“With [that Niles system], you have to have a controller in each room,” he says. “With CasaTunes, you can just use your iPhone.”
Not having that controller expense was a plus, but this decision was based purely on convenience. Currently, Vernon has two CasaTunes CT-8 multiroom servers set up, so he can access thousands of musical options in 10 areas of the home, all through his iPhone.
In May 2012, the couple could finally move in. While it’s not the ultimate Electronic House, it has all of the amenities Vernon could ever want, inside a classic structure.
Another perk of the location: Vernon lives very close to a neighboring park. In fact, he’s so close, he can access his Wi-Fi network using an Ubiquiti BULLET-M2-HP 802.11 B/G/N M2HP outdoor antenna that’s mounted on the side of the house. Measuring about the size of an umbrella handle, the antenna allows Vernon to access his home network from two blocks away.
Other features include an HAI (now part of Leviton) system for lighting, which ties into motion sensors and security. He also has six Vivotek IP8362 security cameras and a Vivotek NR8301 stand-alone 8-channel DVR to keep an eye on the surrounding property.
One of Vernon’s favorite features is his 32-inch Samsung UN32ES6500F HDTV in the sunroom. While it’s not exactly an extra-large, eye-popping screen, it does have a pretty unique setup. He attached the TV to a swivel mount, so it can be shared between the sunroom and the adjacent living room. “I’m not real big on having TVs everywhere. It takes up a lot of space,” he says. “This allows the same TV to be used in both rooms.”
Despite the age and condition of the home, Vernon says that it was a pretty straightforward install. And frankly, it was worth that extra effort—and even the aggravation. “I’ve always wanted to go all out on the house,” he says. “Most people thought that the house that I bought was a teardown. I just like to fix them.”
For a closer peek at Vernon and Lynn Tyger’s home and some of the technology in it, check out our 1930s Texas Teardown Gets a High-Tech Makeover slideshow.
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