HomeLogic System Offers Remote Peace of Mind
Remote access to their primary home and its tech systems gives these snowbirds complete control, plus a lot of entertainment when they head back north.
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October 09, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger

If you’re a snowbird who travels from the north to a warmer climate to live for part of the year, you shouldn’t have to worry about the state of your primary residence. Having home automation systems make that an easier pill to swallow, as was the case with these Ohio homeowners who can remotely look in on their abandoned home thanks to the help of custom electronics pros Architectural Entertainment (or check in on their vacation home).

“In this home, we decided to go with a HomeLogic control system. One of the major reasons for this is the remote log-in capabilities,” says Architectural Entertainment’s Taylor Kunz. “Since the homeowners live in Florida for half of year they are able to log in to their home in Ohio, via Internet, and control their audio system, video system, thermostats, lighting, garage doors, security system, and view their cameras. Other features let them view weather, traffic cameras, and leave messages for any of their kids.”

Of course, when the homeowners are actually in Ohio and have every system at their fingertips is when they really get to enjoy the multitude of displays, speakers, distributed audio access, lighting and other features. Architectural Entertainment designed the HomeLogic wireless tablets and their PCs to enable easy access and control over everything.

“From these tablets they can view any of their three satellite boxes or PlayStation 3 on any of their seven flat screens or 106-inch projection screen in the home,” says Kunz. “Each flat screen is accompanied by a pair of Paradigm in-ceiling speakers for quality sound, which can also give them AM/FM/XM radio or iPod for music.”

The home theater features a BenQ DLP projector to fill the large screen, and a 5.1 surround system that gives them 100 watts to each Mordaunt-Short speaker and LFE output to a Paradigm Ultracube so there’s booming sound for any type of media.

Through the automation system the homeowners also have the ability to set lighting scenes at the touch of a button for entertaining, which was a priority, Kunz notes. “When he walked through his house for the first time, he noticed that all the light fixtures were a little to bright for his taste. So we provided dimmers on all the fixtures, which they can access on their tablets, to give the home a more intimate feeling,” says Kunz.

Along with lighting, another home factor that gets a lot of attention and is conveniently controlled through HomeLogic is the heating and air conditioning. The tablet interface lets the homeowners set the temperature, make a weekly schedule, and view a history graph of activity for any thermostat in the home, says Kunz.

“They can also access their security system and cameras placed around the home,” says Kunz. “Cameras were placed in the garages so that they could view and operate their overhead garage doors on their tablet. Since the HomeLogic system communicates over an I.P. network, they have access to weather radar, weather forecasts, traffic cameras, and the web. This system is a lot to look at but simple to use.”

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
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Installer/Equipment List

Systems Design & Installation
Architectural Entertainment
Loveland, Ohio

1 HomeLogic HW-HB-1400 450GB Homebrick
1 HomeLogic HW-NWA-18X4 Network Assembly
1 HomeLogic HW-SE-100 System Enclosure
3 HomeLogic GC-100R
3 HomeLogic DT360 wireless tablets
3 Aviosys 9100B Network Video Servers
3 D-link DIR-655 wireless routers
1 D-link DGS-1016D network switch
7 Elan D661 digital amps
1 Elan System 12 system controller
1 Elan V883 component switcher
1 Elan COM2R communications controller
1 Elan DSS3 Oiled Bronze surface mount door station
1 Elan DSC3 Oiled Bronze flush mount door station with camera
13 Elan VSE2 electronic volume controls with override
2 Elan PSP12 precision panel
3 Elan PVSE precision panel
2 Elan PF2 precision panel
34 Paradigm AMS-150R in-ceiling speakers
5 Paradigm CS-60RSM in-ceiling dvc speakers
1 Paradigm Ultracube 10 subwoofer
3 Mordaunt-Short AW-162 in wall speaker
2 Mordaunt-Short AC-261 in ceiling speaker
1 Sony PlayStation 3
1 Nyko Bluwave IR kit
1 Sony PS3 component video kit
1 Denon AVR-2309CI audio/video receiver
1 BenQ W5000 DLP projector
1 Altronix AALTV1224DC CCTV power supply
1 NuVo NV-T2FXG AM/FM/XM dual tuner
1 Sonance IPORT IW-4 in wall ipod dock
1 Samsung LN52A850 52” LCD
6 Samsung PN42A450 42” LCD
1 Samsung LN37###0 37” LCD
1 Samsung LN32A330 32” LCD
1 Samsung LN26A330 26” LCD
270 ICM FS59RCAU crimp on RCA connectors
250’ Honeywell WG-5035 Crystal Series RG-59
2 Middle Atlantic ERK-3520 35 space rack
2 Middle Atlantic CBS-ERK-20 caster base
3 Middle Atlantic PD915R Power Centers
1 HAI Omni Pro IIE Security System
36 HAI 35A00-1 600 Watt Dimmer Switch
4 HAI 55A00-1 1000 Watt Dimmer Switch
17 HAI 37A00-1 Auxiliary Switch
2 HAI Omnistat RC-122B thermostat
2 HAI 2H-33A001 keypads
4 Speco CVC627B Color Bullet Camera
2 Speco VL648IR Color Dome Camera
14 Honeywell FG-1625F Glassbreak Detectors
2 System Sensor CO1224 C.O. Detectors
2 Winland WI-WB200 Water Detectors
10 Honeywell 956RPT Door Contacts
6 System Sensor 2WT-B Smoke Detectors
4 System Sensor 5601P Heat Detectors
2 Electrolux 4E-PU3650 central vacuum power unit
2 Electrolux 4E-CS3000 central vacuum cleaning kits
18 ElectraValve HC- 1760 powered central vacuum inlets
1 VACPAN sweep inlet

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