Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Greater Los Angeles Area
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I moved from a really small house (800sqft) to a bigger house (1800sqft) about 6 months ago and had RTI/Crestron in the first place and Crestron only in the second. It is a great way to learn how to program and get used to their way of doing things in the comfort of your own home.
I find if you have access to the software and a desire to learn Crestron it can actually be one of the cheapest control systems to put in with huge amounts of used gear available on sites like eBay and craigslist.
As far as resale value, you will never get what you put into back out of it in a smaller house, but there is no reason you can't take it with you when you leave. I landed all of my cabling to a punch panel that sits in a closet for the next owner if I ever decide to sell. The AV rack and control system all roll out in a nice rack and will be put into the next place.
As far as the classes go, P101 is nice to get you familiar with the software, P201 is the real "this is what you can actually do with this and a little more real world", P301 is all Simpl+. The final exams are getting tougher and tougher as time goes on so the sooner the better.
The whole process took me a little over a year from P101 to passing the final exam.
- Certified Crestron Programmer and DM T-4K, D-4K, E-4K Certifications.
- RTI Programmer/ Driver Developer
- Rational Acoustics Smaart Certified
- QSC QSYS Lvl 1 and 2 Certified Programmer