A Family Movie Night Brings Everyone Together

Get the popcorn ready and chill the drinks, it’s a family movie night and a home automation system is the perfect host.

Get the popcorn ready and chill the drinks, it’s family movie night and a home automation system is the perfect host. So here is how we lay out this scenario.

Dad has got his RTI remote that controls everything in and around the house. He’s sitting on the couch searching movie titles for family movie night. Mom is setting out drinks and munchies on the counter. Mom looks at Dad who is still feverishly trying to find just the right movie for everyone and says to him that she thinks that room is a little too warm for everyone. To avoid wrestling with Dad for the remote control, she steps into the hall and brings up the home automation app on a wall mounted Ipad. She simply chooses the comfort settings and with the slide of her finger, brings the temperature down in the family room.


Mom and Dad have four children a teenage girl, a teenage boy, a nine-year-old son, and a two-year-old baby girl. The baby is already asleep and both teenagers are in their rooms chatting away on their phones. The boy is in his room playing an intense video game on his laptop. Meanwhile, Dad has found the perfect movie for everyone but has called the children twice for movie night but hasn’t gotten a response. Dad picks up his trusty RTI remote control and uses the zoned wifi grounding feature to cut the internet off to their rooms and phones. Before you know it, three sets of feet scramble downstairs to let Dad know that the wifi is out. Mom reminds them that it is movie night and all phones and internet were shutting down at seven o’clock for the occasion.


Everyone settles to watch the movie as dad has picked out a good scary one. Ten minutes into the movie the doorbell rings. Mom looks at her iPhone and sees that it’s the pizza delivery that she secretly ordered earlier. She recognizes the face of their regular delivery person from the HD camera on the doorbell. She’s able to communicate with the delivery person through the intercom on the doorbell to find out how much she owes. The pizza is on its way to the family room and Mom stops by the iPad to lock the door again with the touch security system.

Everyone including Dad is excited because they can smell the surprise on the way. Mom enters the room, Dad pauses the movie, and everyone grabs a slice. Everyone has settled again and Dad resumes the movie. Dad praises the hidden sound system that was installed with the smart home installation as he turns it up as they continue to watch. Mom and Dad have successfully pulled off a family movie night with a little help from their smart home system.


You know, we’ve heard people complain about technology causing drift within the family. At Smarter Homes of Austin, we thought it would be nice to blog a story about the use of technology in bringing the family together.

Call Peter, owner, and founder of Smarter Homes to schedule a Tour of our Smart Home Model, so you can see for yourself how the systems work that we mentioned in the story.

Call to schedule your tour (512) 785-0032. In the meantime, learn more about the smart home automation for your home at our website.


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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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