digital home

would like to know ideas on how to make a home highly tech, wireless etc...minimal subscriptions, yet can achieve internet access, data, voice...etc, with minimal equipments required.
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grnowConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
will close the qn but will reward points.
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FlooringProCommented:
Can you elaborate a bit more on what systems you want to automate?
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grnowAuthor Commented:
internet, voice for the time being
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FlooringProCommented:
Automating internet and voice?  I think i may be a bit lost with what you want to do.  Can you further clarify what your intentions are?
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FlooringProCommented:
http://www.homeauto.com/Products/products_main.asp
Could this be what your looking for?
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grnowAuthor Commented:
intention for now to sign up for an internet line that comes with digital voice.... how to go about incorporating the digital voice such that its not just restricted to the living room, but cordless phones that can be connected to maybe all the rooms and living room?
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FlooringProConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Actually most cordless phones only require a single jack to plug into.  Any other phone you buy, from the same series, will talk to that 'Base Unit' wirelessly.  This eliminates the need for multiple phone jacks.
For instance this model http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9157823&st=cordless+phone&type=product&id=1218039092662 comes with a Base Unit and 3 satellite units.  Alowing you to plug the base unti into any useable phone jack, and giving you the flexibility to have 3 other units placed anywhere in the house.
The range on most cordless phones, will exceed the average house size.  Allowing you to roam where you please, with whatever handset you happened to pick up.
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IanThConnect With a Mentor Commented:
do you know about SIP

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crangryConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The big question will be how much do you want to spend, and how much you want the services to overlap.

Conceivably, you can put your money into a really fast internet connection, then purchase a VOIP service (like Vonage) to work off of it. The benefit of this system is, when you're not using your phone, you have a really awesome Internet connection to use.

- This becomes advantageous if you consume a lot of streaming/downloading services on the Internet.
- One downside is you have to watch how much bandwidth you are using when making calls. Generally, if you can control the "uploading" portion of your bandwidth usage you should be fine.

Some ISPs offer their own managed voice services for cheaper than your traditional POTS telephone options. the advantages of going this route is that you'll generally get a discount for bundling with your Internet, long distance tends to be included, and you won't be consuming bandwidth from your Internet connection, as they're usually fed from a separate pipe (confirm with the ISP to be sure.) The downside is you're looking at about 20-30% more price than a standard phone, but this could be offset by how much long distance you use, or would use if you knew it was unlimited!

With limited information on your specific needs, I'd go with option 1, picking up a strong Internet connection and going third-party VOIP. This way, two of your listed activities (Internet + Data) see the greatest benefit, and your voice goals are met.

With added information (region, more specific goals, priorities on usage) I could probably suggest something more specific! Hope this helps!
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