If you are looking for a company that has dedicated themselves to Home Automation, then look no further! Control4 was launched in 2003 and attended CEDIA the next year. With a launch of their first product later in that year. Since then, they have had their fair share of ups and downs. With that in mind, they have always been full steam ahead! Control4 is now selling under 3 company names. They have grown to be a powerhouse in the smart home world and in doing so, launched their company to IPO status in 2013! For a company that centers its business around smart home tech, they have done some impressive things.
Control4 purchased many companies as they have gone along to offer better products to the end users, but also make it easier for their dealers to offer a great value! With their own product line of home automation, they decided to purchase Pakedge. This decision has given them more control of the network, which is the backbone of their system. Soon after they bought Triad so they could elevate their audio line up. From speakers to amps, they have all gotten a major reworking. There have been other notable companies to be brought in, like Leaf, but they were rebranded into the Control4 name. CEDIA 2019 will be an interesting one as they have recently purchased Switzerland based remote control company and have promised changes to come!
If this list of impressive things they offer is not enough, let's dump on you the 12,000 (and growing daily) number of items that they control outside of their own brands. This is from wired, to Zigbee, Z-wave, IR, RS232, and network to name a few methods of control. They are making a name for themselves and working to make more and more waves in the Home Automation industry!
With all of this impressive information, for you DIY’ers, you may be a bit disappointed to find out that they are dealer install type of company. The parts are only bought from dealers and can only be programmed by them as well. After installation is complete, they have a few ways in which you can alter some things like lighting scenes, music playlists, and some program triggers. Having a professional install can have its ups and downs, but with all things in consideration, I would say it is a good thing!
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