First of all the steps outlined here are for a not for a DIY installation and although retro fitting is possible the planning an equipment needed for a retrofit is slightly different to a new home. If you are planning a professionally installed smart home system you will need some guidance. Where and when do you start planning a smart home? Before finalizing your plans with your architect you should already consult with a smart home pro. A professionally installed smart home needs a wiring layout. This needs to be drawn into your electrical plans. A well design wiring layout will save you money, time and a lot of headaches later on.
Here are the step you need to take now
1. Book an assessment with a smart home pro
While most people will tell you to get the right company to install your system it is actually more important to choose the right person to work with you through out the process. When dealing with larger companies you might land up with a different person every time you call for support or and upgrade. The new technician will have to figure out your system all over again. Smaller companies normally have less people doing more of the work. Basically you want one person to oversee most of the work done.
2. Choose all the sub systems that will integrate with your smart home
Any smart home needs a main controller but before you get there you need to choose the systems you want in your home. Your smart home pro will inform and guide you to choose all the subsystems to integrate into your smart home. These system are entertainment system like in ceiling speakers in the kitchen or a home cinemas in the basement. Security and surveillance. Climate control, irrigation, blinds and curtain control etc.
3. Plan your equipment rack placement
First of all you will need a centralized location to place all your equipment. A server rack comes highly recommended. For larger installation a server room is a must. It does not need to be a large room, normally these room are at least 2m x 2m or it forms part of a store room. Access to the back of the rack is a must. A neat wiring layout will make it easier to troubleshoot the system.