Several service providers are making it easy to have the smart home system you’ve always wanted. One of those options is Time Warner Cable’s IntelligentHome.
The basic IntelligentHome package includes a touchscreen, two wireless door/window sensors, and one wireless motion detector. However, one of the interesting things about this DIY home automation system is that the company just announced a few add-ons, which can be easily purchased at any Best Buy.
The company is planning to make smart door locks, smart light bulbs, and smart in-wall light switches available through the retailer, all of which will work with the TWC IntelligentHome system. New DIY home automation options will include the Kwikset SmartCode door lock, LG’s Wireless LED Smart Light Bulbs, and GE’s ZigBee In-Wall Light Switch.
According to Time Warner Cable, each DIY home automation item is easy to integrate into any existing IntelligentHome system. The touchscreen will prompt the pairing of each wireless device.
“With the explosion of new, connected devices in the marketplace, we’ve built our IntelligentHome platform to be as open and flexible as possible,” said Adam Mayer, VP of Time Warner Cable IntelligentHome. “We want our customers to be able to seamlessly integrate the devices they want the most. The new self-install door lock and lighting features available online are just a sampling of what’s possible with the interconnected smart home operating on an open and flexible platform.”
Time Warner Cable has also restructured some of its IntelligentHome packages, as well as the pricing. The Security package includes the touchscreen, two door/window sensors, and one motion/glass break detector or an additional door/window sensor, all for $99.99. For an extra $50, the Security & Energy bundle adds in one thermostat. The Security & Video View plan has the same elements as the Security offering, but adds in one indoor/outdoor camera. That package is priced at $149.99. And finally, the Security, Video View & Energy option puts all of the above elements into one bundle, for a one-time equipment charge of $199.99. Additional sensors, cameras, lights and other safety devices are also available on a la carte basis.
Besides the actual equipment, the IntelligentHome does need Time Warner Cable Internet service. In addition to the web package, IntelligentHome has its own fee, which starts at $39.99 per month.
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