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A Beginner’s Guide to Control4 Home Automation


See for yourself what Control4 brings to your home and lifestyle through intuitive technology

Home automation systems that allow you to control your house through connected smart devices and automated actions are a popular addition to homes in Crystal Bay, NV, and across the U.S. If you’ve been considering bringing home automation into your household, you may see the same three names pop up again and again: Crestron, Savant, and Control4.

The brands listed above are the three biggest players in the automation system industry. Of the three, Control4 is the most popular and well-known due to its user-friendly interfaces and ability to work with thousands of smart devices you may already use in your house.

Home automation integration with Control4 can bring more comfort, convenience, and luxury to your lifestyle. Keep reading to get an overview of Control4 and what the system can do.

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What Does Control4 Work With?

Control4 has the power to connect your entire home under a single operating system. Along with your AV devices (like TVs and speakers), lights, motorized shades, thermostats, keyless door locks, and security alarms, you can connect a plethora of devices to your Control4 system, including:

  • Surveillance cameras
  • Garage doors
  • Gate access control
  • Fireplaces
  • Pools and spa
  • Smart appliances (coffee machine, washer/dryer, etc.)
  • IoT devices
  • Streaming apps
  • Voice command devices
  • Plumbing and faucets
  • Sprinkler systems

Control4 is compatible with tens of thousands of third-party devices (more than any other control system), which means you can create the smart home you want with the brands you love and already use at home. For example, if you love your Lutron shades, Sonos multi-room speakers, and Nest thermostat, you can connect all of those devices to your Control4 system and manage everything in a single place.

What Is Smart Home OS 3?

OS 3 is Control4’s operating system — it’s the software that unifies all your connected devices in a centralized platform. The OS 3 platform features a user-friendly interface and hundreds of customization options for you to personalize your Control4 home.

What can you do with OS 3? Here are a few ideas:

  • Save favorites. Save your favorite rooms, devices, and scenes on a “Favorites” dashboard so that your most-used things are front and center when you need them.
  • Customize rooms. Arrange individual room dashboards to display your most-used devices in that room. Additionally, you can pin devices from other rooms into any room in the house. For example, if you like to arm the alarm from bed, save a security icon on the master bedroom dashboard!
  • View your entire home. Do you need to see the state of your home in a single glance? Consolidate your most important home devices (like lights, security, and climate) onto a single Home screen so that you can view everything at once.
  • See what’s playing. A Sessions screen allows you to view all the media that’s playing across the house. Meanwhile, the Active Media Bar allows you to see what’s currently playing in a room.

You can arrange everything to your liking quickly and easily using the Neeo remote, Control4 smartphone app, or Control4 touchscreens.

How Can I Use My Control4 Home?

Control4 makes it easy for you to manage your home the way you like with a range of interface options.

  • Smartphone app. Control your entire home from anywhere in the world using the Control4 app on your mobile phone.
  • Control4’s in-wall and tabletop touchscreens give everyone in your household easy access to connected devices.
  • Wall-mounted keypads are an excellent control option for activating frequently used scenes and settings in a room.
  • Neeo remote. The handheld Neeo remote combines a touchscreen interface and hard, tactile buttons for the best of both worlds.
  • Voice control. Control4 integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so that you can control your home using simple voice commands.

Sierra Integrated Systems is a certified Control4 dealer in Crystal Bay, NV, and surrounding areas. If you’re interested in learning more about Control4, please reach out to our team of experts — we look forward to hearing from you!

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