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The Basic Terms of Home Automation

Home Automation

Home automation can seem confusing, but we aim to make it as clear and easy as possible.

When delving into the world of smart homes, you may find yourself trudging through a variety of jargon that can seem a bit overwhelming. After all, owning a smart home is meant to make your life easier, not give you a headache. We at ITG want to make the home automation process as easy as it can be for you, so your devices can all function without giving you trouble. When looking around at different kinds of home automation technology, it’s critical that you understand the terminology behind it all in order to purchase exactly what you need.


The controller functions similarly to how your television controller would work. It’s the device that lets you control other devices, whether that be your smartphone or a dedicated controller like you would find for your TV.


The gateway is what actually connects your home automation network to the Internet. It enables control over the entire network and all the devices on it, including anything like your smart security system or your door locks. It can also allow your network to send and retrieve information from specific remotely located servers.

Home Automation Network

Your network is simply when you have two or more devices connected together. This allows your devices to be controlled and to communicate with one another, such as over a wireless network like your WiFi at home. A good network can be the difference between easy-to-use smart home features and a laggy home automation experience.

Pairing and Unpairing

Pairing is when you give a device access to a network, such as adding a controller onto your network. This can be something like allowing your smartphone to get notifications from your smart fridge. Unpairing may be necessary if your network only allows for one controller at a time.

Integrated Technologies Group Can Help Integrate Your Home

Ready to have a home as smart as you are? Integrated Technologies Group has the expertise and great prices to make it happen. We have been providing Maryland residents with top-notch home theater services, home security services, and home automation services for over a decade. We work throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia. Ready to get a quote to make your smart home dreams a reality? Give us a call at 1-877-560-3280 or visit us online. For more informative articles, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

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