Chapter 1Getting Started

Before we start wiring up hardware and tapping out code, let’s lay down the foundation, starting with what exactly we mean by home automation, what’s been available in the consumer space in the past, and why building our own solutions makes sense today and in the future.

We will also review a couple of design and construction best practices that will be put to good use when assembling the projects in this book.

We’ll start by defining what we mean by home automation. Next we’ll consider some of the prepackaged commercial solutions on the market, and then we’ll take a quick snapshot of some of the more popular custom automation hardware and software projects. The chapter will conclude with some of the tools and practices ...

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