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Image courtesy of Salvatore Vuono Can the iPad make a suitable home controller? Do you really need this many iPads?

iPad as Home Controller

 
Here's an interesting -- albeit brief -- HomeToys review of the iPad as a Home Controller in a smart home scenario.

I have not hopped on the iPad train yet, but if I do, I know I'll be looking for ways to wring every last bit of use out of it. A home lighting/security/HVAC control point would certainly be one of them.

As the article indicates, the iPad would best serve the user as a controller when away from the home. With a WiFi connection and the requisite app from the control system manufacturer (you should obviously make sure this exists before purchasing a system), you can perform all those "when-away" operations, like shut off lights, arm a security system or crank the AC to prep the home temp before your return.

Check out the full article for a detailed Pros and Cons list for using the iPad as a home controller.








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