The Musil family members love using an iPad or iPhone for scheduling, playing games and staying connected to one another. So when homeowner John Musil decided he wanted simple consolidated control of the security, lighting and AV components in his 18,000-square foot home in the Arcadia-area of Phoenix, AZ, he had to be able to do it all from his favorite Apple devices.
Now that the home has an ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System, the Musil family can easily control every major subsystem of their home with the push of a button.
Musil first hired Scottsdale-based builder Sage Luxury Homes to build his dream home that features a media room, game room, fitness area, basketball court and a guesthouse. Musil then brought Phoenix-based integrator Digital Home Lifestyles on board to install a control system that would offer complete control over every area of the home.
“When the homeowner told me that his top priority was to have total control over his home through his iPhone and iPad, I instantly thought of the ELAN g! system,” said Jeff Beall, president and CEO of Digital Home Lifestyles. “Not only is the ELAN g! system one of the most affordable control solutions on the market today, but its also one of the most capable, integrating with an endless number of third-party components and having the ability to scale to any size installation. Just as a robust wireless networking infrastructure is crucial to any new home, an easy-to-use control system like ELAN g! becomes the central nervous system that makes all the home’s technology accessible to every person who might need to use it.”
Digital Home Lifestyles equipped the home with an ELAN g! system that gives the Musil family control over lighting, surveillance, security, irrigation systems, audio, video and more. The g! system can be accessed through a variety of different interfaces including the homeowner’s iPhones and iPads, three ELAN TS10 touch screens and a whopping 25 ELAN Z100 keypads for AV functions. The installation included 10 Samsung LED LCD TVs throughout the house, three Apple TV systems, five Apple iPod docks and two Samsung Blu-Ray Players.
Digital Home Lifestyles also installed a total of 10 Speco Technologies cameras for surveillance, and the Musil family is now able to enjoy 24 zones of high quality audio through eight Niles loudspeakers, six Monitor Audio outdoor speakers and a Source Technologies LCR flat panel speaker. The g! system controls the functions of all the major rooms in the house, including the guesthouse where visitors can use g! interfaces to control the lighting, audio and video without any instructions necessary.
“What initially made the ELAN g! system so attractive was the idea that I could easily keep an eye on the house while I’m at the office or on vacation,” said Musil. “Digital Home Lifestyles installed a number of surveillance cameras both inside and outside the house, including one on the entry gate, so it’s very simple for me to check in on the house whenever I’m away for an extended period of time. What makes the system so incredible is that the entire family is able to use the g! system without training. We’re thrilled that such an easy-to-use system can perform so many different functions throughout our house.”
Most of the technology that makes all this possible is located in a professional rack unit located in a storage closet on the lower level, which effectively hides all the unsightly black boxes typical of a home entertainment system. The rack includes an ELAN HC12 controller, three ELAN S128P AV Controller/Amplifiers, an ELAN S1616A Multi-zone Amplifier, an ELAN S86P Multi-Room AV controller, an IC Realtime 16-Channel Security Camera DVR, a Rotel amplifier and Krell amplifier, networking components from Motorola, Netgear and Pakedge, and a networked Sony Blu-Ray player.