Not that long ago “home automation” meant a three-way
switch for the hall light, and the “media center” was the
TV coax cable drilled up through the living room floor.
Those days are long gone. Today an explosion of interest
is occurring in all things that make up the
“connected home” — security and surveillance
systems, automatic lighting, hvac
control, household entertainment systems, computer networks with
shared broadband Internet access, automated appliances, and home
office equipment, to name just a few.
The connected home market is predicted to grow from $1.4 billion
in 2001 to $9.2 billion in 2006. NAHB reports that a quarter of new
homes are already being built with