Home Automation FAQs
Understand your home automation system.
Home automation allows you to live your life more efficiently by automating and monitoring your daily activities. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about home automation and our TEQHoM INTERACTIVE system. Have a question that’s not on the list? Ask us!
Q: How much is a home automation system?
A: The cost is dependent on the size of your home, the complexity of the programing and the number of integrated devices. A very basic system could be as little as $500, however the majority of homeowners choose a system they can add to over time, so systems typically cost more than $500.
Q: Can I access my system on my phone?
A: Yes! All TEQHoM INTERACTIVE systems offer remote access via a free app downloaded to your smartphone or tablet.
Q: Do I need an internet connection?
A: Yes, you need an internet connection to set up the system and for any of the streaming services you use (Pandora, Netlfix, etc.). Your system doesn’t run off an internet connection, so if your internet goes out, you will still be able to use most of the components.
We recommend a high-speed internet connection (minimum broadband speed of 1mbps/750 kbps upload/download) to ensure seamless operation of your system.
Q: Is there a monthly fee?
A: Maybe. You may pay a one-time equipment, installation and activation cost. This cost will be provided via a quote after you meet with a QEI Security & Technology technician for a home. Any costs beyond that are based on changes you make to the initial quote. If a monitored home security system is one of the components of home automation, you will pay for the monthly monitoring and automation services.
Q: How many devices can I add to the system?
A: As many as you want! As part of your home consultation, you’ll determine how many devices you want to connect and, if needed, the QEI Security & Technology technician will recommend additional processing power to handle the number of devices.
Q: Are my home and information secure?
A: Wireless home automation systems are encrypted, and several manufacturers add additional security measures, or allow you to add external encryption devices to beef up security.
Q: Are there any current discounts or specials?
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Q: Is construction required for installation?
A: Minimal – it depends on the scale of the project. Lighting and climate control do not require any additional wiring. Audio and entertainment may require minimal wiring.