Home integration — which may also be referred to as home automation, residential technology systems, the connected home, or smart home technology — refers to the integration of multiple electronic systems and devices through a centrally controlled network.
These systems and devices may include media rooms, home theaters, lighting control, multi-room audio, HVAC control, security, or appliances. Integrated systems are custom-designed to allow the homeowner the convenience and cost savings of controlling
electronics through a central control system, or even remotely.
Another related term is "home networking." Many think of a home network as simply a network of connected gadgets, and while this is certainly part of the connected home, it's only the tip of the iceberg. More and more electronic devices are designed to
connect to the home network, which results in added functionality and convenience. But this increased demand on your home network can also lead to problems with continuity of service if it's not properly designed and integrated. An integrator who is skilled in designing and implementing robust home networks will be able to alleviate potential network problems.