• Cinemar’s Windows-based software controls multiple systems from a single user interface, and the MLS-PRO 2000 can function as a media server/home automation controller, operational from a touchscreen and Android and iOS devices. It includes new MainLobby 4 software ($230 standalone) that supports Netflix, Pandora, Vantage, Lutron, RCS, GE Security, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, Dune HD, Oppo, Mi Casa Verde, Somfy and more. You can control devices through IR, RS-232 serial and IP. Four analog audio outputs, one digital and one HDMI let you enjoy the digital music experience in up to four zones without a secondary media player. $2,500, through retail and dealers. www.cinemarsolutions.com

  • Don’t want to install your own home automation stuff? You can have a pro put in a basic home automation system through a new company called G2i, which uses the same iControl platform as do systems from big service providers. For a base price of $1,000, plus installation and a monthly fee, you get a light dimmer or plug-in lamp module, three door and window sensors, a motion detector to automatically enact events, a wireless security camera, a 7-inch touchscreen and base station. A wireless thermostat and door lock will also be offered. Apps for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices are also available. www.g2i.me

  • Insteon products send signals over powerline and RF, and the dual-band Insteon LED light ($30) can be controlled by other Insteon products like a motion sensor to turn on automatically. Add the plug-in SmartLinc Hub ($99), and you can have iOS and Android smartphone control, with timers. The SmartLinc Hub serves as a system controller. Add more Insteon LEDs and Insteon devices, and you have a lighting and automation system. www.smarthome.com

  • This cloud-based do-it-yourself home control system is available at Lowe’s hardware stores and can operate with compatible ZigBee, Z-Wave and Wi-Fi devices. The Iris hub connects to your home’s broadband router and communicates with thermostats, smart plugs, contact devices and motion sensors. You can manage the system via an Internet-connected computer or via mobile apps. Starter kits range from $179 to $299. A premium service of $10 a month provides additional messaging and home automation-type customization like programming home and vacation modes and schedules, such as turning on lights, through a feature called Iris Magic. www.lowes.com