Self-Sufficient Home Even Handles Chores
From security to housework to entertainment systems, one tech-savvy family has gadgets for nearly every aspect of home life.

- Home of the Year

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May 01, 2008 by Lisa Montgomery

500 Movies on Demand
With so much of the home being managed by the Crestron system, are the Haerles finally settling down for some quality family time? “Absolutely,” says Wolfgang. Mom, Dad and the two kids usually gather in the family room where a 50-inch LG plasma TV and Halcro 7.1 surround-sound system are ready to entertain. The Haerles have access to more than 500 flicks stored digitally on a Kaleidescape media server. The list of movies can be presented on the screen of the TV or the Crestron touchpanel, and choosing one is as simple as touching a button. Before the main attraction begins, the Kaleidescape system plays a few music clips, movie previews and advertisements. It’s a segue Wolfgang designed himself that “makes watching a movie feel more like a special event.” As the movie starts, the shades lower, the lights dim, and the ceiling fan spins.

While the well-appointed family room may be the favorite family movie spot, it’s by no means the only place to enjoy a show. A Crestron video distribution system can deliver video to any TV in the house from the Kaleidescape server, TiVo receiver, Escient FireBall media server (a less expensive server option for Wolfgang’s prospective clients to consider) and a DVD player (for playing rented movies), all of which were stowed in a rack in the basement. Music from an XM Satellite Radio tuner and CDs stored digitally on the Kaleidescpe server can travel housewide as well. The Crestron touchpanel invites the Haerles to choose a song and decide where to have it delivered. For example, if Wolfgang and Cornelia are relaxing on the patio, they command the Crestron system to pipe the tunes to the outdoor audio zone only, leaving the house quiet for sleeping children.

Sweetening the Deal
Still, there’s always more in store for this ever-evolving technology candy shop. Wolfgang recently transformed the lanai into an outdoor movie viewing area by incorporating a 110-inch Draper screen that rolls down from the ceiling, a JVC video projector and a pair of Canton speakers. Of course, the entire setup will be integrated into the Crestron system so that one command can set up all the necessary gear. After living with the convenience and comforts of a home control system, Wolfgang and his family wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Lisa Montgomery - Contributing Writer
Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.

Equipment List

Control System
Crestron PRO2 control processor
Crestron CT-1000 color touchpanel
Crestron TPS-2000L Isys 5-inch touchpanels (2)
Crestron TPS-3000L Isys 6-inch touchpanels (2)
Crestron TPS-3100L Isys 6.4-inch touchpanel
Crestron TPS-3000 Isys 6.4-inch touchpanel
Crestron TPS-4000 10.4-inch touchpanel
Crestron TPS 5000 touchpanel
CrestronSTX 1700CXP 2-way SmarTouch wireless touchpanels (2)
CrestronTPMC-10 Wifi touchpanels (2)

Audio/Video Components
Crestron PVID8x4 video distribution switcher
Crestron PAD8A audio distribution processor
Crestron BIPAD8 audio distribution processor
Crestron IADS intercom audio distribution system
Crestron IVDS intercom video distribution system
Crestron C2N-FM tuner
Crestron C2N XM tuner
Crestron ST-VS video sensor modules (2)
Crestron PBAR4 audio receiver
Crestron PBVR4 video receiver
Crestron TPS-RFGWX 2-way RF gateway
Crestron STRFGWX 2-way RF gateway
Crestron DAP8RC 7.1 surround-sound processor
Crestron CNXRMC room solution control boxes (4)
Crestron CNXRMCLV room solution control boxes (2)
Crestron C2ENET-1 Ethernet card
Kaleidescape DVD and CD server
Escient FireBall DVDM-300 DVD and Music Manager
Bose Lifesyle 50 system
Samsung, Panasonic and LG plasma TVs
Draper 110-inch screen
JVC video projector
Halcro surround-sound processor
Meridian 561 surround-sound processor
Auton plasma lift

Security System
Siedle door entry station
Home Automation Inc. security system
Sony EVI-D70 PTZ surveillance cameras (2)

Lighting System
Crestron CAEN lighting enclosures
Crestron 1DIM4 four-channel dimmer module
Crestron 1DIM eight-channel dimmer modules (14)
Crestron 1FAN4 four-channel fan speed control modules (4)
Crestron 1MC4 four-channel motor control modules (4)
Crestron 4HSW4 four-channel high inrush switch modules (6)
Crestron CNX-B12 12-button keypads (3)
Crestron CNX-B2 2-button keypads (12)
Crestron CNX-B4 4-button keypads (15)
Crestron CNX-B6 6-button keypads (12)
Crestron CNX-B8 8-button keypads (8)

Additional Components
Rain8net lawn sprinkler system
Jandy Aqualink pool and spa controls
Davis weather station

Systems Design & Installation
MaJul Total Home Technology
Gulfport, FL

Daniel Dawson
St. Petersburg, FL

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