Top 10 Tips

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1. Decide WHAT you want to happen…

• Multiroom music, HD Video Distribution, Mood Lighting, Home Cinema, Telephone, Broadband, Satellite, CCTV, Gate Entry – the list goes on...
• Make a list of which services are important for you.
• Prioritise your basic requirements, and which services would be “nice to have”.

2. Decide WHERE you want it to happen…

• From your plans, list out the names of the rooms and decide which of the services you want to be available in that room. Consider how the rooms are used.
• For example, a lounge or kitchen would merit more services than a utility or spare bedroom. An office space may require more telephone / broadband connections than TV points.
Contact Us for a home survey worksheet to assist with your planning.

3. Set a BUDGET…

• Smart homes can be achieved on a variety of budgets, but don’t expect highly sophisticated systems to be inexpensive.
• Make sure you will have your basic services included as the absolute minimum. If budget allows, then you can extend the capabilities in the future.
• Cabling infrastructure, project management and installation must also be accounted for in the budget.

4. DESIGN, design, design…

• You have architectural plans to ensure your property is built correctly, so why treat smart technology any differently?
• Sonor can establish a full room by room design for your property based on the function of each room and your requirements.

5. Think AESTHETICS…

• Think about how you want your system to look and feel. You will use it every day, and it should blend into the décor. For example, the finish of keypads / lighting controls can be matched to your power sockets, wallpaper or door handles.
• Would your open plan design benefit from in-ceiling or in-wall speakers, which can free up floor space? How can the LED TV be mounted discreetly?
• Choose a system or components you can appreciate visually, as well as meeting your needs.

6. Don’t compromise on INFRASTRUCTURE…

• The most expensive cable you ever run will be the one you think you won't need! It is better to slightly over-cable the property, than try to get away with the minimum.
• Building works can damage cabling so it is best to run spares to be sure. If you choose any element to “invest” in building your smart home, the smart money would be spent here!

7. Pick a SYSTEM…

• A smart home can be designed most efficiently once we clearly know your needs, what you want the system to do and how you wish to interact with it on a day-to-day basis.
• We operate by designing the system backwards from the user interface (the part you will use daily). We will select the hardware according to the results you ultimately want to achieve.

8. Pick a RACK location…

• Choose a sensible location for the cabling to be run from and to, and any equipment to be located.
• This will be the brains of the operation so ventilation and power to the rack room is to be considered – there may be a great number of components located here, So the boiler room would not be an ideal location, for example.

9. Think AHEAD…

• Nothing can ever be totally future proof - But with clever design, and expert knowledge – your system can be installed with a variety of opportunities in place for future improvements, as and when you require them.

10. Ask QUESTIONS…

• The smart home industry can be complex, with a wide variety of options and approaches to the different systems. Ultimately, it is your money and you need to be sure you are getting what you want and that you understand everything about your system.
• Don’t be patronised by technical jargon. If you don’t understand, then ask for a plain English explanation.


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