased an existing home that featured a beautiful floating cabinet in the living area. Unfortunately their existing TV and power points were located in an awkward position, away from the TV. This meant that their 40” Samsung TV was tabletop mounted with cables tracing the outside of the cabinet to the connection points. Our customer then asked us one of our most frequently asked questions, “How can I wall mount my new TV and make the cables invisible?”. 

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Why smart wiring is so 2019

Why smart wiring is so 2019

April 10, 2019 4 min read

Did you know that more than 90% of the information generated on the internet (or cloud) was done so in the last 2 years? Key drivers behind these staggering statistics is our insatiable appetite for new on-line entertainment services such as Netflix, You Tube, Catch up TV, Spotify and Apple Music, which now accounts for over 80% of all digital content on the internet. All of this is before we even consider the next digital chapter called the internet of things (IoT), which is evolving right before our very eyes, ears and fingertips. It will vastly affect how our homes work, how we work and live, and will revolutionise many areas of business and industry.

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How intelligent is your home?

How intelligent is your home?

March 19, 2019 3 min read

At Webb & Brown-Neaves, innovation is at the forefront of everything we do. We work with our major supplier of smart home technology, Intelligent Home, on almost all our builds, to ensure our homes reflect the latest in home comforts and meet the level of standard expected from our clients. We spoke with Jamie Gilmore, System Integrator at Intelligent Home, about smart home technology and its predicted development in the future. "Often the biggest concern for people with technology is the learning curve. Smart home platforms remove the learning curve because regardless of make or model, all devices are controlled the same way from a single, uniform interface," he said. 

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Being bathed in sound: Sonic architecture and the Sonos Amp

Being bathed in sound: Sonic architecture and the Sonos Amp

March 07, 2019 4 min read

Architecture and interior design are valued as visual mediums, but we have multi-sensory experiences of our surroundings. Much like home furnishings, sound influences the mood of a space, but too often it’s overlooked. What if we thought of sound in our homes the way we thought of flooring or paint colours — something that brings every room together and makes them part of a cohesive whole? That’s the idea behind what Sonos calls sonic architecture. “You know when you’re walking around a store or hotel and there’s music on but you don’t have to see the source or think about where the sound is coming from? 

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What's the difference between automation and integration?

What's the difference between automation and integration?

November 22, 2018 1 min read

One thing we get asked a lot here at Intelligent Home is “what’s the difference between automation and integration?”. These days everyone is out there showing of their latest ‘automation’ products which at the core are really just devices that can be controlled by an app. Once you end up with a few of these around the house – think Sonos, Philips Hue, Ring, Chromecast, CCTV, Alarm system, Apple TV – what you have is a multitude of apps all over your phone or tablet, each controlling one thing. Really this is no different to the not-so-distant past when you had different remote controls on your coffee table for all your devices – TV, DVD, VCR, Stereo, Foxtel and so on.
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Resetting the standard in home tech

Resetting the standard in home tech

November 22, 2018 6 min read

“If this was your home what would you do differently?” At first the question was hard to answer, but over time I realised that the way I would cable the home is for “me”, and that is the way I advise my clients they should have their own home cabled. The important thing with any new house is the personalisation of the build to make it into YOUR home. Selecting the right cabling/security/automation requirements is just as important as the tiles, curtains, carpets or tapware. Never look to cable a house based upon what will get more with the resale; cable based upon the requirements of your family and what you will use on a daily basis, whilst still giving you the ability to grow if required.

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