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I'm about to move in an apt with my long term GF, and I would love to have some form of home automation / distrubution even if all i can do is speakers in different zones.

Can anyone please link any sites/forums/articles that discuss the equipment needed for different types of automation , or any guides that show what going on in all those crazy cabinets/closets i see in the galleries.

In my own apt, I know i'll be suffering from alot of limitation and want to get a feel for what I can do. I'm not allowed to make major changes , so in wall wiring may not be able to happen. I also am working with an oddly layout, top floor apt that is only aroun 1300 sq ft. (I'll make some sketches to upload later).

I'm going to draw up some plans with equipment tomorrow and will try to get that up asap, but any advice would be a big help. Thanks in advance.
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Try x10.com and smarthome.com for starters.
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This should get you started. Start reading. The home automation world is very diverse and can be very complicated. I'm just starting to learn the basics myself.

http://www.crestron.com/ (the big boys)
http://www.elanhomesystems.com/
http://www.smarthome.com/ (X-10)
http://www.control4.com/ (newcomers, rely on zigbee, ethernet, and wi-fi)
http://www.homeseer.com/
http://homeauto.com/main.asp (HAI)
http://www.jdstechnologies.com/ (Stargate)
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For all you newbies out there just a word of advice, don't install anything you aren't familiar with in somebody elses home. Get the gear, test it at home or in your shop and make sure you are able to do whatever it is you are trying to sell. One hack job and pissed of client can damage not only your reputation but also steer potential clients away from the technology because of the " bad experience". Start small, go to trade shows like CEDIA and or EHX and talk to the various companies. Find a control system that meets the needs of your market and take the training courses the manufacturers provide. Education is the key to this industry and if you aren't learning, guaranteed your dying. Good Luck
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